Univ  ersity of Houston Law Center

Working Professional Scholar Program

Program dates: April 1 – July 28


The Working Professional Scholar Program was created to provide law school preparatory resources to college graduates and working professionals who are considering law as an alternative career option. This program especially seeks nontraditional students and professionals who are interested in attending the University of Houston Law Center as a part-time or full-time student. The University of Houston Law Center’s part-time program is ranked #1 in Texas and #12 in the country.


The Working Professional Scholar Program prepares college graduates and working professionals for law school success by introducing scholars to the LSAT and law school classroom experience, developing their personal and professional skills, and exposing them to networking opportunities.


To be considered for the Working Professional Scholar Program, interested applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and a sincere interest in attending law school.

If you graduated from the University of Houston with a 3.6 GPA, scored within the top 85th percentile on the SAT/ACT, and have not taken the LSAT, we have an alternative Pipeline Programs that may more suit your needs; you may be eligible for admission under the ABA 503-3 rule. Please take a look at our UH Cougar Law Program and contact either the Pipeline Programs administration (uhprelaw@central.uh.edu)  Otherwise, please apply for the Nontraditional Scholar Program. Students


Accepted scholars will participate in an online LSAT prep course, engage with UHLC Faculty in introductory first year law school classes (Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Property, and Torts), and learn about UHLC’s Admissions policies. LSAT Prep classes will be held during the evening hours or on the weekend and law school classes will be held during business hours but recordings of the classes will be available 24 hours after the completion of the class for up to 7 days. Students will also receive access to our lunch and learn series in which practicing attorneys will discuss best practices. At the end of this program, scholars will have a better understanding of the demands of law school, a legal career, and the UHLC admissions process. The LSAT curriculum will start in April and the substantive law courses will be held in June.  A copy of our most recent program’s online schedule is available here. A comprehensive schedule will be made available to those fully registered for this online program.

Please note that your enrollment into this pre-law preparatory program is not an automatic admission to the University of Houston Law Center (“UHLC”) but rather access to resources, educational and networking opportunities, and advisement focused on helping you prepare for law school and the law school admission process. You will still need to take the LSAT and apply to your law school of choice through the traditional admission process.

Registration, Program Fees, and Payment

The registration period for the Summer 2023 cycle opens October 1. The deadline for all registrations and supplemental materials is Jan 15, 2023. Any registrations submitted after Jan 15 will be accepted on a space-availability basis. Please complete the Program’s registration form and the following materials via the links you will receive in your email for acceptance consideration. Please be sure to check your spam folder if you do not receive a link within 24 hours.

  1. Resume
  2. Unofficial undergraduate transcript (in PDF Form)
  3. Personal statement explaining the following:
    1. Why are you interested in pursuing law at this time?
    2. How do you think this program will help you achieve your law career goals?
    3. Have you or your family members experienced any significant challenges that you have had to overcome?
    4. How do you think your professional or personal experiences will benefit the law school you attend?

You will be asked to submit your payment of $1200 to secure your seat in this program.  Questions? Join us at our next information session or contact uhprelaw@central.uh.edu.


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