About the University of Houston Law Center

The Law Center has been cited as one of the best values in legal education today.  We are the leading law school in the nation’s fourth-largest city, and our curriculum is among the broadest offered in the Southwest.

Fast Facts

The Law Center was established in 1947 and enrolls more than 800 students in its degree programs. We offer J.D., LL.M. and “concurrent” degrees that allow students to obtain two degrees in less time than individual programs would require.

We are currently ranked No. 58 among the nearly 200 law schools in the United States, and we are one of only eight public law schools that offer multiple ‘Top 10’ programs.

Cost is an important consideration for any prospective law student – and the Law Center’s tuition and fees compare favorably with peer schools in the region and throughout the nation. 

The Law Center is truly a “global” school and is well-connected with the international legal and education communities. The international activities of our faculty include visiting professorships, publications in foreign journals, and participation in international symposia and conferences. Click here for more information on our Global Achievements.

We have an outstanding faculty assisted by a large and experienced group of adjunct professors. Recently, our faculty have written nearly 80 books and published nearly 200 articles in leading law journals and other publications.

The Law Center has more than 13,000 alumni, and about 56% of them live in the greater Houston area.

More than 700 Law Center alumni belong to our Order of the Coif chapter, an honorary scholastic society that recognizes high achievement among law school graduates. Click here to learn more about the Order of the Coif.

Our O’Quinn Law Library includes more than 435,000 volumes, and meets legal information needs with an extensive collection of electronic and traditional resources.

Eight special programs and institutes add depth to our curriculum. The list includes:

  • Blakely Advocacy Institute *
  • Center for Children, Law & Policy
  • Center for Consumer Law
  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • The Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center
  • Health Law & Policy Institute *
  • Institute for Higher Education Law & Governance
  • Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law *
    *nationally ranked by US News & World Report

The Law Center offers seven combined and concurrent degree programs. The programs and their affiliated institutions include:

  • J.D./J.D. International Energy Lawyers Program (The University of Calgary Faculty of Law)
  • J.D./M.D. (Baylor College of Medicine)
  • J.D./M.B.A. (University of Houston)
  • J.D./M.A. in History (University of Houston)
  • J.D./M.S.W. (University of Houston)
  • J.D./M.P.H. (University of Texas School of Public Health)
  • J.D./Ph.D. in Medical Humanities (University of Texas Medical Branch)

Our upper-division students can participate in a number of clinical programs under the supervision of clinical faculty, thereby earning invaluable skills while serving audiences that require assistance. Available options include:

  • Civil Clinic
  • Civil Practice Clinic
  • Criminal Practice Clinic
  • Consumer Law Clinic
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Juvenile Defense Clinic
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Transactional Clinic

ABA Accreditation

The  American Bar Association (ABA) accredited  University of Houston Law Center in 1950, and the School has continuously maintained its accreditation with the ABA.  The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association oversees law school accreditation, and contact information for the Council appears below.

The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, M.S. 21.2
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-6738