J.D. Admissions

 

Admissions Process -Transfer and Visiting Applicants

Dillon B. Norton '16

"Transferring to the Law Center was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The student body was accepting and the resources at UHLC were amazing. Fellow students treated me as an equal, and the Career Development Office went to great lengths to provide employment opportunities for myself and fellow transfers. I truly enjoyed my time here and I know others will feel the same way."

Transfer Information Session
We do not have any scheduled at this time. Please check back in the spring.

The information session is designed to give prospective transfer applicants a general overview of the admissions process and the UH Law Center J.D. program. Students will have the opportunity to hear from Financial Aid, Career Development and Student Services. Learn about the opportunities to write on to a journal or participate in moot court/mock trial.  The program will end with a current student Q&A panel and tours of the Law Center.  Please RSVP here or by calling 713.743.2280. If you are unable to attend in person and would like to participate virtually, please contact Pilar Mensah at lpmensah@central.uh.edu.

Transfer Applicants

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Students in good standing at another ABA-accredited law school may apply to transfer to the UH Law Center. Admission as a transfer student is competitive and first consideration is given to applicants who have performed well in the first year of law school. Transfer applicants must have completed the equivalent of the first year of law school and all or most of the Law Center's first-year required courses (Torts, Property, Contracts, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Legal Research, and Legal Writing.) 

Transfer applicants must have a minimum of 22 semester hours of credit to apply and may transfer a maximum of 30 hours. Transfer credit will not be awarded for any course in which the student has earned lower than a "C."  The transfer credits will be noted on your final UH Law Center transcript with hours rather than grades.

Spring semester – Regular Decision, December 31*
Fall semester – Early Decision, TBD**
Fall semester – Regular Decision, July 15*

*All application materials must be submitted by the regular decision deadline. However, the committee will try to accommodate applicants whose 1L grades or class rank are unavailable before the deadline. For spring 2017, your file must be complete by the end of the business day on Friday, January 6, 2017.
**The early decision deadline for fall transfers is based on the On-Campus Interview schedule as set by the Career Development Office. Only applicants whose files are complete by the early decision deadline will receive their decision in time to apply for the early round of OCI.

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Send via mail to UHLC Office of Admissions
4604 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77204

 

  • Application ($70 fee is waived for 2016-2017)
  • Personal Statement – reasons for transfer
  • Resume
  • CAS Report – including two letters of recommendation

 

  • Official Law School Transcript – must reflect a minimum of 22 hours and a grade for every course taken
  • Letter of good standing from your current law school, which includes your class rank

Approximately half of the Law Center's transfer students are from other Texas law schools. The remaining students come from all over the country, including Texans hoping to return home after attending another school in another state, and those new to our area.  The numbers in the table below reflect transfer applications for both fall and spring start.

 

2014

2015

2016

Applications

72

99

101

Admitted

44

48

54

Enrolled

30

26

36

Employment
Transfer students are eligible to participate in all rounds of on-campus interviews (OCI), with career advising and employer bidding available once the student has submitted the enrollment deposit and formal commitment to the Law Center.  Please visit the Career Development Office for more information.

Journals
Transfer students are eligible to compete in the write on competition for many of our student-run journals, including the Houston Law Review.  First-year grades and demonstrated proficiency in legal writing are the criteria that lead to membership.  Due to the timing of your admission, we recommend that you contact your journal of interest to confirm the dates of the competition and that you may write on. 

J.D./LL.M. Dual Degree
The UH Law Center offers a joint J.D./LL.M. degree program which allows students to earn both degrees in 3.5 years (105 credit hours). Students in the UHLC JD program can apply to the LL.M. program after the conclusion of the 1L year. Students must be admitted to the LLM program no later than the first semester of the 3L year. Joint degree students must meet all degree requirements in order to complete the program. LL.M. specialty programs eligible for the joint program include: Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property & Information Law, International Law, and Tax Law.  For additional information please visit our website or contact Peggy Fortner at pfortner@central.uh.edu.

Financial Aid
Students accepted to transfer to UHLC must file a FAFSA listing the University of Houston's school code of 003652. Once accepted the school will download the FAFSA approximately 5-7 business days later. Once the student's financial aid file at UH is complete, the student will be awarded and notified by an email award notice.  Any financial aid awarded from the transfer student's original school must be cancelled and that school must report the cancelation to the DOE before the funds will disburse at UH.  As a transfer student, there could be a minimum of a 4 week delay in the financial aid process, so students should plan accordingly.  Please visit our website for more information on the financial aid process.  Please email financial aid advisor Laura Neal at lneal@uh.edu if you have any questions.

Visiting Applicants

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Students in good standing at another ABA-accredited law school may apply to visit the UH Law Center and apply any earned credits toward degree requirements at their home school. The admission process for visiting applicants is less competitive than for transfer admission or admission as an entering 1L, but you must have permission from your current law school. The Law Center has one of the largest curriculums in the country, including nationally-recognized specialty programs. Students from across Texas and the U.S. visit our law school for 1-2 semesters to take advantage of our curricular strengths in areas such as health law, energy and environmental law, intellectual property, international law; to take courses in Texas law; to begin building their network in the Houston market; or simply to be closer to family.

Intersession – December 12
Spring semester – December 31
Fall semester – July 15
Spring break – TBD
Summer Semesters – April 15 (late applications may be considered for later summer sessions)

Send via LSAC

Send via mail to UHLC Office of Admissions
4604 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77204

 

  • Application
  • Personal Statement – reasons for visit
  • Resume
  • CAS Report – including two letters of recommendation

 

  • Official Law School Transcript – reflecting all most recent grades
  • Letter of good standing from your current law school, which includes your class rank
  • Letter of permission from your current law school stating that credits earned at the Law Center will be accepted toward degree requirements*

*Current UH Law Center students have first priority at registration. Visiting students should submit primary and alternate course selections to their home school when seeking approval of potential credits. Visiting students are not permitted to register for first-year courses.

J.D./LL.M. Dual Degree
The UH Law Center offers a joint J.D./LL.M. degree program which allows students to earn both degrees in 3.5 years (105 credit hours). Students who visit the UH Law Center during their 3L year may be eligible to participate in the program through the LL.M. Visitor Program. Students must be admitted to the LLM program prior to their visit or in the first semester of the 3L year. Students in the joint program must complete an additional fifteen UHLC credits after graduating from the home law school to obtain the LL.M. Joint degree students must meet all degree requirements in order to complete the program. LL.M. specialty programs eligible for the joint program include: Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property & Information Law, International Law, and Tax Law.  For additional information please visit our website or contact Peggy Fortner at pfortner@central.uh.edu.

Financial Aid
Visiting students must arrange their financial aid through their home school via a consortium agreement arranged through the Office of Admissions. Please email financial aid advisor Laura Neal at lneal@uh.edu if you have any questions.