J.D. Admissions

 

recruiting eventsVisiting the Law Center

Visit the UH Law Center
Law Center Tours
Class Visits
Calhoun Lofts Tours
Information Sessions
Group Sessions
Recruitment Events
Meet with the Admissions Staff
Re-applicant Counseling
Directions
Visitor Parking

Visit the UH Law Center

The Office of Admissions invites you to visit the Law Center to learn more about us. Prospective students may visit a class, take a tour, or attend one of several information sessions throughout the application season. Out-of-town applicants are also encouraged to visit us at one of our many recruiting events across the nation. For more information on these opportunities, please call 713-743-2280 or email lawadmissions@uh.edu.

Law Center Tours

Beginning June 2nd through August 18th, tours will be available Mondays at 10:00am and Fridays at 3:00pm.  Please be advised there will not be a tour on Friday, August 15th.

Fall tours will resume beginning September 8th through November 24th and will be available Mondays at 12pm.

Tours last approximately 40 minutes.  Appointments are required so that we can arrange for a tour guide to be available. You may schedule a tour by calling 713.743.2280 or by sending an email to lawadmissions@uh.edu in advance of the date you would like to visit. If you will be traveling from out-of-town, please confirm your appointment prior to making your travel plans as our Admissions staff are frequently traveling to recruiting events nationwide and may not be available for appointments or tours on certain days.

Please arrive at the Office of Admissions prior to the tour time, and be sure to allow sufficient time to locate the law school and find parking. Latecomers should update the Office of Admissions as to their expected arrival time by calling 713-743-2280. Please note that multiple guests may be scheduled for a certain tour, so it may not be possible to delay a tour for latecomers. Missed tours may be rescheduled for a later date.

Class Visits

The Office of Admissions is happy to arrange a visit to a first year law school class during the Fall and Spring semesters. Class visits are by appointment only, and should be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance of the class you would like to attend. Class visits may be scheduled by calling 713.743.2280, or by sending an email to lawadmissions@uh.edu. Fall 2014, class visits will be available September 8th through November 24th.   

Once your class visit is scheduled, please help us extend the following courtesies to the professor and students whose class you will be visiting: visitors must be escorted to the classroom prior to the start of class, and must stay for the entire class period so as not to disrupt the class. We regret that we cannot seat latecomers once class has begun, so please arrive at the Office of Admissions at least 15 minutes prior to class time. Please be sure to allow sufficient time to park and locate the Law Center.

Calhoun Lofts Tours

While you are on campus, you may also want to visit the Calhoun Lofts.  The Calhoun Lofts are on-campus housing for our law students, conveniently located directly across the Law Center’s parking lot.  Please visit http://www.housing.uh.edu/housing/calhoun-lofts for more information.  In addition, if you would like to schedule a tour, you can do so online by visiting http://housing.uh.edu/about/future-residents/resident-hall-tour-form

Information Sessions

The Office of Admissions hosts a number of Information Sessions designed to give prospective applicants a general overview of the admissions process and the UH Law Center J.D. program. Tours of the Law Center will be available before or after each session.  The (approx.) 90-minute programs will conclude with a Q&A session by Dean Jamie West Dillon, the Assistant Dean for Admissions.

Below are the dates for the Information Sessions.  Please RSVP online – https://www.law.uh.edu/admissions/rsvp.asp

  • Saturday, Sept 6, 2014
  • Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Group Advising Sessions

The Office of Admissions hosts several small group advising sessions to help prospective applicants learn more about UH Law Center programs, the admissions process, and more. The sessions are an informal setting where you may ask questions to a member of the admissions staff. In fact, the session will be devoted to answering your questions and those posed by the other attendees. You may find you benefit from hearing the answers to questions posed by other prospective students. To read more about the Group Session, please visit the UHLC Admissions Blog.

Below are the dates for the Group Sessions.  All sessions will begin at 1pm and last approximately one hour.  Please RSVP online – https://www.law.uh.edu/admissions/rsvp-group.asp

  • Monday, September 15, 2014
  • Friday, September 26, 2014
  • Monday, October 6, 2014
  • Friday, October 17, 2014
  • Friday, October 31, 2014
  • Monday, November 10, 2014
  • Friday, November 21, 2014
  • Monday, December 8, 2014
  • Friday, January 9, 2015
  • Friday, January 23, 2015
  • Monday, February 2, 2015

Recruitment Events

The University of Houston Law Center participates in Law School Forums, graduate & professional school fairs, and other events throughout Texas and around the country. We encourage you to visit us at an event in a city near you. Schedule.

Meeting with the Admissions Staff

Members of the admissions staff are available to speak with prospective applicants by appointment Monday through Friday. Appointments are available for phone or in-person consultations. Here are some tips to make the most of your appointment :

DO...

  • Review the Admissions website, particularly the Frequently Asked Questions and the admissions process information before your appointment.
  • Prepare questions before you come in. We cannot anticipate all the questions that you may have, and you may have trouble remembering everything you wanted to ask. It is helpful when applicants arrive with a list of specific questions based on the information they have already gathered from our brochure and website, allowing them to guide the discussion.
  • Be on time. If you will be late, please call the Admissions Office. The Office of Admissions tries to accommodate late arrivals, but that is not always possible. If you let us know in advance that you will not be able to keep the original appointment, we can reschedule for another mutually-convenient time.

DON’T…

  • Fail to do your homework. Scheduling a meeting to ask about median LSAT scores, application deadlines, or other information easily found in our brochure or on the website is not a good use of your time. Use the resources available through our website, LSAC.org, and your pre-law advising office to help you determine what unanswered questions you still have before your meeting.
  • Ask the admissions staff to predict your chances for admission. The Admissions Committee considers many factors when making admissions decisions. Decisions are based on the overall strength of the application file, not solely on LSAT and GPA.
  • Expect personal statement or resume revisions. Admissions staff members are members of the Admissions Committee. Because they review and vote on applicant files, they are unable to assist you in drafting or editing your personal statement.
  • Assume that the meeting will be an interview. We do not offer interviews as part of our review process, and the staff member you meet with will be expecting to answer your questions, rather than asking you questions.

Re-applicant Counseling

If you have applied to the JD program and were not offered admission, we encourage you to speak with a member of the admissions staff before applying again in a subsequent year. Application files are archived for one year. If you come in for counseling within the year that your file is archived,we will review your previous application file with you, helping you to identify strengths and weaknesses in your application, and explain to you the application review process. Re-applicant counseling is intended only to assist applicants in strengthening their applications. It is not required, and should not be regarded as an interview or forum for requesting reconsideration. Re-applicant counseling is offered from July-October.

Directions

For internet mapping, the best address to enter is 4750 Calhoun Road, Houston TX 77004. (Note: this is not a valid mailing address!).

For directions, please see:

The Law Center is in the far northeast corner of the main campus, where Calhoun Road “dead ends” one block north of the intersection of Calhoun Rd and University Drive,  just southwest of the intersection of Elgin and Spur 5. Click here for an interactive campus map to help you locate the Bates Law Building, the Law Library, Parking Lot 19B, the East garage, or the Visitor’s parking garage.

Visitor Parking

Visitors have two parking options:

  • Meters – Lot 19B. Visitors may park at the meters located in the Law Center’s parking lot (locate Lot 19B, here) with a valid receipt of purchase displayed on the dashboard of the vehicle. In addition, there are several metered parking spaces (2 hours maximum) located on the south side of Lot 19B, close to the Calhoun Lofts.
  • Parking Garages. Visitor parking is also available in the Welcome Center parking garage located on University Drive and Calhoun Road, and at the East garage on Calhoun north of University. Locate these garages here. Both are a short walk from the Law Center. Garage parking is $2 per hour, maximum $8 per day.
  • UH Parking & Transportation. For more information, please visit the main campus Parking & Transportation site.