Application Procedure for U.S. Attorneys

U.S. attorney applicants must hold a J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school.  Applicants must demonstrate their ability to perform satisfactory graduate work as evidenced by high grade-point average or high class rank in law school.  Most U.S. applicants to the University of Houston Law Center have graduated in the upper one-third of their law school classes.

A complete application package must contain:

  • Application Form
  • $70 Application Fee payable to University of Houston.
  • Official Law School Transcript sent directly to the UH Law Center’s Graduate Legal Studies Office.
  • Statement of Purpose serves as a writing sample and provides reasons for pursuing the LL.M. degree in the desired concentration area. The statement should be a minimum of 300 words and include a description of the applicant’s professional activities since earning the degree in law. If an applicant has special circumstances they wish to have considered, these should be included in the statement of purpose.
  • Résumé/Curriculum Vitae.
  • Two reference letters are required. One letter should be from an academic source. The recommender’s signature should be on the flap of each sealed envelope. No more than two letters should be submitted.

Transfer and Visiting Students

Students who wish to transfer to the LL.M. program at the University of Houston Law Center must have performed well in an LL.M. program at another ABA-accredited law school. Considerations for both transfer and visiting students include available space at the Law Center, academic records at all previous schools, and compelling circumstances. The minimum grade for transfer credit is “B.” A minimum of 18 hours (excluding all concentration coursework) must be completed at UH Law Center to be awarded the LL.M. degree. For more information, contact the Graduate Legal Studies office at 713-743-2890.