Frequently Asked Questions - All Applicants

  1. What LL.M. programs are offered at the Law Center?  The Law Center offers six LL.M. programs:  Energy, Environment and Natural Resources; Health; Intellectual Property & Information Law; International Law; Tax Law and Foreign Scholars.  Only applicants who earned their law degree outside of the United States are admitted to the Foreign Scholars LL.M. program.
  2. What is the length of the program?  It is a 24 credit program that can be completed in two semesters (fall, spring).
  3. Is there a part-time option?  Yes.  Students can enroll in as few as three credits a semester, but must meet all program requirements within three years of admission and be continuously enrolled every fall and spring semester.  Although many courses are offered in the evening, students may not be able to meet all program requirements through evening courses only.  The current schedule can be viewed at http://www.law.uh.edu/schedule/. There are no weekend or online classes and a limited selection of courses is offered during the summer sessions.
  4. What are the admission requirements?  Law degrees (J.D.) earned in the United States must be from an ABA-accredited law school.  Lawyers who earned their law degree from a non-U.S. school must have earned it at an accredited university in the country in which it is located and be eligible to practice before the highest court in their jurisdiction.
  5. Should I submit my LSAT scores or undergraduate transcript?  No.  If applying while a J.D. student, however, law school transcripts should reflect all grades up to the current semester and list courses for which the student is currently enrolled.
  6. How are applications evaluated?  Do I qualify?  All applicants must present evidence of their ability to perform satisfactory graduate work through high grade point average or class standing in law school.  Most U.S. admitted students  graduated in the upper one-third of their law school class.  Work and professional experience, the applicant's personal statement and recommendation letters are all factors in admission decisions.  Entering classes have included recent law graduates as well as lawyers with more than 15 years of experience in a wide-range of practice areas.
  7. How many students are admitted into each program?  The size of an entering class varies from year-to-year and is not predetermined.
  8. Is there an early admission process?  Applications are reviewed upon receipt of all application materials, but not before January 1 for fall admission or September for spring admission.
  9. Can I begin the program in the spring (January)?  Only lawyers who earned their degree in the United States can begin the program in January.