Over the past couple of months, the Law Center has succeeded on two important measures. First, our graduates ranked #1 on the February bar exam with the highest pass rate of students among the nine Texas law schools. Of the 1,433 test takers, UHLC's Christina White '16 achieved the second highest score in the State. Second, UHLC rejoined the nation's top 50 law schools with three specialties in the Top 10 - Health Law (#2), Part-time program (#6), and Intellectual Property Law (#8) in the latest U.S. News and World Report rankings.
These achievements are certainly a cause for celebration. As we celebrate, it is also important to recognize that the power of high performance on these measures lies in the collective hands of the Dean, faculty, staff, alumni, and students.
The Dean's Office will continue to provide leadership and vigilantly keep an eye on our overall standing with a focus to make a great law school even better.
But you may ask, "What can I do?" Faculty can continue to publish, present at academic and bar association events, participate in media interviews, publicize their achievements, and teach the next generation of students. Alumni can serve as mentors, hire law students as interns/externs, and most importantly, hire, or influence the hire of Law Center graduates. Alumni can also assist the law school financially through annual giving, providing funds for scholarships, and other law school initiatives which will enable the Law Center to attract high caliber students, support faculty research, and provide terrific programming. Staff can continue to do an excellent job providing support services to faculty, students, and alumni. Students can continue to excel on school work and extracurricular activities, work closely with the Career Development Office to take advantage of job opportunities, and focus on passing the bar exam on the first try.
If each of us just does a little more, it will further our overall excellence and make our law school even more competitive among the nation's top law schools.
Leonard M. Baynes
Dean & Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center