UHLC students ‘Talk to the Dean’ in wide-ranging session
Oct. 1, 2013 – University of Houston Law Center Interim Dean Richard M. Alderman brought students up to speed on developments in and around the Law Center and tackled some questions from the audience in an hour-long discussion Tuesday.
First, and possibly foremost in the minds of students, Alderman assured them in his opening remarks that he is working to keep tuition at its current level for next school year. He went on to describe planned courtyard and other facility improvements, urged them to check into part-time job opportunities at the school to help with expenses, and outlined ongoing efforts to improve graduates’ marketability by making sure they are “practice ready” when they leave the Law Center.
The highest priorities of the school are to give each student a good legal education and the skills and training needed to get a job, Alderman said. In addition to learning to “think like a lawyer,” the dean said the school is doing a lot to prime students for a successful career, citing the hands-on clinics, practical lawyering skills, advocacy training, and even a storytelling course.
“Career planning is probably even more important than ever,” he said, not just for that first job, but long-term. Talk to counselors about what you are passionate about and what you want to be doing years from now, he advised.
“I’m excited about what’s going on here,” he told the students, adding that his door is always open.
In response to student questions, Alderman: