UHLC grad credits others for second highest score on state bar exam

Christina White ’16

Christina White '16

May 20, 2016 – A University of Houston Law Center graduate gives high marks to the faculty, and modestly credits a close friend and classmate, for her success in scoring second highest on the February Texas bar exam.

"I attribute my success to having a good friend, and fellow UHLC February bar survivor, for keeping me focused and positive," said Christina White, only half-jokingly. "If it weren't for Caroline Kuipers, I would have watched far more television and would have done far fewer MBE questions."

White, who graduated in December as a member of the Class of 2016, scored 832 points out of a possible 1,000. Overall, 25 of 30, or 83.3 percent, of the Law Center graduates who took the February exam passed, the highest percentage among the state's nine accredited law schools.

The Crosby native is a double-graduate of the University of Houston, earning her bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in business with an emphasis in accounting. She went to work as an assistant tax assessor collector for a Texas school district, and while she enjoyed the work, especially the legal aspects of her job, she felt unchallenged after a while and decided to pursue her interest in law at UHLC.

"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Law Center," said White. "I have made amazing friends;" and her praise for professors practically amounts to a faculty directory.

"Professor Lauren Simpson is the best legal writing professor there is," she said. "She made all of the part-time 1L students feel important. She took time to get to know us, and she was so encouraging. My second semester was a struggle, but meeting with Professor Simpson and going to her class was what kept me going.

"Professor (Douglas) Moll is entertaining while still extremely educational," she continued.  "Professor (Meredith) Duncan is amazing.  Professor Bret Wells inspired me. I thought I liked tax, but Professor Wells made it so interesting. He helped me find my passion in tax law.

"All of the adjuncts are assets to the law school," she continued. "I learned so much from them, and it was great to learn from people working in the area they taught about. I could say so much more about so many of the faculty."

White credits Tiffany Tucker, associate director of the Career Development Office, for kickstarting her new professional life. "She dragged me through the career search process," she said. "She was instrumental in helping me find my job and encouraging me to keep looking for things when I thought nothing would happen."

The hard work and hours of bar prep — without television — paid off. White is working at the IRS-Office of Chief Counsel.

Simpson, her favorite professor, summed up: "Christina is intelligent, resourceful, and hard-working — plus, a truly kind and likeable person.  We have become dear friends. I am not surprised that her bar score ranked near the very top. She's done us proud."

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