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About the University of Houston Law Center

The Law Center has been cited as one of the best values in legal education today.  We are the leading law school in the nation’s fourth-largest city, and our curriculum is among the broadest offered in the Southwest.

Fast Facts

The Law Center was established in 1947 and enrolls more than 800 students in its degree programs. We offer J.D., LL.M. and “concurrent” degrees that allow students to obtain two degrees in less time than individual programs would require.

We are currently ranked No. 58 among the nearly 200 law schools in the United States, and we are one of only eight public law schools that offer multiple ‘Top 10’ programs.

Cost is an important consideration for any prospective law student – and the Law Center’s tuition and fees compare favorably with peer schools in the region and throughout the nation. 

The Law Center is truly a “global” school and is well-connected with the international legal and education communities. The international activities of our faculty include visiting professorships, publications in foreign journals, and participation in international symposia and conferences.

We have an outstanding faculty assisted by a large and experienced group of adjunct professors. Recently, our faculty have written nearly 80 books and published nearly 200 articles in leading law journals and other publications.

The Law Center has more than 17,000 alumni, and about 56% of them live in the greater Houston area.

More than 1000 Law Center alumni belong to our Order of the Coif chapter, an honorary scholastic society that recognizes high achievement among law school graduates. Click here to learn more about the Order of the Coif.

Our University of Houston Law Library meets legal information needs with an extensive collection of electronic and traditional resources.

Seven special programs and institutes add depth to our curriculum. The list includes:

  • Blakely Advocacy Institute
  • Center for Children, Law & Policy
  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • The Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center
  • Health Law & Policy Institute
  • Institute for Intellectual Property & Information Law

We have 8 programs ranked in the top 50 by U.S. News & World Report. (2023)

  • UH Intellectual Property and Information Law Institute ranked 6th nationally by U.S. News & World Report based on assessment of peers in intellectual property. (2023)
  • The UH Health Law and Policy Institute is ranked 7th nationally by U.S. News & World Report. (2023)
  • The UH Law Center part-time program is ranked 9th nationally by U.S. News & World Report. (2023)
  • The UH Law Center is ranked No. 21 in Environmental Law by U.S. News & World Report. (2023)
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the Law Center No. 31 in Trial Advocacy. (2023)
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the Law Center No. 44 in Business Corporate Law. (2023)
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the Law Center No. 47 in Dispute Resolution. (2023)
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked the Law Center No. 49 in Tax Law. (2023)

The Law Center offers seven combined and concurrent degree programs. The programs and their affiliated institutions include:

  • J.D./LL.M. (University of Houston Law Center)
  • J.D./J.D. International Energy Lawyers Program (The University of Calgary Faculty of Law)
  • J.D./M.D. (Baylor College of Medicine)
  • J.D./M.B.A. (University of Houston)
  • J.D./M.A. in History (University of Houston)
  • J.D./M. Fin. (University of Houston)
  • J.D./M.S.W. (University of Houston)
  • J.D./M.P.H. (UTHealth Houston School of Public Health)
  • J.D./M.P.P. (University of Houston)
  • J.D./M.P.A. (University of Houston)

Our upper-division students can participate in a number of clinical programs under the supervision of clinical faculty, thereby earning invaluable skills while serving audiences that require assistance. Available options include:

  • Appellate Civil Rights Clinic
  • Civil Justice Clinic
  • Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Military Justice Clinic
  • Entertainment Law Clinic
  • Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic
  • Immigration Clinic
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Juvenile and Children's Advocacy Project
  • The Texas Innocence Network

ABA Accreditation

The  American Bar Association (ABA) accredited  University of Houston Law Center in 1950, and the School has continuously maintained its accreditation with the ABA.  The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association oversees law school accreditation, and contact information for the Council appears below.

The Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar American Bar Association
321 N. Clark Street, M.S. 21.2
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 988-6738