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University of Houston Law Center - Law School Admissions Process

The J.D. Program

The J.D. program is a 90 hour curriculum culminating in the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. Students at UHLC have two options for pursuing their degree: full-time program or Part-Time Evening Program. The full-time program is designed for students who plan to devote nearly all of their time to the study of law while the Part-Time Evening Program is designed for students who plan to work during law school. Part-Time Evening Program students are limited to 10 credits per semester and students who take classes on a part-time basis will graduate in four years. Applicants must designate in their application which program they are applying to. Both programs begin in the fall semester, and spring/summer admission is not offered. Note that as a part-time student you will complete your first year in the evening following a required schedule ( Part time students are able to take all remaining required courses (Professional Responsibility, Upper Level Writing Requirement, and the Practice Skills Requirement) in the evening. Beyond required classes, starting in Fall 2013 part-time students will have greater flexibility with respect to when they take their classes and what classes they take after their first year. Now, after the first year, students may take classes day or night. Also note that there are a number of upper division courses that most students take and that we consider to be “core” courses. All of these courses are taught at least once a year during the day, with sufficient seating for all students to enroll. To assist our part-time students in planning their education, the administration provides a time line for when these upper division courses will also be offered in the evening. This schedule (available here: runs through Spring 2025.

Full-time Program Part-Time Evening Program
Generally three years to complete degree Generally four years to complete degree
15 hours per semester 6-10 hours per semester
Employment is limited to no more than 20 hours per week while enrolled full-time. No limit on employment while enrolled part-time.


To be eligible for admission to the J.D. program, all applicants must:

Application Deadlines

Application Release Date: September 1st  


Early Decision Deadline*

Regular Decision Deadline

Full-Time Program

November 15th

March 15th

Part-Time Evening Program

November 15th

May 15th

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered by the Office of Admissions upon receipt of all required documentation, including a complete LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report.  The Admissions Committee will begin making decisions in mid-December and will continue to give full consideration to all applicants throughout the admissions cycle.

*Early decision is non-binding.  In order to be eligible for early decision consideration, the application must be complete by December 15th.

Application Requirements

Your application to the UH Law Center must include the following items, which should be submitted electronically:

  • Completed application form;
  • The $70 application fee has been waived for all applicants (incoming 1Ls and transfer or visiting applicants) who apply using the online application.  You do not need a fee waiver code; your fee will be waived automatically at check out. 
  • Personal Statement (no longer than 3 pages, double-spaced);
  • Resume
  • Immigration Documents (for international applicants requiring a student visa).

Your application file must also include a complete CAS report which must include:

  • Recent LSAT score; or GRE score.
  • Transcripts for all colleges and universities attended;
  • At least 2 letters of recommendation (but not more than 3)

Please note that no application will be reviewed without the CAS report. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that his/her CAS report is complete; your CAS report will not become complete until you have a valid LSAT score or GRE score, transcripts from all undergraduate institutions, and two letters of recommendation. You may review your CAS report status by accessing your LSAC online account.

Houston Law Express

Pursuant to ABA Standard 503 and Interpretation 503-3, the University of Houston Law Center may admit up to 10% of its J.D. class from undergraduate students matriculated at the University of Houston main campus without an applicant LSAT score or GRE score provided that (1) the student has scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT* and (2) the student has achieved a cumulative GPA** of 3.6 or above, as calculated by LSAC, through at least six semesters of academic work.

If a student takes the LSAT or GRE examination, they are precluded from applying through the Houston Law Express program.

*The ACT or SAT scores submitted, must be from when the student originally took the exam for admission to college.

**Cumulative GPA is defined as all courses taken in furtherance of a 4 year bachelor’s degree.

When completing the application on, please be certain that you are completing the correct application.  Applicants applying under the Houston Law Express Program have a specific application.  If you have a GRE/LSAT score or are planning to take the GRE/LSAT there are separate applications for GRE and LSAT test takers.

To submit your official SAT score report electronically through the College Board, please be sure to list the University of Houston Law Center designated institution code 9076.

To submit your official ACT score report electronically through, please be sure to list the University of Houston Law Center designated institution code 2461.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) J.D. Admissions Process

The University of Houston Law Center accepts GRE scores on admissions applications.  Applicants who are submitting a GRE score should request scores for the past five years from Educational Testing Service (ETS) using school code 4360. GRE scores are reportable for five years following the applicant’s test date.  If you are unsure whether your scores are still currently valid and reportable, you may use the GRE Calculator.

When completing the application, please be certain that you are completing the correct application.   If you have a GRE/LSAT score or are planning to take the GRE/LSAT there are separate applications for GRE and LSAT test takers.

Admissions Criteria

Qualifications for J.D. enrollment are based upon factors relevant to the legal profession and to enrolling a diverse student body with a variety of perspectives, experiences, and viewpoints that will enhance the educational experience of all students.  Demonstrated academic ability as demonstrated by undergraduate grade point average LSAT scores or GRE score are important criteria for admission. However, it is university policy, consistent with Texas statutes, that no single criterion can be utilized as the sole determiner of admission status, nor can fixed weights be applied to any one criterion during the admission process; therefore, the personal statement, letters of recommendation, resume, and optional statements are extremely important in the decision-making process. All files receive a full-file review, and consideration is given to many factors. Additional factors include, without limitation, the applicant's background; race and ethnicity; honors and achievements; service to others; communication skills; talents relevant to the practice of law; hardships overcome; advanced degrees; work experience; leadership; and other relevant factors.

Law School 101

The following presentation provides basic information on preparing for law school, what it means to be a lawyer, and the application process. 

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Immunization Requirements

Texas law requires all students under the age of 22 to be immunized against bacterial meningitis (SB 62). Entering students will need to provide a certificate signed by a health care provider, or an official immunization record, verifying that the student has been vaccinated against bacterial meningitis or has received a booster during the 5 years prior to registration. Please check your shot records to ensure you are in compliance with this new law.  The University has placed a hold on your student account that prevents registration for classes until this requirement is met. 

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The UHLC does not offer interviews or evaluative meetings with members of the Admissions Committee at the request of the applicant and or/prospective applicant. Applicants who have concerns that they wish to bring to the attention of the Admissions Office should address those concerns in a written addendum to their application. The addendum may be in the form of a memo or letter, should be addressed to the Admissions Office, and sent by email to