How to Get In: University of Houston Law Center

What can you do to set yourself apart in your application? Admissions officials have the answers.

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8. Which firms/organizations recruit heavily from your school? Which ones hire the highest percentage of your graduates?

University of Houston Law Center has a campus recruiting program hosting well more than 100 employers annually. Large, predominantly Am Law 200 firms attend our on-campus interviews in the fall to recruit our top students for summer positions. In the spring, we host public interest employers, smaller firms, and corporations for networking and interviewing events.

While we have graduates employed in all segments of the legal marketplace, the highest percentages in private practice are split evenly between firms with more than 500 attorneys and smaller firms of less than 10 attorneys. We also have a significant number of students who employ their J.D. in business positions with accounting and energy corporations.

9. What are some of the most common mistakes that applicants make that hurt their chances of being accepted?

The worst offenders are the applicants who do not read and follow the application instructions! Just by following the rules, these applicants could avoid the simple mistakes that can impede their chances of admission. Applicants should plan to complete the process in a timely manner and should not wait until the deadlines to apply. Also, candidates should carefully proofread everything before submitting their materials. Candidates regularly send in materials with spelling errors, or submit materials that were obviously intended for another law or graduate school.

10. Can you describe the archetypal student for your school?

There really isn't a typical student. We endeavor to have students from a wide range of backgrounds with a variety of viewpoints. The admissions committee is looking for applicants with a history of academic excellence, service to the community, and leadership skills. We are recognized as one of the most diverse law campuses in the nation, and we believe that the diversity of our students is one of our true strengths as a law school.