University of Houston Law Center

University of Houston Law Center

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Basic Information

The University of Houston is the top law school in the fourth-largest city in the United States. It ranks in the top 40 nationwide (and in the top three in Texas) for recent graduates gaining employment at the nation’s largest law firms. There are a number of large firms in Houston and the economy has been strong. 

“The Houston economy has remained very strong as compared the rest of the country and through our extensive alumni network and legal employment opportunities available to graduates, our post-employment rates are at around 90 percent, often close to the highest in the state," said Dean Leonard M. Baynes.

The public school also has very good relationships with mid- and smaller-sized law firms. That has helped the school post strong employment rates, often the highest in the state. 

The Law Center offers several nationally ranked concentrations, including criminal law intellectual property, health law, energy/environmental law, tax law and trial advocacy. In these concentrations, the Law Center has some of the most extensive course offerings of any law school in the U.S. 

The Law Center’s clinical programs offer hands-on training and upper-division students have opportunities to participate in externships with non-profit organizations and government agencies and judicial internships with federal appellate and district courts as well as state appellate and trial courts. 

Tuition at the Law Center  for a JD in the entering fall 2018 class is $32,092.52 as a resident and $47,127.52 as a non-resident, which is  much less than most top law schools nationally as well as the University of Texas, SMU, and Baylor. The cost of living in Houston is low, which helps keep student debt down. Houston has one of the best faculty-to-student ratios in the state, at 6-to-1.

The Law Center also offers a nationally ranked part-time program, which is consistently ranked in the Top Ten nationwide.



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75th Percentile1623.69
25th Percentile1563.24
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$20,911$30,949
Living Expenses
Median grant$10000
Percent receiving grants62.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 87.00%
NJ Employment80.22
Bar Passage84.22%
Academic Profile
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Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy