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Fall 2008 - Summer 2009
Requirements for Admission
Candidates must hold a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent from an accredited college or university. All undergraduate majors are acceptable, with courses that develop writing skills and analytical thinking recognized as good preparation for the study of law.
Applicants should take the Law School Admission Test (120-180 scale) no later than the December preceding the February 15 deadline to ensure timely receipt of test results. Students pointing toward the November 1 deadline for Early Decision must take the LSAT no later than the September administration. If you take the LAST more than once we will use the higher score.
The UH Law Center requires applicants to register for the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). The Office of Admissions can supply information or you can contact:
A complete package submitted to the UH Law Center must contain:
No application will be reviewed without the LSDAS report.
Early Decision application deadlines for the part-time and full-time entering classes is November 1, with the LSAT taken no later than the September/October administration. Files must be complete by December 1 to ensure a decision can be made by mid-February.
Regular Decision deadline for the part-time entering class is February 1, and the deadline for the full-time entering class is February 15. For students with foreign degrees, the deadline is November 1.
The LSAT should be completed no later than the December administration, but February scores will be accepted on a space-available basis.
To ensure your file receives consideration, files should be complete by March 1 for the part-time program and by March 15 for the full-time program. Because a rolling admission process is used, there is likely to be more availability earlier in the process. Decisions will be mailed no later than mid-May.
It is university policy, consistent with State of Texas statutes, that no single criterion can be utilized as the sole determinant of admission status, nor can fixed weights be applied to any one criterion. Demonstrated academic ability and strong LSAT scores are not the only criteria for admission. Consideration is also given to your background, achievements, honors, extracurricular activities, service to others, unique abilities, hardships overcome, advanced degrees, employment and leadership. The UH Law Center is also committed to diversity and the UH system Board of Regents recognizes and endorses the benefits of diversity in the university setting. The Admissions Committee will consider the following additional factors: cultural history, ethnic origin, and race. These and other elements may be addressed in a personal statement of up to three pages double-spaced.
The Office of Admissions strongly recommends the submission of no more than three letters of recommendation. Although the letters are optional, the sources of recommendation can attest to your ability to enter a competitive professional program. Letters of recommendation may be included in your application packet. They must be sealed and have the author's signature on the lip of the envelope.
Letters of recommendation may also be sent through the LSAC letter of recommendation service provided through your LSDAS registration subscription. Your letters will be copied and forwarded to us along with your LSDAS Report.
Interviews are not granted, but an appointment may be scheduled to discuss the admissions process. Decisions are final. Applications will be reconsidered only under very compelling circumstances. Therefore, be sure to include all relevant information in your application materials.