Often during campus visits or counseling appointments, prospective students ask what we’re looking for in an applicant beyond a strong GPA and LSAT score. While a history of strong academic performance is important, there are many other factors we consider. One in particular (and often overlooked by applicants) is a demonstrated history of leadership and community involvement. How an applicant has spent their time outside the classroom or how an individual has sought to improve upon their academic interests in the “real world” is critical in setting applicants apart.
Obviously, this is not something that can be done overnight or on the eve of deciding you want to apply to law school. While there is no right or wrong answer in terms of what you should have been doing outside the classroom over the past few years, the take home point of this post is to use your application as an opportunity to tell us what makes you unique in your extracurricular experiences and how you have changed things for the better (or how that experience has changed YOU for the better).
Intellectual ability will obviously always be a key factor in admissions–there’s just no way around that, but remember we are looking to create a diverse and well-rounded community here at the UHLC, so make sure those aspects of your application shine!
Over the last few months, we’ve received many calls and emails specifically regarding when decisions will be made on applications. We know that the time between submitting your application and receiving a decision can be quite stressful. However, rest assured that we are working hard to get all the decisions to you as quickly as possible.
To put things in perspective, each application is thoroughly reviewed so that we may make a fair and informed judgment on your candidacy. While this takes time, we hope that this post can provide some transparency regarding our in-depth review process, which will (hopefully) help ease some of your anxiety. Likewise, since we do not have a GPA or LSAT cut-off, every file receives this same careful consideration in the review process. Not so long ago, we too were law school applicants, so we understand that waiting is difficult and we appreciate your patience.
To more specifically answer the question:
Generally, applications submitted for regular decision will be notified by mid-May. Since we review applications on a rolling basis, you may receive a decision earlier than that. Remember that once you have submitted your application online, our office will confirm receipt of your application via email and provide you with an applicant ID, which you may use to check your decision status online. Be sure to read the instructions on the Application Status Check page carefully and note that your status may remain unchanged for several weeks.
As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to call (713) 743.2280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exciting news!! The keynote speaker for the 2010 Commencement Ceremonies will be the honorable Mayor Giuliani!! For more details on the Mayor’s visit, please check out the Note from Dean Raymond T. Nimmer:
The University of Houston’s newest on-campus residential facility opened its doors last fall. The Calhoun Lofts offer loft-style living with an urban feel that caters to UH graduate and professional students. The Lofts are located directly across the street from the Law Center, which makes it a prime location for our incoming 1L students. The apartments are available furnished or unfurnished and in studio, 1 bedroom, or 2 bedroom sizes. No detail was overlooked in this stylish residential building; from a theatre room, to two roof-top terraces, a sky lounge, granite countertops throughout, and 10-foot ceilings, this facility has it all.
For more information on monthly rates, additional amenities, or to request a tour, please call 832.842.LOFT (5638) or visit www.uh.edu/calhounlofts
Well after a long hiatus, the University of Houston Law Center Admissions Blog is back! We are extremely eager to introduce you to the Law Center and all the incredible opportunities that are available to our law students and alumni.
Our objective with this blog is to increase the transparency of UHLC’s admissions process, keep our applicants up-to-date on where we are in the process, offer tips on what makes (or breaks) an application, and provide you with highlights relating to student life and our esteemed faculty here at the Law Center.
Please check back each week for new posts. Similarly, let us know what you’d like to hear about and we will do our best to address those topics. The UHLC Admissions Office looks forward to hearing from you!