The Great Houston Sports Triangle

Sports

Providing an unprecedented 1.2 square miles combined with a 6.5-mile tail of athletic terror, many a discerning sports fan has disappeared into the midst of the “Great Houston Sports Triangle.”

Granted, the above-referenced fan will eventually reappear (unlike an encounter with the Sports Triangle’s much more horrific cousin, the Bermuda Triangle), but they may or may not have had an enjoyable experience!

Houston boasts four of the five professional sport teams (hockey has just not found a home in humid Houston).  In 2013, two of the four teams, the Houston Rockets (NBA) and the Houston Dynamo (MLS), found themselves in playoff contention.  Meanwhile, the Houston Astros (MLB) logged a record of 51-111 and the Houston Texans (NFL) finished the year at 2-14. Despite season records, good or bad, this means that the city of Houston sees sporting action year-round at the professional level.

In addition to the local teams, Houston is treated to many international events.  The Fayez Sarofim & Co. US Men’s Clay Court Championship is the oldest tennis tournament in the country to still be played on its original site while the Chevron Houston Marathon is the largest single day sporting event in the city.  The BP MS 150 hosts 13,000 cyclists for two days, covering an impressive 180 miles.  Attracting thousands of golf enthusiasts, the Shell Houston Open is a regular golf tournament on the PGA tour.  Finally the city’s “signature” event can be found in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition.

While the world’s best teams are not necessarily fielded locally, as indicated by the last local championship coming from the Houston Dynamo in 2007, it can easily be said that the city of Houston sees more than its share of world-class athletes covering a multitude of disciplines.

Admitted Student Events

Spring is in the air, and the sunnier days and warmer weather mean one thing in the law school admissions world ~ the Admissions Committee is diligently reviewing applications for the entering fall class, and admitted students are carefully weighing their options.  But don’t panic ~ if you haven’t received a response from us yet, it’s an ongoing process, and you’ll be hearing from us soon!

For those applicants who have already been admitted, there are quite a few events that you’ll want to go ahead and mark on your calendars.  Our office will be sending out more detailed invitations via email to our admitted students, so keep your eyes peeled as we’re still hard at work finalizing the details for these events!

March-April: Admitted student dinners with faculty members.  Our phenomenal Law Center faculty will host small dinners for admitted students at some fantastic area restaurants.  Watch your emails for more information on these.

April 4th: Admitted Students Preview Day.  This is a all-day opportunity for admitted students to come to the Law Center and hear from professors, current students, and alumni, as well as get information from our various programs.  You will also have the chance to sit in on a mock class and take a tour of our facilities.

April 15th: Part-time Admitted Students Preview Evening.  Visit the Law Center to attend an evening class, take a tour, and enjoy dinner with current students and professors.

April 18th: John Black Moot Court Competition, Final Round (6:00-8:50 pm at the Law Center).  Hear about our Trial Advocacy teams from current students and have a light dinner prior to watching the competition.

A brief description of the competition:

Mandatory Rounds 
Each spring, every 1L participates in the mandatory rounds by preparing and delivering one argument, with a partner, on the same topic as the Lawyering Skills and Strategies (LSS) brief that the student will be writing concurrently. This exercise is part of the LSS curriculum and will comprise part of each student’s LSS grade. While the Advocates assist in the planning and execution of the mandatory rounds, these rounds are primarily under the authority of the LSS department.

Competitive Rounds
After the mandatory rounds are over, the Advocates host a full-blown competition for all interested 1Ls. The competition is optional, and the winning teams usually receive cash prizes. Teams competing in the competitive rounds will use the same “problem” (fact pattern, research, etc.) that they used in the mandatory rounds.

July 17th: Admitted Students Preview Day.  This event will be later in the afternoon, and includes a reception with faculty, alumni, and current students.

We hope that you will be able to attend at least some of our events geared toward admitted students!  As always, if you have any questions, please email our office at lawadmissions@uh.edu.