Around the Campus- Your own little piece of the Law Center

A glimpse of the Section C study carrels (on a sunny Saturday morning.)

A look at the Section C study carrels (on a sunny Saturday morning–evidence that law students don’t study ALL day).

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The carrels provide a semi-private study space and include a lockable cabinet for books and personal items.


One popular stop on our prospective student tour is the visit to the study carrels. At the Law Center all first-year students are assigned to a personal study carrel, which is yours to use for the first year of law school.  Carrels are organized by section so each 1L section has its own “home base.”  The study carrels are part study space, part social hub, and–at the risk of sounding cheesy–are where many life-long relationships are forged.

A tour of the carrels can give you a glimpse into the personality of that section and the students in it.  Students sometimes personalize their carrels with family photos, plants, or memorabilia collected throughout the year. Students further enhance the feeling of community by bringing shared coffee machines or refrigerators and even decorate for the holidays, as you can see from the pictures to the left showing Section C’s Lunar New Year decor. (My pictures really don’t do them justice. They’re impressive.)

Over the years I have seen both serious and cheeky motivational posters, flyers for upcoming social events and SBA elections, and signs admonishing noisy passersby to respect the study space. I have witnessed post-final exam celebrations and pre-interview pep talks, and walking through my old section’s carrels always brings back happy memories. The carrels are a small perk of the 1L year that play an integral role in student life.

Houston team wins world title in Paris (again)

The UHLC Blakely Advocacy Institute posted its second major victory in less than a week with the first-place win at the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Commercial Mediation Competition in Paris, France, one of the most prestigious advocacy competitions in the world. Teams representing 67 law and business schools from around the world competed in the 10th annual competition which tests students’ commercial dispute resolution skills. Congratulations to 2L Rose Badruddin and 3L Brandon Schrecengost on this fantastic accomplishment. The UHLC team was coached by alumni Kevin Hedges, Lucy Tyson, Niki Roberts, and Will Sprott.

As a result of winning the competition, Badruddin and Schrecengost will have the opportunity to intern with one of two global law firms– Evershelds or Linklaters.

The University of Houston Law Center is the first repeat winner of the competition, having won the tournament 10 years ago.

UH Law Center students win Costello National Criminal Mock Trial Competition

UHLC students win national title

National Champions– Barira Munshi, Travis Holland, and Ashley Ellerin.

University of Houston Law Center students Ashley Ellerin, Travis Holland, and Barira Munshi took first place at the Costello National Criminal Mock Trial Competition last weekend in Fairfax, Virginia. The competition included 32 teams, and our students defeated teams from Brigham Young University, Emory University, University of Illinois, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Buffalo. The UHLC team was the highest scoring prosecution team, scoring higher than the University of Texas, whose team also made it to the semi-finals. The final win was against Buffalo, securing the national championship.