Fall Course Schedules Posted for Entering 1Ls

Your Fall 2010 course schedules are now posted online at PeopleSoft.  Additionally, Orientation packets were sent out this morning to the email account on file with our office.  These packets contain a copy of your final class schedule, along with a booklist for each course assigned, details about Orientation, and other miscellaneous, but important items.

**Please check your spam if you do not see an email with this information–sometimes emails from UHLC will get trapped in the spam folder.

For Our Admitted Students–1Ls & Transfers

Let me first start by way of a huge CONGRATS!!  We are extremely psyched to have you join us this fall.  With that said, many of you have been curious and calling our office about Orientation and registration details.  So I figured I would fill you in on this here ol’ blog….

For our 1Ls: the Office of Student Services handles registration–they will assign you to a Section and set your course schedule for the entire 1L year.  All your course information will be sent via mail early August in a packet that will also give you details on Orientation and other matters, such as health insurance, parking permits, etc.  Once you receive your schedule, you will be able to look up your professors’ book list and order books/visit our campus bookstore at the Calhoun Lofts to begin preparing for your 1st week of classes.  Lastly, mandatory Orientation will be held Friday, August 20th, and Saturday, August 21st at the Law Center.

For our transfers: Packets will also be mailed in early August with information relating to registration and Orientation.  Once received, you can log into PeopleSoft and register for the fall semester.  Details related to Orientation, parking, health insurance, etc. will also be sent in this packet.  Orientation for transfer students will take place on Friday, August 20th and will last the duration of the work day.  Also, for those of you interested in writing onto a journal, please remember the second phase of the Write-On Competition begins shortly:   http://www.houstonlawreview.org/about/write-on-competition/

Please note: if you are an international student (if you hold a visa of any sort) and are either an entering 1L or transfer student with the Law Center, you must also attend an international student orientation with main campus.  You can find more information on this mandatory orientation at:   http://www.issso.uh.edu/PDF/InternationalStudentsOrientationInformation-20103-Graduate.pdf.  Please contact the ISSSO regarding details on this Orientation, as the Law Center is not associated with this program. 

I hope this helps answer your dying questions about registration and orientation–we look forward to seeing you in August!!

Another Waitlist Update.

I know many of you on the waitlist are still, well, waiting.  Please know that we are working behind the scenes to get the final decisions out the door as fast as humanly possible.  Our target decision date for those of you still on the waitlist is early August; so only a few more weeks!! 

The waitlist is a tricky monster and we can only make decisions on the waitlist when our admitted students make a move–whether that be deciding they will officially enroll at the Law Center this fall or regrettably choose to endure the adventure of law school somewhere else. 

Believe me, we would love to accept each and every one of you on the waitlist–it has been an incredible pool of applicants this year.  Competition was extremely stiff with our number of applications rising over 4,000 for the first time ever.   However, as we all know, the Law Center simply and realistically does not have the space to open arms accept everyone 😦 

Thus, bear with us.  We are doing our best to give you an answer one way or another in the next few weeks.

A Word of Advice Regarding Discussion Boards, Online Forums, and Unaffiliated “Admissions” Blogs

It is crystal clear that a majority of law school applicants utilize the many online chat boards, blogs, and other unofficial sources about law school admissions available on the web.  It is also very apparent that many of you are taking what you read on these unsubstantiated websites as the utmost authority on the subject of admissions.  This is alarming for our office and law admissions offices around the country, as it becomes increasingly difficult for us to correct the multitude of rumors and misinformation posted on these popular sites.  The moral of this blog post you ask?  Be skeptical of what you read online.  As another law school admissions blog wrote, “as future lawyers, you should be naturally skeptical and analytical about unsupported assertions.”  Nothing could be truer.    

With that said, we understand that the admissions process is stressful and that applicants have a healthy thirst for knowledge on the process and law school generally.  In particular, we understand that it is an anxious time and you are curious, if not excited to hear what other applicants are saying and experiencing.  There is no doubt in our minds that participation on these popular discussion boards will continue to flourish.  However, this admissions cycle alone we are aware of several inaccurate rumors concerning how we view LSAT scores, their weight in our review process, and a few conspiracy theories to top things off. 

Thus, we encourage you to visit our admissions website, admissions blog, or call/email our office if you have questions related to the admissions process, where we are in the current cycle, entering class statistics, or any other questions you may have along the way (e.g., how to apply, what clinical programs are available at the Law Center, do you have a class on the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, what are your bar passage rates, what are our employment statistics after graduation, etc.).  I can promise that the feedback you receive from our sources will be accurate and the most updated information available; however, I cannot guarantee you will get anything close to the correct information on these unaffiliated websites. 

Bottom-line: treat your participation on these sites as social and entertainment outlets and do not believe everything you read. 

P.S.  It has often been discussed on the chat boards that many of you believe admissions staff do not read the boards—wrongo!! We do read them and surprisingly, it is quite easy to figure out who is posting on the boards.   So bear this in mind when participating on these websites.  While we certainly are advocates of freedom of speech, knowing that admissions offices around the country are reading the boards for feedback is something you should consider before posting inflammatory comments about a specific admissions staff member or generally distasteful commentary.  You never know who your audience may be….

Your Waitlist Answers

Earlier this week, I offered to answer questions related to the waitlist process at UHLC.  A few of you submitted similar questions, so I have paraphrased them below.  Notably, certain privacy and confidentiality limitations exist in the admissions world that hinder my ability to fully answer a few of your questions.  With that being said, here you go:

Based upon last year’s message boards, there was a fair bit of activity in mid to late July.  What will be the timeline this year?

  • Honestly, every year is very different.  While we have started to look at the waitlist, no offers have been made at this time.  Some years more waitlisted folks get offers than other years–thus, the timeline of activity varies considerably.  Believe me, I really wish I could tell you that by X time you will know your fate, but that is not the nature of the waitlist beast.  However, the Admissions Committee will continue to consider waitlisted candidates throughout the summer. 

Does UHLC require a second seat deposit from accepted applicants & base its review of the waitlist files on the receipt of this second deposit?

  • In lieu of a second deposit, the Office of Admissions will be sending a second letter to our accepted applicants in the next week or so which essentially is an enrollment commitment form.  This letter requests permission to register the applicant for fall classes.  Thus, those applicants who are holding out for another school or have multiple seat deposits are essentially forced to make a decision on their status with UHLC.  This activity gives us a better snapshot of how many people we will need from the waitlist to fill vacant seats.  However, this form is not an exact science and cannot fully predict who from the admitted applicant pool will matriculate with the Law Center.  But it at least gives us some sort of guesstimate. 

Does UHLC receive LSAC’s multiple seat deposit report (overlap report) and if so, does the Law Center request that those admitted applicants holding multiple deposits take some kind of action?

  • UHLC does receive this overlap report–most law schools do.  Upon receipt, we try to work with those accepted candidates to help them finalize their law school plans.  Most “overlap” applicants understand that holding seats at multiple schools prevents waitlisted candidates from getting an offer and therefore, they make a good faith effort in choosing a law school as quickly as possible. 

Should supplemental materials be sent directly to the Law Center Admissions e-mail or physical address, or should it be routed through LSAC as previously required (additional LOR, updated resume, and/or completed transcript)?

  • Please send any transcripts to LSAC so they can recalculate your GPA previously reported to our office.  An additional letter of recommendation or an updated resume should be sent directly to our office.  However, remember to keep updates to your file within reason–only send them if there is something new and outstanding that might influence our decision on your file.

I would like to visit the law school, when will the schedule for summer visits be available?

  • Currently, the Law Center is open to those who would like to undertake a self-guided tour of our facilities.  The self-guided tour is identical to that which you would receive from a student ambassador or admissions staff member.  On June 7th we will post our guided tour schedule for the remainder of the summer.  Class visits will resume in the fall. 

How many people are on the full-time waitlist?

  • Unfortunately, this information is confidential and cannot be disclosed.

In years past, what is the percentage of candidates who received offers from the full-time waitlist?

  • Unfortunately, this has varied greatly over the years, so I cannot give you an exact answer.  Some years we have made few, if any offers.  Other years, there have been quite a few waitlist applicants who received offers. 

Compared to other law schools, is the full-time waitlist at UHLC longer or shorter?

  • Unfortunately, we do not have access to the waitlist statistics at other law schools–so we don’t have a clue how our list matches up with others.  Sorry. 

Thanks to those who submitted the great questions!!  Should the above Q&A trigger additional questions, I am leaving the comments open over the weekend and I will answer them Monday afternoon.  Have a great weekend!