Houston, sports destination de jour!

With apologies to our neighbors to the north, Houston is fast becoming the prime destination for the sports enthusiast.  Lacking only professional hockey, Houston’s offerings range in scope from the wide range of “amateur,” aka college sports, offered in the city limits (including but not limited to the 2015 Peach Bowl Champions, the University of Houston Cougars) to each of the major professional sports.

The weekend of April 1st is a prime example of the prevalence of sports and the options a sports fan has in Houston, Texas. Not only has the University of Houston Law Center hosted the fascinating debate between NYT columnist Joe Nocera and ESPN/CBS analyst Len Elmore asking “Is College Sports Broken?”, but the city of Houston plays host to the 2016 NCAA Final Four men’s basketball tournament, as well as the fantastic Shell Houston Open.

Needless to say it’s an exciting time to be in Houston.  With strong economic outcomes, exciting social opportunities (2017 Super Bowl anyone?), and great communities to build a life within, Houston provides significant options for the discerning student looking to establish their professional life with a mixture of sporting and social activities!

Go to the SHO!

A mere 22 miles from the University of Houston Law Center’s campus, the city of Houston plays host to the PGA Tour tournament, the Shell Houston Open.  Currently played at the Golf Club of Houston, the week before the Masters Tournament, the seven day event has something to offer every level of interest.

Not interested in golf, at all, the tournament course easily offers a scenic 7 mile walk in Greens Bayou, a rarely seen part of the Houston “wild.”

Interested in celebrity? Not only will you get a chance to see some of the PGA’s greatest, as they vie for the million plus dollar purse, but you just might see a non-golf celebrity. This year drew Houston Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien, among others.

Have a passing interest or are highly interested in golf? I’m certain you could find a reason to attend.

Overall, the atmosphere of the Shell Houston Open is entertaining. Food and beverages run on the pricey side ($6 hot dog, $7 adult beverages). Entrance fees start at $30.00, but students on a budget may consider the option to volunteer (although you must purchase a uniform, currently priced at $80.00).

As one of the major sporting event options in the city of Houston, the Annual Shell Houston Open offers an outdoor and unique opportunity to enjoy professional sports, beyond the offerings of NRG Stadium, Minute Maid Park, the Toyota Center and BBVA Compass Stadium.

For more information, please visit www.ShellHoustonOpen.com.


Weather in the Bayou City


Texas is synonymous with hot. But our relationship with the weather is best characterized as “it’s complicated.” Texas offers semi-arid plains and hill country, desert, and humid subtropical climate zones. Texas has seen 69 tropical or subtropical cyclones (aka Hurricanes) since 1980, but don’t worry, one will make landfall in Texas only three times in a four year period. The state of Texas even has an annual snowfall and sees the highest number of tornadoes (on average, 139) each year.

In Houston, we can’t deny that Houston knows how to bring the heat, but this heat is transmogrified into something even more wonderful known as humidity. This is due, in part, to the consistent rainfall that Houston sees year round. In addition to the rainfall, the humidity springs forth from the nicknamesake, Bayou City. A bayou, of course, is a marshy outlet of a lake or river of which Houston has several!

The subtropical climate of Houston benefits Houstonians by offering, virtually, year round outdoor activities including the use of 38,394 acres of luscious green City of Houston Parks. While certain activities might be better suited during the pre-sun rise portion of your schedule in the summer months, you more than benefit from all that Houston has to offer throughout the year. When was the last time you enjoyed a night kayaking foray in October or February (an option at Lake Houston). When was the last time you went for an outdoor run in December or January (an option at Memorial Park).

As you can see, not only is there a lot of recreational space in Houston, according to the official visitor site for Houston, “[o]f the nation’s 10 most populous cities, none had more total park space than Houston,” but a lot of time throughout the year to take advantage of it, thanks in part to the pleasant, albeit humid, climate the Bayou City offers.

If Houston is in your future, the Office of Admissions highly recommends you take advantage of the year round opportunities we offer to visit the campus to determine if Houston can mesh with you, in the climatological sense.


Life is sweet at the Law Center


Assistant Dean for Admissions Jamie Dillon and Associate Director of Admissions Nathan Neely, part of team “UHLCupcakes” (so aptly named by our own Associate Director of Admissions Pilar Mensah), participated in the Cougar Cupcake Challenge on Friday, August 8th, hosted by the University of Houston’s Office of Special Events. Although our talented group didn’t win the challenge, they clearly took the cake (pun intended) with the originality of their display, meant to replicate the brand new TDECU stadium on the UH campus. If you take a closer look, you’ll see various UH notables included as key players in the cupcake games, including Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory, Systems Chancellor Renu Khator, and Dean-designate Leonard Baynes, along with our very own Dean Dillon.


Members of the Admissions staff worked extremely hard crafting the small mock-up of the long-awaited stadium, paying close attention to details such as bleachers made out of plastic cups and the ever-present bright stadium lights of every Texas football field. Participants in the cupcake competition were rewarded handsomely with the cupcakes themselves, which the rest of the Law Center staff had the pleasure of enjoying afterward. Dean Dillon indicated that while the Admissions Office’s display wasn’t chosen for first place, it was without a doubt the crowd favorite.


See? It’s not all work at the Law Center! Our staff and students know how to play hard as well, as evidenced by the thought put into our office’s amazing cupcake display. In fact, any of our law students or Admissions staff are happy to tout our love of Houston and all the fun things there are to do in our city to any curious prospective student, so don’t hesitate to contact us with questions about life at the Law Center or in Houston.

And for anyone now nursing an insatiable hunger for cupcakes (or is that just me?), Houston has an amazing selection of gourmet cupcake shops, including Sprinkles, Crave, Ooh La La, What’s Up Cupcake, and Frosted Betty Bakeshop, just to name a few!