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University of Houston Law Center

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The University of Houston is the top law school in the fourth-largest city in the United States. It ranks second, behind University of Texas, in a recent study of where big law firms partners in Houston went to law school, and fourth for partners in Dallas.

“We routinely finish in the top 40 nationwide for placement at big firms,” said Dean Raymond Nimmer. “There are a lot of very large firms based in Houston. And the Houston economy has been very good compared to the rest of the country.”

Nimmer said the school has very good relationships with mid- and smaller-sized law firms as well. That has helped the school post an employment rate of 93.3 percent — highest in the state.

The school offers several concentrations, including intellectual property, health law, energy law and trial advocacy. Four years ago it started a national championship for moot court and is starting a mock trial competition soon.

“Unlike some schools that focus on training teams, ours is broad-based,” Nimmer said. “Two-thirds of students take courses in some form of advocacy.”

Tuition at the state school is 15 percent less than the University of Texas, at $26,731 — much less than most top schools nationally. The cost of living in Houston is low, which helps keep student debt down. Houston has the best faculty-to-student ratio in the state, at 10.4-to-1. Nimmer said one of the conditions when he took over as dean in 2006 was that he would reduce the class size. He has dropped enrollment from 1,100 to 877 in that time span even though applications have increased.

“It’s hard to document, but a good faculty member who cares about teaching can do a better job with fewer students,” he said.
The school offers a part-time program, with about 20 percent of its enrollment in the evening division.

Published Winter 2012

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