Leonard M. Baynes 2015-10-26 13:09:43
The University of Houston Law Center represents the power of legal education. Our renowned faculty teach students to think like lawyers so that they can seek and deliver justice for their clients. At the Law Center, we provide our students with an excellent education and affordable tuition. The Law Center is often recognized as a “best value” in legal education. The Law Center addresses the needs of the legal profession and educates students in a manner that reflects those needs in four ways. The Law Center has: (1) a broad-based curriculum, (2) skills training, (3) funded summer public interest fellowships, and (4) pipeline programs to expand the pool of law school students. Curriculum. The Law Center’s curriculum is among the broadest of Texas law schools. It offers a wide range of upper-level courses, such as “ObamaCare,” Diplomacy for Oil and Gas, and Corporate Compliance—to name a few. Except for the required Professional Responsibility and advanced writing courses, the entire upper-level curriculum is elective. Skills Training. The Law Center has many clinical and skills training opportunities for students to become practice-ready while they are in law school. Students work on actual cases under the supervision of faculty experts. The Civil Practice Clinic specializes in bankruptcy, collection, landlord-tenant, divorce, domestic violence, administrative appeals, adoption, will drafting, guardianships, name changes, and probate issues. More information can be found at law.uh.edu/clinic/civil.asp. The Consumer Law Clinic works on cases including claims under the Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act, as well as credit- and debt-collection problems and landlord-tenant complaints. More information can be found at law.uh.edu/clinic/consumerlaw.asp. The Immigration Clinic specializes in applications for asylum on behalf of victims of torture and persecution; representing immigrants who have been the victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and crime; and children and those fleeing civil war, genocide, or political repression. More information can be found at law.uh.edu/clinic/immi.asp. The Mediation Clinic provides trained student-mediators to the justice courts in Harris County. Students mediate consumer issues, landlord-tenant disputes, and breach of contract cases while developing their mediation and communication skills. More information can be found at law.uh.edu/clinic/mediate.asp. The Transactional Clinic assists small businesses and nonprofit organizations with legal representation, including negotiating lease agreements, selecting a proper organizational structure, developing employment policies, and the buying and selling of businesses. More information can be found at law.uh.edu/clinic/transactional.asp. The Texas Innocence Network provides students with opportunities to work with death-sentenced inmates in habeas appeals. Students conduct the exhaustive investigations necessary to develop the claims raised in these proceedings. More information can be found at law.uh.edu/TIN/. Through the Blakely Advocacy Institute, students learn advocacy skills by participating in moot court, mock trial, negotiation, and mediation competitions. More information can be found at law.uh.edu/blakely/. Funded Summer Public Interest Fellowships. During summer 2015, 31 Law Center students were awarded funding for fellowships to work at nonprofit, public interest agencies, and government offices. Nine students spent the summer abroad as “global fellows,” working for similar agencies in Canada, India, and Mexico. With this financial support, students gain robust legal experience, while serving the global and national community. Pipeline Program. The UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program is designed to provide early legal exposure to undergraduate students who are first generation, low income, or members of groups historically underrepresented in the legal profession and who are interested in pursuing a career in law. The program prepares students for the Law School Admission Test, the law school application process, and their law school careers. In sum, the curriculum, the clinics, and the fellowships provide students with the opportunity to have the best and broadest legal education possible to support their career opportunities and placement upon graduation, while the Pipeline Program opens the door into the legal profession that may have otherwise been closed. FOUNDED 1947 ENROLLMENT 859 ANNUAL TUITION AND FEES $29,784 NUMBER OF GRADUATES IN 2000 276 NUMBER OF GRADUATES IN 2015 234 PERCENTAGE OF 2014 GRADUATES WHO HAD JOBS BY MARCH 2015 90.6 percent PERCENTAGE OF 2014 GRADUATES WITH FULL-TIME, J.D.-REQUIRED/J.D.-ADVANTAGE JOBS THAT WERE SUBSIDIZED BY THE LAW SCHOOL 2.15 percent AVERAGE DEBT LOAD OF A 2014 GRADUATE $88,664, a decline from 2013 LEONARD M. BAYNES brings a national reputation as a communications law scholar with specializations in business, media, and diversity issues. Baynes previously served as the inaugural director of the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development at St. John’s University School of Law. During Baynes’s first year at UHLC, he started the UHLC Pre-Law Pipeline Program, the First Year Law Center Orientation Community Service Day, and the funded Global Fellowship Program, and he met with more than 1,000 alumni and friends of the Law Center at events in Denver, New York City, the District of Columbia, and cities across Texas.
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