University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby arod » Fri Feb 17, 2017 1:09 am

_sendnudes wrote:
arod wrote:
_sendnudes wrote:Has anybody decided which ASD you'll be going to?

Personally leaning towards the one in April, since the Diversity Reception is the night before, but not 100% sure. What about you?


I think I'll be attending the March ASD. Personally, it's just more convenient schedule-wise. I submitted my Travel Assistance form yesterday. I'm in Texas but more than 150 miles from Houston. I thought the $300 and hotel accommodations were very generous.



I didn't even realize they did travel assistance :shock: that is a really nice stipend. Thanks for bringing that up! I'll have to look into it, I'm about 200 miles away from Houston.

I have to see what my schedule looks like. I'm starting a new job next week, so I don't want to ask for too many dates off. Hopefully I get to go to one or the other, though.

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby cnc93 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:00 pm

Submitted my application on 1/23. Status changed to "File in Review" on 2/8. I see other posters whose status changed on 2/8 or 2/9 have been admitted already but I'm still in review. Not sure if that's a bad sign or not.

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby emilycc1026 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 6:48 pm

cnc93 wrote:Submitted my application on 1/23. Status changed to "File in Review" on 2/8. I see other posters whose status changed on 2/8 or 2/9 have been admitted already but I'm still in review. Not sure if that's a bad sign or not.



Same dates! I'm not worried though

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby emilycc1026 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:41 am

In today after a month or so of submitting

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby bp25 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:28 pm

Guys, I am freaking out a bit. I submitted my application on 1/26 and my status has been "File Complete" ever since. Is anyone else in the same situation or should I be worried?

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby elcamino4 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:19 pm

After having been accepted for a little over a month with no scholarship, I was offered a Dean's Scholarship of $10,000/yr today. I was really disappointed for the longest time even though UH remains one of my top choices, so I was really pleased with the offer.

Henny, if you see this, did you get an offer? I remember we were in the same boat...

Very pleased. Definitely attending the ASD in March.

Travel reimbursement email came today too. Did everyone get that today? Or is it just that now that I have a Dean's scholarship I get the reimbursement email? I think it said only Dean's scholars will be reimbursed, correct?

I halfway think that since I inquired about a stipend earlier this week, they gave me a scholly just to compensate me of the costs of travelling. Tell me I'm crazy and everyone got it today lol

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby cwl2017 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 2:08 am

arod wrote:
_sendnudes wrote:
arod wrote:
_sendnudes wrote:Has anybody decided which ASD you'll be going to?

Personally leaning towards the one in April, since the Diversity Reception is the night before, but not 100% sure. What about you?


I think I'll be attending the March ASD. Personally, it's just more convenient schedule-wise. I submitted my Travel Assistance form yesterday. I'm in Texas but more than 150 miles from Houston. I thought the $300 and hotel accommodations were very generous.



I didn't even realize they did travel assistance :shock: that is a really nice stipend. Thanks for bringing that up! I'll have to look into it, I'm about 200 miles away from Houston.

I have to see what my schedule looks like. I'm starting a new job next week, so I don't want to ask for too many dates off. Hopefully I get to go to one or the other, though.


The travel assistance is for dean scholars (which I got 25k per year from that). I will be at the March date since it is during my spring break and will be staying at the hotel they provide since I am traveling from out of state (but I am a TX resident, just doing undergrad in California). Houston was a little bit of a roller coaster after my acceptance and I am tempted with only having to pay 6k a year to just put in a deposit, I mean SO CHEAP, but they didn't do any favors with the way they handled a unique situation that they put me in. But they ended up making up for it later on, in a completely unrelated way.

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Torres1893 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:31 pm

Has anyone had success with scholarship reconsideration?

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby ryan.laine94 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:49 pm

Torres1893 wrote:Has anyone had success with scholarship reconsideration?


I tried and got nothing extra...ugh. I did have higher scholarship offers but not in that geographic area so idk if that was a factor or not.

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Torres1893 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:54 pm

ryan.laine94 wrote:
Torres1893 wrote:Has anyone had success with scholarship reconsideration?


I tried and got nothing extra...ugh. I did have higher scholarship offers but not in that geographic area so idk if that was a factor or not.


Then I'm expecting to get nothing more as well lol. I'll still try tho.

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby cwl2017 » Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:01 pm

elcamino4 wrote:After having been accepted for a little over a month with no scholarship, I was offered a Dean's Scholarship of $10,000/yr today. I was really disappointed for the longest time even though UH remains one of my top choices, so I was really pleased with the offer.

Henny, if you see this, did you get an offer? I remember we were in the same boat...

Very pleased. Definitely attending the ASD in March.

Travel reimbursement email came today too. Did everyone get that today? Or is it just that now that I have a Dean's scholarship I get the reimbursement email? I think it said only Dean's scholars will be reimbursed, correct?

I halfway think that since I inquired about a stipend earlier this week, they gave me a scholly just to compensate me of the costs of travelling. Tell me I'm crazy and everyone got it today lol


I was offered dean's scholarship in January the same day I was accepted (but for 25k/year) and I got the information about the travel stipend when they sent me an email telling me about the ASD. It was all packaged together "Come to our ASD. Also hotel accommodations and $400 travel stipend!" (I'm traveling from out of state.)

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby emilycc1026 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 11:39 am

Houston took a pretty bad drop in the rankings! I wonder how it'll affect the cycle moving forward

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby _sendnudes » Tue Mar 07, 2017 12:29 pm

emilycc1026 wrote:Houston took a pretty bad drop in the rankings! I wonder how it'll affect the cycle moving forward

I don't think it'll make a significant impact. The rankings are fun to talk about, but they're fluid from year to year and should't be taken as seriously as most people make them out to be, particularly the schools outside the T14 (or T13, whatever).

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby cwl2017 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 3:58 pm

emilycc1026 wrote:Houston took a pretty bad drop in the rankings! I wonder how it'll affect the cycle moving forward


I really don't like it. I really want a T1 school and they are below 50, will the continue to preform like a T1?

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby toplaw01 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:40 pm

cwl2017 wrote:
emilycc1026 wrote:Houston took a pretty bad drop in the rankings! I wonder how it'll affect the cycle moving forward


I really don't like it. I really want a T1 school and they are below 50, will the continue to preform like a T1?


UH has very strong regional reputation, particularly in Houston but they are never seen as T-1 law school. Last year, their ranking moved up to T1 was unprecedented. UH is always considered as T-2 law school. T-1 ranges from 1-50 only. However, if you want to stay in Houston, UHLC is obviously not a bad choice !
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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby viz-luv » Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:51 pm

cwl2017 wrote:
emilycc1026 wrote:Houston took a pretty bad drop in the rankings! I wonder how it'll affect the cycle moving forward


I really don't like it. I really want a T1 school and they are below 50, will the continue to preform like a T1?


Rankings don't actually mean anything. I don't mean that somehow makes UH = UT, I just mean year to year fluctuations don't actually matter. Employers aren't suddenly going to stop showing up; it's the same group as always. Worry about employment prospects in general along with your goals and not the random us news list number.

Also, uh grad, still here for questions!

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby cwl2017 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:58 pm

toplaw01 wrote:
cwl2017 wrote:
emilycc1026 wrote:Houston took a pretty bad drop in the rankings! I wonder how it'll affect the cycle moving forward


I really don't like it. I really want a T1 school and they are below 50, will the continue to preform like a T1?


UH has very strong regional reputation, particularly in Houston but they are never seen as T-1 law school. Last year, their ranking moved up to T1 was unprecedented. UH is always considered as T-2 law school. T-1 ranges from 1-50 only. However, if you want to stay in Houston, UHLC is obviously not a bad choice !


I want to stay in Texas but I hope to not practice in Houston... (I'm an Austin "snob" still waiting to hear back from UT).

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby DemiB » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:52 am

Torres1893 wrote:
ryan.laine94 wrote:
Torres1893 wrote:Has anyone had success with scholarship reconsideration?


I tried and got nothing extra...ugh. I did have higher scholarship offers but not in that geographic area so idk if that was a factor or not.


Then I'm expecting to get nothing more as well lol. I'll still try tho.


I had a little bit of success. Went from $5,000 to $10,000 per year!

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Torres1893 » Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:55 am

I'm now strongly considering UH. Initially it was my first choice, but after coming to TLS I made it my safety. I got accepted to UT, and really want to go, but UH is much more affordable. I can graduate with less than 20k debt if I stay with my parents, or with less than 80k if I find an apartment.

The only thing holding me back was the employment prospects, but after looking at UH's 2015 grad salaries broken down to size of firm, I'm more confident of going there. I just want a job in Houston post graduation with a salary of 90k or more. I would be happy. I can't say the same with UT. Even if I hit biglaw with UT I would still owe around 150k or more at graduation.

I think I'm going to be a double coog. I guess it all depends on how I feel on the ASD on the 25th. I might just go visit sooner when I can.

sorry for the rant. I just need to vent my concerns. I didn't think I would be this stressed out choosing a school.

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby TexasHays » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:16 pm

Torres1893 wrote:I'm now strongly considering UH. Initially it was my first choice, but after coming to TLS I made it my safety. I got accepted to UT, and really want to go, but UH is much more affordable. I can graduate with less than 20k debt if I stay with my parents, or with less than 80k if I find an apartment.

The only thing holding me back was the employment prospects, but after looking at UH's 2015 grad salaries broken down to size of firm, I'm more confident of going there. I just want a job in Houston post graduation with a salary of 90k or more. I would be happy. I can't say the same with UT. Even if I hit biglaw with UT I would still owe around 150k or more at graduation.

I think I'm going to be a double coog. I guess it all depends on how I feel on the ASD on the 25th. I might just go visit sooner when I can.

sorry for the rant. I just need to vent my concerns. I didn't think I would be this stressed out choosing a school.


I'm a current 1L and I don't regret my decision at all: just be careful feeling so confident about 90k or more salary. Salary when broken down to size of firm is one thing, but also consider the percentages of those in JD positions at all: for that you will want to be at median gpa after your first year AT LEAST.

I did the same thing as you: I was accepted into "better" schools but went here for maximum debt avoidance. It (so far) paid off for me as I'm doing pretty well GPA and class rank-wise, but it was a gamble.

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby viz-luv » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:34 pm

Torres1893 wrote:I'm now strongly considering UH. Initially it was my first choice, but after coming to TLS I made it my safety. I got accepted to UT, and really want to go, but UH is much more affordable. I can graduate with less than 20k debt if I stay with my parents, or with less than 80k if I find an apartment.

The only thing holding me back was the employment prospects, but after looking at UH's 2015 grad salaries broken down to size of firm, I'm more confident of going there. I just want a job in Houston post graduation with a salary of 90k or more. I would be happy. I can't say the same with UT. Even if I hit biglaw with UT I would still owe around 150k or more at graduation.

I think I'm going to be a double coog. I guess it all depends on how I feel on the ASD on the 25th. I might just go visit sooner when I can.

sorry for the rant. I just need to vent my concerns. I didn't think I would be this stressed out choosing a school.


90k or more really tends to mean biglaw. Sure there are a few outliers but that salary is not a general fallback option. 60-80 is the vast majority of good salaries for people without a specialty of some sort. Anecdotally many of these 60-80 are general lit, immigration, or just smaller firms. Stats can't show what got people the higher and lower salaries unfortunately. I know most of those non big law and "business and industry" people from that year and, for anecdata purposes, lots of those upper end salaries have work experience (25 or so of them are older with past jobs in a related field) and are in places like Healthcare compliance, employment specialties, etc.

I obviously don't know your background but I would say if your exact goal is 90k+ or bust maybe reevaluate (or decide if a lower salary to start is going to satisfy you)? Top 30% is not biglaw secure here. 80k is doable in theory, 60k is fairly likely, and both can offer more freedom than biglaw. Can you bring something extra to an employer? Is ut too expensive for the likelihood of a high salary, or do you have a retake? Only you can decide your risk level and goals.

For what it's worth, I had a great outcome for my goals. And we actually get more people employed as lawyers then stats show (a bunch get offers after bar results and new year rolls around).

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Torres1893 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:00 pm

Anyone going to ASD this Saturday?

Got the email yesterday with the schedule and reading for the mock class.

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby elcamino4 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:15 pm

Torres1893 wrote:Anyone going to ASD this Saturday?

Got the email yesterday with the schedule and reading for the mock class.


I'm going...got that too. haven't read it yet though...

Have you gotten your hotel reservation yet?

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby Torres1893 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 3:25 pm

elcamino4 wrote:
Torres1893 wrote:Anyone going to ASD this Saturday?

Got the email yesterday with the schedule and reading for the mock class.


I'm going...got that too. haven't read it yet though...

Have you gotten your hotel reservation yet?


I live in Houston so I get to stay home lol.

Is the hotel the Hilton on campus?

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Re: University of Houston Law Center c/o 2020 Applicants (2016-2017)

Postby elcamino4 » Wed Mar 22, 2017 4:18 pm

Torres1893 wrote:
elcamino4 wrote:
Torres1893 wrote:Anyone going to ASD this Saturday?

Got the email yesterday with the schedule and reading for the mock class.


I'm going...got that too. haven't read it yet though...

Have you gotten your hotel reservation yet?


I live in Houston so I get to stay home lol.

Is the hotel the Hilton on campus?


yep UH Hilton...great location lol

forgot you were a native




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