One L at UHLC – The Student Perspective

The emotions in your first year of law school range from excitement to terror. Excitement that you got in, anxious to start the first day, fear when you take your first exam, relieved when it’s over. The first year of law school (affectionately referred to as 1L) makes everyone a mess of emotions but ultimately the decision to commence on this adventure is one that you won’t regret! Coming into law school can be very daunting. However, if you come in prepared and ready to learn you will soon realize that law school will be a great experience for any student.

Upon entering law school, I had just wrapped up college at an amazing institution. I was confused and scared and yet at the same time eager to learn and excited to start on a new adventure. Everyone that I encountered told me a million times that law school was a mistake. “There are no jobs,” they claimed. “That’s such a waste of money,” they said. I let their voices get inside my head and the first few weeks before school, I seriously considered turning back. What frightened me the most was that I had no idea what to expect. Where do you sit? What if you get called on and have no idea what to say? Do you really have to recite a case in front of the entire class? Wholeheartedly, I look back at the anxiety I harbored and the mental state I was in and realize, now more than ever, that I had no reason to worry or fear.

1L is a learning experience for all and through it each student grows not only intellectually but also as a person. Ultimately, everyone is in the same boat as a 1L student. For the first year, you are divided into sections and have all classes with these people. The people in your section become like a family to you and are willing to help you out in any way possible. Something that I wish I had known during my first year was that if you ask for help (if you don’t understand something, if you have a question about a legal area, etc.) you will receive an answer. Every day in 1L, I was grateful for the friends I made and the professors who helped me along the way. You will spend every day surrounded by intelligent people—your professors and your peers—who will better you with each conversation and challenge you to engage in the legal world.

Your first year, the professors expect you to read and be sure that you’re ready to explain the case. That being said, they understand that you are getting used to the new way and will help you. My biggest fear upon entering law school was that I would be humiliated in class a time or two. However, the professors are not there to make you suffer, they are enthusiastic to teach you what they know and watch you excel as a lawyer. Countless times in class, you will be able to hear a professor bragging on a former student of theirs. They want you to do the best you can and to better yourself and society.

Ultimately, you are walking into a world unknown so nerves are to be expected. Through all of the emotions that come from law school you become a better person, a better student, and a better lawyer. Looking back on the time spent at the University of Houston Law Center as a 1L student, there are no words to describe how accomplished I feel and how excited I am for the future.

Author, Charlotte Coe, recently completed her 1l year at the University of Houston Law Center.

UHLC is now ranked #7 in the list of the 25 top law schools for “Quality of Network”

UHLC has a strong tradition of networking, through mentorship programs that match alumni with students, career center programs, and alumni/student networking sessions.

Here’s a link to the full article via Texas Lawyer:

http://www.texaslawyer.com/id=1202729599590?keywords=University+Houston+Law+school&publication=Texas+Lawyer&org-type=Law+School/University

UHLC ranked #31 in the nation’s top 50 go-to law schools

Decision season is upon us, which means that admitted law students all over the nation are feverishly comparing statistics, notes, and scholarship offers in order to determine where to plunk down a deposit for the fast-approaching Fall 2015 semester.

If you’re one of those students, and might need just a little bit more convincing that Houston is a fantastic place for you to spend at least the next three years of your life (why anyone would really *need* more convincing is beyond us, but that’s a whole different story…), then the recently released rankings by the National Law Journal of the Top 50 Go-To Law Schools in the nation should be of interest to you.

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The rankings measure the 50 law schools in the nation that sent the highest percentage of 2014 graduates into associate jobs at the nation’s 250 biggest law firms.  The University of Houston Law Center ranked #31 overall ~ and one should keep in mind that there are 205 ABA-approved law schools in the United States.

Of course, our students are top-notch, and the fact that the nation’s biggest law firms recruit heavily from UHLC is not surprising to us…but it always helps to have validation!  On that note, I can’t wrap up this blog post without a well-deserved shout-out to our amazing Career Development Office.  The CDO staff puts in a lot hard work coordinating on-campus interview programs and other job fairs that help our students network and get to where they want to be.

See the full list here: http://www.nationallawjournal.com/home/id=1202718517845. 

Law Center Professors Receive Teaching Awards

Today Provost Paula Short announced the 2015 Faculty Excellence Awards recognizing professors university-wide who have excelled in teaching and service to students. Of the 18 individual faculty teaching awards given, 4 recipients were from the law school. Professors Zachary Bray and Jessica Roberts were awarded the Teaching Excellence Award, Professor Geoffrey Hoffman was awarded the Clinical Teaching Award, and Professor Sandra Guerra Thompson received the Distinguished Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award, which is given to a previous Teaching Excellence Award winner “who in ten or more years of teaching, has made sustained and significant contributions to education.”

This is a record number of wins in one year for the law school. We’re proud of our faculty and the work they do here, and it is great to see them recognized by the University. Congratulations to all of the 2015 award winners!

To read more about our faculty visit the UHLC Faculty page.

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.

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