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.
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.
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.
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.
On Tuesday, March 31st the University of Houston Law Center was privileged to welcome home one of its own. Star Jones, University of Houston Law Center class of 1986, was presented with the prestigious Dean’s Award recognizing her significant accomplishments as a proud UHLC graduate. In addition to her being honored at the award reception, UHLC students had the opportunity to learn from the New York licensed attorney as she shared her perspective in a first year criminal law class. Her open, earnest and engaging interaction with the Law Center community benefited students, faculty and staff.
Ms. Jones’ presence was a unique opportunity to see the success of the UHLC education in action! Later, Ms. Jones said that, “[i]t is clear that my legal education has been the key to my success.”
The Law Center could not be more proud of the success she has accomplished, post-graduation!
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is in town! Houston is very proud of its rodeo as it is the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition. Since 2003, it has been held at the NRG Stadium (it was previously held in the Astrodome). The event is 20 days long and this year runs from March 3-22nd. Each year it is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup held near Houston City Hall, the Downtown Rodeo Parade, and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run – a 10k and 5k walk & run, and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The show features championship rodeo action, livestock competitions, concerts, a carnival, pig racing, barbecue and the Rodeo Uncorked! Traditional trail rides, which start in different areas of Texas and end in Houston, precede the Rodeo events. The rodeo has drawn some of the world’s biggest recording artists. This year’s lineup includes: Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Fall Out Boy, Pitbull, and Ariana Grande just to name a few.
This Friday, February 27th was Go Texan Day. Residents were encouraged to dress in western wear the Friday before the rodeo begins. The Admissions Office participated and we all dressed in our western best!
This year I also had the opportunity to attend the Downtown Rodeo Parade! Every February since 1938 the parade has celebrated Western heritage with decorative floats, marching bands, and thousands of men and women on horseback. The picture below shows the University of Houston Marching band marching down Travis Street. My daughter can be seen in the picture wearing her Houston red (and black polka dots)!
For more information about the rodeo, please visit: http://www.rodeohouston.com/. If you don’t have a chance to attend one of the events this year, it is definitely something to look forward to next March!