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Future LLM Students

University of Houston Law Center

Graduate Legal Studies, University of Houston Law Center, 4604 Calhoun Road, Houston, TX 77204-6060, USA
Phone: 713.743.2890 | Fax: 713.743.2194
Email: llm@uh.edu | Website: www.law.uh.edu/llm

Introduction

A grass-lined walkway leads to the law school--a complex of angular, gray buildings. Deciduous trees are in view.The LLM program at the University of Houston Law Center is as dynamic as the city of Houston itself. Our LLM program empowers lawyers by teaching them advanced skills and providing access to professional networks to succeed in the global, national, and local legal markets. Our school has provided graduates with a passport to opportunities around the world. Since 1985, lawyers with degrees from more than 83 countries have earned an LLM degree at the Law Center. Consider:

  • located in the fourth largest city in the United States and one of the most diverse
  • five specialty LLM programs in energy, health, intellectual property, international law and tax, and a general course of study—the LLM in US Law
  • LLM program recognized as one of the most innovative in the world
  • full- or part-time study
  • assigned academic advisor to ensure that course selections meet personal or professional goals
  • faculty that are recognized leaders in their field

Lawyers interested in a specialization can select from one of five LLM programs: Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources; Health Law; Intellectual Property & Information Law; International Law; or Tax Law. Lawyers who earned their degree outside of the United States can apply to a specialty program or the LLM in US Law. The LLM in US Law is a general course of study that allows students to design, with an advisor’s approval, their curriculum to meet personal or professional goals, such as taking a bar examination.

Law School Enrollment

  • Total law school enrollment: 682
  • LLM students: 110

Physical Facilities

  • O’Quinn Law Library houses more than 570,000 volumes
  • Law library services include 24/7 accessibility as well as electronic and interlibrary loan support
  • Special library collections in foreign and international law and admiralty and maritime law
  • University of Houston’s state-of-the art Recreation and Wellness Center

LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization

Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources

Diverse students walk down a broad path, away from the law school, in groups. Many hold books in their hands.In a global market for energy and natural resources, understanding laws, policies, and regulations governing energy is extremely important. The Law Center has been recognized as one of the top law schools in the country offering energy-specific courses, especially those in oil and gas, and our faculty is internationally recognized for its expertise in energy law and related fields. Located in the energy capital of the world, with more than 3,700 energy-related companies based in Houston, the Law Center trains lawyers to handle the complex legal and policy issues that surround three areas: energy production, transportation, and use; pollution prevention and biodiversity protection; and natural resources exploitation and conservation. Students must complete 24 credits, including a minimum of 15 credits in energy and environment coursework. LLM students who earned their degree outside of the United States are also required to take Introduction to American Law and Lawyering Skills and Strategies as part of the 24-credit requirement. Students may complement their courses in other specialty areas such as health, intellectual property, international law, and tax. All students have the option of writing a thesis of publishable quality.

Courses include

  • Advanced Oil and Gas Contracting
  • Clean Air Act
  • Climate Change Litigation
  • Coastal and Ocean Law
  • Corporate Compliance and Ethics
  • Diplomacy for Oil and Gas
  • Drafting and Negotiating International Oil and Gas Agreements
  • Endangered Species and Biodiversity Law
  • Energy Law and Policy
  • Energy Law: Doing Business in Emerging Markets
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law Practicum
  • European (EU) Energy Law
  • Federal Natural Resources
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Corporate Compliance
  • International Petroleum Transactions
  • International Risk Management
  • Land Use
  • Law of Biodiversity Conservation
  • Local Controls and Land Development
  • Natural Resources
  • Offshore Leasing
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Oil and Gas Pipeline Regulation
  • Oil and Gas Tax
  • Practice of Environmental Law
  • Regulated Industries
  • Shale Gas and LNG
  • Texas Coastal and Ocean Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transnational Investment Law and Arbitration
  • Transnational Law for Petroleum Investments
  • Upstream Economics
  • Water Law

Not all classes are offered every year, and current course offerings are subject to change.

Health Law

Medical breakthroughs and policy changes are coming at such a rapid pace that it is difficult for the public, and the law, to keep up. Since its founding in 1978, the school’s Health Law & Policy Institute has been in the forefront of legal education, scholarship, and policy analysis related to legal aspects of health care and biotechnology, and its faculty is nationally recognized for its work in the field. The university is also a member institution of the nearby Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex, which affords students the opportunity to interact with frontline health care providers, researchers, and administrators on legal issues. Over the years, nearly 200 attorneys have taken this unique opportunity to return to the classroom to hone their skills and enhance their knowledge in this increasingly important field. Students must complete 24 credits, including a minimum of 18 credits in health law coursework. Students may complement their courses with those in other specialty areas such as energy, intellectual property, international law, and tax. LLM students who earned their degree outside of the United States are also required to take Introduction to American Law and Lawyering Skills and Strategies as part of the 24-credit requirement. Students have the option of writing a thesis of publishable quality.

Courses include

  • Advanced Health Law
  • AIDS and the Law
  • Biotechnology and the Law
  • Children’s Health and the Law
  • Comparative Health Law
  • Disabilities and the Law
  • E-Health Law
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Discrimination
  • ERISA
  • Food and Drug Law
  • Foundational Issues in Health Law: Patient, Provider, Society, and Law
  • Fraud and Abuse
  • Genetics and the Law
  • Health Industry Basics: Providers-Innovators-Regulators
  • Health Law Research
  • Health Care Transactions
  • Health Legislation and Advocacy
  • Health Regulatory Process
  • HIPAA
  • Hospital Law and Ethics
  • Insurance Law
  • Law and Psychiatry
  • Law, Ethics, and Brain Policy
  • Life and Health Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice Litigation
  • Mental Health Law
  • Obamacare
  • Public Health Law
  • Scientific Evidence Seminar
  • The US Health System: An Introduction to Managed Care, Transactions, and Policy

Not all classes are offered every year, and current course offerings are subject to change.

Intellectual Property and Information Law

Houston at night. A winding footpath cuts through a grassy field, toward a backdrop of skyscrapers. A patch of deciduous trees stand to the left of the path.Intellectual Property and Information Law have emerged as mainstays of the global economy. These disciplines are combined at the Law Center in the Institute for Intellectual Property and Information Law, which holds an international reputation for excellence and is recognized as one of the top programs in the United States. LLM students benefit from the institute’s active involvement in promoting research and scholarship in the field. Students have the opportunity to study both traditional and emerging areas of intellectual property law (patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret) and information law (Internet, software, electronic commerce, and databases). Students typically have some intellectual property or information law experience obtained after earning their first degree in law. As a leading center for the exchange of ideas in these fields, the Law Center’s LLM program fosters international cooperation among scholars and practitioners. Students must complete 24 credit hours, including a minimum of 15 credit hours in intellectual property and information law courses approved by their faculty advisor. LLM students who earned their law degree outside of the United States are also required to take Introduction to American Law and Lawyering Skills and Strategies as part of the 24-credit requirement. Students have the option of writing a thesis of publishable quality.

Courses include

  • Communication Law
  • Copyright Law
  • Copyright Seminar
  • Digital Transactions
  • Entertainment Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intellectual Property Survey
  • International Intellectual Property
  • Internet Law
  • Licensing and Technology Transfer
  • Patent Law
  • Patent Prosecution
  • Patent Remedies and Defenses
  • Privacy and Data Protection
  • Procedure of Patent Litigation
  • Property Crime in the Information Age
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark Prosecution
  • Trademarks and Unfair Competition

Not all classes are offered every year, and current course offerings are subject to change.

International Law

The growth of the global marketplace and its interdependence among nations places a premium on lawyers who understand the international implications of various public, private, and commercial activities. Houston holds a commanding international presence—and the Law Center’s LLM program in International Law capitalizes on the city’s substantial global connections. Houston is host to the third highest number of consular offices in the United States and home to 26 Fortune 500 companies. In 2015, 3,500 Houston-area firms, foreign government offices, and nonprofit organizations were involved in international business. LLM candidates may choose to focus their studies in a specific area of international law, or they can select from a wide variety of courses to achieve a broad understanding of public and private aspects of international law. The Law Center established the Center for US and Mexican Law, which is the first independent research center in the United States dedicated to the study of Mexican Law and US-Mexico relations. The Law Center is also noted for its Immigration Clinic, which offers students hands-on, real-life experience helping clients with issues ranging from maneuvering through the bureaucracy of obtaining a green card to imminent deportation and asylum. Students and their supervising attorneys represent clients in immigration courts and before federal agencies, and even assisted in a precedent-setting case that was decided with a unanimous vote by the US Supreme Court. Students must complete 24 credits, including a minimum of 15 credits in international law coursework. LLM students who earned their degree outside of the United States are also required to take Introduction to American Law and Lawyering Skills and Strategies as part of the 24-credit requirement. Students may complement their courses with those in other specialty areas such as energy, health law, intellectual property, and tax. Students have the option of writing a thesis of publishable quality.

Courses include

  • Asylum Law
  • Family Immigration Law
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Human Rights Seminar
  • Immigration Law
  • Immigration Law and Business
  • Import and Export Regulation
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Law
  • International Law and the Use of Force Seminar
  • International Litigation, International Litigation and Arbitration
  • International Petroleum Transactions
  • International Risk Management
  • International Tax
  • International Trade
  • Introduction to Islamic Law
  • Introduction to Mexican Law
  • Space Law
  • US Export Regulation

Not all classes are offered every year, and current course offerings are subject to change.

Tax Law

Tax law is a moving target, constantly changing and becoming ever more complex as it evolves. Proficient tax lawyers are in demand, and the University of Houston Law Center, based in one of the most vibrant economies and legal practice areas in the United States, is poised to fill that need with our Tax Law LLM program. Our focus is on helping students identify issues and plan solutions to tax problems and hone the skills needed to assimilate new tax rules into their practice. The program emphasizes professional responsibility and a thorough understanding of the tax system and how it affects individual, nonprofit, commercial, and financial affairs. Our program also presents a unique opportunity to students who wish to complement their tax courses with those in other specialty areas such as energy, health, and intellectual property. In addition to the regular LLM degree requirements, the Tax program mandates completion of the Federal Income Tax course. Note: The Federal Income Tax course cannot be credited toward LLM degree requirements and must be completed before LLM students can enroll in advanced tax courses. Two additional courses—Tax Research and Tax Ethics—are required of all students, and both courses may be credited toward LLM tax degree requirements. Students must complete 24 credits, including a minimum of 18 credits in tax law coursework. LLM students who earned their degree outside of the United States are also required to take Introduction to American Law and Lawyering Skills and Strategies as part of the 24-credit requirement. Students have the option of writing a thesis of publishable quality.

Courses include

  • Bankruptcy Taxation
  • Business Planning
  • Corporate Taxation
  • Estate Planning
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Income Taxation of Trusts and Estates
  • Oil and Gas Tax
  • Partnership Tax
  • Post-Mortem Estate Planning
  • Real Estate Tax
  • State and Local Taxation
  • Tax Accounting
  • Tax Controversy and Litigation
  • Tax Ethics
  • Tax Fraud and Money Laundering
  • Tax Policy Seminar
  • Tax Procedure
  • Tax Research
  • Taxation of Compensation
  • Taxation of Exempt Organizations
  • Taxation of Intellectual Property

Not all classes are offered every year, and current course offerings are subject to change.

LLM in US Law

Since 1985, this program for non-US educated lawyers has attracted students from more than 83 countries. The 57 students in the 2015 class represented law degrees from more than 20 different countries. Students work closely with their faculty advisor to design a general course of study that touches on multiple subject areas (such as energy, health, intellectual property, international law, and tax) or a customized curriculum that meets professional goals or bar examination requirements. As part of the 24-credit program requirement, students are required to enroll in Introduction to American Law, which provides an introduction to the law and the legal system in the United States and is an important foundation for other courses. Students are also required to complete Lawyering Skills and Strategies, which provides an overview of vital skills to be used as a student and practitioner. Both courses meet for an entire semester. All of the students in the two required courses earned their law degree outside of the United States. For the remainder of their coursework, students attend classes and collaborate with US JD and LLM students with a diverse range of backgrounds and interests.

Courses include

  • Business and Commercial Law
  • Constitutional and Criminal Law
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law
  • Family Law
  • Government Regulation
  • Health Law
  • Intellectual Property and Information Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • International Law and Admiralty
  • Law and Society
  • Procedure and Practice
  • Real Property, Trusts, and Estates
  • Taxation

Non-US Educated Lawyers

Lawyers who earned their degree outside of the United States can apply to any of the six LLM programs. The student can focus on a specific area of the law or pursue a general course of study—the LLM in US Law. Lawyers who earned their law degree outside of the United States can only begin the program in the fall semester. The program begins in early August with orientation and a two-day overview of US legal education and legal English. Foreign students are required to take Lawyering Skills and Strategies and Introduction to American Law. Extensive programming and activities throughout the academic year provide an opportunity for students to experience and participate in many aspects of American culture. Activities include court and law firm visits and attendance at programs sponsored by the Houston Bar Association.

Non-US educated lawyers may be eligible to take the bar examination in Texas. Only the State’s Board of Law Examiners can make a final determination of eligibility and applicants should become familiar with their requirements prior to beginning any LLM program.

Student Services and Organizations

Every student has a faculty advisor who works with the student to select courses that meet program requirements and personal goals. Throughout the program, individual tutoring is available through the Law Center’s Lawyering Skills and Strategies Office and university resources. The Office of Student Services at the Law Center houses the financial aid office, registrar, and Graduate Legal Studies Office.

LLM students are encouraged to participate in the more than 30 student organizations at the Law Center. Student organizations coordinate guest speakers, lectures, and networking opportunities.

Career Services

The Law Center participates in the International Student Interview Program (ISIP), which is held each January in New York. The Career Development Office has, on staff, a counselor for LLM students who will assist students in developing networking and job-search strategies. LLM students are invited to participate in the office’s programs and activities scheduled throughout the year.

Application

In addition to the application, all applicants are required to submit a résumé, personal statement of at least 300 words, academic documents for their first law degree, and two recommendation letters. Students with a non-US law degree must also provide a TOEFL or IELTS report. This requirement may be waived for applicants whose legal education was in English or who have been in the United States for a significant period of time and are using English in a professional setting. US Permanent Residents should provide a photocopy of their Permanent Resident card; students already in the United States on an F-1 or other visa should submit a photocopy of that visa; and applicants requiring an I-20 should submit a photocopy of the biographic page of their passport.

Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process as early as possible to ensure that the application deadline is met. The application, personal statement, and résumé can be submitted before all documents, such as transcripts or reference letters, are available.

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Apr 17, 2014, 14:54 PM

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