Admissions

Houston College of Law/ Houston provides an accessible legal education, distinguished by its excellence to a diverse body of students committed to serving their communities and the profession. We offer instruction that is relevant, practical, experiential, and purposeful. We’ve been educating practice-ready graduates since 1923 and our central location provides unparalleled access for students to internships and job opportunities. Find out more about applying to Houston College of Law below.

Application

Deadlines

Fall Semesters: March 15
Spring Semesters: October 1

Houston College of Law offers the opportunity to enroll in the full-time program in the fall or spring and the part-time program exclusively in the fall. Applications must be received by March 15 (for fall entry) and October 1 (for spring entry). The fall application opens at the beginning of December and the spring application opens at the beginning of August. While GPA and LSAT scores are important, we also assess each applicant’s life experience, work history, community service and graduate work.

All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered nationwide by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) each October, December, February, and June. Houston College of Law will not consider an LSAT score from a test administered more than five years prior to the beginning of the semester for which application for admission is made. Applicants must also register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Each applicant is responsible for making his or her own arrangements to take the LSAT and for submitting official transcripts of all undergraduate work to CAS for evaluation, as well as any post baccalaureate or graduate work. Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a college or university listed in the Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education available online.

Registration information for the LSAT and CAS may be obtained by calling LSAC at 215.968.1001 or at www.lsac.org.

The Application Process

Every applicant must complete the following steps:

  1. Take the LSAT
  2. Register with CAS (as described above);
  3. Fully complete and submit an application for admission, paying special attention to instructions about disclosures and updates;
  4. Submit a resume of employment;
  5. Attach a detailed personal statement setting forth the applicant’s unique individual qualifications,interests, and aspirations for the study of law. The personal statement should be 2-3 pages in length double spaced;
  6. Submit at least two letters of recommendation – a third is optional - through the Letter of Recommendation Service offered by LSAC. This service is included in your CAS Registration fees. Houston College of Law does not accept Evaluations in place of Letters of Recommendation; and
  7. Pay the $55 non-refundable application fee;

The application, personal statement, and resume should be completed no later than March 15 for fall consideration and October 1 for spring consideration. Deadlines are the same for full-time and part-time applicants. If you have any questions regarding your application, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 713-646-1810 or admissions@stcl.edu.

Please Note: Once an application has been submitted, it must become complete six weeks following the deadline. Applications that remain incomplete by this deadline will be ineligible for committee review.

Submitting an Application

Online

Houston College of Law strongly prefers candidates complete and submit an online application. Applications submitted online will be considered post-marked on the day they were electronically submitted.

Paper

Candidates preferring to submit a paper application can find a pdf (click here) of the application by The sample application located in this bulletin will not be accepted.

A candidate must fully complete and sign the application for admission and submit it with the $55 non-refundable application fee in the form of a check or money order payable to Houston College of Law. All other supporting documentation should also be included and mailed to 1303 San Jacinto, Houston, TX 77002.

Please Note: If you answered “yes” to any of the Character and Fitness questions, please include your detailed letter of explanation. Once an application has been received and processed, all further communication will be conducted via e-mail. Please provide a current e-mail address on your application and notify the Admissions Office of any changes during the review process. If you do not have an e-mail account, please contact the Office of Admissions for specific instructions.

Foreign degree applicants

Applicants with degrees from foreign institutions are required to take the LSAT and register with CAS. Applicants are urged to utilize the J.D. Credential Service (JDCAS). This is a service available as part of CAS at no additional expense to the applicant beyond the standard CAS fees. This service is for all applicants who have completed work at any foreign institution outside the U.S. or Canada.

Any student who is not a U.S. citizen and holds a temporary visa (F-1 or J-1) is classified as an international student by Houston College of Law. In addition to meeting standard admissions requirements, these applicants, if admitted, must submit the following:

  • Non-U.S. citizens must include a copy of immigration documents (such as a current U.S. visa or permanent resident card) when submitting the application, if applicable.
  • Letter of Financial Backing and Statement of Understanding (U.S. citizens and permanent residents are exempt).

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Houston College of Law requires the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from applicants who obtained their degree from a country where English is NOT the official language and/or instruction was NOT in English. If you earned your degree from a foreign university where the courses are taught in English, we do not require the TOEFL.Houston College of Lawwill accept a score of 600 or better on the paper based TOEFL exam, a 250 on the computer based TOEFL exam, or a 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam.

For more information about the exam, contact TOEFL:

TOEFL
P.O. Box 6154 ,
Princeton, NJ 08541
609.921.9000

The TOEFL scores should be submitted to the CAS by the Educational Testing Service (ETS); LSAC’s TOEFL code is 8395. Your score will be included in your law school report. The TOEFL should be taken as early as possible in the application process, and only scores submitted within the past two years will be accepted.

Application Evaluation for Foreign Degree Applicants

An admission decision cannot be made until an applicant’s file is complete. A complete application file (received by March 15 for fall and October 1 for spring) consists of the following items:

  • Completed and signed application for admission (sent directly to us or through LSAC on the Web)
  • $55 Application fee
  • Official LSAT score received from LSDAS
  • Official LSDAS evaluation received from LSDAS or foreign credential evaluation received from a recognized service
  • Resume of employment
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Immigration documents (if admitted and if not a U.S. citizen)

Application Evaluation

An admission decision cannot be made until an applicants file is complete. A complete application file (received by March 15 for fall and October 1 for spring) consists of the following items:

  • Completed and signed application for admission (sent directly to us or through LSAC on the Web)
  • $55 Application fee
  • Official LSAT score received from LSDAS
  • Official LSDAS evaluation received from LSDAS or foreign credential evaluation received from a recognized service
  • Resume of employment
  • Personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Immigration document (if not a U.S. citizen)

Applicants are encouraged to complete their files before the applicable deadline date to avoid any unforeseen problems. However, the majority of decisions are made following the application deadline. Although many students are admitted on the basis of their LSAT score and their cumulative undergraduate grade point average, a significant percentage of each class is chosen on the basis of other factors, such as exceptional personal or academic achievement (not necessarily demonstrated in academic testing assessments); letters of recommendation; work, community service, or life experiences; leadership potential; a history of overcoming adversity and hardship; and a talent for communicating effectively. Every attempt is made to evaluate the applicant as an individual, a prospective student, and a future professional.

Transfer Applicants

To be admitted with advanced standing, a transfer applicant must have earned credit for at least 24 semester hours at an ABA-accredited law school. The college will not award credit for more than 30 semester hours earned at another law school. Transfer applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. A completed application for admission
  2. The $55 non-refundable application fee
  3. An official letter of good standing from the law school from which the applicant is attempting to transfer
  4. Personal statement
  5. Resume
  6. An official transcript reflecting all law grades earned

If you are waiting for your final grades, we ask that you send your application, supporting documentation, and the official transcript before the deadline of June 15 for fall transfer applicants and December 1 for spring transfer applicants or as soon the documents are available. Decisions on transfer files cannot be made, however, until all the above items are received.

Visiting Applicants

A student from another ABA-accredited law school may apply to Houston College of Law as a visiting student, subject to availability of space. Visiting students must submit the following:

  1. An application for admission
  2. The $55 non-refundable application fee
  3. A letter of good standing from their law school indicating that transfer credit will be accepted towards the student’s degree program.

Visiting students will be required to pay registration fees and tuition in full at the time of registration. Visiting students are prohibited from applying as a transfer student once they have visited at Houston College of Law.

Notices of Critical Importance

Houston College of Law admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered rights, privileges, programs or activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college.

Houston College of Law does not represent, warrant, or claim that by attending or graduating from the law school, an accepted applicant will pass the bar exam or be accepted to the bar in any state. In addition, Houston College of Law does not represent, warrant, or claim that by attending or graduating from the law school or by subsequently being admitted to the bar of any state, an accepted applicant to the law school will become employed in a legal position or will receive a higher average starting salary than such applicant might otherwise be in a position to receive.

While every effort is made to provide accurate and current information, Houston College of Law reserves the right to change, without notice, statements in the Admissions Bulletin concerning rules, policies, fees, curricula, or other matters. Publications of Houston College of Law are not contractual. The faculty and administration may make changes at any time and may make them applicable to students enrolled before and/or after the changes are made.

In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. It is the applicant’s responsibility to research the character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice.

Additionally, if you have been academically dismissed from another ABA law school, Houston College of Law requires that you sit out the recommended two years before reapplying to begin your studies all over.

 

 

 

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