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What will I learn?

The J.D. program is a 90 hour curriculum culminating in the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree. Students at UHLC have two options for pursuing their degree: full-time program.

Graduation Requirements:

Credits - 90 semester credit hours are required for graduation with 2.33 minimum GPA. In addition to the first year required curriculum, each student must complete the following courses at the Law Center to graduate:

Professional Responsibility Course - 3-hour Professional Responsibility course must be taken and a passing grade received.

Upper Level Writing Requirement - Students entering in Fall 2013 or after can only satisfy this requirement by completing (1) a writing seminar (designated by prefix “WRS”) and earning a grade of “C” or better; or (2) a writing course (designated by the prefix “WRC”); and (3) earning a grade of “C” or better.

Required Practice Skills Course - (Applies to students entering before fall 2016) Students must take and pass a course that satisfies the “Practice Skills” requirement. The courses that satisfy this requirement are identified on each course schedule. There is a tab at the top of each term’s schedule that will allow you to view the specific classes that meet the Practice Skills requirement.

Experiential Course Requirement - (Applies to students entering fall 2016 and after) - Students must take and pass one or more experiential course(s) totaling at least six credit hours. An experiential course must be a simulation course, a law clinic, or a field placement. No more than three credit hours for field placements can be used to satisfy the six-credit requirement for the Law Center.

Dual Degree Options

The UH Law Center is among the national leaders in the number of dual degree programs offered. Our innovative programs allow students to earn two degrees in less time than it would take to complete the degrees separately. Students interested in pursuing dual degree options must apply to, and earn acceptances from, both programs within one calendar year. If one of the approved dual degree programs does not fulfill student’s educational goals, we also allow students to earn credit in other graduate programs with prior course approval. Dual degree programs include:

  • JD/LLM with the University of Houston Law Center
  • JD/MBA with the University of Houston Bauer College of Business
  • JD/MA in History with University of Houston
  • JD/MSW with University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work
  • JD/MPH with the University of Texas Health Science Center
  • JD/MD with Baylor College of Medicine
  • JD/MPP
  • JD/Ph.D. in Medical Humanities with the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Which department am I in?

UH Law Center

Study options

Full Time (90 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,689.00 per year
USD $1,544.68/SCH
Start date

Expected August 2022


UH Law Center

4604 Calhoun Road,



77204, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All graduate students are required to provide proof of the attainment of a Bachelor’s degree before enrolling at the University of Houston.

For international students

All applicants must:

Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;

Have a recent score on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT);
Register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS).

Students who have earned their degree from a non-English speaking country are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam. For the TOEFL exam, you must submit an official report of a score of 600 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL exam or 100 on the Internet-based TOEFL exam. For the IELTS, you must submit an official report of a score of 7.0 or higher.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.