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University of Houston Law Center is a leader in the US, but it is also becoming a popular choice for Asian students. It offers unique transitional courses that equip international lawyers with US qualifications alongside a comprehensive spread of highly relevant specializations.

The Law Center delivers one of the best value-for-money law degrees in the US market today. This, combined with its strong international network, makes UH Law Center a favorite for students from Asia looking to secure international legal credentials. Students study under exceptional faculty members with extensive international experience.

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US Credentials
UH Law Center has a traditional August through May LL.M. program for international students.For Asian students, one of the major attractions of studying in the US is the chance to bolster their resume with US credentials. International law is complicated, and any lawyer planning liaise with US firms will benefit from a US-based education.

UH Law Center has a traditional August through May LL.M. program for international students. UH Law Center also operates a summer program that takes foreign-trained lawyers and equips them with a US law degree on short turnaround. The process begins with a 13-week summer semester starting in June, followed by a full-time fall semester.

Throughout the program, many of the classes are conducted by professors with international expertise. This ensures that the transition into the US legal system is guided by professors who understand the legal environments their students are coming from. Foreign students also attend classes with American JD and LLM students, creating opportunities to network and work with students from the US.

Rankings
This top-tier law school ranks 56th in the US according to US News & World Report. Specialized concentrations within the school rank even higher and garner significant international attention. The center’s Health Law concentration is particularly well-recognized, with a #2 national ranking. The Intellectual Property concentration is seventh in the US.

Other third-party organizations rank the law center even higher. The National Law Journal placed it in the top 40, while Judging the Law Schools ranks it 30th. Many of these selection committees base their decision on the volume of successful graduates emerging from the University of Houston Law Center.

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Specializations
UH Law Center offers more than 200 courses, giving students the chance to add a specialized slant to their law degree. Six official concentrations are on offer:

Health Law
The University of Houston Law Center launched its Health Law and Policy Institute in the 1970s. The program emphasizes interdisciplinary studies, bridging a range of health-related fields.

Students have access to the largest medical center in the world – the Texas Medical Center. This is a cluster of 49 medical institutes, 14 hospitals and 2 specialty institutes. It is a gold mine for students specializing in health law, as they are able to explore and conduct research related to virtually every legal and policy-related issue in the healthcare sector.

Students in the Health Law concentration are encouraged to get involved at the institute. The sheer size of the Texas Medical Center means that there is guaranteed to be something going on that’s perfectly suited to your particular area of interest. Many Law Center students assist with academic publications, including those printed in the Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy.

Intellectual Property
In today’s global economy, the Intellectual Property and Information Law concentration is especially relevant to international students, who explore every aspect of intellectual property law including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.

Intellectual property studies combine with information law. This covers issues related to software, the Internet, databases and e-commerce. The Intellectual Property Center maintains strong international networks.

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Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
Asia’s developing nations and emerging superpowers are hotbeds for breakthroughs in energy and natural resource development. Students are trained in the international legal implications of energy production, natural resource conservation and pollution prevention, all of which are directly relevant to professional life in Houston, a major producer of petroleum in the US.

Tax Law
International tax law is complicated, and multi-national firms are in need of well-trained legal staff that can navigate the complex and ever-changing web of international taxes. In this program, students learn to plan tax strategies that take future changes into account.

International Law
This is another major draw for Asian students. Lawyers with a handle on international commerce and law are in high demand. Students learn how to apply comparative and international law in a US context, with plenty of room for specific specializations.

Foreign Scholars
Another popular avenue for Asian students is the Foreign Scholars program. Students work closely with an advisor to piece together a bespoke law degree that centers on their specific needs and interests. Students can also enter the UH Law Center through the Foreign Scholars program and earn certificates in any of the above concentrations.

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