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South Texas College of Law Houston

South Texas College of Law Houston

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Official Guide to ABA-Approved JD Programs

South Texas College of Law Houston is the city’s oldest law school and the only law school located in Downtown Houston. Uniquely positioned to provide students with immediate access to internships and job opportunities, South Texas has been educating and preparing practice-ready graduates to serve their clients and communities with distinction for decades. Founded in 1923, South Texas is a private, nonprofit, independent law school. Accredited by the American Bar Association and also a member of the AALS, South Texas offers full- and part-time programs leading to the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree.

Our missions is to provide a diverse body of students with the opportunity to obtain an exceptional legal education, preparing graduates to serve their community and the profession with distinction.

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The JD Program

The curriculum at South Texas combines traditional classroom instruction with a broad range of innovative simulated and clinical courses. The college offers a class scheduling system whereby students may select convenient class times rather than have to choose between day and evening divisions. To accommodate part-time working students, a complete curriculum of classes is scheduled after 5:30 pm, with a few classes also scheduled on Saturdays.

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Special Programs

South Texas College of Law Houston has a long tradition of practice-oriented legal education and provides advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and transactional practice skills.

Since 1980, the Advocacy Program has outperformed all other law school teams in the nation by winning an array of state, regional, and national championships. The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution allows students to learn from and interact with practicing attorneys who specialize in mediation and arbitration. The Transactional Practice Center prepares law students for practice as business transactional lawyers, offering a variety of business-simulation courses, including corporate, international, energy finance, and real estate capstone courses. The center offers a Transactional Law Practice Certificate Program, a multicourse sequence allowing students to develop a business transactional practice concentration. The center also houses the Texas Journal of Business Law, an official publication of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.

South Texas offers an array of on-site clinics in which students hone their legal skills and develop their professional identities while working for real clients on actual cases under the direct supervision of faculty and staff. The wide range of cases addressed in these direct representation clinics includes asylum and human-trafficking law, domestic violence, claims of actual innocence and wrongful conviction, family law, estate planning, guardianship, child welfare law, probate, and patent and trademark law. Clinic students appear before administrative agencies, as well as state and federal trial and appellate courts.

Second- and third-year South Texas students take full advantage of the law school’s Downtown Houston location and enroll in academic internships that place them in the real world of lawyering, including state and federal trial and appellate court chambers, prosecutors’ and defenders’ offices, public interest legal service providers, and state and federal government agencies. International internship opportunities include work with defense and victims’ counsel in The Hague international tribunals and with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Malta.

Both the academic internships and direct representation clinics complement the Pro Bono Honors Program, a cocurricular project that encourages, recognizes, and supports student volunteer legal service during the final two years of law school study.

Academic Assistance and Counseling—Students are encouraged to participate in the varied programs and services offered, which are designed to help them reach their full academic potential.

The Langdell Scholar Program, conducted by course-proficient upper level students, continues to benefit students in mastering the framework of legal analysis, while garnering a proficiency in effective outlining, study skills, and exam-taking techniques. Students attend these valuable sessions voluntarily or are selected into the program based on their LSAT performance and undergraduate GPA.

JD/MBA Programs

Two joint-JD/MBA degree programs—one with the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University, the other with the Cameron School of Business at the University of St. Thomas—provide excellent opportunities for South Texas College of Law Houston students interested in careers combining law and banking, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, or other business and commercial interests.

Both joint-degree programs permit law students to earn the JD and MBA degrees in as few as four years, where usually five years are required to complete both separately. In both programs, full-time students will devote the first two years to law study at South Texas College of Law Houston, spend the third year taking MBA coursework at the business school, and then return to the law school to complete their JD studies during the fourth year of enrollment.

Students participating in the joint-degree program with the Cameron School may be required to take some proficiency courses if they do not have an undergraduate business major, and students participating in the program with the Mays Business School will do their MBA coursework on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

Both the Mays Business School and the Cameron School of Business are accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.

Part Time Opportunities

South Texas College of Law Houston’s part-time J.D. program offers two schedules providing working professionals access to law school without restricting their professional and personal responsibilities. 

With our part-time J.D. program, you decide what schedule fits best for your education.

  • The On-Campus Part-Time Schedule allows you to come to complete your law degree on-campus for in-person instruction four evenings a week.
  • The Flexible Part-Time Schedule allows you to combine online instruction (which can be completed weekly on your own schedule) with only two evenings a week of on-campus instruction.

Whether you choose the on-campus or flexible part-time schedule, you will experience a legal education equally as robust and comprehensive as the full-time program, preparing you to confidently practice law.

Study Abroad

For students interested in the increased globalization of law, South Texas offers a variety of study-abroad programs throughout the year. Two ABA-approved cooperative exchange programs allow students to study for a semester in the Netherlands or Denmark. Summer programs are offered in Malta, Turkey, Ireland, England, Chile, and the Czech Republic.

Student Life

Student Activities

Students at South Texas College of Law Houston have the opportunity to become members of more than 40 active student organizations representing a wide range of interests.

Career Placement and Bar Passage

In light of today’s competitive job market, the Career Resource Center (CRC) continues to provide South Texas students and graduates with a full range of services to assist in their employment search, while at the same time being responsive to the changes in hiring trends and patterns. The office serves as a counseling and resource center for students seeking employment on either a full- or part-time basis and assists graduates pursuing permanent employment. In addition to on-campus recruiting, the CRC also offers an array of professional development programs and career panels designed to assist students in their job-search preparation and networking. The objective of the CRC staff is to aid students in exploring career options, while helping them build valuable job-search skills utilizing their strengths and abilities. By taking advantage of the many programs and services offered by the CRC, students are better equipped to maximize their career-planning opportunities.

South Texas College of Law Houston is committed to providing the resources to assist our students reach their fullest academic potential. The Office of Student Academic Success and Bar Preparation is charged with developing and administering the academic services to facilitate the learning process and thereby enhancing the learning experience. Many of the academic services are designed to increase analytical skills and improve study and exam taking strategies. Other programs are designed to develop professionalism and ensure that our students adhere to standards of truthfulness and disclosure.

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Tuition and Aid

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South Texas offers an extensive financial aid program that includes scholarships; grants; federal, state, and private loans; and the opportunity to earn funds through the Federal Work-Study Program. Our financial aid program measures the ability of students to pay tuition, fees, and living expenses, then awards aid (federal, state, and institutional) to all who apply and qualify for assistance. Incoming students are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on their undergraduate grade-point average and LSAT score. Continuing students are eligible for both merit- and need-based scholarships. 

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Admission Decisions: Beyond the Numbers

When reviewing applications for admission, the Admissions Committee considers a variety of factors, including but not limited to LSAT/GRE scores, cumulative undergraduate grade point average, rigor of undergraduate coursework, performance in graduate programs, letters of recommendation, personal statements, addenda, extracurricular activities, work experience, demonstrated skills, diverse life experiences, and adversity. Applications are reviewed holistically.

Applicant files are reviewed on a rolling basis; therefore decisions are made when the file is complete. All decisions are disseminated electronically.  Review begins in late February for the fall class and mid-September for the spring class. The decision of the Admissions Committee is final.

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Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at South Texas:

3.04 to 3.61

25-75% LSAT Score Range at South Texas:

151 to 155

25-75% UGPA Range at South Texas:

3.04 to 3.61

25-75% LSAT Score Range at South Texas:

151 to 155

25-75% UGPA Range at South Texas:

3.04 to 3.61

25-75% LSAT Score Range at South Texas:

151 to 155

Contact Information

1303 San Jacinto Street,
Houston, TX 77002-7006,
United States