South Texas College of Law

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South Texas College of Law
South Texas College of Law academic seal
Motto Justitia et Veritas Praevaleant (Latin)
Motto in English Let Justice and Truth Prevail
Established 1923
Type Private
President and Dean RADM Donald J. Guter, USN (Ret.)
Academic staff 99
Students 1309
Location Houston, Texas, United States
Former names South Texas School of Law and Commerce
Colors Crimson and gold
South Texas College of Law
The rear of South Texas College of Law, with the law library enclosed in glass
South Texas College of Law Logo

South Texas College of Law is a private American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Located in Downtown Houston, Texas, United States it was founded in 1923—the oldest law school in Houston and the third-oldest in Texas.12

South Texas College of Law has a faculty of 59 full-time professors and 40 adjunct professors.

US News consistently ranks the South Texas trial advocacy program in the top ten; in 2010, South Texas advocacy was ranked third in the country by U.S. News in Trial Advocacy. South Texas College of Law holds over 111 National and International Advocacy Championships, more than any other law school in the nation, with the second most titles held by a law school with less than 40 National Championships.1

Student programs

South Texas offers a "3 and 3" program with Texas A&M University. This program makes it possible to obtain a Bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in six years. South Texas College of Law is also part of a consortium of four independent ABA and AALS accredited American law schools—California Western School of Law, New England School of Law, and William Mitchell College of Law. The Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE), combines resources designed to enhance and strengthen the educational mission of each school separately and all of them collectively. This partnership provides access to educational programs on a national and international basis. Students at South Texas can study abroad in London, Ireland, Malta, the Czech Republic, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Turkey, Chile and Mexico.


In 2005, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Trial Advocacy Program at South Texas number one in the nation, and it consistently ranks among the top 10 every year.3 4 In 2006, South Texas won the Association of Trial Lawyers of America national mock trial competition, beating over 260 schools. In 2007, South Texas won the National White Collar Crime Invitational Mock Trial Competition hosted by Georgetown Law School.2 As of August 2011, South Texas has won a record setting 108 national titles. The school's most recent win was at the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Tournament in 2011.3

South Texas College of Law publishes several student-edited journals of legal scholarship, including Corporate Counsel Review, Currents: International Trade Law Journal, and South Texas Law Review. It is currently ranked #144 on the U.S. News Report for Best Law Schools in the nation.

Post-graduation employment

49% of the Class of 2009 were known to be working for law firms in the private sector nine months after graduation.4 9.1% of the Class of 2009 were either unemployed or had an unknown employment status nine months after graduation.4 These employment statistics are self-reported and not audited by an independent third party.

Average student loan debt

The average Class of 2009 graduate had $104,862 of student loan debt.4

Community resources

South Texas sponsors the "Direct Representation Clinics," which provide legal representation to low-income residents of Harris County, Texas in the areas of family law, probate, estate planning, and guardianship cases. South Texas is also the first Texas law school to provide $400 each month toward student-loan indebtedness for its alumni working for non-profit legal-aid organizations that provide services to the poor.

Appeals courts

The Texas First Court of Appeals and the Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals were located in the 1307 San Jacinto Building on the campus of the South Texas College of Law; the first court occupied the 10th floor while the 14th court occupied the 11th floor.56 Since September 3, 2011, the courts are now located in the 1911 Harris County courthouse.78

Notable alumni



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  2. ^ Georgetown Law - White Collar Crime Mock Trial Competition
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  5. ^ "Contact Information." Texas First Court of Appeals. Retrieved on March 9, 2010. "Physical Location First Court of Appeals 1307 San Jacinto Street, 10th Floor (intersection of Clay and San Jacinto Streets) Houston, Texas "
  6. ^ "Contact Information." Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Retrieved on March 9, 2010. "Physical Location Fourteenth Court of Appeals 1307 San Jacinto, 11th Floor Houston, TX 77002 "
  7. ^ "Contact Information." Texas First Court of Appeals. Retrieved on September 12, 2011. "NEW ADDRESS EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 First Court of Appeals 301 Fannin Houston, Texas 77002-2066"
  8. ^ "Contact Information." Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals. Retrieved on September 12, 2011. "NEW ADDRESS EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 3, 2011 Fourteenth Court of Appeals 301 Fannin, Suite 245 Houston, Texas 77002"
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  13. ^ “ Mission: The moon (rocks), Joseph Gutheinz is the finder of lost lunar relics " By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, The Daily Tidings, February 13, 2012.
  14. ^ "Moon Rock Hunter”, by Michael Graczyk, Associated Press, The Bryan Times, May 13, 2012.
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  16. ^ "Joan Huffman's Biography". Retrieved March 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ / "Pat Lykos: Texas' Capital Punishment Avenger". US News. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  18. ^ "South Texas College of Law Alumni Association". South Texas College of Law/Houston. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Airline pioneer Harding Lawrence dies". University of Houston Downtown. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Judges - District Judge Reed O'Connor". United States District Court. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Madalyn Murray O'Hair". Notable Names Database. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Daniel Irvin Rather, Jr.". Notable Names Database. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Robert Talton". Retrieved February 8, 2014. 

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