South Texas College of Law Houston

South Texas College of Law Houston

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South Texas College of Law Houston is considered one of the best, if not the best, moot court program in the United States. And with more than 125 first place finishes in its history, no other school comes even close.

“Since 1923, South Texas College of Law Houston has educated practice-ready, skilled attorneys who are a credit both to the law school and to the profession,” said President and Dean Don Guter. “The law school is home to the nation’s No. 1-ranked Advocacy program, and our students have won more legal writing awards at the prestigious American Society of Legal Writers’ Scribes competition than any other law school in the United States. Similarly, in the past five years, STCL Houston students have won 17 first-place national and international ADR competitions, demonstrating the law school’s aptitude in mediation training. For generations, students have chosen STCL Houston for the many academic and career opportunities it affords; its hands-on, experiential teaching; and its friendly, inclusive environment.”

In addition to its award-winning advocacy program, the school has three other “centers of excellence:” the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution, the Corporate Compliance Center and the Transactional Practice Center.

Originally founded by the YMCA in 1923, it is one of the largest stand-alone law schools in the nation, and the largest law school in Texas with 940 students. About 20 percent of the students are enrolled in its part-time program, where students can start in either the fall or spring and can take classes in the day or evening.

Located in the heart of downtown Houston, the law school is within walking distance of the city’s courts, law firms, and Fortune 500 corporations. This offers students access to externships with judges, law firms, and nonprofit organizations, in addition to the law school’s legal clinics.

Part of the school’s mission is to deliver affordable education, and the school has kept tuition increases low. At $31,500, tuition is lower than most other schools in the region. 

The school excels in alternative dispute resolution, international law and intellectual property, in addition to litigation and advocacy. 

The Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics — composed of 19 specialized, onsite — provide students with opportunities to interview, counsel, and advise low-income clients. Students mediate more than 150 disputes and assist with filing more than 40 trademark applications annually. Each year, students in the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics provide more than 35,600 hours of free legal services valued at nearly $2 million to more than 300 Houston residents.

South Texas also has a strong alumni base in the region, and ranked third in a recent study of where big law firms partners in Houston went to law school.

“Twenty-six percent of lawyers in Harris County are alumni,” Guter said. “Students in this economy need to be able to network, and we have an active and supportive alumni network.”

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75th Percentile1533.37
25th Percentile1482.88
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$21,800$21,800
Living Expenses
Median grant$5000
Percent receiving grants43.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 79.20%
NJ Employment67.16
Bar Passage70.83%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2019: Most Diverse: 
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy