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 109 first place finishes in its history, no other school comes even close.

“We really are pretty heavy on skills courses,” said Donald Guter, president and dean of the Houston law school. “Judges tell me that they only hire South Texas graduates because they are ready to go from day one.”

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 now 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 downtown Houston, the school will soon begin some changes to further enhance student services. The Texas Court of Appeals recently moved out of the school’s top three floors. The school plans to move its clinics into that space, allowing student services to all be on the same floor.

Part of the school’s mission is to deliver affordable education, and the school has kept tuition increases at 1.9 percent and 2.9 percent the last two years. At $31,500, tuition is currently lower than all other Texas schools except for Texas Southern and Texas Tech, both public schools.

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.”

Published Winter 2012

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75th Percentile1543.34
25th Percentile1482.82
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$20,600$20,600
Living Expenses
Median grant$5000
Percent receiving grants54.00%
Estimated net tuition
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Post-grad employment 79.20%
NJ Employment67.16
Bar Passage69.61%
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