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South Texas College of Law



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Total Program Enrollment 1225
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 151 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.89 - 3.4
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 87.3%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86.2%
Tuition $27,600




South Texas College of Law “is a school for litigators.” Arming students with the tools they need to succeed in the courtroom, “the school has great advocacy programs in sev­eral different fields of law,” with a mock trial program that is considered “one of the best in the nation.” The regular JD program incorporates intensive training in trial and appel­late advocacy, and the school additionally operates a “Summer Trial Academy, as an additional option for practical preparation for those not able to compete or who don’t have time in their schedule to do the regular advocacy courses.” In addition, “there are a lot of clinics that will place you in a firm or court to gain experience” in the real world. The lively, litigious environment is a huge draw for many STCL students, who warn that quieter types “will be eaten alive” at this competitive school. But do not be startled, as one current student reassures, “Many come to the school for its mock and moot pro­grams, but as a member of the law review’s editorial board, I can assure you that oppor­tunities exist in all areas of practice and academia.”As “a down and dirty trade school rather than a school for philosophers,” South Texas’ academic curriculum “provides a well-reasoned balance between theoretical and practi­cal education,” emphasizing critical thinking skills as well as hands-on applications. Through discussion, Socratic questioning, and assignments, “The professors truly try to get you to start thinking like a lawyer from day one. They ask you the right questions to lead you down the path to the answer on your own, without giving you the answer.” Staffed by a cadre of accomplished attorneys, “The professors are all extremely qualified, and only a few are purely academic.” They will also give you a broad understanding of the law, as “the school has strategically sought out professors from a wide range of back­grounds: some the typical academics (Harvard educated, brilliant resume of publica­tions), some working for the government (such as the SEC or the EPA), and some as experts of their fields in private practice (such as the oil and gas fields, and the energy transactional fields).” Law school is a challenge anywhere, but South Texas students tell us that those that apply must be prepared to work especially hard at their school. A cur­rent student recounts, “You have God awful amounts of reading to do all day and all night, you learn more material in the first six months than entire undergrad experience.” For anyone who is struggling to keep up, “The professors are, for the most part, extreme­ly accessible and ready to help with clarifications or advice on how to study or under­stand the material.” When it comes to the nuts and bolts, the program runs smoothly, especially when you consider that it’s split between the daytime and evening divisions. Evening students, who attend part-time, are pleased to report, “Almost every class is offered during the day and at night using the same professors.” Attentive to students’ needs, “the Dean and Associate Deans are accessible and work diligently to ensure we receive a first-rate legal education.” Plus, “When some offices/groups within the administration do not uphold their respon­sibilities, the leadership has made great strides in correcting any problem areas swiftly.” After graduation, South Texas students say it’s best to look for a job locally. “South Texas is well respected in the Houston community,” and “the networking availability is unpar­alleled” in the region. On the flip side, many students complain that the national rankings do not reflect the true quality of the law school, and that these rankings can have a nega­tive influence on employment opportunities. When looking for a job outside Houston, students admit that, “In other cities, competition is harder.” They further note, “The prestigious firms which recruit tier 1 students also recruit at STCL. The big firms may not take as many first year associates, but every firm still appears at on campus interviews.”

- The Princeton Review



Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 390

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

Through a special cooperative program, students in the JD program at South Texas College of Law are eligible to apply for admission to the MBA program at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. Upon acceptance into the MBA program, students are granted a leave of absence after their second year of law studies to attain their MBA and then return to South Texas to complete their JD degree.

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 94
Full-Time Faculty 50
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 39
Faculty Gender 68% Male
31% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 20 : 1


Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
White 68%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Ethnicity Unknown 0%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%



Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,600 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $27,600 $27,600

Financial Aid



Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 15

Average Age Admitted: 27

Application Fee: $55

Incoming Class

South Texas College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 151 - 156
LSAT Part-Time 149 - 155
LSAT Total 151 - 156

South Texas College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.89 - 3.4
Part-Time 2.89 - 3.4
Total 2.89 - 3.4

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency



U.S. News & World Report

#84 Regional Universities West Rankings



Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 98%
First Time Pass Rate 87%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 80
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer


Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 138 45%
Firm Sized 11-25 11 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 1%
Firm Sized 251-500 5 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 6 2%
Business Industry 74 24%
Government 31 10%
Public Interest 5 2%
Federal Clerkship 1 0%
State Clerkship 1 0%
Academia 3 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 17 5%
Unemployed, Seeking 27 7%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
LA 0%
TX 22%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of South Texas College of Law include:

  • John A. Culberson - Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Reed C. O'Connor - Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • Janis Graham Jack - Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Eva M. Guzman - Justice, Texas Supreme Court
  • Richard H. Anderson - CEO and Chairman, Delta Airlines

Associations & Memberships

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