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South Texas College of Law is a private, nonprofit law school that offers both full-time and part-time JD programs.

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South Texas College of Law
By Teresa Cajot

South Texas College of Law is a private, nonprofit law school that offers both full-time and part-time JD programs. The Houston, Texas
law school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools.

South Texas College of Law was officially established in 1923,        The school’s centers of excellence include the Advocacy center,
following a recommendation by both the YMCA Educational               the Corporate Compliance Center, The Frank Evans Center of
Committee and the Board of the Governors of the School                Conflict Resolution, and the Transactional Practice Center.
of Technology. The law school, which became part of the
United YMCA Schools under the control the Houston YMCA,               South Texas College of Law encourages the development
was initially established to provide working individuals with         of legal skills and judgment, as well as a sense of public
the opportunity to study law in the evenings. The school’s            responsibility through its Clinical Studies Program. The
curriculum was based on the curriculum and law programs in            forms of clinical preparation offered through the law school
existence at the University of Texas. In 1945, the law school         include simulation activity, direct representation clinics, and
changed its name to South Texas College of Law and in 1967 it         academic internships. Simulation advocacy clinics are typically
ended its association with the YMCA.                                  offered in small group settings and include family law trial
                                                                      advocacy; voire dire; mediation training; interviewing and
In 1998 the dean and president signed an affiliation                  counseling; administration of estates; contract drafting; and
agreement between South Texas and Texas A&M University.               corporate, real estate, and international/intellectual property
This affiliation was later questioned by the courts and               transaction skills. On-site Direct representation clinics include
ultimately terminated. Also in 1998, South Texas joined forces        the Mediation Clinic, the Family Law Basic Clinic, the Family
with California Western School of Law, New England School of          Law Complex Clinic, the Probate/Estate Planning Clinic, the
Law, Stetson University College of Law, and William Mitchell,         Access to Justice Clinic, and the Guardianship Clinic. US and
to establish the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education.           international court-based, public interest, government, and
Through the program, which combines the resources of the              hospital internships are available all year long.
four participating schools, students can earn transferable
credits and participate in foreign study programs. Past               South Texas College of Law student publications include the
consortium activities have included a two-week course in              Corporate Counsel Review, the Construction Law Journal,
Europe on European legal systems and the establishment of a           the Currents International Trade Law Journal, the South
LLM degree in Advanced Litigation Management.                         Texas Law Review, and the Texas Journal of Business Law.
                                                                      Additionally, the law school produces Annotations, an on-line
Today, in addition to its JD program, South Texas offers the “3       school and legal news publication.
and 3” Program, which allows students to earn their bachelor’s
degree and JD in just six years. The program, which is the            With more than 35 student organizations, students have
result of a joint effort with Texas A&M University, permits           ample opportunity to socialize and network. Student
admission to the law school following the junior undergraduate        organization offerings include the Aggie Law Students
year. Participants are eligible to receive a Bachelor’s degree        Association, the Animal Law Society, the Board of Advocates,
after completing the first year of law school.                        the Intellectual and Tech. Law Society, the Real Estate Law
                                                                      Society, and the Student Bar Association.


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