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South Texas College of Law

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 936
Location Houston, Texas, United States
Former names South Texas School of Law and Commerce

Colors Crimson and gold


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

South Texas College of Law has a staff of 59 full-time professors and 40 extra professors.

US News consistently ranks the South Texas trial support program in the top ten; in 2010, South Texas advocacy was ranked third in the country by U.S. News.

Student programs

South Texas offers a "3 and 3" program with Texas A&M University. This program makes it probable to gain 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 source. 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 always ranks with 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.

South Texas College of Law publishes numerous student-edited journals of legal scholarship, including Corporate Counsel Review, Currents: International Trade Law Journal, and South Texas Law analysis.

Community resources

South Texas sponsors the "Direct Representation Clinics," which give 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 offer services to the poor.

Appeals courts

The Texas First Court of Appeals and the Texas Fourteenth Court of Appeals are situated in the 1307 San Jacinto Building on the campus of the South Texas College of Law; the first court covers the 10th floor while the 14th court covers the 11th floor.

Notable alumni

Fred Parks--famed trial lawyer and philanthropist
Robert Christopher Bell-- US Congressman
Eva M. Guzman -- Texas Supreme Court Justice
John Culberson-- US Congressman
David Medina -- Texas Supreme Court Justice
Harding L. Lawrence--Chief Executive Officer, Braniff International
Robert Casey--US Congressman
Sam Nuchia -- Houston Police Department,Chief of Police
Richard H. Anderson -- Chief Executive Officer, Delta Air Lines
Don D. Jordan-- Chairman of the Board, Reliant Energy, Inc

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