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South Texas College of Law

Located in downtown Houston, surrounded by hundreds of law offices and legal service providers, South Texas College of Law offers students an environment primed to meet the challenges confronting the increasingly complex, globalizing legal profession. The atmosphere fosters the pursuit of excellence in acquiring legal knowledge and professional skills, while instilling the need to maintain the highest ethical standards. The faculty, 59 full-time professors and 40 adjunct professors, prides itself on being accessible to the student body and providing exposure to a broad range of subjects, pedagogical techniques and viewpoints.

To accommodate the demands of an ever evolving profession, the South Texas physical facilities continue to expand. The Fred Parks Law Library, opened in 2002, providing extensive resources, both on-line and traditional text, for South Texas students and the Houston legal community. In the fall of 2003, the beautiful T. Gerald Treece Courtroom and Advocacy Center were unveiled, providing a mix of traditional courtroom and high-tech trial tools for learning. In the fall of 2004, the Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution was dedicated. Mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques will be the focus of learning in the center formerly known as the Center for Legal Responsibility.

The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution is the fifth Center of Excellence at South Texas. Already leading by example are the school's nationally known Advocacy program, with 91 national titles in mock trial and moot court, and the Law Institute for Medical Studies working to bridge the medical and legal professions. The Corporate Compliance Center and the Transactionl Skills Center were created in the fall of 2004. The Corporate Compliance Center targets students interested in business law or working as in-house counsel, and the Transactional Skills Center teaches students and practicing lawyers skills for performing business transactions, creating partnerships, and buying or selling corporations.

The globalization of the legal profession means that most attorneys, at sometime in their career, will be faced with clients, cases or transactions that involve international law. South Texas provides numerous opportunities for international and comparative study. You can attend South Texas programs in England, Denmark, Ireland, Malta, Mexico, The Netherlands and Turkey. A full semester abroad program with the University of Aarhus in Denmark or Leiden University in The Netherlands will immerse you in the international legal community. Internships with the Association of Defense Counsel working at The Hague are coordinated through South Texas for any student in the U.S. hoping to take part in the court's historic proceedings.

The learning process can be greatly enhanced at South Texas by participation in one or more co-curricular or extra-curricular organizations. The student organizations appeal to a diverse array of students who may be interested in pursuing legal issues pertaining to a specific special interest group, or in a specific niche of the law like health law or sports law. More than 25 student organizations, four law fraternities and four student publications operate on campus.

South Texas continues to concentrate on hiring outstanding faculty members. In the past three years, eight new professors have joined the faculty with expertise and experience in almost every area of the law. There are 55 full-time faculty members at South Texas, representing some 40 different American and British law schools. An adjunct faculty roster of approximately 40 professors is selected from the Houston legal community to provide specialized courses and supervise clinical programs. The faculty is dedicated to teaching the skills and theory that will be needed in the years to come.

The Fred Parks Law Library was completed in 2001 and measures 72,304 square feet. The Library encompasses five floors as well as a sixth-floor conference area and rooftop terrace. The Library's collection consists of approximately 450,000 volumes and volume equivalents. Our computer labs provide students and faculty access to legal databases, to the Internet, and to word processing software. Each seat within the library is wired for a laptop computer connection.

Because our Library is a partial U.S. Government Documents Depository, the collection is available for use by the general public. Our growing Special Collections Department houses valuable and rare books, including items dating to the 16th century. The library is the custodian for the archive of the law school and its departments. Also, we maintain an archive for Houston Area Law Librarians, known as HALL.

Our library services are provided by ten librarians and twelve support staff. Nine of our librarians have a Master's Degree in Library & Information Science. In addition, five librarians have dual degrees, possessing a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) as well as the Master's Degree. Our librarians and support staff are available for consultation when you visit our library or contact us by telephone or by email.

The Student Organizations Office develops and administers policies and procedures regarding all student organizations. The office advises student organizations, coordinates their activities, and allocates expenditures. The office also approves postings, announcements and facility arrangements for student sponsored functions and events, in addition to assigning office space.

Students at South Texas College of Law have the opportunity to become members of numerous student organizations representing a variety of interests. The organizations listed below currently are, or recently have been, active at the college. Students desiring to form a new organization should contact the Student Organizations Office in Suite 101C for procedures to follow in gaining recognition for their group.

The Student Organizations Office is also responsible for assigning student lockers and mailboxes.

South Texas admits students in the fall and spring for both the full-and part-time programs. Applicants to the college's part-time program are evaluated the same as full-time applicants, with scholarships available to both. In addition to academic considerations, an applicant's life experience and work history are major factors in determining admission. Part-time students typically carry an eight- to eleven hour load, three or four days a week. A full-time student typically completes the required 90 hours for graduation in three years, while a part-time student may take as much as five years to complete the course of study.

South Texas strives for diversity that enriches the learning environment and encourages everyone to challenge their own views. You will learn not only from
the faculty, but also from your peers. About two-thirds of the student body is enrolled full-time, the majority of whom come to law school directly from undergraduate
school. The popular part-time program makes South Texas accessible for second-career students or others
with special needs. However, part-time day students will be enrolled in day classes only where space permits after enrollment of full-time students. Otherwise
a student enrolled as part-time will be enrolled in night classes.

South Texas offers a variety of educational opportunities to enhance the core curriculum of a legal education. In addition to clinical programs and numerous
study abroad options, the law school is a member of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education (CILE). This organization joins four law schools, South Texas College of Law, New England College of Law, California Western School of Law and William Mitchell School of Law, in a creative, program-sharing partnership
allowing for an easy exchange of students and professors.

The advocacy program is indisputably the best in the country. We back up that claim with 91 national advocacy competition titles and literally hundreds of state and regional victories. Additionally, many students win individual speaking and writing awards. No other school in the United States can claim a winning record
close to that of South Texas.

No lawyering skill is more important than the ability to communicate effectively. Lawyers must know how to research completely and present a legal issue both orally and in writing. The full-time legal research and writing professors teach students how to think critically and evaluate every aspect of a legal problem while learning to write statutory analysis, client letters, pleadings and briefs. Our mandatory year-long lawyering skills program culminates with oral argument
presentations judged by the full-time faculty.

South Texas offers students a variety of ways to gain valuable, real-world experience in the college’s Centers of Excellence. The Frank Evans Center for Conflict
Resolution allows students to learn from and interact with practicing attorneys who specialize in mediation and arbitration. The Law Institute for Medical Studies focuses on legal issues facing the medical profession and provides students the opportunity to work with those in the field.

The Corporate Compliance Center involves students who are interested in working as in-house counsel, corporate counsel, outside counsel and business
lawyers. The center explores issues such as how companies promote policies and procedures that ensure legal and ethical behavior and how companies detect and deter wrongdoing. The Transactional Skills Center is designed to teach students the fundamental elements of completing a business transaction such as a real estate purchase or development, buying or selling a corporation, or creating a partnership.

After the first year of required courses, students may elect from a broad array of lawyering skills development classes including direct representation of actual clients, off-site supervised field placements and mock trial and moot court simulation courses.

Students apply legal principles to reallife situations in the general civil clinic. Varied legal services are provided to the poor who are in need of help in everything from divorce and child custody problems and fair housing to settling billing disputes or obtaining health care.
A recent grant from the Rockwell Fund, Incorporated has expanded services offered by the clinic to include assistance to women at the Star of Hope Transitional
Living Center.

Being located in the heart of a major urban legal center, South Texas offers clinics in a variety of challenging offcampus locations: state and federal judges’ chambers, prosecutors’ offices, and a host of governmental, charitable organizations and pro bono law offices.
Students working in these clinics experience the actual practice of law and use insights garnered on the job as the discussion context of concurrent clinical seminars.

South Texas’ location also allows it to take full advantage of a strong cadre of local jurists and leading practitioners in its simulation courses. Students are
challenged to expand their mediation, pre-trial and trial level skills through courses which combine lectures, demonstrations, role play activities and professor critiques.

International influence on the law is unavoidable.
South Texas students seeking to become well-versed in international law have a variety of options from which
to choose, inluding summer study abroad programs in England, Denmark, Ireland, Turkey, Malta, Mexico and The Netherlands. Faculty and students from across the country participate in the summer programs which offer comparative or international law courses while
providing students the opportunity to learn about the legal system in the host country and to establish relationships with future colleagues from the United
States as well as abroad.

Additionally, full semester exchange programs with the University of Aarhus in Denmark and Leiden University in The Netherlands allow full immersion into the culture and laws of the host country. A limited number of academic internships are available for students at The Hague. In these internships, students work under
the tutelage of defenders at The Hague in The Netherlands on cases to be heard before the United Nations’ Ad Hoc International Criminal Tribunal for the
former Yugoslavia.

Students must elect either full-time or part-time status for both semesters of each academic year. The assistant dean and registrar may approve a change in status during an academic year for exceptional changes in circumstances.

South Texas’ curriculum provides a wellbalanced
education with concentration in specific areas of the law. Each area lists the foundation courses which are generally most relevant to that topic area and related courses which would be helpful in gaining a more profound understanding of the area. Students can rarely complete all suggested foundation and related courses. In fact, none of the courses is considered mandatory for success, but the guidelines are provided to help with
decisions about course selection.

School name:South Texas College of Law
Address:1303 San Jacinto Street
Zip & city:TX 77002 Texas

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