South Texas College of Law Houston

About South Texas College of Law Houston

Since 1923, South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) has remained true to its mission of providing “a diverse body of students with the opportunity to obtain an exceptional legal education, preparing graduates to serve their community and the profession with distinction.”
From its outstanding Advocacy program — consistently ranked No. 1 in the nation — to its extensive clinical program with 23 specialized legal clinics, to its nationally recognized Legal Research and Writing program and its international award-winning Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program, South Texas College of Law Houston has educated successful, practice-ready attorneys for nearly a century.
Located in the heart of the thriving downtown district, STCL Houston provides unparalleled access to job opportunities and internships in the city’s courts, Fortune 500 corporations, law firms, and nonprofit organizations.
With one of legal education’s most diverse student bodies, STCL Houston holds a reputation for producing practice-ready attorneys and has more than 15,000 alumni working across the U.S. and the globe.

Our COVID-19 Response:

When COVID-19 became a confirmed threat in the U.S., South Texas College of Law Houston (STCL Houston) shifted all courses to online instruction overnight, so students’ coursework would continue without interruption. The law school was praised in the media for its immediate response and implementation of safety measures. In anticipation of fall coursework, the law school surveyed students for their preferences on attending in-person, online, or in a hybrid format — and developed extensive fall schedules to accommodate the identified preferences and protect the health and safety of everyone in the community. STCL Houston also was hailed as a “pioneer” for its efforts to host up to 12 separate in-person commencement ceremonies over one weekend to accommodate all graduates who wished to participate in this special ceremony — while maintaining COVID-19 safety protocols for all graduates and their guests.

About Our Students

FALL 2021 ENROLLMENT   Numbers are for degree-seeking undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled in the fall of 2021.

Graduate Student: A student that holds a bachelor's degree or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level. Students formerly designated as first-professional students are now captured in the graduate student enrollment numbers.

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What Students Pay

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Our Graduates

Number of Degrees Awarded in 2021   Numbers are for degrees awarded between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Bachelor’s: Bachelor’s degrees are any degrees that normally require at least four but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes ALL bachelor’s degrees awarded in a five-year cooperative (work-study plan) program which provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government and thus allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also, it includes bachelor’s degrees in which the normal four years of work are completed in three years. Master’s: Master’s degrees require the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of one but not more than two academic years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Some of these degrees, such as those in Theology (ex., M.Div., M.H.L./Rav) that were formerly classified as first-professional degrees, may require more than two full-time equivalent academic years of work. Doctoral Doctoral degrees are the highest award a student can earn for graduate study. There are three categories of Doctoral degrees:
  • Doctor's degree-research/scholarship: Requires advanced work beyond the master's level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.
  • Doctor's degree-professional practice: A doctor's degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as first-professional and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. OR D.M.D.); Law (L.L.B. or J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Vetrinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
  • Doctor's degree-other: A doctor's degree that does not meet the definition of a doctor's degree-research/scholarship or a doctor's degree-professional practice.

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