Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics

Our legal clinics offer students the chance to learn valuable, real-world legal skills by providing critical legal representation to traditionally under-represented populations.

The South Texas College of Law Houston Clinical Programs and The Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics offer:

  • An array of civil practice opportunities that prepare students for small or solo practice, or to begin meaningful pro bono service for those students pursuing law firm, corporate and government careers;
  • Specialized clinics to provide exposure to transactional lawyering;
  • Discrete clinics that expose students to cutting edge issues and bring to life substantive law discussions from the classroom;
  • Clinics that explore current practices and limitations, while suggesting systemic change;
  • An array of externship opportunities that guide students working in the field in every sector of government service, in public interest lawyering and non-profit venues, and in state and federal judicial chambers;
  • A co-curricular pro bono program that encourages, supports and celebrates the professional value of ensuring access to justice.
  • More than 15 direct service clinics, 7 academic internships, and a vibrant volunteer Pro Bono project
Veterans of World War II
Veterans Clinic

Students counsel and assist clients with Veterans Benefits Administration claims, discharge updates, and legal issues related to their military service. In addition, the Clinic offers civil legal services to families of military personnel.

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Family Law Clinics

In the Family Law Basic Clinic, students represent clients in divorces that involve minimal property and no children. In the Family Law Advanced Clinic, students represent clients in cases involving contested property, custody agreements, and other complex issues.

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Estate Planning Clinic

Students represent clients with modest estate planning needs, including the preparation of wills and other documents for execution.

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Probate Clinic

Students represent clients in probate cases where the post-death transfer of property may involve an independent administration, dependent administration, muniment of title, determination of heirship, or small estate affidavit.

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Guardianship Clinic

Students represent a parent or close relative seeking the guardianship or guardianship alternatives of an incapacitated adult.

Child Welfare Clinic
Child Welfare Clinic

Students work each semester on legal issues impacting children, which may range from special immigrant juvenile status cases to children in the foster care system. More »

Externship Clinics

Students in the Academic Externship Program intern with state and federal courts, nonprofit agencies, and government agencies. Externships offer a hands-on learning experience guided by a full-time faculty member.

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Public Interest Clinic

Public interest internships include traditional nonprofit placements, whether for the direct provision of services or study and advocacy efforts.

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Government Process Clinic

Government process interns serve in state and federal agencies such as the Texas Public Utilities Commission or the Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD).

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Judicial Process Clinic

Students in the judicial process clinic serve in state and federal chambers at both trial and appellate levels.

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Criminal Process Clinic

Criminal Process Clinic students serve in prosecution and defender offices. Past placements have included the District Attorney’s offices of Harris, Fort Bend, and Galveston counties as well as federal and Harris County Public Defenders’ offices.

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Hospital Law Clinic

Students in the Hospital Law Clinic participate in internships guided by a medical facility’s general counsel’s office.

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International Process Clinic

The International Process Clinic offers students the opportunity to explore the law in other countries through placements in judicial, public interest, criminal, and non-governmental organizations.

Special Focus Clinics

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Pro Bono Programs

We help students find opportunities to give back to the community and share the legal skills they are developing. Students can work on a law school-sponsored special project or volunteer in one of our many clinics. More »

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Actual Innocence Clinic

Students in the Actual Innocence Clinic investigate allegations of wrongful conviction based on claims of innocence, suggest strategies for relief on those cases, and study the root causes leading to wrongful convictions. More »

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Asylum & Human Trafficking Clinic

Students in the Asylum and Human Trafficking Clinic prepare T visas, U visas, or asylum applications for foreign victims of trafficking. Students litigate cases by drafting civil complaints against traffickers and preparing clients to testify before an immigration judge.  More »

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Domestic Violence Clinic

Students in this Clinic work with organizations and agencies at the front line of direct representation of Domestic Violence clients. More »

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Immigration Clinic

Students in this Clinic work with organizations and agencies at the front line of direct representation of Domestic Violence clients. More »

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Patent Clinic

Students in the experimental Patent Clinic gain experience drafting and filing patent applications for submission to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. More »

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Trademark Clinic

Along with the Patent Clinic, the Trademark Clinic is a part of the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Pilot Certification program, which grants law students limited recognition to practice before the Office under faculty supervision.  More »

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Mediation Clinic

Students in the Mediation Clinic get real world experience in assisting parties to reach resolution, if possible, in a wide variety of disputes. More »

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Tax Clinic

Students in the Tax Clinic educate Houstonians on tax-related legal issues and help low-income taxpayers resolve tax problems, including filing protests with IRS appeals and preparing and filing petitions with the U.S. Tax Court.

Faculty & Staff

Outstanding full-time and adjunct faculty, together with teaching fellows, provide guidance and grounding as students progress from “thinking like a lawyer” to applying core legal concepts to the complexity of modern life. More »

Community Partners

The law school’s clinical programs are supported by funds, volunteers, and resources provided by local service providers, legal aid organizations, and generous donors. More »

Resources & Publications

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Service Matters, Vol. 4

View the most recent issue of our newsletter to find out about the clinics’ latest programs, client stories, and accomplishments.

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