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ABA Required Disclosure—ABA Standard 509

Standard 509(b) of the ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools requires a law school to publicly disclose on its website information in the following categories:

1. Admissions data

2. Tuition, fees, living costs, and financial aid

3. Conditional scholarships

South Texas College of Law offers conditional scholarships to admitted students based on a combination of a student's score on the Law School Admission Test and undergraduate grade point average.  To maintain these scholarships, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.  For this purpose, a student's cumulative GPA is measured after the student's second long semester and subsequently at the conclusion of each spring semester.

Students who began their studies at South Texas before the fall 2011 semester were subject to a mandatory grading curve in first-year required courses that no longer applies to entering students.  Students who began their studies in the fall 2011 and subsequent semesters are subject to a revised mandatory grading curve in first-year required courses.  Based on recent class rankings under the revised grading curve, a first-year student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 has ranked in the top 50% of the class.

The following table summarizes the number of conditional scholarships awarded to students in recent entering classes and the number of students whose conditional scholarships have been reduced or eliminated.  Students who voluntarily withdrew during their first year of law school without receiving grades are not included in these figures.

South Texas also awards scholarships to continuing students.  One such scholarship, the Academic Merit Scholarship, is awarded based on the student's law school cumulative GPA and level of financial need.  During 2012-2013, South Texas awarded more than $450,000 to continuing students in Academic Merit Scholarships.  A student with a conditional scholarship receives the higher of their conditional scholarship or the Academic Merit scholarship for which they are eligible.  In addition, South Texas awards specific scholarships to students based on criteria such as academic merit, status as a veteran, or participation in student organizations and activities.  During 2012-2013, South Texas students received more than $600,000 in the form of these specific scholarships.

 

Students Matriculating In

Number Entering With Conditional Scholarships

Number Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated

2012-2013

 41

13

2011-2012

74

20

2010-2011

94

43

4. Enrollment data, including academic, transfer, and attrition

5. Number of full-time and part-time faculty, professional librarians, and administrators;

6. Curricular offerings, academic calendar, and academic requirements;

7. Employment outcomes;

8. Bar passage data

Standard 509(c) of the ABA Standards for the Approval of Law Schools requires a law school to publicly disclose on its website, in a readable and comprehensive manner, the following information on a current basis.

  • Refund policies
    • The policies of South Texas College of Law can be found here.
  • Curricular offerings, academic calendar, and academic requirements
  • Policies regarding the transfer of credit earned at another institution of higher education
    • The policies of South Texas College of Law can be found here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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