South Texas Ranking Matches Long-Standing Reality

April 8, 2005

The 2005 U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings of graduate schools puts South Texas College of Law at number one in teaching trial advocacy. Based on the polling of law faculty who teach in the area of trial skills, South Texas earned the number one position, reflecting the school’s long-held dominance of moot court and mock trial competitions. South Texas’ advocacy program, founded in 1978 and led by Associate Dean T. Gerald Treece, holds 91 national titles including this past weekend’s victory at the American Bar Association’s National Moot Court Competition in Chicago. “This is a testament to the hard work of our students, faculty and the alumni coaches,” said South Texas President and Dean James Alfini. “I could not be more pleased to receive this recognition from our faculty colleagues at other law schools.”

The law school’s legal research and writing program, an area of teaching ranked for the first time this year, was included among the top twenty in the country of the 180 ABA accredited law schools. “A piece of every advocacy trophy comes from the strong legal research and writing foundation at South Texas,” says Associate Dean Treece. “We have advanced because of a faculty committed to the hard job of teaching not just research techniques, but a powerful writing style.” Briefs written by South Texas students have won the nation’s top legal writing award, the Scribes award from the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects, twice in the past four years.