South Texas College of Law Houston offers the opportunity to enroll in the full-time program in the fall or spring and the part-time program exclusively in the fall. Applications must be received by May 10 (for fall entry) and December 1 (for spring entry). The fall application opens at the beginning of December and the spring application opens at the beginning of August. While GPA and LSAT/GRE scores are important, we also assess each applicant’s life experience, work history, community service and graduate work.

All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered nationwide by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), administered by ETS. South Texas College of Law Houston will not consider an LSAT or GRE score from a test administered more than five years before the beginning of the semester for which application for admission is made. If you have not taken or prepared for the LSAT or GRE yet, start by reviewing our LSAT/GRE GuideRegistration information for the LSAT and CAS may be obtained by calling LSAC at 215.968.1001 or www.lsac.org. Registration information for the GRE (School Code: 2749) may be obtained by calling ETS 609.771.7670 or at www.ets.org/gre.

The Application Process

Every applicant must complete the following steps:

  1. Take the LSAT or GRE
  2. Register with CAS (as described above);
  3. Fully complete and submit an application for admission, paying special attention to instructions about disclosures and updates;
  4. Submit a resume of employment;
  5. Attach a detailed personal statement setting forth the applicant’s unique individual qualifications, interests, and aspirations for the study of law. The personal statement should be 2-3 pages in length double spaced;
  6. Submit at least two letters of recommendation – a third is optional – through the Letter of Recommendation Service offered by LSAC. This service is included in your CAS Registration fees. South Texas College of Law Houston does not accept Evaluations in place of Letters of Recommendation; and
  7. Pay the $55 non-refundable application fee if applying after the priority deadline;

Application Deadlines

Fall Semesters: February 9 (Priority) and May 10 (Final)
Spring Semesters: September 22 (Priority deadline) and December 1 (Final)

Submitting an Application

South Texas Law strongly prefers candidates complete and submit an online application. Applications submitted online will be considered postmarked on the day they were electronically submitted.  Candidates who prefer to submit an application by mail must contact our office at 713-646-1810.

Please Note: If you answered “yes” to any of the Character and Fitness questions, please include your detailed letter of explanation. For more information on answering the Character and Fitness questions, please click here.  Once an application has been received and processed, all further communication will be conducted via e-mail. Please provide a current e-mail address on your application and notify the Admissions Office of any changes during the review process. If you do not have an e-mail account, please contact the Office of Admissions for specific instructions. Additionally, if you have been academically dismissed from another ABA law school, South Texas College of Law Houston requires that you sit out the recommended two years before reapplying to begin your studies as a first-year student.