Our mission is to increase opportunities to obtain an exceptional legal education.
In fact, the law school began in 1923 with the purpose of providing a legal education for working professionals. Although the program has expanded in innovative curriculum options, student benefits, and student-focused facilities, South Texas remains committed to providing working professional an opportunity to earn a J.D. through the part-time program. Students interested in starting in the part-time program begin their studies in the fall semester.
Tenured faculty teach during the day and the evening, so students in the part-time program have access to the same nationally renowned faculty and receive the same exceptional legal education – whether attending full-time or part-time.
Part-time students may participate in numerous experience-based learning opportunities, pursue leadership positions in student organizations, and participate in on-campus events and employment interviews. STCL Houston’s experience-based learning opportunities include externships, legal simulations, and direct participation in the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics – the largest pro bono legal clinic program at any law school in the State of Texas.
Both part-time program schedules start exclusively in the fall.
The fall application opens in mid-November, and applications should be received by February 10 (priority), March 26 (regular), and May 9 (final). All applicants who apply by the priority deadline will automatically receive an application fee waiver.
All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered nationwide by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). South Texas College of Law Houston will not consider an LSAT score from a test administered more than five years prior to the beginning of the semester for which application for admission is made. If you haven’t taken the LSAT yet, the free Khan Official LSAT prep is a great place to start. Applicants must also register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Each applicant is responsible for making his or her own arrangements to take the LSAT and for submitting official transcripts of all undergraduate work to CAS for evaluation, as well as any post-baccalaureate or graduate work.
While GPA and LSAT scores are important, we also assess each applicant’s life experience, work history, community service and graduate work.
Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a college or university listed in the Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education available online.
Registration information for the LSAT and CAS may be obtained by calling LSAC at 215.968.1001 or at www.lsac.org.
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