South Texas College of Law Houston Receives Nearly $1.3 Million to Launch Criminal Defense Certification Program

South Texas College of Law Houston recently received a $1.27 million multi-year gift to launch a Criminal Defense Certification Program to develop a pipeline of well-trained defense attorneys to effectively represent indigent criminal defendants in Houston’s courts. Funded by an anonymous donor, this unique pilot program is the first of its kind in the state […] More »


Professor Josh Blackman published an editorial in The New York Times titled, “America Needs Closure on the Travel Ban.”

NBC Washington, Fox News U.S., the Associated Press, and the San Francisco Chronicle quoted Professor Josh Blackman in an article titled, “Supreme Court travel ban could test Trump’s reach.”

The Times of Israel referenced Professor Geoffrey S. Corn in an article titled, “In Israel, international law grapples with 21st century war.”  Professor Corn – a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former senior law of war expert adviser – served as chair of a panel discussion on the laws of armed conflict in ground operations at the recent IDF International conference, organized by the Israeli military, held at the Kfar Maccabiah Center outside Tel Aviv.

News Radio 740 (KTRH) quoted Professor Charles “Rocky” Rhodes in an article titled, “Key SCOTUS Rulings Soon.”

Professor Kenneth Williams was a guest on Houston Public Media’s “Houston Matters” show titled, “Could the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Impact Death Penalty Cases in Texas?”


Career Conversations: Life as a Prosecutor

STCL Houston alums, Robert Hobbs ’96 (U.S. Marshal, former U.S. Attorney) and Brett Ligon ’96 (Montgomery County District Attorney), will discuss their careers in prosecution and share information on how you can become a prosecutor.

Resume & Cover Letter Workshop

Is your resume a little…SCARY?  Let us help you!  In this resume and cover letter workshop, we’ll discuss, step-by-step, how to build and improve your application materials.  We will discuss proper formatting of resumes; determining what to include and what to leave out; writing effective accomplishment statements; and cover letters.  The Career Resource Center will […]

Jackson Walker Breakfast Tacos Event

Jackson Walker invites current 1L students to join them for breakfast tacos in the law school atrium.

Judicial Clerkship Panel

A post-graduate judicial clerkship is an invaluable experience that can make you even more marketable to future legal employers.  A post-graduate judicial clerkship allows you to gain significant legal knowledge, an insider view of the court system, and the ability to view cases from the court’s perspective.  Learn all about the value of doing a […]

HBA Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Information Session

The HBA’s Minority Opportunities in the Legal Profession Committee sponsors the area’s only summer clerkship program for 1L law students.  The positions provide mentoring and real work experiences for students who might not otherwise have the opportunity for a clerkship at a law firm, corporate legal department, or legal nonprofit.  Participating students also have the […]


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Real World Experience, Critical Representation

Our 15 clinics offer students the chance to learn valuable, real-world legal skills by providing critical legal representation to traditionally under-represented populations.

A large variety of employment opportunities fall under the general umbrella of business and corporate law. For example, business lawyers may help create business entities, facilitate commercial dealings, finance business endeavors, or steward clients through bankruptcy proceedings.

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Dispute resolution specialists should be familiar with multiple dispute resolution processes, both in and out of court. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) processes include arbitration, mediation, and negotiation. The stages of litigation include discovery, motions practice, and trial advocacy.

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A focus on criminal law can open an array of potential career choices. Possible career options include state or federal trial practice as a prosecutor or defense attorney, as well as post-conviction practice, which includes direct appeals and habeas.

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There are a multitude of career opportunities for South Texas College of Law Houston students to pursue in the energy industry, which include working for law firms doing energy work, oil and gas companies, and oil field service providers. Attorneys practicing in this field must develop a firm understanding of the oil and gas industry.

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Environmental and natural resources law encompasses all areas of law dealing with the protection of air, land, water, plants, and animals. A technical background in public health, science, or engineering is not required to practice in this field, but it could be beneficial.

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Estate planning attorneys provide legal assistance to clients in order to arrange for the efficient transfer of client wealth during life and following death. Estate planning attorneys may be called upon to draft wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care directives, and prenuptial agreements, along with other planning documents.

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Family law encompasses divorce, custody, and a variety of other issues regarding domestic relations and the family. In addition to understanding the substantive law, family law attorneys must be well versed in procedure and should develop familiarity with several dispute resolution processes.

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Immigration law encompasses the avenues and procedures available to temporarily or permanently come to the United States. It also includes the rules that dictate whether and how to remove individuals from the country.

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Intellectual property is the study of law relating to certain products of the mind, usually patented inventions, copyrighted expressions, the trademarks used to symbolize commercial goodwill, and secret information used for competitive advantage.

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In a globalized world, lawyers need to be trained in more than domestic law. Increasingly, U.S. lawyers practice in fields where they may have foreign clients, deal with foreign parties as well as with foreign and international laws through transactional work, and litigate or arbitrate with foreign parties or on issues that concern foreign and international law.

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The practice of employment law may be attractive to anyone interested in people, personalities, and the dynamics of personal relations at the workplace. Employment lawyers may practice in a government agency or private firm.

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Public interest work includes “legal aid” practice and “targeted” lawyering. In the legal aid practice, lawyers represent clients at or near the poverty level in an array of civil legal issues. Targeted lawyering takes place when an attorney works for a non-profit or nongovernmental organization that advocates for one or more causes.

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Property law is a field that encompasses a broad array of practice areas and opportunities. The primary areas of focus for property attorneys are real estate and land use law. Property law can also intersect with many other practice areas, including environmental and energy law.

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Being a solo practitioner or member of a small practice provides attorneys with many unique opportunities but also challenges. Such attorneys must understand how to establish and manage a practice, and how to market and grow a practice.

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Tax attorneys provide tax planning services and help clients resolve disputes with taxing authorities. They may work in law firms, accounting firms, in-house tax departments, or for federal or state government agencies.

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The Texas Bar Examination is a gateway through which all the specific career pathways must pass, so all Texas law students should pay at least some attention to the subjects tested on the Texas Bar Examination when planning their law school curricula.

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