Donald J. Guter 2015-10-26 12:58:28
Experiential, practice-oriented, student-focused. While many law schools are only now adopting this model to address changes in the legal profession, it has been the foundation South Texas College of Law has provided to students for more than 90 years. New this year, students benefit from the Pathways to Practice program, which focuses on different career options within a variety of legal fields. Pathways also helps students plan an individualized curriculum designed to prepare them to enter their chosen area of practice upon graduation. It guides students through the substantive law courses they need and through experiential, hands-on legal skills classes, enabling them to be productive immediately for their employers and clients. The law school’s Skills Institutes and Programs support the curriculum, immersing students in emerging areas of legal practice. The newest of these is the Harry L. Reed Oil & Gas Law Institute. South Texas has partnered with oil and gas firms for decades, and this institute equips students to become strong contributors to the industry. The Advocacy Program has trained student teams earning mock trial national championships for more than 30 years, a history unmatched by any other institution, with a winning record of 120 national championships. Growing from five to 15 practice areas since 2009, the law school’s Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics help students learn valuable skills while providing approximately 3,500 hours of pro bono legal representation to underserved Houston residents each year. The Legal Research and Writing Program is a leader in the nation, apparent in the unprecedented number of Brief-Writing Awards received from Scribes, the prestigious American Society of Legal Writers. No other law school has won more than one best student-written brief award; South Texas has won five. In 2012, South Texas teams took first, second, and third place in the Scribes awards, marking the first and only sweep by a single law school. South Texas is one of only 21 law schools to have an all tenured/tenure-track faculty focused on this program. The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution hones students’ skills in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. The law school has achieved recognition by winning a number of national and international dispute resolution competitions. Through the Transactional Practice Center, students experience an intensive curriculum preparing them to become business transactional lawyers. The Certificate Program is a multi-course sequencing of curriculum designed to equip students with the skills to negotiate, structure, and document business deals. The certificate acknowledges this earned competency. South Texas has worked hard to keep student debt down by keeping tuition affordable. Of the 118 private law schools in the United States, South Texas tuition is the fourth lowest. Moreover, even parking in the costly downtown Houston area is offered to students at no cost. The reduction of institutional debt and thoughtful financial planning has placed South Texas in a strong financial position. The law school’s philosophy of containing costs has benefited students. We provide affordable tuition to a diverse student population, focusing on delivering an outstanding legal education. Named a “Best Value” private law school by the National Jurist, as well as receiving high rankings for diversity, the law school plans to continue this mission. Since it’s founding, South Texas has focused on providing an exceptional legal education, preparing graduates to serve their community and the profession with distinction. This mission is apparent in graduates’ high bar exam passage rates, employment rates, and a curriculum that unites theory and practice, preparing new graduates to make an immediate contribution to the profession. This is the future of South Texas College of Law. FOUNDED 1923 ENROLLMENT 1,032 ANNUAL TUITION $28,890 ANNUAL FEES $300/semester seat deposit NUMBER OF GRADUATES IN 2000 336 NUMBER OF GRADUATES IN 2015 309 PERCENTAGE OF 2014 GRADUATES WHO HAD JOBS BY APRIL 2015 85.6 percent PERCENTAGE OF 2014 GRADUATES WITH FULL-TIME, J.D.-REQUIRED/J.D.-ADVANTAGE JOBS THAT WERE SUBSIDIZED BY THE LAW SCHOOL 0 percent AVERAGE DEBT LOAD OF A 2014 GRADUATE $113,700, a decrease from 2013 DONALD J. GUTER is the president and dean of South Texas College of Law. He served in the U.S. Navy for 32 years, retiring in 2002 as a rear admiral of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He has since served as CEO for the Vinson Hall Corp. and as executive director of the Navy Marine Coast Guard Residence Foundation. He is an outside director of the board of TYCO Corp. Guter frequently appears in the media to discuss matters of national security and military law.
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