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South Texas College of Law
|South Texas College of Law|
|Location||Houston, TX, US|
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South Texas College of Law is a private American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Located downtown Houston, Texas, it was founded in 1923—the oldest law school in Houston and the third-oldest in Texas.Template:Fn Template:Fn South Texas is well known for its moot court and mock trial trial advocacy program.
Programs and resources
Surrounded by hundreds of law offices and legal service providers, South Texas College of Law offers students an environment primed to meet the challenges confronting the increasingly complex, globalizing legal profession. The atmosphere fosters the pursuit of excellence in acquiring legal knowledge and professional skills, while instilling the need to maintain the highest ethical standards. The faculty, 59 full-time professors and 40 adjunct professors, prides itself on being accessible to the student body and providing exposure to a broad range of subjects, pedagogical techniques and viewpoints.
An educational innovator, South Texas offers a "3 and 3" program with Texas A&M University. This program makes it possible to obtain a Bachelor's degree and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) in six years. South Texas College of Law is also part of a consortium of four independent ABA and AALS accredited American law schools, California Western School of Law, New England School of Law, and William Mitchell College of Law. The Consortium for Innovative Legal Education or CILE, combines resources designed to enhance and strengthen the educational mission of each school separately and all of them collectively. This unique partnership provides expanded opportunities for educational programs on a national and international basis. Students at South Texas can study abroad in London, Ireland, Malta, Prague, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Mexico.
In 2005, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Trial Advocacy Program at South Texas number one in the nation, and it consistently ranks among the top 5 every year.Template:Fn Template:Fn In 2006, South Texas won the Association of Trial Lawyers of America national mock trial competition, beating over 260 schools. In its 2007 publication U.S. News ranked the school in the Fourth Tier.
An advocate outside the courtroom as well, South Texas sponsors the "The General Civil Clinic," which provides legal counseling to low-income residents of Harris County, Texas. South Texas is also the first Texas law school to provide $400 each month toward student-loan indebtedness for its alumni working for non-profit legal-aid organizations that provide services to the poor.
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair (1952) — founder of American Atheists
- Don D. Jordan (1969) — former Chairman and CEO of Reliant Energy, Inc.
- Robert G. Phillips (1981) — President and CEO of Enterprise Products Partners L.P., former Chairman and CEO of Eastex Energy, Inc.
- Richard H. Anderson (1982) — former CEO of Northwest Airlines and currently Exec. V.P. of UnitedHealthcare
- Jon Lynn Christensen (1989) — former Nebraska Congressman
- John Culberson (1989) — United States Congressman
- David Medina (1989) — Texas Supreme Court Justice
- Dan Rather (1990) — American Journalist
- Chris Bell (1992) — former Member of the United States House of Representatives
- Template:Fnb Source: Cambridge Study Abroad Program. 
- Template:Fnb Source: The Handbook of Texas Online. 
- Template:Fnb Source: South Texas College of Law, "News and Events". 
- Template:Fnb Source: U.S. News and World Report: Americas Best Graduate Schools: Law Specialties: Trial Advocacy.