South Texas admits students in the fall for the full- and part-time program. Only full-time students are admitted for the spring. Applicants to the college's part-time program are evaluated the same as full-time applicants, with scholarships available to both. In addition to academic considerations, an applicant's life experience and work history are major factors in determining admission.
Part-time students typically carry an eight- to eleven-hour load, three or
four days a week. A full-time student typically completes the required 90 hours for graduation in three years, while a part-time student may take as much as five years to complete the course of study.
Deadlines: Fall Semesters February 15
Spring Semesters October 1
All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), administered nationwide by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) each October, December, February, and June. South Texas 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. Applicants must also register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). Each applicant is responsible for making his or her own arrangements to take the LSAT and for submitting official transcripts of all undergraduate work, as well as any post baccalaureate or graduate work, to LSDAS for evaluation. Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a college or university listed in the Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education published by the American Council on Education.
The Law Services Information Book, explaining the registration procedures for the LSAT and LSDAS, can be obtained by writing LSAC at Box 2000, 662 Penn Street, Newtown, PA, 18940-0998, by calling LSAC at 215-968-1001, or at www.lsac.org. Depending upon availability, the Information Book may also be picked up at South Texas in the Admissions Office. Postage costs preclude South Texas from mailing the Information Book to applicants.
The Admissions Process
The admissions process requires that each applicant:
- Completed application for admission (sent directly to us or through LSAC on the Web)
- $55 Application fee
- Official LSAT score (received electronically from LSAC's Credential Assembly Service)
- Official LSDAS report (received electronically from LSAC's Credential Asembly Serivce) or foreign credential evaluation received from a recognized service
- Resume of employment
- Personal statement
- Two letters of recommendation (received electronically through CAS)
- Immigration document (if not a U.S. citizen)
The application, personal statement and resume should be postmarked no later than February 15 for fall consideration and October 1 for spring consideration. Deadlines are the same for full-time and part-time applicants.
Please Note: Once an application has been submitted, it must become complete six weeks following the deadline. Applications that remain incomplete by this deadline will be ineligible for committee review.
If you have any questions regarding your application, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office at 713-646-1810 or email@example.com.
Submitting letters of recommendation
South Texas requires that letters of recommendation be submitted through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service that serves all member schools. This service is included in your LSDAS Registration subscription. Your letters will be copied and sent to us along with your LSDAS Report. To use the service, follow the directions for submitting letters outlined in the 2009-2010 LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book, page 33. Be sure to fill out and give each person preparing a letter for you a letter of recommendation form from the LSAT/LSDAS Registration and Information Book.
Submitting an application
South Texas College of Law strongly prefers candidates complete and submit an online application. The online application is available either at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at www.lsac.org or www.stcl.edu. Please visit either of these sites as they both contain the STCL online application as well as instructions and procedures.
When using the online application, the $55 non-refundable application fee can only be paid with credit or debit card.
Applications submitted online will be considered post-marked on the day they were electronically submitted.
Please Note: Whether applying online or on paper, you must provide a resume and personal statement. If you answered “yes” to any of the Character and Fitness questions, please include your detailed letter of explanation. 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.
Candidates preferring to submit a paper application can find a pdf (click here) of the application by The sample application located in this bulletin will not be accepted.
A candidate must fully complete and sign the application for admission and submit it with the $55 non-refundable application fee in the form of a check or money order payable to South Texas College of Law. All other supporting documentation should also be included and mailed to 1303 San Jacinto, Houston, TX 77002.
Applicants with degrees from foreign institutions are required to take the LSAT and register with LSDAS. Applicants are urged to utilize the J.D. Credential Service (JDCAS). This is a service available as part of LSDAS at no additional expense to the applicant beyond the standard LSDAS fees. This service is for all applicants who have completed work at any foreign institution outside the U.S. and in Canada. Applicants may also choose to use a recognized foreign credential evaluation service. This must include a course-by-course description, state that the applicant possesses the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree, and provide a cumulative GPA for that degree. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is not required of foreign applicants. The TOEFL cannot be substituted for the required foreign credential evaluation. Any student who is not a U.S. citizen and holds a temporary visa (FI-JI) is classified as an international student. In addition to meeting standard admission requirements, these applicants must submit:
- A copy of immigration documentation when submitting application
- Letter of Financial Backing (U.S. citizens and permanent residents are exempt) as foreign students are not eligible for scholarships, grants or financial aid. This letter is required only after an applicant has been granted admission.
An admission decision cannot be made until an applicants file is complete.
A complete application file (received by February 15 for fall
and October 1 for spring) consists of the following items:
and signed application for admission (sent directly to us or through
LSAC on the Web)
LSAT score received from LSDAS
LSDAS evaluation received from LSDAS or foreign credential evaluation
received from a recognized service
letters of recommendation
document (if not a U.S. citizen)
Applicants are encouraged to complete their files before the applicable deadline date to avoid any unforeseen problems. However, the majority of decisions are made following the application deadline. Although many students are admitted on the basis of their LSAT score and their cumulative undergraduate grade point average, a significant percentage of each class is chosen on the basis of other factors, such as exceptional personal or academic achievement (not necessarily demonstrated Application 53 in academic testing assessments); letters of recommendation; work, community service, or life experiences; leadership potential; a history of overcoming adversity and hardship; and a talent for communicating effectively. Every attempt is made to evaluate the applicant as an individual, a prospective student, and a future professional.
To be admitted with advanced standing, a transfer applicant must have earned credit for at least 24 semester hours at an ABA-accredited law school. The college will not award credit for more than 30 semester hours earned at another law school. Transfer applicants are required to submit the following: a completed application for admission; the non-refundable application fee; an official letter of good standing from the law school from which the applicant is attempting to transfer; personal statement; resume; two letters of recommendation; and an official transcript reflecting all law grades earned. If you are waiting for your final grades, we ask that you send your application and supporting documentation before the deadline of June 15, and the official transcript as soon as it is available. Decisions on transfer files cannot be made, however, until all the above items are received.
A student from another ABA-accredited law school may apply to South Texas as a visiting student, subject to availability of space. Visiting students must submit an application for admission, a non-refundable application fee, and a letter of good standing from their law school indicating that transfer credit will be accepted towards the student’s degree program. Visiting students will be required to pay registration fees and tuition in full at the time of registration. Visiting students are prohibited from applying as a transfer student once they have visited at South Texas.
of Critical Importance
South Texas College of Law admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other school-administered rights, privileges, programs or activities generally accorded or made available to students at the college.
South Texas College of Law does not represent, warrant, or claim that by attending or graduating from the law school, an accepted applicant will pass the bar exam or be accepted to the bar in any state. In addition, South Texas College of Law does not represent, warrant, or claim that by attending or graduating from the law school or by subsequently being admitted to the bar of any state, an accepted applicant to the law school will become employed in a legal position or will receive a higher average starting salary than such applicant might otherwise be in a position to receive.
While every effort is made to provide accurate and current information, South Texas College of Law reserves the right to change, without notice, statements in the Admissions Bulletin concerning rules, policies, fees, curricula, or other matters. Publications of South Texas College of Law are not contractual. The faculty and administration may make changes at any time and may make them applicable to students enrolled before and/or after the changes are made.
It is also the applicant’s responsibility to research the character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar in the state(s) in which the applicant intends to practice.
Additionally, if you have been academically dismissed from another ABA law school, South Texas College of law requires that you sit out the recommended two years before reapplying to begin your studies all over.