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South Texas College of Law
Houston, United States - Texas


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Pursuant to the YMCA's 1886 constitution, which called for the organization to engage in educational endeavors, the Houston YMCA considered opening a law school in Houston.

1915. H. D. "Guy" Burnett, Houston attorney and graduate of the YMCA Law School of Cincinnati, Ohio, began teaching YMCA evening law classes. The program sought to "provide an opportunity for men to take up the study of law without interfering with their daily work."

Gavin Ulmer, who would serve as associate dean at South Texas, and who taught at the YMCA, said that the idea of a law school came from several of his students. The program was interrupted in 1917 by World War I.

March 31. The YMCA Educational Committee and the Board of Governors of the School of Technology jointly recommended that the YMCA Board of Directors establish a law school.

April 13. The South Texas School of Law was founded to provide working people with an opportunity to obtain a legal education in the evening or after working hours. The college became a part of the United YMCA Schools under the control of the Houston YMCA. Its offices and classrooms were housed in three rooms on the third floor of the YMCA building at the corner of Fannin and McKinney streets.

May 8. The Advisory Council met for the first time and unanimously named Judge Joseph C. Hutcheson, Jr., as dean of the law school. Judge Hutcheson was selected in recognition of his "leadership in great things."

September 24. The college opened its doors. South Texas began with seven part-time instructors, who represented some of the "most successful lawyers and ablest judges of the Houston Bar." The curriculum and other programs of the law school were modeled after those of the University of Texas. The only difference would be that South Texas would offer classes in the evening rather than only during the day, as conventional law schools, such as the University of Texas, did.

The first class consisted of 34 "freshman" students, five of whom were women. Only 11 of the original 34 students graduated from the four-year course. Addressing the newly formed South Texas community, Dean Hutcheson stated, "We will promise nothing now as to what we will fulfill, for we believe that we can do much more than we can now promise." Classes were held in only one room, which contained wooden fans suspended from the ceilings, and chairs with arms that served as desks.


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 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 (1) take the LSAT and register with LSDAS (as described above); (2) fully complete and submit an application for admission, paying special attention to instructions 51 about disclosures and updates; and (3) pay the $55 non-refundable application fee. In addition, each applicant must submit a resume of employment and a detailed personal statement setting forth the applicant’s unique individual qualifications, interests, and aspirations for the study of law. Two letters of recommendation are also required; a third will be accepted. The letters must be submitted through the Letter of Recommendation Service offered by LSAC. All other items will be discarded. 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.

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