Volunteer

Committed, engaged alumni are vital to the continued growth of South Texas College of Law Houston, and we are proud of the many alumni who volunteer each year. Below is a list of  available volunteer opportunities. Interested in volunteering? Submit an alumni volunteer form online.

Join the Admissions Network

Alumni often are the best ambassadors for South Texas Law given that they can share personal accounts of their experience as students. Alumni play a very important role in increasing awareness and knowledge of South Texas Law among prospective students. Alumni are encouraged to participate in recruitment activities by:

  • Attending Admitted Student Receptions in Houston, Dallas or Austin in March and April each year.
  • Corresponding via email or phone calls with admitted students at key points during the admissions cycle to encourage enrollment and offer assistance.
  • Hosting recruitment events for admitted students.
  • Encouraging fellow alumni to join the Admissions Network.

Contact Alicia Cramer, Assistant Dean of Admissions
acramer@stcl.edu
713-646-1808

Join the Career Development Network

Alumni play a crucial role in assisting the Career Resource Center in supporting fellow alumni and current students in their career development. Below are the activities volunteers can engage in:

  • Attending Networking Night events held at the beginning of every semester.
  • Encouraging your firm or other colleagues to post a job in Symplicity, South Texas Law's online job board.
  • Participating in on-campus recruitment events.
  • Maintaining an updated online profile, especially employment information, in the Online Alumni Directory.
  • Participating in programs, panels and round-table discussions to inform current students about different practice areas.

Contact Nazleen Jiwani, Director of Career Resource Center
njiwani@stcl.edu
713-646-1867

Become an Annual Giving Ambassador

Support the student experience by serving as an ambassador for the Annual Giving program! Use your phone, email, and social media to encourage alumni from your class and other classes to make a contribution to support South Texas Law. Share information about the importance of supporting South Texas Law.

Contact Susan Diederich, Director of Annual Giving
sdiederich@stcl.edu
713-646-1800

Provide a “for-credit” internship placement

Second-and third-year students are eligible to receive course credit for approved internship placements. For-credit internships require field supervisors to work in concert with full-time faculty to develop and monitor a rigorous learning experience. Join state, federal, trial, and appellate court systems in offering South Texas Law students an internship placement. Other placements include legal service providers, citizen advocacy organizations, administrative and governmental agencies, health care systems, and international tribunals.

Contact Assistant Dean Elizabeth Dennis
edennis@stcl.edu
713-646-1748

 

Volunteer with the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics

There are many ways to be of service to the Clinics including, volunteering as a guest lecturer for Clinics’ seminars, participating in an outreach day, serving on the Clinics Advisory Council, and spreading the word—tell your colleagues and friends about the Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics and how they’re impacting Houston.

Contact Vice President & Associate Dean Cathy Burnett
cburnett@stcl.edu 
713-646-1831

Provide a non-credit internship placement

All students are encouraged to gain practical legal experience prior to licensing. South Texas Law students are widely recognized as “practice ready” because of internship experience. A paid or unpaid legal internship or clerkship is invaluable, and alumni are instrumental in providing these opportunities.

Contact Nazleen Jiwani, Director of the Career Resource Center
njiwani@stcl.edu
713.646.1867

Judge an advocacy tournament

With more than 120 national championships, the South Texas Law Advocacy Program is one of the top moot court and mock trial training programs in the United States. Each year, more than 600 South Texas Law students participate in the Advocacy Program and test their court room skills in intramural, state, and national contests. Join other dedicated alumni who return to the law school to assist in coaching and judging moot court and mock trial rounds.

Contact Shaun Devine, Manager of Advocacy Program
sdevine@stcl.edu
713-646-1775


Assist with arbitration, mediation, and negotiation competitions

The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution manages and administers a number of regional, national, and international law student competitions with the concentration and focus on representing clients in a variety of dispute resolution methods. Under the supervision and coaching of faculty and alumni volunteers, students from South Texas Law have competed in numerous competitions, both at home and abroad.

Contact Debra Berman, Director of the Frank Evans Center
dberman@stcl.edu
713-646-2997


Help plan alumni events in your city

Regional alumni volunteers provide a way for alumni and friends living outside Houston to interact with others in the South Texas Law community and to stay connected. The Alumni Association, in conjunction with local volunteers, organizes programs and activities for alumni and friends around the nation.

Contact Megan Graf, Director of Alumni Relations
mgraf@stcl.edu
713-646-2968

Join the Young Alumni Council

The Young Alumni Council's purpose is to help South Texas Law provide meaningful opportunities for recent graduates to stay connected to the law school and network with one another. The council is comprised of alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years. The Council meets on the law school's campus four times each year.

Contact Megan Graf, Director of Alumni Relations
mgraf@stcl.edu
713-646-2968

Assist with the Law Firm Challenge

Alumni at each participating firm volunteer to encourage their peers to financially support the law school annually. The goal of the Law Firm Challenge is to achieve 100 percent participation in giving to the law school by South Texas Law alumni at law firms, law offices, in-house legal departments, corporations, and government offices with three or more South Texas Law alumni.

Contact Susan Diederich, Director of Annual Giving
sdiederich@stcl.edu
713-646-1800

Become a Reunion Volunteer

Alumni who graduated in a year that ends in a 2 or 7 will celebrate their reunion in the spring 2017 and are invited to volunteer as a reunion giving volunteer. Reunion giving volunteers assist with planning class-specific events and spreading the word about Reunion Weekend to their classmates.

Contact Megan Graf, Director of Alumni Relations
mgraf@stcl.edu
713-646-2968


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