Message from the Dean on Philanthropy

South Texas College of Law Houston educates leaders and problem-solvers who have a profound impact on the legal profession, industry, and important issues in our society. Valued friends like you—alumni, families, corporate and foundation partners, community members, and our own faculty and staff—provide the resources that enable our students to do extraordinary things. Giving to South Texas Law is a powerful investment.

The legal profession is evolving faster than ever before. Booming international trade, new communications platforms, the growth of dispute resolution methods, and new financial pressures on law firms and businesses—to name a few factors—are rapidly changing the face of legal practice. No law school in the country better prepares future professionals who can adapt, thrive, and lead in today’s legal landscape than South Texas Law.

We set the standard for legal education that is relevant, rigorous, comprehensive, and practical. Our faculty members continuously refine and improve our curriculum and programs to develop lawyers who meet the highest critical-thinking, communications, and ethics standards of the profession. Yes, we develop some of the country’s best litigators, advocates, negotiators, and contract lawyers. But we also empower every student with something equally valuable—the unshakeable notion that a legal education is a tool for making the world a better place.

Lives are changed at South Texas Law. Our scholarship programs open doors for many students to become the first in their families to attend law school. Our public service initiatives meet the needs of hundreds of underserved members of our community each year while connecting students to the world of real legal practice. Faculty experts regularly inform policy and advance debate on matters of vital importance to our local, national, and global communities. Our commitment to superlative legal education shows—in the high bar passage rate of our students, in the intense interest employers have in our practice-ready graduates, and in our unsurpassed record of championship titles in advocacy, writing, and dispute resolutions competitions.

South Texas Law was founded in a local YMCA in 1923 in order to make exceptional legal education accessible to working people. We’ve since grown into a full-fledged, private law school with top rankings in multiple specialty areas and a national reputation for graduates who routinely outpace their peers from other law schools in being able to contribute in their jobs immediately upon graduation. Yet our core focus remains the same: making a legal education an ever more powerful force for positive change.

Whether you choose to enhance the student experience by supporting our areas of greatest need, scholarships, or a specific department, your philanthropic investment is essential to our continued success. Today, I hope you will join with me and so many others in giving back to the future of the legal profession.


Donald J. Guter
President and Dean
Rear Admiral, JAGC, U.S. Navy (Ret)