Randall O. Sorrels Legal Clinics

For many of Houston's underserved residents, legal representation, even for the most basic of issues, is unattainable. Legal issues such as creating a will, divorcing a spouse, or clearing the title to a home often require some level of legal representation, which many Houstonians simply cannot afford. Unresolved legal issues can create significant barriers to financial stability, thereby exacerbating an individual’s chance of suffering from poverty, homelessness, or domestic violence.

Since 1990, South Texas College of Law has addressed these pressing issues through its legal clinics. The clinical program is shaped by its twin missions: education and service. Through the legal clinics, students learn to integrate skills, theory, strategy, and law, building a bridge between the classroom and the legal profession. Now one of the longest-serving initiatives of its kind in the state, the clinical program continues to expand and refine its services to meet the needs of the community. The clinics' efforts are guided by the following objectives:
  • To provide underserved citizens with legal representation, counsel, or referral
  • To equip South Texas students with practical legal skills they can use in their future careers
  • To instill in each student a commitment to serving the community as a fundamental part of his or her professional identity as a lawyer
The legal clinics are divided into discrete areas so that they can provide focused and specialized legal representation for their clients while also meeting the educational and professional goals of each student participant. The clinical program offers three types of clinics, described below. 

Our Civil Practice Clinics prepare students for small-firm or individual practice, or to begin meaningful pro bono service upon graduation. They consist of the:
  • Family Law-Basic Clinic 
  • Family Law-Advanced Clinic
  • Estate Planning Clinic
  • Probate Clinic
  • Guardianship Clinic 
  • Access to Justice Clinic
  • Child Welfare Clinic
  • Social Security Clinic
Our Specialized Clinics target contemporary justice issues. They consist of the:
  • Asylum and Human Trafficking Clinic
  • Actual Innocence Clinic
  • Animal Law Clinic
  • Domestic Violence Clinic
Our Transactional Clinics expose students to agency practice and the small-business environment. Currently operating in this area is the:
  • Trademark Clinic
Thanks to a generous gift from Randy Sorrels '87, South Texas was able to transform the 10th floor of our Tower building into a modern, professional space where all of the clinics are now housed. This cutting-edge facility provides a superlative venue for the College's clinical teaching program while enhancing our ability to collaborate with other service providers in the Houston community. 

General information about the clinical program can be found by clicking here. For more information on how you can help with funding for the clinics, please contact Jennifer Farmer in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (713) 646-1804 or jfarmer@stcl.edu.

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