STCL Houston–Sponsored Resources
Career Resource Center/STCL Houston
Visit the Career Resource Center to learn more about its services. Students can reach the CRC in person or online. The CRC is designed to assist students at any time during their journey through law school. It should be an integral part of every student’s Pathway to Practice.
South Texas College of Law Houston offers numerous direct representation clinics and internship placements for credit.
Direct representation clinics offer students the opportunity to work on real-life issues and achieve resolution of a matter for actual clients. Some clinics are litigation-based and others are more transactional in nature. Students can hone lawyering skills that transcend a specific practice area. Additionally, students can learn about an area of practice, experience what it is like to appear before certain courts, and gauge whether they are truly interested in pursuing a career in a particular field.
Academic internships also offer students the opportunity to learn about practice in state and federal courts, governmental agencies, public interest groups, and non-profit and other non-governmental organizations. Additionally, academic internships can provide students with networking opportunities.
Clinics/Academic Internships relevant to this practice area include:
- Asylum/Human Trafficking Clinic
- Government Process Clinic/Academic Internship
- Immigration Clinic
- Judicial Process Clinic I/Academic Internship
- Judicial Process Clinic II/Academic Internship
- Public Interest Clinic/Academic Internship
Fellowship Opportunities through the Clinical Program
South Texas College of Law Houston sometimes has fellowship opportunities. Recent graduates or alumni who have been practicing for several years are encouraged to apply when their experience and interests coincide with the job description.
South Texas College of Law Houston has a nationally renowned Advocacy Program that has won more competitions than any other law school in the nation. Participating in one of the numerous mock trial and moot court competitions is certainly beneficial for anyone seeking a career in litigation. Many competitions concern problems in specific fields of practice that are particularly useful for students interested in pursuing a career in that area. More broadly, competitions provide students with an opportunity to further refine their research, writing, and analytical skills, which are relevant to practice in general.
The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution coordinates many competitions each year in the areas of negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. The program has developed a consistent track record of winning both domestic and international competitions, with more than ten first-place finishes in recent years. Students would benefit from participating in these competitions in the numerous fields of practice where alternative dispute resolution is regularly employed.
The Transactional Practice Center also coordinates several student competitions. These competitions are specifically geared to students who want to gain experience negotiating and drafting contracts, and learn about business transactions in general.
Law Reviews and Journals
Law reviews and journals provide tangible benefits on two fronts: acquiring skills and attaining employment. As to acquiring skills, law reviews and journals provide students with an opportunity to further refine their research and writing ability. Law reviews and journals can also help students secure employment because they serve as signaling devices for perceived research and writing skills—this is particularly true for large law firms, the judiciary, and certain government agencies. The student publications relevant to this practice area include:
- South Texas Law Review
South Texas College of Law Houston has numerous student organizations that focus on specific areas of law. Participation in a student organization allows students to learn more about the subject matter of the field and about employment opportunities. The student organizations relevant to this practice area include:
- Public Interest Law Society
Databases and links that focus on providing information about employment in this practice area:
- American Immigration Lawyers Association Career Center
- Austin Bar Association Career Network
- Federal Bar Association Legal Career Center
- Federal Employment – USA Jobs
- Houston Bar Association Career Center
- Immigration Advocates Non-Profit Jobs
- Law Crossing (fee-based service)
- Texas Bar Association Career Center
Federal Employment Honors Programs
Many government agencies have so-called “honors programs” for recruiting and hiring new attorneys. Students should be mindful of the deadlines for applying to honors programs, which are often one year in advance of employment. The honors programs relevant to this practice area are:
- United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Citizenship and Immigration Services
- United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
- United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Immigration Litigation
Fellowship programs sponsored by government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and bar associations provide employment opportunities for students directly after graduation. The fellowship opportunities (as well as several internship opportunities for students) relevant to this area of practice include:
- National Immigration Law Center Fellowships
- National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
- Southern Poverty Law Center Legal Fellowship
Additionally, both Human Rights First and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) have offices on the ninth floor of South Texas College of Law Houston. These organizations often address immigration-related matters and they regularly seek assistance from STCL Houston students.
Bar Associations and Organizations
Bar associations and organizations—local, state, and national—provide students with many services. Most offer access to information about the relevant areas of law. At the local level, students can also benefit from the opportunity to attend events and conferences. Importantly, these events and conferences provide students with chances to network in the profession, which may lead to employment opportunities. These organizations also provide information on continuing legal education (CLE) programs that may be relevant to practice in different areas of law. The bar associations and organizations relevant to this field include:
- ABA Commission on Immigration
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- Federal Bar Association Immigration Law Section
- State Bar of Texas Immigration and Nationality Law Section
Bar associations also provide students with opportunities to attend programs and network for free. Some bar associations have formal student sections that are free to join or they provide significant discounts to students. The relevant student pages include:
- ABA Law Student Division
- Austin Bar Association
- Houston Bar Association Law Student Center
- State Bar of Texas Law Student Information
Federal and state government websites relevant to this subject matter of the pathway include:
- United States Department of Homeland Security
- United States Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services
- United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement
- United States Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection
- U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment
- United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review
- United States Department of Justice, Office of Immigration Litigation
- United States Department of State, National Visa Center
- United States Department of Labor
Blogs and Social Media
A listing of websites that provide information pertaining to this practice area, often from a practice-oriented perspective:
- ABA Immigration Blawg Directory
- The CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.) Daily
- Immigration Impact
- Immigration Prof Blog
- LexisNexis Immigration Law Blog
There are external competitions that focus on this practice area. Sometimes they have cash prizes or other forms of recognition for the winners.
Some of the central forms used in practice for this field are available online:
- Executive Office for Immigration Review Immigration Forms
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Immigration Forms
- U.S. Department of State Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Forms