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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Throwback Thursday: Name Change Edition

by Heather Kushnerick, Special Collections Librarian & College Archivist


South Texas School of Law Yearbook Catalog, 1927-1928.

It was announced Wednesday, June 22, 2016, that our name has officially changed to Houston College of Law. It's been a while, but this isn't the first time our name has changed. We started out as the South Texas School of Law in 1923. Our first dean, Judge Joseph C. Hutcheson, Jr., addressed the freshman class which consisted of 5 women and 24 men, telling them that, "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." Now, two names later we find ourselves reflecting back on his sentiment. We began as a "high grade night school" located in the basement of the YMCA with a mission to make legal education accessible and to produce practice ready attorneys that would serve the community and the nation.

Three names and 93 years later, we still have the same mission. We produce some of the best judges, litigators, advocates, negotiators, and transactional lawyers in the country.  As the oldest law school in Houston, our name identifies us with our birth place, the legendary Houston area attorneys and judges who helped found our institution, and reflects our place in this international and diverse city. We're looking froward to the next 90 years!