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About the collections



The South Texas School of Law opened in 1923, in downtown Houston. Organized by the Young Men’s Christian Association in response to the need for adult education, it was one of twenty such law schools in the country. Houston in the 1920s was experiencing the explosive growth of the oil industry, which created a pressing need for lawyers to handle the business arising from the discovery, production, transportation, refining, and marketing of oil. The only accredited law schools in Texas at the time were The University of Texas in Austin and Baylor University in Waco. For over 85 years the mission of the school has remained simple: provide accessible legal education, distinguished by its excellence, to a diverse body of students committed to serving their communities and the profession.

 

Our digital collections intend to chronicle the history of the school, the legal history of  the Houston area, and showcase the diverse holdings of the Fred Parks Law Library, including archival material, manuscript collections and rare books from our Special Collections Department. 

 

 

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