Texas Southmost College Legal Center

Students from the Rio Grande Valley aspiring for law and law enforcement careers now have an added reason to choose Texas Southmost College (TSC) as their preferred institution to fulfill their career ambitions.

That reason is the TSC Legal Center.

Texas Southmost College recently celebrated the official opening of the legal center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the beginning of a new era for the college’s Criminal Justice and Paralegal Studies programs. TSC’s Paralegal Studies program has the American Bar Association approval for Paralegal Studies program, making TSC one of only 184 approved programs in the United States, 14 in the State of Texas, and the only American Bar Association-approved program in the Rio Grande Valley.

“The TSC Legal Center started as an idea,” said the TSC board of trustee chair Adela Garza, “and Judge (Felix) Recio, Mr. Ruben Herrera and Dr. Kevin O’Malley took it to another level.”

Garza said the development of the TSC Legal Center required significant effort and thoughtful planning, which was successful with the stakeholders’ collaborative efforts, including the subcommittee members, which consisted of the TSC trustees, TSC faculty, and community leaders.

Texas Southmost College alumnus and immediate past chair of the TSC board of trustees Ruben Herrera expressed his vision for this courtroom to be utilized by the Justice of the Peace Courts, Cameron County Courts at Law, State District Courts, and Federal Courts.

Herrera, who earned his law degree from Texas Southern University, emphasized the significant learning potential it offers students, highlighting the enriching experience of hosting court hearings and trials with TSC students observing and engaging in discussions about the proceedings and their outcomes.

Texas Southmost College President Dr. Jesus Roberto Rodriguez recognizes the significant impact of theory-based applied learning in enabling students to master their craft fully.

“The concept of the TSC Legal Center was conceived a few years ago as a learning laboratory for our students,” said Rodriguez. “Similar to our health profession department which has simulation labs resembling emergency rooms and clinical settings; our early childhood education program uses the Raul J. Guerra Early Childhood Center as a simulation lab and the list goes on.”

With the opening of the TSC Legal Center, the Paralegal and Criminal Justice programs now have a simulation lab to expand the learning environment for TSC students in these programs.

TSC Legal Center’s focal point is a fully equipped 1,743-square-foot courtroom and conference center, complemented by an adjoining jury room, classrooms, and the digital Cameron County Law Library Annex, catering to TSC’s Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and Paralegal programs.

“By offering both the Associate of Arts degree and the applied science degree plan, TSC is preparing the next generation of criminal justice scholars, police officers, and federal and state agents,” said Rodriguez.

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