May 16, 2019


AUSTIN - State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas) is an author of HB 103, which passed a vote by the House of Representatives last week, and would establish a public law school in South Texas.

"There are currently nine ABA-certified law schools in the state of Texas with St. Mary’s University in San Antonio,  a private institution, being the closest in proximity,” informed Guillen. “This limits the ability of South Texas who cannot afford such a commute or relocation, whether due to financial or family related reasons, but otherwise would like to pursue a degree in law.”

With the success that UTRGV has experienced in recent years, including the growth of their pre-law program & Law School Preparation Institute, it seems only natural to take this next step in providing citizens with the opportunity to continue their education further. The proposed measure would allow for any of the state’s university systems to establish the law school, but requires they complete a thorough evaluation process in order to move forward. The evaluation would include examining relevant factors such as potential student demand, available system resources and much more.

"South Texas has helped to contribute to the overall success of Texas and continues to do so in more ways than can truly be acknowledged,” Guillen remarked. “There is absolutely no reason that we should not empower and provide the South Texans with the same opportunities to pursue a law career, as Texans are able to throughout the rest of the state,” he concluded. 


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and