After completing a Master of Arts in English Literature at Our Lady of the Lake and law school at St. Mary's University School of Law, Hargrove spent her first year as a briefing attorney at the Court of Criminal Appeals, the highest criminal court in Texas. She then returned to San Antonio and worked for Barton, East & Caldwell, a firm specializing commercial real estate for several years before starting her own legal practice.
In her solo practice she handled a variety of different matters including wills and estates, probate, guardianships, child support and misdemeanor criminal cases, as well as a heavy involvement in representing children and parents in child protective services cases. Since 2004, Hargrove has been a contributing editor for the Keeping Current Column in the Probate and Property Magazine, a publication of the Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association. She was also an adjunct professor teaching Legal Research and Writing for seven years on a part-time basis before accepting her current position as a full-time Instructor of Law.
Vincent R. Johnson & Claire G. Hargrove, “The Tort Duty of Parents to Protect Minor Children,” 51 VILL. L. REV. 311 (2006).
Gerry W. Beyer & Claire G. Hargrove, “Digital Wills: Has the Time Come for Wills to Join the Digital Revolution?” 33 OHIO N. U. L. REV. 865 (2007).