Texas A&M University School of Law
|Texas A&M University
School of Law
|Established||1989 (as Dallas/Fort Worth School of Law)
1992 (as Texas Wesleyan University School of Law)
2013 (as Texas A&M University School of Law)
|Location||Fort Worth, Texas, USA|
Irving School of Law a/k/a Dallas/Fort Worth School of Law
Texas A&M University School of Law (previously Texas Wesleyan University School of Law) is a public, ABA-accredited law school located in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. The law school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and offers the J.D. degree through its full-time, part-time, and evening programs.
Founded in 1989, the law school began as the DFW School of Law in Irving, Texas. Texas A&M University acquired the law school in 2013.
On June 26, 2012, Texas Wesleyan University and Texas A&M University reached an agreement whereby the university would take over ownership and operational control of the School, to be renamed The Texas A&M University School of Law. The agreement was finalized on August 12, 2013, with Texas A&M purchasing the school and all its assets for $73 million.
According to Texas A&M's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 38.1% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.
The school confers the Juris Doctor degree upon students who satisfactorily complete a 90-hour course of study and a 30-hour pro bono requirement. For February 2014, the school had a Bar Exam pass rate of 87.5%, placing it 3rd in the state of Texas behind Baylor Law School and Texas Tech University School of Law.
The Texas A&M Law Fellowship is a student-operated organization that awards fellowships to students working in public interest organizations each summer. Its externship program enables students to work with practicing attorneys for academic credit and provides supervision for practice in trial and appellate courts, federal and state government entities, and public interest organizations.
The law clinic at the law school is operated by law students, attorneys, and a faculty supervisor. it focuses on family law, children’s issues, social security, and SSI disability. Additionally, the law clinic collaborates with the charities SafeHaven and the Lena Pope Home.
The school also publishes a student-run law review. It encourages scholarly criticism and analysis of interesting legal issues to practitioners and law students. The law review publishes two times or more per academic year.
According to Texas A&M's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 43.75% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. Texas A&M's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 21.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Texas A&M for the 2013-2014 academic year is $54,290. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $182,392.
- Nicole Collier, Democrat member of the Texas House of Representatives from District 95 in Fort Worth