Thurgood Marshall School of Law
|Thurgood Marshall School of Law|
|Location||Houston, Texas, USA|
|USNWR ranking||Tier 4|
|Bar pass rate||66.94% average (for Texas 2009-2013)|
The Thurgood Marshall School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school in Houston, in the U.S. state of Texas, that awards J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence). It is part of Texas Southern University. Thurgood Marshall School of Law is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Its history can be traced back to a 1946 lawsuit implicating protections for racial minorities under the U.S. Constitution, Sweatt v. Painter, brought by Heman M. Sweatt, and tried by Thurgood Marshall. The Texas Constitution mandated separate but equal facilities for whites and blacks. Mr. Sweatt was refused admission to the University of Texas School of Law because he was black. In order to pre-empt the possibility of Mr. Sweatt obtaining a successful court order, the legislature passed Texas State Senate Bill 140, which established a university to offer courses of higher learning in law, pharmacy, dentistry, journalism, education, arts and sciences, literature, medicine, and other professional courses. It opened in 1946 as the "Texas State University for Negroes," and later changed its name in Texas Southern University in 1951.
Thurgood Marshall School of Law has been consistently ranked number one in achieving diversification in its student body.
The J.D. program consists of 90 semester hours.
Two joint degrees are offered in conjunction with other professional schools on campus:
- JD / MBA
- JD / MPA
Gender: 43% Male, 57% Female.
Age: average 26. 60% younger than 30. 32% over 30.
Race: 54% African-American, 7% Asian-American, 17% Caucasian, 21% Hispanic, 1% Foreign Nationals.
Average LSAT score: 147.
Average GPA: 3.00.
The overall bar passage rate for TMSL for the past five years is 77.43%.
- Belvin Perry (J.D., 1977), chief judge in the Florida's Ninth Judicial Circuit, presiding judge for the high profile Casey Anthony murder trial.
- Craig Washington (J.D., 1969), former U.S. Congressman, 18th District (Texas).
- Brian C. Wimes, federal judge
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- "Best Law Schools - Graduate Schools - Education". US News and World Report. Retrieved 2010-03-06.
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- "Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.". Ninth Judicial Circuit. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
- "Craig Washington". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 19 February 2013.
- "Brian C. Wimes". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 19 February 2013.