Thurgood Marshall School of Law

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Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Parent school Texas Southern University
Established 1946
School type Public HBCU
Dean Dannye Holley
Location Houston, Texas, U.S.
Enrollment 600
Website www.tsulaw.edu

The Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) 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 the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and Association of American Law Schools.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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 among the best in the nation for achieving diversification in its student body. TMSL has produced over 1,000 Hispanic lawyers and is responsible for 17% of African-American lawyers nationwide. At least 40% of newly licensed Texas African-American lawyers are TMSL alumni.[2][3]

On the February 2015 Texas Bar Exam, TMSL first time bar exam takers passage rate was 64% which exceeded the national average and nearby University of Houston Law Center rate.[4]

Beginning Fall 2016, TMSL will be offering a Master of Laws in Immigration and Naturalization Law. The program is the first Masters of Law program in the nation to focus on immigration law.[5]

Student demographics and statistics[edit]

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%.

All demographics and statistics are based on 2011 figures.[6]

Admissions[edit]

The Class of 2019 had 1,883 applications and only 35% (660) were offered admissions into the school. 238 students enrolled for the fall semester . [7]

TMSL Legal Clinics[edit]

  • Earl Carl Institute for Legal and Social Justice, Inc. - An institute dedicated to identifying potential implementable solutions to legal and social issues disproportionately impacting the minority community
  • Center for Legal Pedagogy - It serves as a study and creation center of instructional design for legal education
  • Institute for International and Immigration Law - An institute dedicated to providing specialized academic and practical legal training for students planning a career in international or immigration law[8]

Publications[edit]

  • Thurgood Marshall Law Review - The law review was established in 1970 and is a legal research and writing forum for legal scholars and practitioners from around the world.
  • The Thurgood Marshall School of Law Gender, Race, and Justice Law Journal - A student-run organization whose primary purpose is to publish a journal of legal scholarship.

Employment[edit]

According to Thurgood Marshall's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 34% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[9] Thurgood Marshall's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 31.4%, 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.[10]

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Thurgood Marshall for the 2013-2014 academic year is $38,235.50 for residents and $43,185.50 for nonresidents.[11] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $150,715 for residents and $171,397 for nonresidents.[12] TMSL offers the second lowest law school tuition in the state behind University of North Texas Dallas College of Law, which is not ABA accredited.

Notable alumni[edit]

The Thurgood Marshall School of Law has produced thousands of licensed lawyers since its inception. Some notable graduates includes the following:

Notable faculty[edit]

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