Texas A&M University School of Law

Texas A&M University School of Law

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Texas A&M University formally purchased Texas Wesleyan School of Law on August 12, 2013, renaming it the Texas A&M University School of Law. 

The acquisition had been announced in 2012, but had to wait for ABA approval. In that time period, the two institutions renegotiated the terms of the deal.

“In creating the Texas A&M University School of Law, we are finally expanding the Texas A&M brand into the field of law with a focus on new areas of growth like patents and commercialization,” said John Sharp, Texas A&M University System Chancellor. “This long-sought entry into the field of law by the state’s first public institution of higher learning, with its land-grant university perspective for innovative service to the public, will have a profound impact on the future of Texas.”

Texas A&M is the newest school in the state, receiving ABA accreditation in 1999. Located in Ft. Worth, the now public school focuses on its students.

“We are not a school where the students are afraid to come to the faculty offices,” said Dean Frederic White. “We really have been given kudos for an accessible faculty.”

White said that in addition to its responsiveness to students, the faculty is also experienced in the profession.

“Most of our faculty have practiced law, including myself,” he said. “At many schools, the faculty has never practiced. We bring a different viewpoint to the classroom.”

The school has adjusted to market demands, and currently requires three semesters of legal writing instead of the standard two. Also, since its founding, it has required students to complete 30 hours of pro bono legal work.

“By the time they graduate they really like [the requirement], if they didn’t come here because of it in the first place,” he said. “We are one of only 34 law schools that require that.”

White said students work as public defenders — for Catholic charities, legal aid and even for a tribunal for Rwanda — to meet the pro bono requirement.

Most graduates work for small law firms, and White said the economy has not taken as big a toll on employment. The Ft. Worth area continues to grow and is one of the fastest-growing counties in the state.

Updated in Fall 2013

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75th Percentile1583.6
25th Percentile1553.17
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$22,000$24,502
Living Expenses
Median grant$19000
Percent receiving grants44.80%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 83.00%
NJ Employment72.4
Bar Passage74.50%
Academic Profile
Business, Corporate, Banking
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Intellectual Property Law