Texas Southern University- Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Texas Southern University- Thurgood Marshall School of Law

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Texas Southern is the most diverse law school in the country, with minorities making up 80.4 percent of its enrollment. The Houston school was founded as a historically black college, but 27.8 percent of the students are now Hispanic.

“We provide the platform for diversifying the power elite in Texas and around the country,” said Dean Dannye Holley.

Holley said many students attend the school because they want to be in an environment with students from different backgrounds. And the faculty is committed to scholarship that “empowers and engages.”

“A large number of our faculty are devoted to the lawyering process and effective writing,” he said. “We are a school that focuses heavily on teaching and measuring quality teaching.”

Texas Southern offers the lowest tuition in the state, at only $13,065 a year. Likewise, its students graduate with the lowest debt of all Texas schools — only $20,429, which is less than half of the next lowest school.

“We are conscious of the huge controversy on added value and what you get with a law degree,” Holley said. “Many of our students are first-time professionals in their family, so they don’t have the family resources that are available to students at other schools.”

Holley said most of the school’s graduates go into small firms, government or start their own practices.

Texas Southern has struggled with bar exam pass rates, but close to 90 percent eventually pass the exam.

“We start out with a cohort of students with LSAT scores significantly lower than other students in the state,” Holley said. “And yet, last July 76 percent passed the bar exam. It is much better than it has been and is getting better.”

Holley credits core teaching and an increase in academic support for the improvement. The school has three full-time academic support instructors and offers two exit bar courses.

Published Winter 2012

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75th Percentile1473.38
25th Percentile1422.78
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$7600
Percent receiving grants55.10%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 62.70%
NJ Employment50.7
Bar Passage58.00%