Texas Southern University Law School

The Thurgood Marshall School of Law is an ABA accredited law school in Houston, Texas, that awards J.D. (Doctor of Jurisprudence). It is part of Texas Southern University. Its history can be traced back to a 1946 lawsuit brought by Heman M. Sweatt. 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 possible success by Mr. Sweatt, 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 ranked number one in achieving diversification in its student body.


Contact Website (Website) http://www.tsulaw.edu
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) erene@tmslaw.tsu.edu
Location (Location) Houston, TX
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1947
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : No


US News Week : N/A
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 145
Median GPA : 3.08
Acceptance Rate : 36%

TSU Law School Admissions

TSU Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 36% of its applicants. Comparatively, Texassouthern is Lower than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2018 1883 660 (35.05%) 185 (9.8%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 2.77 3.08 3.39
LSAT 143 145 148

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $16,446 $21,396
Part Time N/A N/A
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: N/A
Living off-campus: $18,918
Living at home: N/A

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : N/A
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 04/01
Application Fee : $55

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TSU Law School Community

TSU Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Below Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Texassouthern is Above Average.


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  • Full Time : 33
  • Part Time : 10


  • # Female Faculty : 21
  • # Minority Faculty : 28


14.6 Students

1 Faculty


  • On Campus Housing : No
  • Graduate Housing : No
  • Law Specific Housing : No

TSU Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Texas Southern University 1L section size is 27% smaller than law schools in Texas and 15% smaller than all Public law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

TSU Law School: 55
Texas Average: 70
Public School Average: 63
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 190
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 157
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 20
  • Law Journals : 18
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 20

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 19.3%
  • Second Year : 0.0%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

TSU Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Texas Southern University class of 2013 had an employment rate of 74% with 3% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2013, 86.1%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 61.0%
  • Business: 19.0%
  • Government: 14.0%
  • Public Interest: 1.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • Texas: 75%
  • New York: 4%
  • District of Columbia: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 86.1%
  • First Time Takers: 151
  • Average School: 68.5%
  • Average State: 86.2%
  • Pass Difference: -17.8%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Texas : 86.2%
  • Passed : 89 of 130 (68.5%)
  • State Average : 86.2%
  • Difference : -17.8%
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