Texas Southern University Law School

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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.

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TSU Law School Admissions

TSU Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 56% of its applicants. Comparatively, Texassouthern is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1188 657 (55.30%) 236 (19.9%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.80 3.11 3.44
LSAT 141 143 146

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $19,970 $26,420
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $19,876
  • Living off-campus: $19,876
  • Living at home: $19,876

Important Dates

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

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TSU Law School Community

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

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 30
  • Part Time: 0


  • # Female Faculty: 23
  • # Minority Faculty: 39


16.9 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • 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. TSU Law School 1L section size is 164% smaller than law schools in Texas and 136% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

TSU Law School: 56
Texas Average: 148
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 168
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 165

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 57
  • Law Journals: 10
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 21.5%
  • Second Year: 0.7%
  • 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 TSU Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 77% with 4% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 94.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 55.0%
  • Business: 13.0%
  • Government: 14.0%
  • Public Interest: 2.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • Texas: 95%
  • Ohio: 1%
  • Wisconsin: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 94.9%
  • First Time Takers: 158
  • Average School: 63.3%
  • Average State: 77.4%
  • Pass Difference: -14.1%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Texas: 77.4%
  • Passed: 95 of 150 (63.3%)
  • State Average: 77.4%
  • Difference: -14.1%