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Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Established 1946
School type Public
Dean Dannye Holley
Location Houston, Texas, USA
Enrollment 600
USNWR ranking Tier 4
Bar pass rate 66.94% average (for Texas 2009-2013)

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.


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 number one in achieving diversification in its student body.[2]


Juris Doctor

The J.D. program consists of 90 semester hours.

Joint degrees

Two joint degrees are offered in conjunction with other professional schools on campus:

  • JD / MBA
  • JD / MPA

Student Demographics and Statistics[3]

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%.


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.[4] 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.[5]


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.[6] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $150,715 for residents and $171,397 for nonresidents.[7] TMSL offers the lowest law school tuition in the state.

Notable alumni

Notable Faculty

  • SpearIt, Current, Criminal Law[11][12]
  • Walter Champion, Current, Sports and Entertainment Law[13]
  • Craig Jackson, Current, Constitutional Law[14]
  • Lupe Salinas, Current, Criminal Law, Judge[15]


  1. ^ "About Texas Southern University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law". Retrieved ~{0} ~{1}. 
  2. ^ "Best Law Schools - Graduate Schools - Education". US News and World Report. Retrieved 2010-03-06. 
  3. ^ "Admissions, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS". Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Exmployment Data". 
  5. ^ "Thurgood Marshall's LST Profile". 
  6. ^ "Cost of Attendance". 
  7. ^ "Thurgood Marshall's LST Profile". 
  8. ^ "Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr.". Ninth Judicial Circuit. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Craig Washington". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Brian C. Wimes". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
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