I have written before about the ever improving Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. Mainly the University, but both the University and the Law School have had their problems, but matters are turning around for both.
The TSU law school was created by the 1946 Texas Legislature to create a separate program for African-Americans after Herman Sweatt sued when he was denied admission to the University of Texas School of Law. So, the school's history is rich. But, the law school has evolved from this to be not just an African-American law school, but the most diversified law school in the country, catering to the needs of all races, gender and economic background.
The law school has been the starting place for many legendary congresspeople, judges and legislators in Texas.
As reported recently by the Houston Chronicle, TSU Law achieved a 75% bar passage rate on the most recent bar exam taken in Texas. And, although that was still the lowest of all of the law schools in Texas, it is extremely competitive. More importantly, the bar passage rate reflects the yeoman's work that the Thurgood Marshall School of Law has done to bring it into the top ranks of law schools in Texas.
It is important to keep in mind that TSU Law is a public law school and is ABA accredited. And, one of the great benefits of attending is that it has the lowest tuition in Texas. This last year, tuition and fees were at $12,856.00. Add this to the lower cost of living in Houston, Texas than in most parts of the country, and you have a bargain. There is a lot to say about graduating from law school with little or no debt.
If I were seeking to attend law school, especially in Texas, would TSU be my top pick? Probably not. But, it would be on my short list.