Academics

We are a mission-driven institution dedicated to expanding opportunities for the underserved in the legal profession, prepare a diverse group of students for leadership roles in the legal profession, business, and government, and offer leadership in teaching, research, and service. For almost 70 years, the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University has been a catalyst for initiating courageous conversations and a progenitor of equality, diversity, and opportunity in keeping with the values and ideals of our namesake, Justice Thurgood Marshall.

As a community of change agents, our law school has empowered the disenfranchised and underserved by preparing lawyers to practice law and to shape social and public policy. In addition, our diverse faculty is a community of prolific and cutting-edge teachers and scholars who emphasize teaching excellence and who produce legal scholarship that enriches, embraces, and celebrates an array of legal issues and perspectives.
We wish you well as you begin your journey toward your legal career and welcome you to Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University.

Courses & Schedules

Spring 2015 Course Schedule
Fall 2014 Final Examination Schedule
Fall 2014 Course Schedule
Fall 2014 Book List
Summer 2014 Booklist (Turbo)
Summer 2014 Final Exam Schedule
Summer 2014 Course Schedule
Spring 2014 Final Exam Schedule
Spring 2014 Course Schedule
Spring 2014 Book List Fall 2013 Final Exam Schedule
Fall 2013 Course Schedule
Summer 2013 Final Exam Schedule
Summer 2013 Course Schedule
Summer 2013 Book List
Spring 2013 Course Schedule
Spring 2013 Final Exam Schedule
Fall 2012 Course Schedule
Fall 2012 Final Exam Schedule

Curriculum

TMSL's curriculum places particular emphasis on both bar preparation and available areas of advanced study to support the student's professional goals. Curriculum oversight, policy, and structure are determined by the Law School's Curriculum Committee. The first year program emphasizes traditional first year course offerings in a five section format that is tailored to our students' particular needs and background.

First Year (Required Courses)
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
Law 504 Contracts I 3 Law 505 Contracts II 3
Law 506 Property I 3 Law 507 Property II 3
Law 508 Torts I 3 Law 509 Torts II 3
Law 900 Lawyering Process I 3 Law 930 Lawyering Process II 2
Law 530 Criminal Law 3 Law 502 Civil Procedure 4
Second Year (Required Courses)
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
Law 600 Evidence 3 Law 601 Criminal Procedure 3
Law 540 Constitutional Law 4 Law 921 Trial Simulation 2
Second Year Required Courses (taken anytime during the second year)
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
Law 640 Business Associations 3 Law 650 Wills and Trusts 4
Law 610 Commercial Law 4 Law 620 Professional Responsibility 2
Law 740 Basic Federal Taxation* 3 Law 920 Appellate Litigation 2
*Taken anytime during the second year by students with a GPA below 3.0 at the end of their first year.
Third Year (Required Courses)
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
Law 802 Writing Seminar/Independent Research* 2/3 Law 711 Consumer Rights** 3
Law 602 Federal Jurisdiction* 3 Law 903 Texas Practice** 3
* Taken anytime during the second or third year.
** Taken anytime during the third year by students with a GPA below 3.0 at the end of their first year.
Third Year Bar Elective Courses
Fall/Spring Semester Fall/Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
Law 982 Multistate Performance Test 2 Law 990 Advanced Bar Review 3
Law 809 Bar Essay Writing 2 Law 725 Domestic Relations 3
Law 721 Oil and Gas 3 Law 784 Marital Property 2
Law 741 First Amendment 3      
Other Elective Courses
Fall/Spring Semester Fall/Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
Law 790 Amateur Sports 2 Law 747 Civil Rights 3
Law 759 Employment Discrimination 3 Law 825 Employment Law 3
Law 791 Entertainment Law 3 Law 787 Health Law 3
Law 854 Intellectual Property 3 Law 760 International Law 3
Law 726 Juvenile Law 2 Law 924 Law Practice Management 3
Law 757 Local Government 3 Law 985 Music Contracts 3
Law 758 Public Education 2 Law 723 Recreational Injuries 2
Law 789 Sports Law 3      
Clinical Elective Courses
Fall/Spring Semester Fall/Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
Law 934 Administrative Law Clinic 4 Law 933 Administrative Trial Practice 2
Law 935 Civil Law Clinic 4 Law 932 Civil Trial Practice 2
Law 960 Criminal Law Clinic 4 Law 902 Criminal Trial Practice 2
Law 823 Innocence Clinic 2 Law 822 Innocence Practice 2
Externship Elective Courses
Fall/Spring Semester Fall/Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
Law 908 Civil Externship 4 Law 907 Criminal Externship 4
Law 909 Judicial Externship 4 Law 912 Legislative Externship 12
 
Seminar and Other Offerings
Fall/Spring Semester Fall/Spring Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
Law 832 Advanced Legal Analysis 2 Law 802 Independent Research 1 3
Law 803 Independent Research 2 3 Law 796 Law Review 2
Law 828 Mock Trial 2 Law 901 Moot Court 2
Law 810 Sem. Bankruptcy Law 2 Law 845 Sem. Jurisprudence 2
Law 850 Sem. Latinos and the Law 2 Law 728 Medical Legal Liability 2
Law 847 Sem. Patent Law 2      
 
Summer Elective Offerings
Summer Semester Summer Semester
Course Title Credits Course Title Credits
Law 952 Accounting for Lawyers 2 Law 715 Bankruptcy Law 3
Law 830 Death Penalty 3 Law 858 Family Based Immigration 2
Law 777 Immigration & Criminal Law 2 Law 706 Remedies 3