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.

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.