Edward René, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Room Number: 214F, Second Floor
Organizational Structure
Assistant Dean of Admissions/Financial Aid, Edward René, 713.313.7114,

Assistant Director of Admissions, Kenyon K. Moore, 713.313.1149,
Financial Aid Counselor, Karen Precival,
Administrative Assistant, TBA, 713.313.7115,
Administrative Assistant, Carolyn Gardner, 713.313.7114,

Mission Statement
The mission of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law is to expand 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 with special emphasis on a historically black heritage and tradition.

Thank you for your interest in Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. TMSL seeks students from diverse backgrounds with the potential to succeed in law school and become active members of the legal community. The admission decision is based primarily upon the applicant's motivation and intellectual capacity as demonstrated by the undergraduate record and on his or her aptitude for the study of law as measured by the LSAT. The admission decision, however, is more complex than the mere rank ordering of applicants on the basis of a numerical formula. Leadership ability, prior community service, work experience, the student's background, extra-curricular activities, and graduate study in another discipline are all considered. The Admissions Committee also seeks to determine the applicant's level of motivation by reviewing personal experience indicating determination, patience and perseverance. The Committee believes that past success in overcoming an economic and/or educational disadvantage is a prime indicator of motivation.

Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age or disability in the administration of its academic or employment policies, or other school-administered rights, privileges, programs or activities.

All applicants who intend to practice law should be aware that admission to the bar in all states involves character, fitness and other qualifications.  Applicants are encouraged to determine what those requirements are in the state(s) in which they intend to practice by consulting the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners at

Edward René, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, is responsible for the total supervision and leadership in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Additionally, he is responsible for admitting qualified students in compliance with Admissions Standards adopted by the faculty. Dean René is also in charge of supervising the recruitment efforts for the School of Law.

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid consists of the Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, the Assistant Director of Admissions, a Financial Aid Counselor and two Administrative Assistants. The staff in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid is committed to providing accurate information as well as friendly and efficient customer service.

Edward René
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
Phone: (713) 313-7114
Texas Southern University
Thurgood Marshall School of Law
3100 Cleburne St.
Houston, Texas 77004