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What is the overall bar passage rate of Thurgood Marshall School of Law?
The overall bar passage rate for TMSL for the past five years is 84.16%.

When will TMSL begin reviewing Applications for Fall?
The Admissions Office begins processing in September and the Admissions Committee normally begins its
review in December.

What is your application fee?
$55 payable by Money Order or Cashier's Check.

When is your application deadline?
We suggest April 1st as the priority date to complete your application.

When should I take the LSAT?
The LSAT is offered in October, December, February, and June. We recommend that you take the test either
the summer before your senior year or during the fall of your senior year.

Should I take the LSAT more than once?
Only if you believe you can substantially increase your score.

How do you compare two (or more) LSAT scores?
LSDAS reports both scores, but also includes an average.

Do you take the higher score or an average?
The Admissions Committee will consider the higher score if there is a substantial increase.

What is the average LSAT score for TMSL?

What is the average GPA for TMSL?

Do you have an Early Bird program?
No, the School of Law has rolling admissions.

Does the school participate with the CLEO program?
Yes, we generally accept students who satisfactorily complete the CLEO program.

How much is tuition and fees?
In-State Tuition: $16,262.00
Out-of-State Tuition: $21,212.00

Do you have an Evening/Part Time Program?
We have a Full Time Program only.

Do you have any Joint Degree Programs?
We offer a JD/MBA and a JD/MPA.

What is the size of your law school?
Approximately 457.

Is it possible to visit the law school and sit-in on first year class?
Absolutely. Call the office in advance at 713.313.1149 or at

How can I find out if my credentials are competitive with your applicants?
The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools is an excellent source of information, available in most bookstores.

Do you have Spring Admission?
No, applicants are admitted for the Fall Semester only.


Thurgood Marshall School of Law is a public law school founded in June 1947.  The school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association.

For more information regarding accreditation, please contact:
American Bar Association
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
321 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654-6738
Phone:  312-988-6738

School Address

Thurgood Marshall School of Law
3100 Cleburne Street
Houston, TX 77004
Phone:  713.313.4455
Fax:  713.313.1049

Non-Discrimination Policy

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.