Bernie Aldape

Bernie Aldape III

Class of 2012

B.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin

Bernie Aldape, a native Houstonian, did not take the traditional path to law school. After completing two years at the University of Texas at Austin, Bernie joined the United States Marine Corps. Having served in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom II, he returned to school with a newfound passion for learning and service. After completing his work at UT-Austin Bernie knew he wanted to pursue a career in criminal law and public policy.

The summer after his 1L year, he participated in a comparative law program at the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa. Courses in comparative constitutional law, criminal justice and dispute resolution helped him gain a better understanding of the international environment. His second year of law school, Bernie was selected by State Senator Rodney Ellis to participate in the Texas Legislative Internship Program (TLIP) during the 82nd Texas Legislature. Placed in the office of State Representative Veronica Gonzales, he served as a law clerk analyzing and researching proposed legislation in the areas of criminal justice, public higher education, and veteran’s affairs.

“I believe regardless of the career you are pursuing or even if you are unsure of what you would like to do, Thurgood Marshall School of Law offers opportunities to explore those options.  In my time at TMSL, I have had the opportunity to explore the law as it compares to that in South Africa and received, rare, first hand experience of the legislative process while working at the state capital.”

In school, Bernie serves as president of the Hispanic Law Students Association and as a student ambassador, providing assistance to prospective and incoming students and visitors.