Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance law school education by providing a real-life lawyering experience for the law student, offering high quality legal services to a community that has been historically underrepresented and creating positive awareness of Texas Southern University and Thurgood Marshall School of Law within the community.

Current Goals/Objectives:
Since the early 1950s, Thurgood Marshall School of Law has provided clinical education to students and services to the community through its Clinical Legal Studies Program. Our Clinical Legal Studies Program is firmly rooted in the advocacy and assistance of those underrepresented in our society.

The legal clinics are designed to provide each participating student with a quality clinical experience. The Clinical Legal Studies Program is divided in categories to include a classroom component, externships, and live-client representation.

During their third year, students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of clinical programs. The Clinical Legal Studies Program ensures various avenues for students to work on real cases as part of their legal education. Students work and interact directly with individual clients in one of our live-client clinics or by close observation and hands-on participation in one of our externship clinics. Our legal clinics offer students an alternative method in learning the lawyering process that is not obtained from substantive law courses. Our goal is to prepare students for a profession that requires both substantive and skills knowledge.

Departmental Seminars/Workshops/Trainings:

  • Clinical Legal Studies Program Lecture Series Speakers (During this lecture series, we bring in prominent individuals in the community to talk about important Legal Related topics.)
  • Criminal Law Clinic Boot Camp (This boot camp is done every semester for students participating in the Criminal Law Clinic.)