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DeCarlous SpearmanMission Statement:
It is the mission of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL) Library to promote excellence in academic achievement and the dissemination of legal information to the TMSL students, faculty, staff, and the community. The Law Library seeks to bolster the professional and scholarly undertakings of its faculty, and students as well as support the research and reference needs of the law students, alumni, the university, legal, and local communities. The Law Library is committed to strengthening the academic and professional skills of the students and faculty by integrating technology while supporting the law school curriculum, programs, and organizations. This support encourages research and programs that promote learning, scholarship, and familiarity with new and innovative research products and techniques.

Current Goal:
The primary goal is to support the law school curriculum and research needs in proportion to the demand for the materials as evidenced by the types of substantive courses offered in the curriculum and faculty research interests.
This will be accomplished by augmenting the core collection and additional subject areas in compliance with the specific collection requirements promulgated by the American Bar Association’s Standards for Approval of Law Schools and strive to meet the requirements promulgated by the Association of American Law School’s Executive Committee Regulations.

A Competent and Professional Library Staff
Nine professional librarians are available to assist law library patrons. The professional library staff is highly trained and skilled in legal research. Although the library staff is relatively young, they have fifty years of collective professional experience, as well as twenty years of library experience in the practice of law.

A Comprehensive Collection and Access to Other Collections
The library houses approximately 350,000 volumes and volume equivalents. The library has an annual budget of approximately one million dollars to purchase library resources. The library subscribes to electronic legal databases including Lexis and Westlaw that are only available to law faculty and law students who have completed the first year legal research class. Students and faculty are able to access these electronic services via the Internet. The library also participates in a statewide consortium called TexShare, which permits our patrons to borrow materials directly from other TexShare libraries. Interlibrary loan is also available. Finally, the library is a selective government depository.

DeCarlous Spearman
Director Law Library and Assistant Professor
Texas Southern University
Thurgood Marshall School of Law Library
3100 Cleburne St.
Houston, TX 77004