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.

The Thurgood Marshall School of Law admits students without regard to their sex, disability, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, and entitles them to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded to its students. The Law School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, or against otherwise qualified disabled students in its admission, academic and other standards, financial aid; or in the planning and administration of any of its academic programs.

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