Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

LL.M. Fast Facts

Why should I pursue an LL.M. in Immigration and Naturalization Law?
To get in on the heat. 

Let’s face it: Immigration reform is simply HOT. It is one of the most disputed public policy issues facing our country. A heated national debate over immigration reform has spanned for multiple years, with no end in sight. Immigration and naturalization law and policy responds to a number of complex, competing demands and interests that touch on contested conceptions of national identity, class and socioeconomic status, and other related issues. 

Career Development. 
Immigration and naturalization law have proven to be a field of increasing importance, and is an area of law  practiced by a significant percentage of our TMSL graduates. As significant economic, social and other disparities continue to exist, and in many cases, increase among the states and around this nation, so will the need for lawyers with in-depth knowledge of immigration and naturalization law.

Why should I pursue my LL.M. at Thurgood Marshall School of Law?

Affordable Tuition. 
$16,581.84* tuition and fees (in-state students only) for intensive 24 credit hour program.
$22,197.84* out-of-state/foreign for intensive 24 credit program.

*An additional charge is made for required health insurance for international students unless the student has evidence of coverage.

Our National Recognition for Diversity.
Historically, Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law was created to be anything but diverse.  With a total enrollment of 85% students of color, we tower over other law schools in mirroring our nation’s mix for racial diversity. We enroll classes that are more diverse than you will find anywhere in the country. 

Our Faculty. 
Our LL.M. students will experience courses taught by leading immigration practitioners, judges and professors who are dedicated to the pursuit of ensuring that each student has the opportunity to make meaningful progress in acquiring and employing the knowledge, skills, and values for successful lawyering outcomes. We have a faculty-student ratio that provides real opportunities for meaningful and individualized learning conversations.

Our Academic Community.
Our LL.M. program builds on the success of our procedural, substantive and practical aspects of our Institute for International and Immigration Law certificate program. We are proud of our sound curriculum which has considered both doctrinal learning and the practical aspects of lawyering through our value-added immigration externship, immigration law workshops, and our comprehensive CLE series ranging from immigration basics to the impact of immigration on law on labor & employment, family law, criminal law, taxation and international business. 

Why Study in Houston?
4th largest city in the U.S. and one of the economically strongest metropolitan regions worldwide
Cost of living 27% below the average of the nation’s 20 most populous metropolitan areas
Houston was ranked #1 Best Cities for Millennials (The Langston Company, 2019)
Houston was ranked #1 Best Cities for Minority Entrepreneurs. (Entrepreneur, 2019).
Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!


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Organizational Structure

Vy Nguyen, Esq.
Interim LL.M Director

Crystal Ridgley, MBA
Associate Dean of Admissions

Pearly Pendenque
LL.M. Office Administrator

Karen Percival
Financial Aid Counselor


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