Texas Southern University in compliance with ABA admission standards

Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston was found to have been in compliance with the American Bar Association’s admission standards. In a notice dated August 24, the ABA said Thurgood Marshall School of Law  “remains an approved law school.”

Talk about a weight lifted for the law school. TMSL was battling an admission scandal where the former assistant dean allegedly admitted unqualified students and gave them scholarships in return for financial kickbacks. 

This came to light when the new dean of the law school, Joan Bullock, noticed students who were not formally enrolled at TMLS were attending orientation and classes. After Bullock looked into the matter, she discovered that none of the students met the law school’s admission requirements. Bullock requested an internal audit. 

The audit was released in March, and the ABA posted a noncompliance letter in May. The law school had until August 1 to submit a report in hopes of clearing the noncompliance. The ABA considered the written report at its meeting on August 13 and 14th. After the committee decided TMLS was in compliance it canceled a November hearing on the matter.  

“I believe in the law school's mission. I am excited about the future of the law school now that this challenge has been overcome,” said Joan R.M. Bullock, dean and professor at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. “TMSL is now positioned to focus its collective efforts on training the new generation of lawyers to navigate in an environment that requires more than a working knowledge of the cold letter of the law. The pandemic and the current racial unrest highlight the importance of training legal problem solvers who are also empathic, inclusive, and grounded in equity and justice. The multifaceted approach necessary to solve legal problems require the experience, grit, and determination that I have full confidence that TMSL students demonstrate.”


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