University of North Texas moves forward with Dallas law school plans

Forget the fact that the American Bar Association has tightened the reins on accreditation, the University of North Texas is moving forward with its own new law school.

The state university recently announced that U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson will be the founding dean of its Dallas College of Law — but not until the school opens in August 2014.

Prior to then, the school will be run by UNT System Vice Chancellor Rosemary Haggett. Haggett plans to hire an associate dean for academic affairs and an associate dean for the law library, in addition to appointing a director of admissions. The new law library will begin construction in 2012.

The law school will be located in the heart of downtown Dallas, and will be the only public school in the region. SMU’s Dedman School of Law is also located in Dallas. Gov. Rick Perry signed the law to establish the school in June 2009.