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Welcome to Texas Sign in Orange, TX, USA near the state border with Louisiana.

As the only state to have been its own nation before joining the U.S., Texas is known for its independent spirit -- and pride. These are also two attributes often found in the legal profession, so it's no surprise that Texas is home to the self-proclaimed greatest lawyer who ever lived, Houston litigator Joe Jamail.

Along with its powerhouse litigators, the Texas bar has also produced attorneys like H. Louis Nichols, whose example set the professional standard for his peers. Although not a criminal law attorney, Nichols decided on his own initiative to meet with Lee Harvey Oswald after he was arrested in 1963 for the assassination of President Kennedy. Nichols was the head of the Dallas County Bar Association at the time and believed it was his responsibility to ensure that the rights of the accused, and the process itself, were protected. Talk about fidelity to one's oath.

There are a number of reasons why you may want to consider Texas law schools when deciding where to start your legal career. Below you'll find information to help you plot your course.

Legal Education in Texas

Having unique experiences in law school or specializing in your education can help set you apart from the competition when you enter the job market. In some cases, students land their first jobs because of their extracurricular activities in law school. All of this is made even more important when the job market is tight. Fortunately, students in Texas law schools aren't lacking in opportunities to distinguish themselves.

For example, the University of Texas School of Law, which often ranks among the top 20 law schools in the nation, offers a wide variety of dual degree programs and also administers several law clinics, including a Supreme Court clinic. Imagine going to your first interview out of law school and being able to talk about your joint master's degree in community and regional planning or the petition for certiorari you drafted in a Supreme Court case, emphasized with a little Texas swagger, of course.

And for those students interested in practicing international law, the SMU Dedman School of Law offers a number of international internships and fellowships. These include positions with institutions like the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, and the U.S. State Department, among others.

Professional Opportunities for New Lawyers

Going to law school in Texas doesn't necessarily mean you'll take the bar and practice in the Lone Star State. Although if you do settle down to practice in Texas, there are a number of support resources available for entry-level attorneys which may not exist in other jurisdictions.

The State Bar of Texas has a transition-to-practice program in which experienced attorneys volunteer to mentor newly-licensed attorneys. This kind of training can be invaluable, especially for recent law school graduates, and is another reason why going to law school in Texas may make sense for you.

ABA-Accredited Texas Law Schools

To learn more, a list of law schools in Texas approved by the American Bar Association is provided in the chart below. Keep in mind tuition rates are approximate and can vary for residents vs. non-residents.



Baylor University School of Law


SMU Dedman School of Law


  • Among the top 50 law schools nationwide
  • Tuition: $53,000/year
South Texas College of Law


St. Mary's University School of Law

San Antonio

  • Fully online program available (limited enrollment)
  • Tuition: $41,000/year
Texas Southern University - Thurgood Marshall School of Law


  • Prioritizes diversity and support for Black students and other underrepresented groups
  • Tuition: $21,000/year
Texas Tech University School of Law


  • Highly ranked legal writing program and advocacy teams
  • Tuition: $28,000/year
Texas A&M University School of Law Fort Worth
  • Highly ranked for dispute resolution and intellectual property law
  • Tuition: $33,000/year
University of Houston Law Center


  • U.S. News "top tier" school; highly ranked for health law and intellectual property
  • Tuition: $35,000/year
University of North Texas, Dallas Dallas
University of Texas School of Law


Your Next Steps

Planning and strategy are always essential to success, especially in the legal field. As you begin your legal career, whether in Texas or any other jurisdiction, what you need are relevant and effective resources to help you plan for the future. What's even better is if those resources come without a price tag. Stay connected with FindLaw for Law Students for tips on studying in law schoolpreparing for the bar exam, and more — all for free.

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