Dialogue with the Dean: Why I Chose Texas A&M School of Law

Posted by Texas A&M School of Law on Dec 7, 2018 12:53:05 PM

In the months since my appointment as dean of Texas A&M School of Law, exciting news has come across my desk in a flurry: A colleague received a $371,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.  Faculty scholarship has been published in the California, Georgetown, NYU, UCLA and other top law reviews. A tenth state adopted the Uniform Law Commission model law developed by another colleague.  We admitted our most academically qualified and most diverse class ever. And both our bar passage and employment rates jumped significantly.

In real time, I have been able to witness the type of accomplishments that underlie the Law School’s broader advance in recent years.  I am especially proud of three clusters of achievement:

Faculty Excellence

  • 11 members of the American Law Institute
  • 28 new faculty since 2014 (many of whom gave up endowed chairs to join us)
  • Top 50 schools in recent SSRN downloads
  • Distinctive Strengths in Intellectual Property & Technology (#7 ranking in S. News), Dispute Resolution (#12 ranking), and Natural Resources/Environment

Interdisciplinary Engagement

  • $1.1M in external grants since 2017
  • 10%+ of tenure-stream faculty have joined in cross-departmental grant proposals
  • 20%+ of tenure-stream faculty have joint appointments/affiliations

Diversity

  • 28th in the nation in faculty diversity
  • 50% increase in ethnic diversity of the 1L class since 2016
  • 62% of the 1L class are women
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About Texas A&M School of Law

Texas A&M School of Law is an American Bar Association-accredited institution located in downtown Fort Worth. In 2013, the law school acquired Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. Since integrating with Texas A&M five years ago, the law school has sustained a remarkable upward trajectory by dramatically increasing entering class credentials, adding nine clinics and six global field study destinations, increasing the depth and breadth of its career services, student services, academic support and admissions functions and hiring twenty-six new faculty members.

For more information, visit law.tamu.edu.

About Texas A&M University

Texas A&M, established in 1876 as the first public university in Texas, is one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 66,000 students and more than 440,000 living alumni residing in over 150 countries around the world. A tier-one university, Texas A&M holds the rare triple land-, sea- and space-grant designation. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world.

About Research at Texas A&M University: As one of the world's leading research institutions, Texas A&M is at the forefront in making significant contributions to scholarship and discovery, including that of science and technology. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $905.4 million in fiscal year 2017. Texas A&M ranked in the top 20 of the National Science Foundation’s Higher Education Research and Development survey (2016), based on expenditures of more than $892.7 million in fiscal year 2016. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. To learn more, visit http://research.tamu.edu.