September 19, 2021

The Texas A&M University School of Law has reached new heights since the College Station-based higher education institution took over the campus in 2013.

A key achievement cited by its leaders is a master’s program for lay people. In addition, the median LSAT score and GPA of newly admitted students have reached new highs, and its law graduates are getting jobs within 10 months of graduation.

Robert ahdieh, the Dean of Law School, attributes the school’s success and growth to a culture of collaboration with other North Texas colleges and with the community of Fort Worth.

“It’s not growth for the sake of growth,” Ahdieh told the Fort Worth Report. “It’s a growth that aims to identify opportunities where we add value in terms of meeting the needs of the business community, the needs of the civic community, the needs of the non-profit sector, that sort of thing. . “

In 2012, the year before Texas A&M returned to law school, the median undergraduate GPA was 3.09 and the median LSAT score was 152, according to university data. Now the median GPA is 3.84 and the median LSAT score is 163. Ahdieh described both statistics as huge gains for law school.

“We believe we will have the highest entering GPA of any law school in the state,” Ahdieh said. “There’s a good chance we have the second highest LSAT score in the state after (University of Texas at Austin).”

New students at UT-Austin Law School had a Median GPA of 3.8, slightly lower than that of Texas A&M. However, new law students at UT-Austin achieved a higher LSAT score, with 169.

Texas A&M also beat the University of Houston Law Center, which saw its new classhave a median GPA of 3.64 and a median LSAT score of 161.

We did not expect this kind of success in such a short time.

“If someone had said a few years ago what Texas Wesleyan Law School was and what became A&M Law School would – by measure – be the best or second best law school in the state. state law school, anyone at A&M would have said… maybe 20 years from now, ”Ahdieh said.

Some schools will see an improvement in academics by abandoning diversity efforts, but Texas A&M School of Law did not, the dean said. In recent years, more than a third of law students are people of color, according to statistics from Texas A&M.

Currently, 1,123 students attend Texas A&M School of Law, according to fall 2021 enrollment figures. They are part of Texas A & M’s biggest freshman class ever.

“The demand for a Texas A&M degree continues to increase, as does our ability to meet that demand for more students in more locations,” said Joseph Pettibon, vice president of enrollment and academic services, in a statement. declaration.

“The idea is that this is for someone who doesn’t want to practice law, but something about what he does or wants to do for a living requires him to understand the law,” said the Dean of the Faculty of Law.

Both have seen growth, but Ahdieh said it was amazing to see this program starting from scratch and moving beyond the traditional stream established in law.

Law school has seen the number of students passing the Texas Bar increase by more than 15 percentage points since 2015 to almost 90%, according to data from Texas A&M.

In addition, the number of graduates finding employment within 10 months of graduating has increased from 67.8% in 2015 to 93.8% in 2020.

Ahdieh expects the future of law school to be similar to its current trajectory.

“We will continue to invest in determining where there are opportunities for growth and development that impact and engage the community, and that flow from it,” said Dean. “There are opportunities to collaborate with all of these different nodes in the Fort Worth community, and there are opportunities to serve as that kind of gathering place. “

Jacob Sanchez is a corporate reporter for the Fort Worth Report. Contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter. At Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Find out more about our editorial independence policy here.

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