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Taking Freshlaw Orientation By The Horns

The spirit of resilience, and steadfast determination to make Fall 2020 memorable for excellence and not just "making do," has been a constant feature of the Texas Law community's work ethic. Nowhere was this more evident, than this year's Orientation activities.

Texas Law Launches First Amendment Center

The University of Texas School of Law is opening the Bech-Loughlin First Amendment Center, dedicated to advancing discussion, education, and scholarship on the First Amendment.

IN MEMORIAM: Steve Susman ’65

Stephen D. Susman, the peerless Texas trial attorney who helped pioneer litigation boutiques and contingency fees in high-stakes commercial litigation, died Tuesday from the effects of a traumatic brain injury suffered in a bicycle accident recently complicated by COVID-19.

Texas Deans’ Communication Regarding the 2020 Texas Bar Exam

Recognizing that "in recent days… the arc of the coronavirus has changed," the deans of the ten Texas law schools have issued a new letter to the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Board of Law Examiners "respectfully offer(ing) three alternatives" to this year's bar exam plans.

Message from the Dean to Alumni

Dean Ward Farnsworth emailed alumni on June 8, 2020 to share news about the Law School’s response to national events and plans for a fall re-opening.

Darren Walker ’86 on How Philanthropy Can Help Achieve Racial Justice

Darren Walker ’86, President of the Ford Foundation, participated in Thursday’s Time 100 Talks addressing philanthropy’s role in the movement for racial justice. Walker is a Texas Exes Distinguished Alumnus Awardee, the highest honor given by his alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, and winner of the 2019 Texas Law Outstanding Alumni Award.

Message from the Dean

Dean Ward Farnsworth sent a message to law students on June 1, 2020, addressing recent national events and affirming support for today's statement from President Ad Interim Jay Hartzell.

Celebrating Mothers at Texas Law

Being a mother isn’t easy. Law school isn’t easy. Doing both at the same time takes a special kind of strength and perseverance. Today we honor mothers worldwide and at Texas Law, and what better way than to hear directly from them? Read Q&A’s with a few of our law students who are also mothers to learn about their experiences.


For this edition of Texas Law's Student Spotlight series, meet soon-to-be graduate Michael Vance, the current Vice President of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society!

One of East Austin’s Most Legendary Families

Many in the Texas Law community are familiar with Virgil C. Lott’s story. In 1953, Lott became the first African American to graduate from The University of Texas Law School and was the first African American to sit on the bench of an Austin court. Fewer people know the story of Virgil’s remarkable parents, Oral Rochester “O.R.” Lott Sr. and Viola Madison Lott, children of former slaves and founders of a successful lumber and housing business in East Austin.

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