Established in 1989, the School of Law at Texas Wesleyan University is an up-andcomer that offers a solid education, an excellent price tag, and a good bar passage rate (a main focus of the curriculum and pride of the school). "It's really nice to feel a part of a young school that is on the rise!" says a 1L. The school takes extraordinary effort to not only teach legal theory, but to "prepare students for the bar and for employment in the legal community." There are many opportunities to gain real-world experience, as well as many practicum courses designed to simulate what an attorney will be faced with on a daily basis once admitted to the bar. The legal writing program is rigorous (three semesters required) and "the writing professors emphasize real-world legal writing skills to impress a busy judge." Facilities are essentially brand-new, classrooms are state-of- the-art with interactive AV components, the building is equipped with wireless internet access, and the school itself "is always clean and secure with controlled keycard access." Students appreciate that the law school's location is away from the main campus right in the middle of downtown Fort Worth, which is a "great town to live in." The administration "will bend over backward to help you" and "seems to have an uncanny knack for remembering first names." "My first impression as a 1L-returning student was that everyone on the staff, from the dean of the law school to the maintenance staff, was committed to the students' success. Now, as a jaded 3L, I still believe that," says a student. School name recognition could use some work here, however, "Texas Wesleyan is a newer school and "it is sometimes difficult to get your foot in the door with the bigger firms." However, some students are so proud of the education they're receiving that they see the school's youth as a strength, as they gladly feel up to the task of "forcing those in the legal community to recognize that there is another great legal education being established in this state." The professors at the school are "exceptional" and "make every effort to be available for students." They ensure students "really feel as though we are part of a bigger calling, and not just corralled through classes." Classes are smaller here, so if you are not prepared, "the professors will not be happy with you [if you are not prepared for class]." There's great flexibility in scheduling, so students that can only attend classes in the evening are taken care of, though night students would like more options in their classes, and day students would like more specializations. The school has a public service message running throughout its curriculum, and things like the Pro Bono Family Law Clinic "make a difference in people's lives every day."
- The Princeton Review