Success: It's In Our DNA
At Texas A&M, we instill in our graduates knowledge of the law, key professional skills and core values that set the Aggie Lawyer apart.
Knowledge and Professional Skills
Being a great lawyer starts with knowing the law. We’ll provide you with a solid foundation in your first year. After that, you can pursue a broad education or focus on one of our many practice areas.
Critical Reading, Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills
Great lawyers solve big problems. We’ll help you develop the critical reading and analytical skills you’ll need to help your clients. We’ll train you using innovative techniques like client simulations and the problem method, and we’ll give you opportunities to put your skills to the test in our Externship Program or one of our innovative law clinics.
No matter what kind of law you plan to practice, employers tell us that the most important skill is the ability to write well. In your first year, you’ll take twice the legal writing credits required by most other law schools. After that, you’ll continue to improve your writing in one of our many upper-level writing courses.
Whether you’re a criminal lawyer negotiating a plea deal or a business lawyer drafting a contract, you’ll often have to help your client reach an agreement with an opposing party. We’ll train you in negotiation fundamentals in one of our introductory negotiation courses, and you can further hone your skills in advanced courses such as the Business Negotiator and the Labor Negotiations Workshop.
Speaking and Listening Skills
Whether you’re in court or at the bargaining table, you’ll need strong speaking and listening skills. You can join our Toastmaster’s Club and practice public speaking in a non-threatening environment with supportive feedback. In addition, we bring in drama coaches to help you perfect the art of speaking in an engaging and persuasive way. Once you’re confident, you can compete on one of our award-winning moot court, mock trial or alternative dispute resolution teams.
Developing a winning legal strategy requires researching the law. We’ll teach you the skills you need in your full-year Legal Analysis, Research & Writing course. You’ll have access to a state-of-the-art law library and the latest online research tools, along with the guidance of a team of eight full-time faculty members and the support of six librarians.
Organization and Management Skills
Lawyers must be able to manage their time, prioritize their work, organize large amounts of information and work as part of a global team. We teach you these skills in our litigation and transactional clinics, where you take a case or project all the way from start to finish.
Our Six Core Values
Excellence — Set the bar.
Excellence is a lifelong commitment to quality. It is taking pride in your work and refusing to settle for “good enough” in every aspect of your personal and professional life.
— Maxine Harrington, Professor of Law
Integrity — Character is destiny.
Integrity is at the heart of lawyer professionalism. Clients and the broader justice system expect the highest ethical conduct from attorneys, and our programs help foster and develop that core value.
— Aric Short, Vice Dean and Professor of Law
Leadership — Follow me.
The inscription on the Rudder Tower, which honors former Texas A&M University President James Earl Rudder, says, “He demonstrated uncommon ability to inspire men and lead them to exceptional achievement.” Lawyers are frequently called on to be leaders in their communities. We aspire to educate lawyers who will be leaders for communities across Texas, the nation and around the world and who live up to General Rudder’s example.
— Dean Andrew Morriss, Anthony G. Buzbee Dean’s Endowed Chair
Loyalty — Acceptance forever.
Loyalty is realizing that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. We care for one another and support one another. Sometimes we may be competitive, but we are not cutthroat because we realize that we are building reputations and relationships that will last a lifetime.
— Dennis Kelly, Associate Professor of Law, TAMU Class of ’73
Respect — We are the Aggies, the Aggies are we.
As a major public institution of higher education, Texas A&M University has both an extraordinary opportunity and a special responsibility to create and maintain a climate that affirms diversity of persons as well as diversity of views. Diversity is an indispensable component of academic excellence. A commitment to diversity means a commitment to the inclusion, welcome and support of individuals from all groups, encompassing the various characteristics of persons in our community. Among these characteristics are race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disability. As we harness the power of diversity, we will provide students, faculty and staff a university experience rich in perspectives and opportunities to learn from each other.
— Texas A&M Commitment to Diversity
Selfless Service — How can I be of service?
Pro bono service is volunteering to provide helpful legal work (at no cost) to those who otherwise could not afford it. To pursue a career in law is to pursue a career in service.
— Rosalind Jeffers, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Director of the Equal Justice Program