Christened in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice of the same name, the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society (TMLS) serves as the local chapter of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and is a member of the Southwest Region of NBLSA, SWBLSA. We were established in 1970 to address the concerns of UT Law’s African and African-American community.
TMLS aims to facilitate exemplary academic achievement, foster the professional development of our community, and increase diversity in every area of the law. TMLS promotes mentorship programs and retreats dedicated to networking, exam preparation, mental health and community empowerment. We foster the professional development of our members by inviting speakers to engage with our students in meaningful ways. Throughout the year, legal practitioners present workshops on topics such as resume writing, judicial clerkships, legal skill development, while also conducting minority career panels, and offering their advice on how to succeed in law school.
Our student group is committed to promoting cultural awareness among the student body and fostering positive relationships with other organizations within the law school, in the greater university community and in the greater Austin community. Our members are classroom leaders, top judicial clerks, champion advocates, NBLSA leaders, journal editors and society mentors. We are truly a driving force at UT Law, and our members display excellence and integrity in all that we do.
We encourage you to get involved in our efforts this year!