Mission Statement: The mission of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law is to expand opportunities for the underserved in the legal profession, prepare a diverse group of students for leadership roles in the legal profession, business and government, and offer leadership in teaching, research and service with special emphasis on a historically black heritage and tradition. Strengths: The strength of Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law lies in its ability to attract a diverse student body and faculty. This strength has enabled the law school to rank among the top five producers of African American law graduates each year. The law school also produces a significant number of Hispanic law graduates. The highly competent faculty includes many teachers who are well suited to the law school's mission. The institution additionally represents an important part of the Texas African American community as a legal and intellectual resource. The strengths are as follows: A diverse student body, faculty, and staff.A local, regional, and national leader in the production of minority law graduates.The largest producer of African-American lawyers to the Texas Bar.One of four approved law programs at a historically black college/university.One of the largest pools of African-American law professors at any law school.A large variety of funding sources.Second largest application pool for historically black law schoolsThe creation of several institutes for specialized learning.A highly-credentialed administrative staff (6 non-faculty JD's on the administrative staff).The creation of several faculty support programs - annual sabbaticals, summer releases, research assistants, teaching assistants, and travel allowances.Association with a parent university with a large group of scholars in various disciplines.The provision of a community resource in the Environmental Justice area.