Andrew P. Morriss 2015-10-26 13:04:29
As a public, land-grant university, an interdisciplinary approach to legal education is part of our institutional ethos. As an Association of American Universities member, this is a vital part of our contribution to an educated, well-informed society. The strengths of Texas A&M as a global university further this mission—our students are already entrenched in areas where law is critical. To deliver legal education that meets the immediate and future needs of Texas, we’re investing in our program. Here are just three examples. Build on university strengths. We’re part of one of the world’s leading universities, which excels in science, engineering, and technology. Building on our innovative Center for Law and Intellectual Property and providing depth in an area where jobs are growing, we added five new IP faculty members: Irene Calboli, Glynn S. Lunney Jr., Srividhya Ragavan, Saurabh Vishnubhakat, and Peter K. Yu. To develop even more collaboration beyond our existing minicourses and law clinics in College Station, Professor Lunney (TAMU ’84) has a joint appointment with our Dwight Look College of Engineering. This year, we’re working with our College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to hire faculty to build collaboration, and we’ve launched a joint project with the Bush School of Government and Public Service, in which students collaborate to report on barriers to trade. Focus on the profession. Our mission is to create lawyers who make Texas, the nation, and the world a better place. At the heart of everything we do are Texas A&M’s core values: excellence, integrity, leadership, loyalty, respect, and selfless service. Embodying those values, we have reduced the size of our entering class. This allows us to more effectively educate our students (many of whom are first-generation), aid students in developing skills to succeed, and engage the profession in determining our future direction. We start with our new Professionalism & Leadership Program, which offers broad training in areas like communication, business skills, networking, professional identity, and nonprofit board service. In cooperation with the State Bar of Texas and with support from the Access Group, Milan Markovic launched a multi-year study of the Texas legal profession. We hope the results will help the legal profession in Texas and provide valuable guidance to future law students everywhere. We lured Susan Saab Fortney back to Texas from New York, bringing along her expertise with global trends in legal ethics. We hired John T. “Jack” Manhire from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to provide our students and Texas employers with an innovative “Breaking Bias” workshop to create diversity leaders for the legal profession. And we’ve more than doubled the size of our career services office staff to spread the word about our extraordinary students. Take a global approach. All lawyers need an appreciation for international and comparative law, particularly in Texas where trade and immigration are integral parts of the economy. We’re building that emphasis into our curriculum and faculty. This past year we hired new professors with significant international expertise: William H. Byrnes (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act/international tax), Nuno Garoupa (comparative law), William H. Henning (international commercial law), Charlotte Ku (public international law), and Angela D. Morrison (immigration). Three of our new IP faculty also have an international focus: Calboli, Ragavan, and Yu. Texas A&M’s new president, Michael K. Young, is a leading international law expert and a member of our faculty. They join our 10 faculty members with international experience from water to energy to national security. With Texas A&M campuses and centers in Costa Rica, Italy, Mexico, and Qatar, we’re providing our students with expanded opportunities to study and work outside the United States, reflecting our commitment to creating Texas lawyers and leaders for tomorrow’s global marketplace. FOUNDED 2013 ENROLLMENT 583 ANNUAL TUITION AND FEES $33,092 NUMBER OF GRADUATES IN 2000 0 NUMBER OF GRADUATES IN 2015 227 PERCENTAGE OF 2014 GRADUATES WHO HAD JOBS BY MARCH 2015 79.3 percent PERCENTAGE OF 2014 GRADUATES WITH FULL-TIME, J.D.-REQUIRED/J.D.-ADVANTAGE JOBS THAT WERE SUBSIDIZED BY THE LAW SCHOOL 0.86 percent AVERAGE DEBT LOAD OF A 2014 GRADUATE $103,500, an increase from 2013 ANDREW P. MORRISS is the dean of Texas A&M University School of Law and the Anthony G. Buzbee Dean’s Endowed chair. Previously, he served as the D. Paul Jones Jr. and Charlene A. Jones chair in law at the University of Alabama. He has taught in Greece, Guatemala, and Hong Kong and lectured in Cambodia, the Cayman Islands, China, Myanmar, and Nepal. A senior fellow of the Property and Environment Research Center and the Reason Foundation, Morriss earned his A.B. from Princeton University, his J.D. and Masters in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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