UNT Dallas Law School
About the UNT Dallas College of Law
The UNT Dallas College of Law is a new public law school that will enroll its first class in Fall 2014. The College of Law will strive to provide a legal education that is affordable and accessible, and that incorporates best practices in educating legal professionals. Located within a major metropolitan area that currently lacks a public law school, the UNT Dallas College of Law will increase opportunities for local college graduates to attend law school without the costs associated with relocation or private tuition. Learn more about our location in downtown Dallas.
The UNT Dallas College of Law received legislative authorization in 2009, when the Texas legislature approved the law school and earmarked $5 million of the State’s 2011-2012 budget for the law school. The College of Law initially will be a unit of the UNT System and will eventually become a college within the University of North Texas at Dallas
Ellen S. Pryor, the Homer R. Mitchell Endowed Professor of Law at SMU Dedman School of Law, will become the first Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the UNT Dallas College of Law, effective January 2013.
The UNT System will launch a major renovation project in downtown Dallas to house the new law school.
After an extensive search of many highly regarded legal educators, Chancellor Lee F. Jackson has appointed U.S. District Judge Royal Furgeson as the founding dean of UNT Dallas College of Law, effective April 2013, in anticipation of the law school’s opening in August 2014.
“Access to a legal education is important to Dallas-Fort Worth area students who deserve the same opportunities that exist in Houston and other major metropolitan areas in the United States. The UNT Dallas College of Law will give access to a diverse group of highly qualified students.”