200+ Receive Warm Welcome at Open House for Prospective Students

January 9, 2015

Below-average cold temperatures didn’t deter an enthusiastic crowd attending the UNT Dallas College of Law Open House for Prospective Students on January 8, 2015.  Interest and support for the new public law school in downtown Dallas was evident as more than 200 guests joined the law school faculty, staff and administration for tours, presentations, and the opportunity to meet law school leadership in person for individual conversations.

Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions and Scholarships, Valerie James, welcomed guests in opening remarks. Dean Royal Furgeson next addressed the crowd about the important role lawyers play in protecting the rule of law in a democratic society. The deans then joined more than 30 members of the law school’s leadership, faculty, staff, administration and current 1L class at tables or mingling with guests to answer questions from prospective students for nearly three hours.

The event allowed prospective students to visit with members of the current Inaugural Class seated in fall 2014. Guests are often surprised at the inclusiveness of our first class and the Open House attendees were no different. Ranging in age from 21 – 67 years, and with an average age of 33 years among current students, prospective students can gain insight from the many perspectives offered by our diverse student population. Nearly thirty percent of current students hold advanced degrees, more than half are female and 48 percent are students of color. Both the full-time day division and part-time evening division include a mix of younger students and students with significant career experience or military service.

The Inaugural Class of 153 students will be joined by approximately 120 new students in fall 2015. While the current 1L students are looking forward to having the new students on campus later this year, some are already voicing nostalgia for the time “when we had all the library study space to ourselves” and similar acknowledgements that their experience as the first class from the law school is one that no other class will ever be able to claim.

Benefits of attending UNT Dallas College of Law that current students discussed include the use of multiple assessments during the semester to gain feedback from professors in addition to mid-term and final exams. The question asked most often by prospective students to current students during the evening: “tell me what it’s really like.”

The spirit of bonding and “being in this together” is another frequent comment from current students to prospects. The learning environment nurtured by the law school faculty and staff is one based on respect, supporting academic success and encouraging students not to fall into traditional law school patterns of competitiveness that can be divisive in a student population.

Tours led by members of the law school’s Inaugural Class allowed prospective students to see classrooms, the law library and courtroom, plus student study and gathering areas. Located in the UNT System Building at 1901 Main Street, the law school has dedicated space on the first, second, fifth and sixth floors, and shares classroom space on the fourth and fifth floors.

Applications for the 2015 Entering Class can be submitted through April 1, 2015.


Registrar Karen Jarrell and Professor Dylan Malagrino welcome prospective students.


Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions and Scholarships, Valerie James, opens the event.


Dean Royal Furgeson addresses prospective students about the important role lawyers play protecting the rule of law in a democracy.


Assistant Dean Courteney Harris speaks with a prospective student.


Student-led tours were popular during the Open House.


Prospective students got to speak with law school faculty, staff, administrators and current students during the three hour event.

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