Does the Rio Grande Valley Need a Law School?

Texas produces more law school graduates than it has jobs for. But that hasn’t stopped some lawmakers from proposing that the state build a new public law school in the Rio Grande Valley.

Supporters of a new school say there is geographic inequity. The nearest public law school to the state’s southernmost region is more than 300 miles away, at Austin’s University of Texas School of Law. The Rio Grande Valley also has one of the lowest lawyer-to-citizen ratios in the state.

Before the legislative session even began, two Valley lawmakers filed bills to create a new school. State Rep ...

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