“Every semester there is this kind of thrill of hope,” says Phillip Page (pictured), professor of intellectual property law at STCL. “It’s, ‘I’m not going to make that mistake again,’ like an assignment that didn’t work out as I thought it might. Or, ‘I hope to do this or that with this student group.’ Of course, the students come back all eager and ready to go. Everybody has a kind of zip that is really kind of fun.”
Page also teaches a first-semester contracts course to evening law students, and the initial class meeting was Monday night, he says.
“In a way, they are even more perky, because many of them have had to make some real sacrifices to be here as part-time students,” Page says. “They really have to put a lot into this. And almost anybody who teachers a part-time class will tell you that there’s a special kind of energy about teaching part-timers.”
On Friday, students at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law in Dallas take their seats for the fall semester.
Next Monday, classes get underway at Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas Tech University School of Law in Lubbock and Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth.
Next Tuesday, St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio begins classes.
The following Monday, Aug. 27, Baylor University School of Law in Waco, which is on a quarterly semester system, and the University of Houston Law Center launch their fall semester classes.
The University of Texas School of Law in Austin starts on Aug. 29.
— Jeanne Graham