In 2004, the University of Texas School of Law launched the Society Program. The purpose of these societies is to foster a sense of community among law students and to provide an opportunity for students to interact with faculty in small groups. Students are assigned to a society in their first year and remain a member of that society until graduation.
Each society has a faculty advisor, student program coordinator, and two student mentors. The role of the faculty advisor, in addition to joining members at society events, is to provide support and improve student access to faculty members. The program coordinator, selected by the faculty advisor for each society, develops events and programs for the society. These include social events, professional events, and public service events and are selected on the basis of student and faculty advisor interests. Mentors assist new students in becoming acclimated to the law school and act as advisors throughout the first year.
The eight societies are named in honor of individuals who made a significant impact on the University of Texas School of Law. This exhibit provides biographies on these notable individuals. The materials used in compiling this exhibit are housed in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department of Tarlton Law Library and include oral histories, articles, the Law School's yearbook, The Pereginus, and the University of Texas yearbook, The Cactus.