Future Aggie Attorneys Making Transition To Their New Law School

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FORT WORTH, Texas Future Aggie attorneys are now into their first few weeks of classes after Texas A&M purchased Texas Wesleyan University's School of Law Last month as part of decades-long desire to have a law school.

News 3 traveled to Fort Worth and saw the new traditions just starting at the Texas A&M University School of Law.

Signs of maroon and white are showing up all over these city blocks right in the heart of Cowtown; Downtown Fort Worth.

The new Texas A&M School of Law.

"It's been surprisingly smooth I would say considering how big a change it actually is. I'm still working on perfecting my Howdy."
Joakim Soederbaum of Sweden is in his final year of law school, but his undergraduate and first two years of law were with Texas Wesleyan University.

"It's interesting to see how I reacted on suddenly being at a different university without any action on my own," he said.

In August the Texas A&M System purchased the Texas Wesleyan School of Law for $73 million. That money will be paid out over the next five years.

Texas A&M University Interim Law School Dean Aric Short says the newly branded school has 700 students this fall, with 250 entering Aggie Law Students.

"I think partnering with a Tier One research institution allows us to have access to resources for faculty scholarship and for recruiting that we just haven't had before," said Short.

Law School Professor Huyen Pham says it's been an action-packed transition since the announcement was made 13 months ago.

"I think it will really benefit our students, our faculty and our law school. That very strong Aggie Spirit," said Pham.

David Pratt and Kyle Fonville are graduates of Texas Wesleyan University's Law School with Fonville finishing in May.

Questions remain on how alumni will be welcomed in now that their former law school is gone.

"What are we going to be able to put on our résumé? So there's a lot of questions left unanswered, but I'm sure A&M will work that out," said Fonville.

"It will give the law school a national presence that it hasn't necessarily had before, so I think it'll be a great thing for the community," said David Pratt.

Now these Aggie Attorney's are learning not only the law but some new traditions they hadn't expected.

"The howdy when you walk into the room... It's not second nature yet," laughed Joakim Soederbaum.

The Texas A&M School of Law costs around $31,000 a year to attend.

While we were visiting, several top A&M officials, including Vice President for Student Affairs General Joe Weber, were on hand for a question and answer session with students about the change to their law school.

Law School officials tell us they plan to keep the campus in Fort Worth.