The University of Texas School of Law, or UT Law, is popular, in part, because of the young and diverse population in Austin. There are many opportunities to explore the city and the country when students are in need of a break from studying. Students also appreciate that the school has often been ranked high for return on investment. The class sizes remain relatively small.
New students at University of Texas School of Law are placed into one of eight campus societies. These groups help organize all first-year orientation activities and social functions. Students are also separated into small groups of about 20 individuals that share class schedules. First-year students are required to take courses such as a legal writing class. During their second and third years, they must take legal ethics, a writing seminar and advanced constitutional law. There are plenty of courses to choose from though, with more than 250 classes available to students in the traditional J.D. program. Two of the most popular areas for study are Environmental Law and International Law.
UT Law students can participate in one of 15 clinics in order to receive real-life training. They can take part in a wide variety of topics such as the Transnational Worker Rights Clinic or the Criminal Defense Clinic. Many students also choose to work in the popular Supreme Court Clinic. Students can choose to be involved in internships with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, court systems or law firms. Outside of the classroom, there are also many opportunities for students to add to their law school experience. Students can choose from more than 30 organizations on campus to join. Because more than 95% of University of Texas School of Law students live off campus, these social groups help students remain connected. Additionally, many students write or edit one of the 12 law journals including “Texas Law Review” and “Texas International Law Journal.” Individuals who want to gain a quality education without taking on soaring debts should see if UT Law fits their needs.
Number of 2016 applicants: 4,424
Number of 2016 matriculants: 295
LSAT (median): 167
GPA (median): 3.70
LSAT (25 to 75 percentile): 162 to 168
GPA (25 to 75 percentile): 3.41 to 3.84
Early decision: November 1. Successful applicants can expect an offer by December 31. Nonresidents admitted in the ED round receive resident tuition plus a $1,000 stipend for each of the three years of their JD education. Texas residents admitted receive a $10,000 stipend for each of their three years.
Regular decision: March 1 is the final deadline. Decisions are made on a rolling basis. Take the LSAT no later than February.
University of Texas School of Law students are required to start in the fall.
In-state tuition (2016-2017): $33,995
Out-of-state tuition (2016-2017): $50,480
Room, board and other: $20,579
Estimated in-state cost of attendance: $54,574
Estimated out-of-state cost of attendance: $71,059
Students who receive grants: 91.1%
Median grant amount: $13,000
UT Law does not award law school scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing.
Net Transfers: +23
Transfers Out: 2
Average Bar Passage Differential (first time takers): 14.64%
University of Texas School of Law
727 E. Dean Keeton Street D1800
Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 471-5151
This page was last updated in January 2017.
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