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Binding Early Decision Admission

UT Law is pleased to offer an Early Decision program. It gives highly qualified applicants a chance to reduce the anxiety of the admissions process and to obtain significant financial benefits. Non-resident applicants who are accepted through the Early Decision program will pay Texas resident tuition rates for all three years at UT Law. Texas resident applicants who are accepted through the Early Decision program will receive a housing stipend of $10,000 per year for all three years of law school. In order to qualify for the non-resident scholarship or the Texas resident housing stipend, students will need to complete a FAFSA application by March 1, 2014. The only requirement for these scholarships is to remain enrolled in classes and maintain good academic standing. The Early Decision process does not preclude admitted students from applying for other additional scholarships according to the normal procedure for need-based financial aid.

In exchange for UT Law's commitment to give applicants a decision by Dec. 31, applicants admitted under the Early Decision program commit to:

  1. Accept the offer to enroll in the fall of 2014
  2. Withdraw all applications to other schools
  3. Refrain from initiating any new applications to other law schools
  4. Submit a nonrefundable seat deposit of $200 by Jan. 15

Applicants for the Early Decision program may apply to traditional admissions programs at other law schools while awaiting their decision from UT Law, but they may not apply to any other binding Early Decision program while their application is under consideration.

To be considered for Binding Early Decision admission, applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than the October test administration, register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) no later than early October, and submit their application no later than Nov. 1. Applicants must also download, sign and return the Binding Early Decision Contract. Applications submitted after Nov. 1 will be considered for admission through our regular process. All Early Decision applicants will receive a final decision by the end of December. All Early Decision applicants who do not receive an admission offer (or a denial) will automatically be considered under the regular admissions process. Applicants admitted in the regular decision process are no longer bound to accept the offer of admission.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at or call 512-232-1200.

UT Law Admissions 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX 78705 (512) 232-1200 6882