Applicants who decide to apply for Early Decision Admission will not have a greater probability of being admitted nor will applicants who want to apply under Regular Decision Admission be at a disadvantage in the admissions process. The same standards and criteria will be used to evaluate all applicants, whether the application is filed Early or under Regular Decision Admissions. The advantage to those applying Early Decision is the possibility of receiving a final decision much earlier in the process. By holding a portion of the Early Decision applicants for review with the pool of Regular Decision applicants, we ensure that neither group is advantaged or disadvantaged.
Generally, an applicant must reside and establish a domicile in the state of Texas for a period of one year prior to enrolling as a student. The University’s Residency Officer, not the Law School, makes determinations of residency status. Questions concerning a candidate’s classification as a resident or as a nonresident should be addressed to Residency Officer, Graduate and International Admissions Center, The University of Texas, P.O. Box 7608, Austin, TX 78713-7608; telephone: (512) 475-7391.
No, the Law School may matriculate no more than 35% nonresident students; however, each year the Law School extends offers of admission to several hundred nonresident applicants.
No, the staff cannot make a meaningful prediction because they are not involved in the decision making process. Admission decisions are made by the Admissions Committee and in addition to the undergraduate GPA and LSAT score, a number of other criteria are taken into account when reviewing an application. These factors are enumerated in the Admissions Process for JD Applicants.
We recommend against delaying registration with CAS. If you complete additional coursework and want it to be considered by the Law School, please have an updated transcript sent to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). This additional semester’s work will be incorporated into your file with LSAC. LSAC will then forward an updated transcript report to the Law School, and we will update your applicant file with the new report.
No, we will not notify you. Your LSAC Activity Update will be helpful in this matter. Your application becomes complete upon receipt of your Law School Report, if all mandatory attachments have been submitted. We will notify you of mandatory attachments that are missing. We will, however, send you a confirmation email letting you know when your application has been processed provided you have included your email address in your application.
Candidates with multiple LSAT scores will be evaluated using all reported scores. However, the Law School will no longer solely consider an applicant’s average score in the admissions review process. The ABA recently revised its survey reporting requirements; all law schools are being asked to report an applicant’s highest LSAT score.
No. With the exception of a few students enrolled under the extended first year program, the Law School admits students only for full-time enrollment beginning in the fall.
Within 30 days of the date of denial, you may petition for reconsideration by submitting a letter addressed to the Assistant Dean for Admissions indicating your reasons. Reconsideration requests will only be considered if there is some significant, additional information that was not available at the time of your original application. The Committee’s initial decision will have been based upon all factors, academic and nonacademic, included in your application. In those rare instances in which the petition is granted, the usual result is that the candidate is placed on a waiting list. The number of offers of admission expected to produce the desired entering class probably will have been made by the time your petition is considered.
No, you have not been deferred. When reviewing Early Decision applicants, the Admissions Committee has three options: offer admission, deny admission, or “hold” the applicant for further review with the general admission applicant pool. The first two options are final decisions, whereas the third is an interim decision which may delay an applicant’s receiving a final decision until April. A deferral is an option exercised by an applicant who has been admitted but wishes to defer enrollment until another year. Deferrals are granted on a case by case basis.
Candidates who are applying to CLEO should indicate this on page 3 of the Application for Admission. The Admissions Committee will take this into consideration when evaluating the file. Some decisions on CLEO candidates may be held pending evaluation of your CLEO performance. For further information regarding the CLEO program, write: Council on Legal Education Opportunity, 740 15th Street, NW, 9th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005; telephone: (202) 662-8630.
You may request, in writing, a deferral for one year. However, we can give no assurance that your request will be granted. Each request will be considered on its own merits. Extensions of more than one year are rarely granted. However, a request for deferral because of service in Teach for America will be granted automatically for up to two years.
Students who intend to obtain a license to practice law in the state of Texas must file a Declaration of Intention to Study Law by October 1 of their first semester in the Law School. This is a requirement of the Supreme Court of Texas. There is a filing fee of $190 if the Declaration is filed on time; however, if a Declaration is filed in person or is postmarked after the timely filing deadlines, a $150 late fee will be imposed. In addition, students intending to take the Texas Bar Examination will be required to provide a copy of their Law School application along with the Declaration.
All applicants presenting U.S. undergraduate credentials must register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for transcript evaluation. Applicants presenting foreign undergraduate credentials may register with CAS or have their transcripts evaluated using the Application for Evaluation of Foreign Credentials or World Education Services (WES) as described in the Admissions Bulletin.