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East Texas Initiative

The University of Texas School of Law is committed to broadening employment opportunities for its graduates and to increasing the availability of quality legal representation available across the State of Texas, particularly in those areas of the State that are most in need of lawyers and the wide range of services that lawyers can provide; East Texas is such a region.

Two new programs are proposed as part of the East Texas Initiative. The first is a generous loan repayment fellowship program which would provide education debt relief to UT Law graduates who practice in East Texas for at least three years upon graduation. The second is a public interest law cadre, called the Justice Corps, whereby UT Law graduates will practice for two years with qualifying organizations and whose salaries will be paid by the Law School during that two year period. One or more Justice Corps Fellows could be assigned to work in the public interest in East Texas.

The average debt of a student graduating from UT Law School is $60,000. The East Texas Fellowship Program would pay back 1/3 of the debt after one year of work, 2/3 after two years, and the remaining 1/3 after three years, up to a maximum of $60,000. Graduates working in East Texas under this program would not be limited to any particular type of legal work. We believe this program has the potential to make major positive change in the legal environment in the East Texas area.

The Law School’s visionary new Justice Corps program is designed to increase access to justice and to support our graduates who are committed to public interest legal careers. When fully funded, this program will send a group of eight or more outstanding new alumni each year to work with nonprofit legal organizations serving underrepresented individuals and communities across the world. One, or more, Justice Corps Fellowships could be funded for the specific purpose of supporting public interest legal work in East Texas.

Naming Opportunities

Two 2-Yr. Justice Corps Fellowships$1,000,000
Endowed Post Graduate LRAP$500,000
Current Use 2-Yr Justice Corps Fellow$110,000
One Current Use LRAP
(paid over 3 years)
$60,000

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity, please contact Carla Cooper, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations and Development, at (512) 232-1939, or ccooper@law.utexas.edu.