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U.S. News and World Report Names UT Law No. 1 for Biggest Return on Investment

U.S. News and World Report announced its short list of 10 law degrees with the biggest return on investment, naming The University of Texas School of Law No. 1. According to its report, UT Law reported the highest salary-to-debt ratio – a calculation based on how many times a student’s reported starting salary covers his […]


New Latin American Center at Law School Named for Kay Bailey Hutchison

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Latin American Law is being established within the School of Law at The University of Texas at Austin. The center will help support an already vigorous partnership between the university and Latin American colleagues and honor former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a 1967 graduate of the School of Law […]


Former Law School Dean Michael Sharlot dies

Professor Michael M. Sharlot, Wright C. Morrow Professor Emeritus in Law and dean of the Law School from 1995 to 2000, passed away June 22, 2013.


Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis, ’79

Sunflower Ceremony and Commencement to take place Saturday, May 18, 2013, with keynote address from Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis, ’79

The 2013 Sunflower Ceremony—the Law School’s signature graduation event—will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2012 at 3:30 p.m. at the Frank Erwin Jr. Special Events Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Degree candidates, their families, and friends are invited to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2013. At 2:30 p.m., prior to the Sunflower Ceremony, all degree candidates are invited to gather in the Erwin Center’s Lone Star Room.


Center for Women in Law Executive Director Linda Chanow receives 2013 Advancement of Women Award

Center for Women in Law Executive Director Linda Chanow received the 2013 Advancement of Women Award by the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Association and the Travis County Women Lawyers’ Foundation at the 2013 Annual Grants and Awards Luncheon on April 26, 2013, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. The Advancement of Women Award honors women who have demonstrated excellence in their work and set a positive example for women in law.


Law School community mourns former dean and professor emeritus John Sutton, ’41

The Law School community is saddened to learn of the death of former Dean John Sutton, ’41, who passed away April 19, 2013, in San Angelo. Sutton was the A.W. Walker, Jr. Centennial Chair Emeritus at the University of Texas School of Law, and taught, wrote, and worked in the field of professional responsibility for over forty five years. He also served as dean of the Law School from 1979 to 1984.


Justice Center issues report on the use of criminal history records in Texas

The Law School’s William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and the UT Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis have released a report addressing the increasing use of criminal histories in Texas for purposes unrelated to criminal justice.


Gregory J. Smith joins Law School as Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education

Gregory J. Smith has joined the University of Texas School of Law as Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education.


Rapoport Center receives Fath Foundation grant for Farenthold Archives Project

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at the University of Texas School of Law recently received a three-year, $150,000 grant from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation. The grant launched the Frances T. “Sissy” Farenthold Archives Project, which will document Farenthold’s contributions to Texas and U.S. politics, the women’s peace movement, and international human rights and justice.