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Law School Admission

To be considered for admission to the School of Law an applicant must have (1) earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or have no more than six semester hours remaining for completion of the degree, (2) earned a grade point average of at least 2.20 on all undergraduate coursework as calculated by Law Services, (3) attained an acceptable score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), (4) followed all instructions in the University of Texas School of Law Application and Bulletin, and (5) submitted all mandatory attachments described in the Application. An applicant who meets the minimum requirements is not assured of admission, because the number of qualified applicants each year normally exceeds the number of new students the school can accommodate.

The Law School provides full-file review to all complete applications. No admission decision is made on numerical criteria alone. In addition to the LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average, the Admissions Committee reviews applications using the following criteria to reach the goals of the admissions process:

  • Rigor of the undergraduate course of study as reflected by the applicant's college transcripts
  • Graduate study
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service
  • Work experience
  • Leadership experience
  • Extracurricular or community activities
  • History of overcoming economic or other disadvantage
  • Personal experiences with discrimination
  • Overcoming disability
  • Disadvantaged socioeconomic background
  • Geographic diversity, (particularly underrepresented regions of Texas)
  • Diversity of experience and background
  • Maturity
  • Ability to communicate
  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Honors and awards
  • Service in the Armed Forces
  • Publications
  • Exceptional personal talents and other factors

The goals of the admissions process for the School of Law are:

  • To identify those students with the greatest probability of success in law school, giving due weight to proven predictors (LSAT score, grade point average, the applicant's undergraduate school and major), as well as giving appropriate weight to all other factors in the applicant's file
  • To identify students who exhibit a demonstrated commitment to public service, leadership, and other qualities valuable to the legal profession
  • To identify students whose background, experience, and other qualities are likely to be of value in the classroom and the law school
  • To provide a service to the state of Texas by educating citizens from underrepresented regions of the state and disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds

Application processing fee. A nonrefundable application processing fee of $65 is required of each applicant and must be submitted with the requisite credentials. A foreign-educated applicant should contact Law Services' Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS) to determine if that agency will accept transcripts from the universities the student has attended. If not, the applicant must submit an additional $75.00 fee for the evaluation of the foreign transcript.

Application deadlines. New students are accepted only for full-time study in the fall semester; admission for the spring semester or the summer session is not available to new students.

Early decision admission. Complete credentials must be postmarked by November 1 to be considered for early decision admission. Applicants who satisfy the requirements for early decision will be notified of their admission status by the end of January.

Regular decision admission. Complete credentials must be postmarked by February 1 to be considered for regular admission for the fall semester.

Application procedure. Applicants must take, at their own expense, the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) administered by Law Services. The test is given four times a year at designated colleges and universities throughout the United States and at several international test centers. Applicants who apply for early decision admission by the November 1 deadline must take the LSAT no later than September or October. Applicants who apply by February 1 must take the LSAT no later than December. Registration materials, information on test locations, and information on registration deadlines are available in the Law Services Registration and Information Book. Contact Law Services by writing to Law Services, P O Box 2000, 661 Penn Street, Newtown, Pennsylvania 18940-0998 or by calling (215) 968-1001. Information on LSAT registration procedures is also available at Applicants registering by mail should meet the deadlines given in the following table.

Law School Admission Test

Test Dates      Registration Postmark
Deadline [11]
     Late Registration
Postmark Deadline [12]

October 5, 2002      September 4, 2002      September 11, 2002
December 7, 2002      November 6, 2002      November 13, 2002
February 8, 2003 [13]      January 8, 2003      January 15, 2003

Dates for the June 2003 test were not available at the time of publication.

In addition to submitting an application for admission to the Law School Admissions Office, an applicant is required to register with the Law School Data Assembly Service. The data assembly service receives applicants' transcripts, computes their grade point averages, and transmits the information to the School of Law. To register, contact Law Services at the address above.

Enrollment Deposit

Applicants admitted to the School of Law are required to submit a nonrefundable deposit by credit card, cashier's check, or money order for $200 to indicate acceptance of the offer of admission. The deposit will be applied to tuition and fees for the fall semester when the student enrolls.

For additional information about admission as a new student, a transfer student, or a visiting student refer to the Law School Catalog.


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