To be considered for admission to the School of Law, each applicant (1) must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, or have no more than six semester hours remaining for completion of the degree; (2) must have a minimum undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.20, as calculated by Law School Admission Services; (3) must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT); (4) must follow all instructions in The University of Texas School of Law Application and Bulletin; and (5) must submit 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 may admit.
The law school provides full-file review to all complete applications. No admission decision is based on numerical criteria alone. In addition to the LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average, the Admissions Committee reviews each application in its entirety. Among the criteria considered are the following:
The goals of the admission process for the School of Law are
Applicants must take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), which is administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The LSAT is given four times a year at designated colleges and universities in the United States and at several international test centers. Registration materials and complete information about the LSAT are published on-line by the council and are available afrom the Law School Admission Council, P O Box 2000, 661 Penn Street, Newtown PA 18940-0998, (215) 968-1001.
Applicants must submit completed credentials to the School of Law by the deadlines given below. Information and forms are available on-line and from The University of Texas School of Law, Admissions Office, 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin TX 78705-3224, (512) 232-1200.
Finally, applicants must register with the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). LSDAS receives applicants' transcripts, computes their grade point averages, and transmits the information to the School of Law. Additional information is available from LSAC at the URL, address, and phone number above.
Application processing fee. A nonrefundable application processing fee of $70 is required of each applicant and must be submitted with the required credentials. A foreign-educated applicant should contact LSDAS to determine whether that agency accepts transcripts from the universities the student has attended. If not, the applicant must submit the foreign transcripts directly to the School of Law, along with an additional $75 fee to cover the cost of evaluating them.
New students are accepted only for full-time study in the fall semester; admission for the spring semester or summer session is available only for transfer and visiting students.
Early decision admission. Applicants for early decision admission in fall 2005 must submit a complete application to the School of Law, postmarked by November 1, 2004. They must take the LSAT no later than the October administration and should register with LSDAS by October 10. Applicants who fulfill the requirements for an early decision will be notified of their admission status by the end of January, 2005. Early admission is not binding.
Regular decision admission. Applicants for regular decision admission in fall 2005 must submit a complete application to the School of Law, postmarked by February 1, 2005. They must take the LSAT no later than the December administration and should register with LSDAS by January 10.
Applicants admitted to the School of Law must submit a nonrefundable deposit of $200 by credit card, cashier's check, or money order to indicate that they accept the offer of admission. The deposit is applied to tuition and fees for the fall semester when the student enrolls.
Additional information about admission to the School of Law as a new student, a transfer student, or a visiting student is given in the Law School Catalog and in The University of Texas School of Law Application and Bulletin.
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