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Law School Catalog | 2006-2008

Financial Assistance

The Office of Student Financial Services offers various forms of assistance to all University students; these are described in General Information. With the help of alumni and friends, a number of financial aid programs have also been established for law students. The School of Law provides financial assistance to students pursuing the JD in the form of scholarships, grants, and loans. Financial assistance is available to candidates for the LLM if they are United States citizens or eligible noncitizens. These students may be eligible for federal and private loans for one year only.

Law School Emergency Loans

The law school has limited loan funds available to law students. Loans are made only in cases of emergency and only to degree-seeking students. Application for these loans may be made in person at the School of Law Scholarships and Loans Office.

Law School Scholarships

All students accepted to the School of Law are considered for any recruiting scholarships for which they meet the requirements. Continuing students must complete the law school online scholarship application. For additional information, write to the Financial Aid Office, Scholarship Committee, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin TX 78705-3299 or send e-mail to

Loan Funds and Endowed Scholarships

Many lawyers, law firms, and associations contribute annually to the awards and scholarships program of the law school. Information about these contributions is available from the school. In addition, many permanent loan and scholarship funds have been established.

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Career Services

The School of Law's Career Services Office (CSO) provides career counseling for students and alumni. The office maintains contact with a wide range of employers, including law firms of all sizes, judges, federal and state agencies, corporations, and public interest and legal service organizations around the nation. The CSO disseminates information on current job openings, offers individual career counseling, schedules on-campus interviews, and coordinates a variety of nationwide job fairs, recruitment programs, and career workshops. The office also refers students to employers who do not interview on campus and posts notices of available positions, both part-time and permanent. The Career Services Library houses computers for student use and provides information about employers around the nation, interview techniques, and the development of general job-hunting skills.

The Career Services Office makes every effort to assist students and alumni in their job search and career development. The law school typically achieves a placement rate for its graduates of better than 95 percent, but the school makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.

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Law School Publications

Texas Law Review

The Texas Law Review, established in 1922, is devoted to scholarly writings on general legal subjects of national and local interest. The student editorial board prepares for publication articles by outstanding legal authorities and law notes written by the student staff. Students become eligible to join the staff of the Review on the basis of high academic achievement and demonstrated writing proficiency. The editorial board annually selects its successors from the members of the staff.

Texas International Law Journal

Established in 1965, the Texas International Law Journal is the fourth-oldest student-edited international law journal in the United States and the second-oldest periodical at the law school. Four times a year the Journal publishes timely articles by international scholars and noted practitioners, as well as selected student works. The Journal focuses on all subjects of international law: public and private international law, the law of international organizations, and comparative and foreign law. Subscribers include law school and government libraries, law firms, corporations, and individuals in the United States and abroad.

In addition, the Journal organizes a yearly symposium attended by faculty members, judges, law students, and lawyers from around the country and the world. Symposium topics have included international bankruptcy; sustainable development; human rights; energy and international law; teaching and practicing law in the twenty-first century; and globalization of the judiciary.

The Journal staff is selected on a competitive basis. Prospective staff members are asked to submit their first-year grades and to participate in the annual write-on competition.

American Journal of Criminal Law

The American Journal of Criminal Law is one of the top student-edited scholarly legal journals in the nation devoted to current issues in criminal law. It is also the only organization at the law school that focuses on criminal law. Published three times a year for about a thousand subscribers in the United States and abroad, the Journal includes articles and notes from professors, practitioners, and students that cover a wide range of topics in criminal law and address constitutional, political, and practical concerns. Membership is offered to students who demonstrate excellent writing ability in the winter and summer write-on competitions and to those who earn grades of A+ in Law 323.

The Review of Litigation

The Review of Litigation is the eighth most cited speciality journal in the country, based upon aggregate number of court citations. Now in its twenty-fifth year, the Review synthesizes works authored by scholars, practitioners, and select staff members into three issues published annually. National in scope and discriminating in content, the Review provides scholarly commentary on the current state of dispute resolution and offers innovative suggestions for the future resolution of contentious matters. The Review selects its sixty student staff members on a competitive basis from second-year students who complete the spring write-on process.

Texas Environmental Law Journal

Since the summer of 1990, law students have published the Texas Environmental Law Journal in association with the Environmental and Natural Resources Section of the State Bar of Texas. Published quarterly, the Journal gives timely and practical information about developments in environmental law. It includes articles by practitioners and academicians; information about recent developments involving cases, statutes, and rules relevant to environmental law; and notes submitted by law students throughout Texas.

Texas Journal of Women and the Law

The Texas Journal of Women and the Law explores the relationship between women and the law through law review publication and sponsorship of an annual symposium. The staff seeks to inspire a dialogue about gender-related issues that will lead to greater awareness of the ways the law affects women and to innovative reforms in the lives of all people. The Journal takes an interdisciplinary approach to many issues, striving to deepen the relationship between theoretical and practical perspectives on gender and the law. Editorial membership is open to both male and female students.

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Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal

The Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal is dedicated to all aspects of intellectual property law at all levels. Articles in the Journal are written by scholars, practitioners, and students, and address a variety of legal issues, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. The Journal also hosts an annual intellectual property law symposium featuring topics that are timely and important to practitioners. Members of the Journal are selected based on their writing and analytical skills.

Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy

The Texas Hispanic Journal of Law and Policy is one of five journals in the nation devoted to legal issues affecting the Hispanic community. The Journal provides an academic forum in which practitioners and scholars engage in a thorough discussion of recent court decisions, state and federal statutes, administrative regulations, policy questions, and other issues with particular salience for Hispanics. By maintaining a neutral position on all issues, the Journal encourages an exchange of diverse ideas and opinions. The Journal is published annually. Membership is open to all students who demonstrate excellence in legal writing and analysis.

Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

The Texas Journal on Civil Liberties and Civil Rights bridges the gap between theoretical and practical issues in the fields of civil liberties and civil rights. Published in conjunction with the Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities of the State Bar of Texas, the Journal synthesizes and analyzes current thinking on issues in these areas in Texas through articles by legal scholars, practicing attorneys, state and federal judges, and students.

Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law

The Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law focuses on legal issues at the intersection of energy law and business law. The Journal was founded because a group of law school students saw the need for a forum for legal scholarship that discussed the ever-changing and growing world of energy business law. Each issue of the Journal contains outstanding submissions from legal scholars, law students, government officials, and attorneys practicing in the field.

Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law

The Texas Review of Entertainment and Sports Law was founded in 1997 by law students committed to publishing the best available scholarship on legal issues that affect the entertainment and sports industries. Among the areas covered by the Journal are copyright, labor-management relations, antitrust, and corporate affairs.

Texas Review of Law and Politics

The Texas Review of Law and Politics seeks to publish thoughtful and intellectually rigorous conservative articles that can serve as blueprints for constructive legal reform. Published twice a year, the Texas Review serves as a forum for the discussion of contemporary social issues, such as constitutional history, affirmative action, crime, federalism, and religious issues. Members also hold an annual banquet at which they honor a Jurist of the Year. Past honorees include Greg Abbott, Kenneth W. Starr, Edwin Meese III, and Edith H. Jones.

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