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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 not available to candidates for the LLM.
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; visiting students are not eligible. Application for these loans may be made in person at the School of Law Scholarships and Loans Office or by calling the Texas Enrollment Exchange (TEX) at (512) 475-9950.
All students accepted to the School of Law are eligible to receive any available scholarship for which they meet the requirements. Continuing students must complete the law school electronic scholarship application. Required forms are available in the Scholarships and Loans Office. For additional information, write to the Scholarship Director, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas 78705-3299.
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. A complete list of these is given in the appendix.
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 contains information about employers around the nation, interview techniques, and the development of general job-hunting skills.
The Public Interest Law Center (PILC), under the auspices of the CSO, places students in government and public-interest organizations. Using its own employer contacts and the nationwide database available to it as a charter member of Pro Bono Students America, the PILC seeks to provide experience for students planning a career in public service. Most of these positions are unpaid; none is eligible for academic credit.
The School of Law makes every effort to assist students and alumni in their job search and career development but makes no promise to secure employment for each graduate.
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.
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. Three 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 law: comparative and transnational approaches; sustainable development in Latin American rainforests and the role of law; and international intervention for the cause of human rights.
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.
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 is a national law review published three times a year. Through articles by scholars and scholar-practitioners as well as student-authored law notes, The Review synthesizes substantive scholarly analysis into suggestions for practical application in litigation. The seventy-member staff is chosen for excellence in writing and legal analysis.
Since the summer of 1990, law students have published the Texas Environmental Law Journal in association with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law 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.
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.
The Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal is dedicated to all aspects of intellectual property law on the national and the state level. The Journal focuses on issues of interest to academics and practitioners on topics such as patents, copyrights, trademarks, entertainment law, and unfair competition. Articles and notes are written by scholars, practitioners, and students. The Journal is managed and edited by students and is published three times a year. The Journal selects members based on their writing and analytical skills.
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.
The Texas Forum 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 Texas Forum 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. Membership is open to second- and third-year students who participate in the write-on competition or who submit a paper on a civil rights-related topic.