Programs and Centers

Texas Law is home to some of the nation's leading centers and programs in legal education. From our newest Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business to our robust Center for Women in Law, our students are surrounded by networks that support their varied interests.

Advocacy Program

The University of Texas School of Law has a nationally recognized Advocacy Program that links the academic and competitive aspects of advocacy. The program focuses on all areas of advocacy by building on the rich tradition already established and assisting students in developing a core set of skills that will make them persuasive advocates no matter who their audience.

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Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice

The Rapoport Center serves as a focal point for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice. Its growing network of affiliated faculty from various disciplines provides the center with the academic energy and ideas to advance human rights work, and its graduate scholars and undergraduate interns support the center through their varied contributions to its programs.

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Capital Punishment Center

The Capital Punishment Center brings together scholars, students and practitioners interested in the death penalty and its administration. The law school has long been committed to educating students about capital punishment. The Capital Punishment Clinic has been offered every semester since the fall of 1987, and the center was created in 2006 to expand the law school’s academic focus on the issue.

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Center for Law, Business and Economics

The Center for Law, Business and Economics at The University of Texas School of Law fosters research and study on a variety of topics at the intersections among law, business and economics. Center faculty teach and write in many areas of the law, including copyright and patent law, bankruptcy, commercial law, corporations, antitrust, international trade and civil procedure. The most prominent focal points of the Center’s work are empirical studies and transactional studies.

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Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution

The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution provides effective conflict resolution assistance and services including education and training. The center is a nonprofit organization of professionals who focus on state and local government and are dedicated to the stewardship of conflict resolution in state and local government, the UT community and the public. The center seeks to bridge resolution with conflict using alternative dispute resolution methods.

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Center for Women in Law

The Center for Women in Law is the premier educational institution devoted to the success of the entire spectrum of women in law, from first-year law students to the most experienced and accomplished attorneys. It combines theory with practice, identifying and addressing the persistent issues facing individual women and the profession as a whole. The center serves as a national resource to convene leaders, generate ideas and lead change.

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Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice and the Media

The Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice, and the Media was established in 2002 to encourage the creation and broad dissemination of rigorous empirical studies of civil litigation and related subjects.

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David J. Beck Center for Legal Research, Writing and Appellate Advocacy

The Beck Center provides all students at The University of Texas School of Law with a foundation for excellence in legal research, oral presentation, oral argument and, most importantly, legal writing. The center is the organizational focal point for the required first-year courses in legal research and legal writing as well as advanced courses available to upper-class students.

In addition, the Beck Center sponsors the law school’s interscholastic moot court teams, which travel to national and international competitions.

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Institute for Transnational Law

The Institute for Transnational Law was set up by the The University of Texas School of Law to enhance the teaching of foreign and comparative law at the university, as well as to help build international contacts for the law school and to increase student exchanges between UT and other major law schools.

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Integrated Watershed Science Graduate Portfolio Program

The Integrated Watershed Studies Graduate Portfolio Program provides graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin the opportunity to supplement their current degree program with an interdisciplinary study of watershed issues.

In the program, students complete requirements comprised of coursework, field experience and a research paper and presentation all focused on integrated watershed challenges.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business is an innovative interdisciplinary joint venture of the School of Law and the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. The mission of the KBH Energy Center is to provide the finest educational opportunities in the United States to students who wish to pursue careers in energy and to serve as a nexus for incisive, unbiased, and relavant research and analyses for policy makers, with a special emphasis on Latin America

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Law and Philosophy Program

The Law and Philosophy Program (LPP) is a joint endeavor of the School of Law and Department of Philosophy at The University of Texas at Austin. The university established LPP as a combined J.D. and Ph.D. degree program that is designed to be completed in seven years. Students in LPP may count two law courses towards the Ph.D. requirements and four philosophy courses towards the J.D. requirements, and in this way they can save roughly a year’s worth of work towards the two degrees.

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Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program

The vision for the Richard and Ginni Mithoff Pro Bono Program at Texas Law is that students will engage in pro bono work to increase access to justice, build their lawyering skills and develop a lifetime commitment to providing legal services to those in need.

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Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law integrates expertise from across The University of Texas at Austin, as well as from the private and public sectors, in pursuit of practical solutions to emerging international challenges. Towards that end, the center sponsors a wide array of research programs and educational initiatives.

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Visiting Scholar Program

The University of Texas School of Law’s Visiting Scholar Program provides an opportunity for legal scholars, jurists, lawyers, legal officials and post-graduate students from around the world to further their studies with the support and resources of a world-class law school and law library. Visiting Scholars benefit from an accommodating setting in which to pursue their research, featuring the extensive legal resources of the Tarlton Law Library, access to other visitors, faculty, academic events and more.

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William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

The University of Texas School of Law joined with Judge William Wayne Justice’s former law clerks and many admirers in 2004 to create the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law in his honor. A resource for students, faculty, alumni and the community, the Justice Center promotes equal justice for all through legal education, scholarship and public service.

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