Texas Law-ITAM Degree Program

The University of Texas School of Law (Texas Law) has partnered with the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) to provide an opportunity for a cohort of selected students to earn both a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Texas Law and a Licenciatura en Derecho from ITAM. The aim of the program is to train lawyers to be exceptionally well-qualified to practice law on an international level. The program offers a complete course of study in both legal systems, affording students an extremely high level of preparation for the transnational practice of law. The students who successfully complete the program will be eligible, from the academic point of view, to sit for the bar examination in any U.S. jurisdiction and would be eligible, from an academic point of view, to file a license before the Mexican Ministry of Education to be admitted to practice law in Mexico.

Texas Law J.D. students interested in applying to study at ITAM to complete the Texas Law-ITAM Degree Program in Mexico City should contact OutgoingExchange@law.utexas.edu for questions and to submit an application.

Program Structure


All students who participate in the program will spend a minimum of two full academic years in residence at Texas Law. Students who begin their studies in Mexico will spend their first four years of study in Mexico and then will spend the following two years of study at Texas Law.


Texas Law's J.D. is a full-time program with classes offered only during the day. Because they will have to fit their requirements into a more compressed period, students in the program should not plan to engage in outside employment during their two academic years of study at Texas Law.

Grades and Exams

At Texas Law, the following letter grades are assigned in the School of Law: A+, A, A-; B+, B, B-; C+, C; D; and F. In calculating the grade point average for law courses, an A+ counts as 4.30 points a semester hour; an A, as 4; an A-, as 3.70; a B+, as 3.30; a B, as 3; a B-, as 2.70; a C+, as 2.30, a C, as 2; a D, as 1.70; and an F, as 1.30. A student must receive a final grade of at least D in a course to receive credit for that course.

Grades of F are included in the grade point average, but in courses the student earned an F are not counted toward the number of hours required for a degree. A student who fails a required course must repeat it once. A student who fails an elective course may, at their option, repeat it once. The student may not repeat any course more than once. Both the original and the subsequent grade are used in computing the student's grade point average.

A student must have a grade point average of at least 1.90 on all law courses taken to successfully complete the Texas Law part of the program; a student whose final grade point average at Texas Law falls below 1.9 will not have met the minimum requirements for the degree.

A student who has received final grades for more than 20 semester hours and whose average falls below 1.80 will be dropped from the program. A student who has received final grades for more than 20 semester hours and who average is 1.80 to 1.89 will be placed on scholastic probation. While on scholastic probation, a student who fails to maintain at least a 1.90 average on all law courses taken during any semester will be dropped from the program.


Students who begin their studies at ITAM will pay a total amount of tuition equal to the credits for the program and 20% of ITAM's units of credits accepted from Texas Law courses taken in the last two years. In addition, students will pay two years of tuition at the nonresident rate to The University of Texas. During the time of enrollment at ITAM, students will make tuition payments directly to ITAM. During the two years of enrollment at Texas Law, students will make Texas Law tuition payments directly to Texas Law and will make the accepted credits payments directly to ITAM.


Classes at Texas Law will be taught in English. Students who participate in the Degree Program will be expected to be fluent in both English and Spanish and must be able to express themselves orally and in writing in both languages at a graduate level. As part of the application process, students may be required to sit for an interview with Texas Law professors or administrators.


ITAM students will be required to obtain the F-1 U.S. visa. Texas Law will provide students with the formal acceptance document required by all American consulates in the U.S. to apply for an F-1 visa. International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), the University's international office, will provide students with general information on the visa application process. However, students are ultimately responsible for obtaining the visa in a timely manner and meeting the requirements for admission. For more information, contact hotline@austin.utexas.edu.

Career Services 

The Career Services Office (CSO) can help you achieve your career goals by advising you of career options, providing job search strategies and resources, and connecting you with potential employers. Establish an ongoing working relationship with CSO during your job search. Their career counselors (each a licensed attorney) can provide individualized career planning assistance to prepare you for today’s competitive job market. Use your time at Texas Law exploring a number of career options and staying open to opportunities presented to you. Take time to attend CSO's panels and workshops throughout the year that highlight different practice areas and network with as many legal professionals as possible to learn more about the legal profession.

Bar Examinations

Students with the J.D. degree are eligible, from the academic point of view, to take the bar examination in any American jurisdiction once certified as having completed the requirements for the J.D.

Rules and Regulations

Students in the program are subject to the academic rules in force at their home school and at the school they are attending, to the regulations of their home and host universities, to all program guidelines, and to the laws of their home and host countries.

Curriculum Requirements

Requirements for J.D.:

Complete a total of 58 credits at Texas Law.

The 58 credits must include all required courses listed on the degree requirements webpage.

How to Apply

  • Must be currently enrolled at ITAM and have completed their seventh semester of study. Contact the ITAM program coordinator, Claudia Álvarez Estrada, to start the application process.
  • Must submit an application for J.D. admission by March 1. The application can be found at www.lsac.org and will be available starting September 1. ITAM applicants are not eligible for the Early Decision Program.
    • Must submit a personal statement as part of their application. Your personal statement may not exceed two (2) double-spaced pages with a minimum 11-point font size and 1-inch margins.
    • Must take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS Academic and submit an official score report. We require a minimum score of 100 on the TOEFL iBT or a minimum a score of 7.0 on the IELTS Academic. Scores cannot be more than two years old. The Texas Law-ITAM Degree Program does not accept TOEFL MyBest scores. If you are a native English speaker, this requirement is waived.
    • Applicants to the Texas Law-ITAM Degree Program must take the LSAT no later than February’s test administration and submit their applications postmarked by March 1.
    • Register with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Additionally, applicants with a foreign law degree must register for the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES).
    • At least two letters of recommendation (LORs) are required. You may submit a maximum of three LORs, and these should be submitted directly to LSAC. We strongly recommend that at least one LOR come from an academic source. However, letters from employers or others who have worked closely with you can be very helpful, particularly if you have been out of school for many years.
    • Must submit an official law school transcript. If the official law school transcript is in a language other than English, literal (word-for-word) English translations are required. Certified English translations are not required. Applicants must submit all higher education transcripts, including transcripts for study abroad programs, and proof(s) of degree.
    • Must submit a resume. Please limit your resume to 1-2 pages in length.
  • Application questions should be sent to admissions@law.utexas.edu.

Financial Aid

Texas Law-ITAM Degree Program students are considered transfer students at Texas Law, and transfer students  are not eligible for scholarships from the Law School. Nevertheless, there are a number of internal third-party scholarships for which admitted and current students are eligible to apply. Please note that internal third-party scholarships require a separate application and have their own internal deadline.

Since the number of internal third-party scholarships we offer is limited, admitted and current students are strongly advised to apply for financial aid and scholarships from Mexico and the U.S.

Texas law classifies each person who applies for admission to a Texas public college or university as a resident of Texas, a nonresident, or a foreign (international) student. How you are classified is important because it determines whether you pay non-resident rates or in-state tuition rates, which are lower. Being a resident also qualifies you to apply for financial aid awarded by the state. The two options available for establishing residency are high school graduation and establishing domicile.

Internal Third-Party Scholarships

External Scholarships

Interest-Free Loans

Rowe Fund Loan


Federal Student Aid