J.D. Admissions

Applicants can apply to Texas Law online through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).  The LSAC administers the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and the LSAT.  Texas Law is a member of LSAC, whose membership consists of all the American Bar Association-accredited law schools in the United States.  Applicants must register with LSAC’s CAS and have a CAS Report sent to Texas Law.  Once an applicant registers with LSAC, its CAS will assemble the transcripts the applicant has forwarded from the colleges attended, compute the grade-point average and transmit all information directly to Texas Law.

Every application is reviewed in its entirety. Decisions are made about each candidate on a holistic basis. Learn more about our application review considerations

How to Apply

The following should be considered when applying:

  1. Binding Early Decision Admissions

    To be considered for early decision admissions, applicants must do the following:

    • Take LSAT no later than September
    • Register with CAS no later than early October
    • Submit application no later than November 1

    Applicants in the Early Decision program can receive a favorable admissions decision by the end of December. Learn more about the early decision program.

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  2. Regular Decision Admissions

    To be considered for regular decision admissions, applicants must do the following:

    • Take LSAT no later than February
    • Register with CAS no later than early February
    • Submit application no later than March 1

    Final decisions for completed applications filed in a timely manner will be made by the end of April. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.

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  3. General Provisions
    • First-year classes are admitted only in the fall semester, which begins the last week of August.
    • Register with CAS and take the LSAT as soon as possible.
    • Previous applications will not be considered as part of the current year's application.
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  4. Communicating with the Admissions Office

    We cannot verify receipt of materials or application status by telephone or email. An email will be sent to verify receipt once entered into our system. Once you have received confirmation of your application, you can check your status online.

    Admitted students will receive an official offer letter from the Assistant Dean for Admissions.

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  5. Application Fee

    A $70 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted along with the complete application.

    • Certified check, cashier's check or money order or electronically online
    • Made payable to The University of Texas at Austin
    • U.S. Dollars

    Personal checks will not be accepted.

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  6. Application Fee Waiver

    Texas residents are eligible for waiver of the application fee. Waivers are also available on the basis of need, and to corps members and alumni of Teach for America.

    View more about the application fee waiver.

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  7. Baccalaureate Degree

    Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.2 (as calculated by LSAC).

    Applicants within 6 semester hours of completing a baccalaureate degree may be eligible for admissions on the condition the degree be earned before starting law school.

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  8. Résumé

    A detailed résumé, not to exceed 3 typed pages, is required.

    Applicants are encouraged to include specific information about the following:

    • Education
    • Work history
    • Military service
    • Honors and awards
    • Extracurricular or community activities
    • Foreign language proficiencies
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  9. Personal Statement

    A personal statement, not to exceed 2 double-spaced typed pages, is required.

    A personal statement is an opportunity to describe important experiences and aspects of yourself not otherwise apparent in the application.

    Optional addenda to explain unusual circumstances can be submitted and may explain:

    • Period of poor academic performance
    • Academic sanctions
    • History of problems with standardized tests
    • History of overcoming disadvantage
    • Prior law school matriculation
    • Criminal matters
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  10. Letters of Recommendation

    Applicants are required to submit at least 2 letters of recommendation.  Applicants may submit a maximum of 3 letters.

    Letters should be submitted to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) through their letter of recommendation service.

    Letters are most useful when they:

    • Provide insights and information about the candidate that are not reflected in the application.
    • Are from professors and/or employers with whom the candidate has had a close working relationship.
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