Frequently Asked Questions

As you navigate the admissions process, you’ll encounter many commonly asked questions related to our program, applying, wait list, and standardized tests. We hope this information is helpful to you. If you have a question that isn’t answered below, please do not hesitate to send us your question at: admissions@law.utexas.edu.

  1. PROGRAM
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  2. • Is there an advantage to applying for binding Early Decision admission?

    The Admissions Committee evaluates candidates the same regardless of whether the candidate applies Early or Regular Decision. The benefit of applying Early Decision is that applicants receive a decision earlier than those applying under Regular Decision and successful Early Decision applicants receive a competitive scholarship offer. To learn more visit Early Decision Admissions Program.

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  3. • Does the law school have any provisional admission or part-time program?

    We only offer a full-time program that begins in the fall semester.

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  4. • I’m interested in the JD program and another program at the University of Texas at Austin for dual degree enrollment, do I have to apply to both or just one?

    You have to apply to Texas Law and the other program you are interested in independently as our admissions process and requirements are separate.

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  5. • I’m interested in visiting Austin and Texas Law, what is the best way to schedule a tour and class visit?

    Create a visitor profile and use our automated system.

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  6. • I’m only available to visit during the weekends or after 5PM, am I able to schedule a tour outside normal business hours?

    Unfortunately the law school is only accessible during normal business hours 9-5PM, Monday through Friday with the exception of our Law Day and other special events that are on weekends or after hours. If you would like an electronic copy of our Self-Tour Guide, you may request a copy at admissions@law.utexas.edu.

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  7. • I’m not really interested in applying to law school, can I just audit a course offered at the law school?

    It depends. For more information about auditing a course and the requirements, visit here.

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  8. APPLYING
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  9. • Does Texas Law offer application fee waivers?

    We offer application fee waivers only for (1) applicants who are bona fide Texas residents; (2) recipients of LSAC's need-based waivers; (3) applicants who’ve participated in AmeriCorp, Teach for America, Peace Corp, or other similarly situated public service organization; and (4) applicants who are serving or have served in any branch of the US military. For more information, please visit Application Fee Waiver.

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  10. • How do I determine whether I’m a Texas resident or nonresident?

    Generally, an applicant must reside and establish a domicile in the state of Texas for a period of one year prior to enrolling as a student. The University's Residency Officer (not the law school) makes determinations of residency status. Questions concerning a candidate's classification as a resident or as a nonresident should be directed to Graduate and International Admissions Center at residency@austin.utexas.edu or 512-475-7391. Visit their website for additional information.

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  11. • Should I wait to register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) until all my grades are in or should I register for the CAS now and update my current grades later?

    You should register for the CAS first and submit the required transcripts that are available. LSAC will automatically send us your CAS Report when your LORs have been received, you’ve paid your Report fee, and at least 60 credit hours are earned and reflected on your transcripts. You can submit updated transcripts to LSAC to incorporate in your CAS Report and LSAC will automatically send those to us when they are ready.

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  12. • I attended university abroad, where do I send my foreign transcripts?

    Submit all required transcripts including foreign transcripts directly to LSAC to incorporate in your CAS Report.

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  13. • Should I submit an application before I take the LSAT (or GRE) or should I have an LSAT (or GRE) score ready first before submitting an application?

    While it is up to you, we encourage you to submit your application beforehand so that our staff can begin processing your application. Your application will be held and when your LSAT (or GRE) score is available, our staff can quickly update your record and submit your file for review.

    If you submit your application after you’ve received your score, expect additional wait time for your application to process.

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  14. • I have an LSAT (or GRE) score already but I plan to take a future test, should I apply now or wait until my new score comes in first?

    If you indicate on your application that you plan to or have registered to take a future LSAT (or GRE), then we will automatically hold onto your application until we receive the new score. You have the option of moving forward with your application with existing scores at any time if you change your mind about taking a future exam. Just let us know at admissions@law.utexas.edu.

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  15. • I submitted an application, took the LSAT, but I haven't completed the LSAT Writing, is there a specific deadline to complete the LSAT Writing?

    We strongly encourage you to complete the LSAT Writing as soon as possible. Without a valid LSAT score, your CAS Report remains incomplete and your Texas Law application will not be completed until we receive all required documents.

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  16. • How will I be notified when my application is complete?

    You can check the status of your application using the Applicant Dashboard, which will be the most recent activity.

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  17. • If my application for admission is denied, can I appeal that decision or request a reconsideration?

    While all decisions are final, if there has been a substantive and/or material change in your application since your decision, you may submit a reconsideration appeal to admissions@law.utexas.edu. An example of a substantive and/or material change is an improved LSAT (or GRE) score.

     

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  18. • If I am admitted this year but cannot attend for some reason, can I defer my admission to next year's entering class?

    Deferrals are considered on an individual case-by-case basis. A deferral request can be sent to admissions@law.utexas.edu.

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  19. • I've been admitted to Texas Law, how do I accept my offer of admission?

    You can submit your enrollment deposit and view the other enrollment requirements in your DashboardHook ‘Em!

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  20. • What is Texas Law's policy on submitting multiple deposits at multiple law schools?

    We discourage "double-depositing" with other schools prior to our LOI deadline, but prohibit it after that date, barring exceptional circumstances. After the LOI deadline, the Law School reserves the right to cancel the matriculation of any student who is reserving seats in both our entering class and the entering class of another law school.

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  21. WAIT LIST
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  22. • How many students are admitted off of the wait list each year?

    It varies each year and past trends are truly unhelpful to predict what will happen in the current year.

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  23. • If I’m wait listed, is there anything more I can do to strengthen my application?

    The Committee has all the information they need to render a decision. If, however, you have substantive updates to your application or resume, or would like to submit a letter of continued interest, you may send them to admissions@law.utexas.edu. Please do not send more than 3 letters of continued interest throughout the admission cycle.

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  24. • When will I receive a decision and how will I be notified?

    In general, most of the wait list activity occurs between May 1 and July 15 with some activity after that date leading into our Orientation in August. Most students admitted off of the wait list will receive a phone call.

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  25. • If I am admitted from the wait list, may I defer my admission?

    Deferrals are not available for students admitted off of the wait list.

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  26. • Will I have the opportunity to interview or meet with a member of the Admissions Committee?

    We are unable to accommodate requests to meet with wait listed applicants. You are welcome to join us for guided tour to learn more about what Texas has to offer. During your tour, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the admissions process. Please be advised that we will not be able to speak with you specifically about your application.

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  27. STANDARDIZED TESTS

    Beginning September 2018, Texas Law will accept scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) on a pilot basis.

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  28. • Should I take the LSAT or GRE?

    Texas Law will accept scores from either the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). We do not have a preference for either exam. Several factors may influence which standardized test to submit as part of your application, including whether you intend to apply to other law schools that only accept the LSAT, and whether you have other plans for graduate study.

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  29. • How do I obtain a fee waiver for the LSAT or GRE?

    LSAC offers fee waivers for the LSAT and the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and Educational Testing Service (ETS) offers a limited number of GRE Fee Reduction Certificates.

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  30. • I am applying using the GRE, when should I take the test?

    ETS administers the GRE year-round, while the LSAT is offered 9 times a year. If you’re applying under Early Decision, you should have a score in no later than December 1. If you’re applying to Regular Decision, you should plan to take the LSAT no later than February of the year you’re applying for.

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  31. • If I am applying using the GRE do I need to submit a CAS report?

    All applicants must register for LSAC’s CAS and submit their letters of recommendations and transcripts through LSAC.

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  32. • How will Texas Law receive my CAS report without the LSAT?

    GRE only applicants must instruct ETS to send all GRE test scores from the previous five years to Texas Law. Those who have taken the GRE can login to their ETS account and select Texas Law as a recipient of GRE results using school code 2717. We will then request a CAS Report from LSAC.

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  33. • If I'm applying using my GRE but I have an LSAT score or plan to take the LSAT, will the Committee only evaluate my GRE score?

    We’ll evaluate all standardized test scores. LSAC will send any and all of your reportable LSAT scores for the past five years automatically and we’ll include them in our evaluation regardless of whether your intention was to be evaluated only with your GRE score(s).

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  34. • If I take both the GRE and the LSAT am I required to submit my GRE scores to Texas Law?

    It depends. You are only required to submit GRE scores if you would like Texas Law to consider them in the admission evaluation.

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  35. • Does Texas Law prefer one test over another?

    No, Texas Law accepts both LSAT and GRE scores, and does not have a preference for either exam.

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  36. • Does taking both the LSAT and the GRE improve my chances of admission to Texas Law?

    No, you should take the test that best suits your circumstances. Several factors may influence which test to submit as part of your application, including whether you intend to apply to other law schools that only accept the LSAT, and whether you have other plans for graduate study.

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  37. • How will Texas Law evaluate multiple GRE scores?

    We will consider all reportable GRE scores and will evaluate each section of the GRE independently. We are required to report to the ABA the highest score achieved.

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