FAQs

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

    Yes, by applying early, applicants demonstrate to the Admission Committee their preference to attend Texas Law above all other law schools. Early Decision applicants generally receive a final decision earlier than those applying under Regular Decision. In addition to earlier notification, admitted nonresident students will receive a nonresident tuition exemption, pay tuition at the resident tuition rate for their three years at Texas Law, and receive an annual $1,000 Early Decision award. Texas residents admitted under Early Decision admission will receive a $10,000 award annually for three years. Both resident and nonresident students must remain in good academic standing to receive their Early Decision financial incentives.

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  2. How do I request an application fee waiver?

    Texas residents are eligible for waiver of the application fee. Waivers are also available on the basis of need, to corps members and alumni of Teach for America, and to those who have served or are serving in the United States military.  View more about the application fee waiver here.

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  3. How does an applicant determine his or her status as a 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 addressed to the Graduate and International Admissions Center via email residency@austin.utexas.edu or telephone: 512-475-7391.

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  4. If I call the Admissions Office and give my undergraduate GPA and LSAT over the phone, can I get a picture of the chances of my being offered admission?

    No, the staff cannot make a meaningful prediction because they are not involved in the decision making process. Admission decisions are made by the Admissions Committee and in addition to the undergraduate GPA and LSAT score, a number of other criteria are taken into account when reviewing an application. These factors are enumerated in the Admissions Process for J.D. Applicants.

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  5. If I register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) immediately, my Law School Report will not include my fall semester grades. I hope to raise my overall grade point average this semester. Would it be possible for me to delay my CAS registration so that my report will include seventh semester grades?

    We recommend against delaying registration with CAS. If you complete additional coursework and want it to be considered by the Law School, please have an updated transcript sent to the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). This additional semester's work will be incorporated into your file with LSAC. LSAC will then forward an updated transcript report to the law school, and we will update your applicant file with the new report.

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  6. How do I know when my application is complete? Will you notify me?

    No, we will not notify you. Your LSAC Activity Update will be helpful in this matter. Your application becomes complete upon receipt of your Law School Report, if all mandatory attachments have been submitted. We will notify you of mandatory attachments that are missing. We will, however, send you a confirmation email letting you know when your application has been processed provided you have included your email address in your application.

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  7. Does the law school have any provisional admission or part-time student programs?

    No, the law school admits students only for full-time enrollment beginning in the fall.

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

    You may petition for reconsideration by submitting a letter addressed to the Assistant Dean for Admissions (via admissions@law.utexas.edu) indicating your reasons. Reconsideration requests will only be considered if there is some significant, additional information that was not available at the time of your original application. The Committee’s initial decision will have been based upon all factors, academic and nonacademic, included in your application. An improved LSAT score or undergraduate gpa are examples of the types of information provided from applicants who seek reconsideration. Please note that the number of offers of admission expected to produce the desired entering class may have been made by the time your petition is considered.

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

    You may request, in writing, a deferral for one year. Your request should be sent to admissions@law.utexas.edu. We cannot give any assurance that your request will be granted. Each request will be considered on its own merits. Extensions of more than one year are rarely granted. However, a request for deferral because of service in Teach for America will be granted automatically for up to two years.

    If you were offered a scholarship, it will not be deferred.  You must re-apply for admission in the following year and when you are formally admitted into that entering class, you will be considered for a scholarship. There is no guarantee you will receive the same scholarship you were offered the previous year. You will also have to reapply for financial aid.

    Students who are offered admission off the waitlist are not eligible for deferrals.

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  10. What steps will I have to take if I want to be admitted to the Texas Bar after graduating from the law school?

    Students who intend to obtain a license to practice law in the state of Texas must file a Declaration of Intention to Study Law by Oct. 1 of their first semester in law school. This is a requirement of the Supreme Court of Texas. There is a filing fee of $190 if the Declaration is filed on time; however, if a Declaration is filed in person or is postmarked after the timely filing deadlines, an additional $150 late fee will be imposed. In addition, students intending to take the Texas Bar Examination will be required to provide a copy of their law school application along with the Declaration.

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  11. Where do I send my foreign transcripts?

    All applicants presenting U.S. undergraduate credentials must register for the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) for transcript evaluation.

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  12. Hooray, I've been admitted to Texas Law! How do I accept my offer of admission?

    Your admission letter and subsequent communications from our office will walk you through your transition process to Texas Law. In general, there are two steps to accept your offer of admission:

    (1) Submit your deposit by the deposit deadline; and

    (2) Submit your Letter of Intent (LOI) by the deadline.

    Please note that the Law School reserves the right to cancel your matriculation if you do not complete these steps.

    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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