How to Apply

We’re so glad you’re ready to take the first step toward joining our Texas Law community!  We look forward to reading your application.  

As an overview, you will 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. To apply, you must register with LSAC’s CAS and have a CAS Report sent to Texas Law.  Once you register with LSAC, its CAS will assemble the required documents and transmit all information directly to Texas Law.

Every application is reviewed in its entirety (yes, we’ll even look at your LSAT writing sample!). Decisions are made about each candidate on a holistic basis. Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.2 as calculated by LSAC (unless the applicant enrolled as an undergraduate under the Academic Fresh Start option pursuant to Section 51.931 of the Texas Education Code). Applicants within 6 semester hours of completing a baccalaureate degree may be eligible for admissions on the condition the degree be earned before the last year of law study.

Below is a more detailed checklist for your path to becoming a Longhorn lawyer. To stay up to date on the Texas Law admissions process, follow us on Twitter.

  1. Attend a Recruiting Event near you or visit us on campus.

  2. Create an LSAC.org Account.

    Texas Law is a member of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). Applicants must register with LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) at www.lsac.org and have their information sent to Texas Law. When you create an account with LSAC, we strongly recommend that you register with LSAC’s Candidate Referral Service (CRS), especially if you are a Texas resident and wish to qualify for the Texas Resident application fee waiver.

  3. Register and prepare for the LSAT.

    Applicants must take the LSAT on or before February of the year of the desired enrollment to be eligible for consideration for the next entering class. The law school will consider an LSAT score that is not more than five years old.

  4. Submit Required Documentation to LSAC and Apply to either the Early or Regular Decision Program.

    Applicants must complete the Texas Law application form, available in early September through the LSAC website, and submit the following:

    • Résumé,
      • A detailed résumé, not to exceed three 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
    • Personal statement,
      • A personal statement, not to exceed two double-spaced pages, is required. A personal statement is an opportunity to describe important experiences and aspects of yourself not otherwise apparent in the application.
    • Statements explaining any affirmative answers to Character and Fitness Questions,
      • 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
    • Transcripts,
    • At least two letters of recommendation, and
      • Applicants are required to submit at least two letters of recommendation.  Applicants may submit a maximum of three 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.
    • a $70 nonrefundable application fee.
      • 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.

    Information and materials will not be retrieved from previous applications for inclusion in the current year’s application. We strongly encourage you to seek out your letters of recommendation early as your file will not be reviewed until we receive at least two letters.

    Keep in mind that there are two application programs for Texas Law:

    (1) Binding Early Decision; and

    (2) Regular Decision.

    To be considered for the Binding Early Decision Program, 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 Binding Early Decision Program will receive an admissions decision by the end of January. Learn more about the Binding Early Decision Program.

    To be considered for Regular Decision Program, 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.

  5. Complete online Admissions Interview (if required).

  6. Complete the FAFSA.

    In order to qualify for grants and loans, you may complete the Free Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online beginning October 1 of each academic year. Texas Law does not require a separate financial aid application for entering first-year students. We encourage you to submit your completed FAFSA as soon as possible, even before you have received a decision on your application.

  7. Check the status of your application.