Transient (Visiting) Admission

Texas Law grants a very limited number of requests to exceptional candidates who have demonstrated academic excellence who wish to visit the law school for one or two academic semesters during the fall, spring, or summer (subject to course offerings) terms. Applicants must also present compelling reasons to attend Texas Law.

Admission Policies

To be considered for admissions at Texas Law as a visiting student, an applicant must have completed the first-year curriculum in good academic standing at a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association and a member of the Association of American Law Schools and register with the Law School Admission Council (LSAC).

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • Summer Semester
    • Texas Law will not be accepting applications for Summer 2019
  • Fall Semester
    • May 1 – Application opens
    • June 15 – Application deadline
  • Spring Semester
    • September 1 – Application opens
    • November 15 – Application deadline

ACADEMIC CREDITS

Visiting students are subject to all the rules and regulations set by The University of Texas and the School of Law. Visiting students must be registered for the minimum full-time credit load, which is at least ten (10) credit hours during the fall or spring semesters, and at least six (6) credit hours during the summer session(s).

At the same time, visiting students may earn no more than 32 semester hours of credit in no more than three semesters and must maintain a grade point average of at least 1.90 in all law courses taken during any semester.

Please note that Texas Law cannot guarantee that specific courses you wish to take, or specific professors under whom you want to study, will be available. Priority enrollment is given to current Texas Law students and please be aware that popular courses are often oversubscribed. A visiting student is not allowed to petition for enrollment in oversubscribed courses.

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION AND EQUAL EDUCATION OPPORTUNITY

The University of Texas at Austin is committed to an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the university community. In accordance with federal and state laws, The University of Texas at Austin does not discriminate on the basis of gender in recruitment or admissions and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, citizenship and veteran status. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression is also prohibited pursuant to university policy. For more information, please visit here.

APPLICANT RESPONSIBILITY AND ACCURACY OF INFORMATION

Applicants are under a continued obligation to notify the law school immediately of any and all circumstances and events that may occur from the date an application is submitted to the first day of enrollment that may change any of the responses to their application. Texas Law reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if the candidate fails to maintain satisfactory scholastic standing for work in progress, if final records fail to show completion of courses and/or degrees required for admission or if the admission decision was based on incomplete, inaccurate or misleading information furnished by the applicant. In addition, the law school may also report its findings to LSAC’s Misconduct and Irregularities Committee.

CHARACTER AND MORAL FITNESS

Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or other serious crime are eligible for admission into the law school; however, because state bar associations often prohibit persons with criminal records from being admitted to the bar regardless of their degrees or training, it may be impossible for such individuals to practice in some states.

In addition to the bar examination, there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Application Procedures

To apply for admission as a visiting student, please submit the following required materials:

  • Application Fee: A $70 nonrefundable application fee will be collected through LSAC at the time the application is submitted.
  • Statement on Visiting: Please provide a statement that describes your professional pursuits and the compelling reasons why you wish to visit to Texas Law. Your statement may not exceed two (2) double-spaced pages with a minimum 11-point font size and 1-inch margins.
  • Résumé: Please provide a résumé detailing any significant vocational, avocational, extracurricular, or community activities; graduate work or degree; honors and awards; any service in the Armed Forces; job descriptions and major areas of responsibility, along with location (city and state) and dates of employment; publications, or other information that you believe the Admissions Committee should consider in evaluating your application. Your résumé may not exceed three (3) pages.
  • Statement of Good Academic Standing: Please arrange for your law school’s registrar or academic dean to provide a statement indicating (1) your academic standing at your law school and (2) the number of credits you are permitted to pursue at Texas Law.
  • Law School Transcript: Please arrange for your official law school transcript to be sent directly to Texas Law’s Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, 727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705.

An application will be considered complete and ready for review only when all the required items have been received. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure all application materials have been submitted and received at the law school.