About The University of Texas School of Law
Founded in 1883, the University of Texas School of Law was a pioneer among public law schools. Since its founding, the Law School has played a critical role in training future state, national, and international leaders. It is dedicated to excellence in scholarship and teaching and has a tradition of outstanding classroom performance, a robust experiential and clinical program, and a faculty committed to rigorous, innovative, and influential research. The Law School is accredited by the American Bar Association and is scheduled for the regular ABA site visit in March 2022.
The University of Texas School of Law is ranked 1st in Texas and 16th nationally among schools of law according to U.S. News & World Report (2022). In 2017, Law Dragon described the Law School as “at the forefront of student-centric flip in legal education.” In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked the Law School as having the best salary to debt ratio in the country. In 2017, the New York Times noted that the Law School was “among the 10 schools offering the best salary-to debt ratios,” and “grouped with Harvard, Yale, and Stanford among the top schools that offered their graduates good value for the substantial debt they incurred while law students.” Over the last three years, over 90% of the Law School’s graduates have been employed 10 months after graduation in a full-time long-term job for which bar passage is required or a J.D. is an advantage. The Law School also encourages students to consider judicial clerkships after graduation and has had considerable success at placing graduates in clerkships in all levels of federal and state courts. The bar passage rate exceeds 95%.
In Fall 2021, the Law School enrolled 1001 juris doctor students and 41 masters of law students. These students included an incoming first-year class of 417 students, 30% of whom are from underrepresented minority groups, 57% of whom are women, and 65% of whom are Texas residents. The median GPA for the current first-year class is 3.80 and the median LSAT is 169. Fifty-four tenured and tenure-track faculty and forty-two lecturers and clinical faculty teach at the Law School. The Law School also employs over 165 staff. The Law School’s 2021-22 budget is projected to be approximately $88 million.
The Law School has long had one of the most outstanding faculties in the nation in terms of scholarly distinction. The faculty includes many members of the American Law Institute, several members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and authors of well-regarded texts cited widely by scholars, courts, and lawyers across the country. In recent years, faculty members have published books with leading University presses and numerous scholarly articles. Faculty members serve in leadership roles in local, state, national, and international groups and contribute to important discussions and advocacy about legal issues and the intersection of law and policy. The Law School offers a rich scholarly and academic life featuring several weekly series of internal and external colloquia and workshops as well as book festivals and other celebrations of major research accomplishments.
The Law School offers a broad and rich curriculum taught by a faculty known for its commitment to teaching. As one of the top public law schools in the United States, the Law School has developed expertise in most major areas of the law, allowing students to be prepared for all types of law and related practices. Students will find that most areas of law have two or more faculty offering courses, thereby enhancing the diversity of instruction, research, and scholarship. Courses in which history, philosophy, and economics offer perspectives on law and legal institutions sit alongside courses in which complexities of mainstream legal doctrine occupy center stage. The Law School faculty has a particular strength in constitutional law and a substantial number of its members teach and write on various issues addressing constitutional issues and theory.
The Law School has built unparalleled experiential education offerings, including programs in research and writing, advocacy, and clinical education. Full-time faculty teach the first-year and upper-level legal research and writing courses and sponsor the Law School’s interscholastic moot court teams. The Law School is a nationally recognized center of training in advocacy and winner of the American College of Trial Lawyers’ Emil Gumpert Award. The Law School also offers extensive clinical education opportunities, with fifteen clinics covering a range of legal issues and disciplines, as well as numerous internships for credit in nonprofit organizations, government agencies, legislative offices, and courts.
The Law School is home to numerous programs and centers, dedicated to facilitating policy-relevant research and promoting education, scholarship and public service. These centers offer speaker series, student fellowships, sponsored research, and interdisciplinary curriculum-based research projects. Many also sponsor a range of other research activities, including conferences, workshops, and publications. Several have their own endowed funding or self-finance through external grants and contracts.
The Law School created a unique Society Program for all students in 2004. First-year students are assigned to one of eight societies during orientation, and remain in the same society throughout their years in law school. Each society has a Faculty Advisor, a student Society Coordinator, and two student Mentors. Throughout the year, the Societies engage in a wide range of public service, professional, and social activities. Each society also enjoys the support of a Community Fellow who meets with the society members in a small group setting.
The University of Texas Law School Alumni Association has approximately 25,000 living alumni, who are involved in industry, business, government service, elective office, judicial office, and the practice of law throughout the United States and the world. In fiscal year 2021, over three thousand alumni contributed over $16 million, with $1 million of that going toward the annual fund. Alumni support the University of Texas Law School Foundation, which was founded in 1952 to manage and enhance the Law School’s financial and administrative resources. Alumni also support the Alumni Mentoring Program, which connects each of about 800 students annually with one of about 2200 alumni mentors. The mentoring program is one way in which the Law School continually renews its commitment to building and sustaining a community of excellent and ethical lawyers and law graduates.
The Dean of the University of Texas School of Law leads a great public law school. The Dean provides strategic and intellectual leadership for the Law School, shapes and implements the Law School’s vision, and influences how the school will distinguish itself. The Dean pursues the key priorities of the Law School alongside faculty, staff, students, and alumni. As chief administrative officer of the Law School, the Dean supervises the operations and finances of the school, including all programs and personnel.
The Dean reports to the Executive Vice President and Provost and serves as a member of the University’s Deans Council, working in close partnership with other deans and executive officers of the University. Current direct reports to the Dean of the Law School include the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Dean for Research, Associate Dean for Experiential Education, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Programs, Assistant Dean for Technology, Assistant Dean for Business Affairs, Assistant Dean for Equity and Inclusion, Executive Director for Alumni Relations and Development, Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, Assistant Dean for Career Services, and Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education.