Preparation for Law

There is no sequential arrangement of courses prescribed for a pre-law program, nor is any particular major specified. For answers to specific questions about a pre-law program, the student should consult the pre-law adviser in his or her major department.

Services for pre-law students in the College of Liberal Arts are provided by Liberal Arts Career Services (LACS), Peter T. Flawn Academic Center 18. These include the annual fall law fair, information on how to research law schools, and assistance with the application procedure, including the personal statement. Pre-law students in all majors may consult the pre-law adviser in LACS. Additional information about preparation for law is available at http://www.utexas.edu/cola/lacs/students/prelaw-gradschool/prelaw.php

Information about admission to the School of Law at the University is given in General Information and in the Law School Catalog. Like most professional schools, the University’s law school has a number of specific requirements and limitations. For example, the applicant must have completed a bachelor’s degree. Students are admitted only at the beginning of the fall semester. Each applicant for admission must take the Law School Admission Test, administered by the Law School Admission Council. This is usually taken by December of the senior year. The applicant’s test score and undergraduate academic performance are important in determining eligibility for admission to law school; but all law schools consider a variety of factors in their admission policies, and no single factor by itself will guarantee admission or denial.