Admission as a Beginning Student
Additional information about admission to the law school, including admission criteria and current application fees, is given in the General Information Catalog and on the School of Law admissions website at https://law.utexas.edu/admissions/.
The University of Texas at Austin School of Law application is available September 1 through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) website at https://www.lsac.org. Complete instructions are provided with the application and online at https://law.utexas.edu/admissions/apply/how-to-apply/. Applicants seeking regular admission must take the following steps:
- Take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) no later than February of the year of desired enrollment (or such other test or deadline as the School of Law may establish and announce on its website).
- Register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) with the LSAC at www.lsac.org.
- Ensure the School of Law has received a complete application, including the $70 nonrefundable application fee, by March 1, or such other date as the School of Law may establish and announce on its website.
Applicants seeking early-decision admission must take the LSAT (or such other test as may be established and announced on the School of Law website) no later than the September/October administration of the year prior to enrollment and submit law school applications by the November 1 deadline. Applications received after November 1 but by March 1, or such other date as the School of Law may establish and announce on its website, will be considered for regular admission.
Students beginning the study of law are admitted to the School of Law at the beginning of the fall semester. To be eligible for admission, an applicant must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, must have earned a grade point average of at least 2.20 on all undergraduate work as calculated by the LSAC (unless the applicant enrolled as an undergraduate under the Academic Fresh Start law pursuant to Section 51.931 of the Texas Education Code), and must have attained a reportable score on the LSAT (or such other test as may be established and announced on the School of Law website). An applicant who meets these minimum requirements is not guaranteed admission; each year, the law school receives applications from a greater number of qualified candidates than the school can accommodate.An applicant's LSAT score and undergraduate grade point average are two of the major factors considered, along with the résumé, personal statement, letters of recommendation, interview (if requested), and other supporting documents.
If an applicant lacks no more than six semester hours to be entitled to a baccalaureate degree, the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid may declare the applicant eligible for admission on condition that the applicant make arrangements to earn the baccalaureate degree before beginning the third year of law study.
There are no specific course prerequisites for admission to the law school. Students should consult their undergraduate prelaw advisers for information about academic preparation for law school.