Admission as a First-Year 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.

Admission Policies

See the General Information Catalog for admissions policies, requirements, and application deadlines.

Standardized Tests

  • LSAT: The School of Law will consider all LSAT scores for the past five years and will report the highest score to the American Bar Association.
  • GRE: Applicants who are submitting a GRE score should request all scores for the past five years from Educational Testing Service (ETS) using code 2717. 
  • Please note that the most recent score must still be valid at the start of the semester for which you are applying.

Early Decision Admission

The School of Law offers a binding Early Decision (ED) admission program. This program is designed only for those applicants who have carefully determined that Texas Law is their number one choice and should they be admitted, the applicant agrees to withdraw pending law school applications from further consideration and decline any other admission offers immediately. An admitted ED applicant will be required to submit an enrollment deposit and Letter of Intent (LOI). If that applicant does not submit the deposit and LOI by the deadline or fails to comply with the other program requirements, the admission offer will be withdrawn, and the applicant will no longer be considered for enrollment during the current admission cycle. All applicants who elect to apply under the ED program must agree to the ED Binding Admission Agreement portion of the application.

Dual Degree Applicants

The University of Texas at Austin offers a number of graduate and professional degree programs that applicants may pursue through dual enrollment. Students interested in pursuing a dual degree must apply to and be accepted by the law school and the other degree program independently.

Statement of Non-Discrimination and Equal Education Opportunity

See the “University” section of the General Information Catalog.

Title IX Reporting and Support Disclosure

The Title IX Office uses information provided in reports to reach out to individuals in need, provide them with support, and let them know options available to them related to a formal grievance process. For students, examples of support include academic accommodations, safety support, and connection with other campus and community resources. 

Texas Education Code, Section 51.252 requires all employees of Texas universities, including faculty, to report to the Title IX Office any information regarding incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking that is disclosed to them. Texas law requires that all employees who witness or receive information about incidents of this nature (including, but not limited to, written forms, applications, one-on-one conversations, class assignments, class discussions, or third-party reports) must report it to the Title IX Office. Before talking to a faculty or staff member about an incident of this nature, please be aware that they will be required to report this information.

Graduate teaching and research assistants are also designated as mandatory reporters and are required to report behaviors that are considered sexual misconduct, including the types of misconduct described above. 

Pregnant and parenting students, faculty, and staff are also eligible to receive support and resources from the Title IX Office. Support and resources may include supportive measures, medically necessary periods of leave, and leaves of absence. Case Managers from the Title IX Office connect with students, faculty, and staff to provide one-on-one, individualized support. If you would like to speak with a case manager for support, please email:  supportandresources@austin.utexas.edu

For more information about reporting options and resources, please visit: https://titleix.utexas.edu, contact the Title IX Office via email at: titleix@austin.utexas.edu, or call 512-471-0419.

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 academic 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

A $70 nonrefundable application fee will be collected through LSAC at the time the application is submitted.

See the School of Law admissions website for detailed application procedures.