The School of Law at University of Texas–Austin

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Monica Ingram
Application deadline February 1
Full-time program application fee $70
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of Texas--Austin

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 27.4% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.69
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 167

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 27.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 165-170
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.56-3.8
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.69
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 167

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.G.P.S.
J.D./M.P.A. J.D./M.S.S.W.
J.D./M.A. J.D./M.S.I.S.
J.D./M.S.C.R.P.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
UT Law provides an extensive clinical education program to help students incorporate law, theory, strategy, and skills in client settings. Internships let students obtain academic credit working with non-profits, the government, or the court. UT operates centers, institutes, and scholar programs and offers a summer academic program and study abroad programs.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 184
Seminars 66
Positions available in seminars 828
Positions available in simulation courses 426
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 294
Student activities (as provided by the school)
UT Law has twelve student edited law journals and over forty student organizations. The Society Program provides social and public service activities for students. Mentor groups, headed by upper-class students, advise first-year students. The Board of Advocates sponsors intramural advocacy competitions. Recent teams have won national and regional competitions.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 99
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 24
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 687
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 334
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 239
Full-time students involved in field placements 262
Full-time students involved in law journals 612
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 86
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 200

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 10.6:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 144
Full-time minority faculty 12.2%
Part-time minority faculty 19.4%
Total faculty 157
Total faculty (men) 61.8%
Total faculty (women) 38.2%
Total faculty (minorities) 14.0%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#16 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#24 in Intellectual Property Law
#17 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#14 in Tax Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 77
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 4.1
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 4.3
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.56-3.8
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.69
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 165-170
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 167
Acceptance rate 27.4% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 10.6:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 88.5% – High
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 89.0% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.5% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar TX
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.5%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1136

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,136

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 1.5%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 2.2%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 1.3%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 1.6%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.7%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Linda Alba
Financial aid phone (512) 232-1130
Financial aid application deadline March 31

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $30,243 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $46,028 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $10,422
Books $1,130
Miscellaneous expenses $4,150
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? No
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 75.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 10.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.9%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.8%
Median grant amount $8,500
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$11,800
Full-time students receiving grants 88.6%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $84,681
Proportion who borrowed 80.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 313,404
Microform titles 80,883
Electronic titles 133,137
Other non-book titles 1,959
Total titles 529,383
Volumes (excluding microforms) 763,204
Volume equivalent microforms 266,772
Total volumes and volume equivalents 1,029,976
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 107
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 70
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 31
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 6
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 70
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 7
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 30
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 7

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 16
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 98
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 159
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 92,157
Total seats available for library users 806
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) UT Law’s three-building facility comprises over a quarter-million square feet of usable space. It includes one of the largest academic law libraries in the US, the Connally Center, two large courtrooms (one state-of-the-art), and six smaller teaching courtrooms. The facility also has a cafeteria, coffee bar, and several lounges.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar TX
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.5% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 392
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 88.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 89.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 88.5%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 5.1%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 5.1%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 89.0%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 2.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 6.1%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $95,000
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 75%
Median public service starting salary $57,408

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.6%
Percent employed in business and industry 11.2%
Percent employed in government 15.5%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 14.9%
Percent employed in law firms 51.0%
Percent employed in public interest 6.9%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 68%
Graduates employed out-of-state 31.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 26
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 7.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 2.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 7.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 69.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 10.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Services Office (CSO) helps students with career and job search strategies. CSO coordinates on-campus interviewing for several hundred potential employers, hosts a Public Service Career Day, participates in 25 off-campus recruitment programs, and maintains an extensive job bank. Students can receive individual advice from seven members of the CSO.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 87.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 11.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 92.3%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 2.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A

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