Texas Law School
Perennially on the edge of the distinguished “T-14” list of top law schools, Texas Law School is one of the more prominent legal institutions in the South. In fact, over 70% of Texas law students took jobs within the state after graduation. Unsurprisingly, Texas grads have occupied important roles within the Lone Star State, exemplified by incumbent Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Harriet Mitchell Murphy (the first African-American woman appointed to regular judgeship in Texas), and Secretary of the Treasury and Texas Governor John B. Connally Jr.
The Law School also has national and international priorities. To house an award-winning Advocacy Program, the school built a large, fully functional courtroom, complete with judicial chambers, jury rooms, and attorney conference rooms, as well as a number of teaching courtrooms and video review rooms. Texas moot court teams have brought home 12 national titles. A unique international degree program enables students to obtain a dual law degree from Texas and the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
If you go to Texas, be ready to incorporate “Hook ‘em” into your vocabulary, as pride in the University and its hometown Austin runs deep. Texas student life is inextricably linked to the city, one of the fastest growing in the country. “A vibrant, internationally renowned music, film and art scene… a glittering lake running through the center of the city…a serious commitment to breakfast tacos and a deep appreciation for all kinds of people and all kinds of dreams, and you’ve got Austin, Texas.” Approximately 95% of law students elect to live off campus, many in neighborhoods that are within walking distance from the school.
Each entering class at Texas is approximately 310 students. First-year students enroll in a required foundational curriculum and do not have elective options. Upper-class students, who are eligible for elective classes, must also complete a class in criminal procedure or advanced constitutional law, professional responsibility, a writing seminar, and six hours of experiential learning.
The Law School offers dual degree programs with several different graduate schools’ programs at the University. Students can obtain a JD/Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, JD/Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, JD/Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning, and a JD/Master of Science in Social Work (760580), among others. To be admitted into any of the dual degree programs, students must apply to both schools independently.
3L students also can spend a semester abroad at a law school in countries such as England, Italy, Netherlands, Argentina, Mexico, and Brazil. The Law School also has a unique combined degree program for students to earn both a Juris Doctor degree from Texas and a Licenciatura en Derecho from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Additionally, the Law School offers JD/PhD programs for Law and Philosophy, and Law and Government.
Texas Law School does not rank students.
Clinical and Experiential Learning
Upper class students must complete at least six hours of experiential learning. Students can enroll in the 16 clinics offered at the Law School, including the Capital Punishment Clinic, Transnational Worker Rights Clinic, Legislative Lawyering Clinic, Mental Health Clinic, and Domestic Violence Clinic. Each clinic consists of a classroom component and a casework component and are graded on a pass/fail basis. All clinics require an application and clinic students must pay a $100 fee to participate. Internships, which also require an application, allow students to earn credit working at different sites, including at U.S. Attorney offices, in various courts, and in the Texas Legislature. Texas also has a nationally-recognized Advocacy Program, which is composed of a variety of courses in advocacy techniques and sponsors several mock trial teams.
Class Size: 308
Average Age: 24
Students of color: 28%
Median LSAT: 167
Median GPA: 3.71
- Law Firms: 59.4%
- Judicial Clerkships: 14.6%
- Business & Industry: 15.8%
- Government/Public Interest: 12.4%
- Education: 0.6%
- Northeast/Mid-Atlantic: 9.8%
- Central: 2.4%
- South Atlantic/Central: 82.3%
- Mountain/Pacific: 5.5%
- U.S. Territories/Foreign: 0%