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Pre-Law

Aspiring law students can find information on upcoming pre-law events, financial resources, UT Law Fair, and resources for researching law schools below. 

Schedule an Appointment for Law School Admissions Coaching

Pre-law advising is open to all currently enrolled UT students, regardless of major.

  • For COLA graduates, pre-law advising is free within one year of your graduation (for example, May 2023 if you graduate in May 2022)
  • For non-COLA graduates, pre-law advising is free until the last day of your graduation month (for example, May 31, 2022 if you graduate in May 2022)
  • For UT alumni outside of these grace periods, consider alumni coaching 

Currently enrolled students may schedule a law school admissions coaching appointment via Handshake or stop by pre-law drop-ins (available during the semester). For UT alumni that are outside of the grace period but still interested in fee-based pre-law advising, use this link to pay for your fee and then contact the Liberal Arts Career Services office to setup your appointment. Email pre-law questions to prelaw@austin.utexas.edu (include your EID). 

Due to the volume of students applying to law school during the fall semester, prioritization of appointments is provided to students applying in the current admissions cycle (to start law school in Fall 2023). Candidates who would like assistance in preparing their application should schedule appointments under the appointment option called “Pre-law: Applying this Cycle.”

Candidates who would like an advisor to review their application materials (resume, personal statement, and optional statements) should schedule appointments under the appointment option called “Pre-law: Help with Personal Statement.” Candidates should plan to provide their draft resume and draft personal statement at least 24 hours in advance so that the advisor can have a comprehensive picture of how the materials might be perceived to an admissions team. Please be advised that all University employees are legally required to report any Title IX violations referenced in your admissions essays to UT's Title IX office.  

All other aspiring law students are encouraged to schedule an appointment during the spring semester (under the appointment option called “Pre-law: Getting Started”), stop by pre-law drop-ins during the semester, or email any pre-law questions to prelaw@austin.utexas.edu

Our Law School Admissions Coach can help candidates navigate the law school application process, including:

  • Determining whether being a lawyer is in line with your professional goals
  • Strategizing ways to effectively prepare for the LSAT
  • Discussing what factors to consider when researching and selecting law schools
  • Selecting strong recommenders for letters of recommendation
  • Addressing potentially adverse or sensitive topics in a law school application
  • Compiling a cohesive law school application that highlights your strengths
  • Reviewing your application materials, including your resume, personal statement, and optional essays
  • Researching resources and tools for financing your legal education
  • Managing the waitlist through effective communications with law school admissions professionals
  • Deciding between multiple law schools or scholarship offers

The Liberal Arts Pre-Law Handbook is designed to help pre-law students learn what they can do as an undergraduate to explore their interests in law school and prepare for the law school application process. Mobile device users: you may be prompted to register with Box to gain access to UT Box files from smart phones and other application-based devices.

Upcoming Pre-Law Panels, Workshops and Info Sessions

Designed to help students make informed decisions about pursuing law school, pre-law events are open to UT students of all majors and alumni, unless otherwise stated, interested in learning more about the admissions process, law school and the legal profession.

To stay updated on all pre-law opportunities, including law school information sessions, admissions workshops, and pre-law jobs and internships, subscribe to our pre-law listserv. The listserv is open to currently enrolled UT Austin students.

UT Law Fair

UT Law Fair for Fall 2022 will be held on Thursday, October 20th, make sure to visit this page in the future for updates.  Aspiring law students are also encouraged to attend one of LSAC's virtual or in-person law school forums, for more information, click here.

Financial Resources for Law School Applicants

LSAT Prep Scholarships 
LSAC Fee Waiver | apply six months before your intended LSAT exam
LexScholars | Slots filled on a first come, first served basis
Texas Appleseed Diversity Legal Scholars 
Catalyst by SEO
HBAA Charitable Foundation's LSAT Review Scholarship

Scholarships for Law School 
AccessLex Scholarship Databank
OppU Achievers Scholarship 
Marshall-Motley Scholars Program
SEO Law Fellowship Program
Weil Legal Innovators Program
Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar Program
Fellowship for Advancement & Resources 
Barbri Law Preview Scholarship
ABA Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund
NAACP Earl Warren Scholarship

For information on how to make a sound financial decision pertaining to law school, please visit these free resources:

  • On-demand video about How to Finance Your Legal Education (addresses questions you should ask before, during, and after law school and offers tools to help you make informed decisions) 
  • On-demand video about Road to Zero:  A Strategic Approach to Student Loan Repayment Program (outlines features of repayment plans and discusses methods to manage loans, such as PSLF, consolidation, deferment and forbearance)
  • Discuss your specific financial strategy with an Accredited Financial Counselor through the new Ask Edna program, for more information, click here.

AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit organization that offers free financial education programming and resources specifically for aspiring and current law students. 

Resources for Researching Law Schools

To research law schools and determine which law school(s) align well with your professional aspirations, consider these resources:

  • XploreJD, where applicants can review and weight law schools based on your selected priorities, such as location, cost, enrollment, diversity, curriculum, and outcomes.
  • Std 509 profiles of ABA-approved law schools, where applicants can examine tuition and fees, first-time bar passage rates, total 1L enrollment, scholarships, and more.
  • Analytix, where applicants can analyze, research, and compare law school specific information.
  • Law School Transparency, where applicants can compare schools based on employment outcomes, admissions and more.
  • MaxPre-Law, where applicants can explore resources designed for aspiring law students.
  • ABA Guide to Pre-Law, where prospective students can see the ABA's recommendations for pre-law students. 
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