Liberal Arts Career Services
Liberal Arts Career Services

Law School

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

Law School Planning

Explore the Law School Planning page for information about the key law school application components, application timeline suggestions, and a list of anticipated costs associated with applying to law schools. 

Scheduling 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 2022 if you graduate in May 2021)
  • For non-COLA graduates, pre-law advising is free until the last day of your graduation month (for example, May 31, 2021 if you graduate in May 2021)
  • 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). UT alumni may schedule a law school admissions coaching appointment here. 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 2022). 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 in MS Word 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 you 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. During 2021-22, all pre-law events listed below are taking place virtually (and in CDT) unless otherwise indicated.

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

UT Law Fair

UT Austin is not hosting an in-person Law School Fair during Fall 2021. Aspiring law students are encouraged to attend one of LSAC's virtual law school forums, which will occur on Sep. 10, 2021, Dec. 4, 2021, and Feb. 5, 2022. The same information is shared at all the virtual forums.

Financial Resources for Law School Applicants

LSAT Prep Scholarship Deadlines
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

Scholarship Deadlines
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:

AccessLex Institute is a nonprofit 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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