How can you prepare to join the UT Law family as a student? Each student’s journey to UT Law is different. Some of you have known from a very young age that you want a legal education, while others will make the decision late in college or after working a while. Here are some general guidelines to consider:
Freshman and sophomore years of undergrad
If you want to go to law school, begin by working hard to build a strong undergraduate grade point average in rigorous courses. Understand there is no “right” major for law school, and students are admitted from arts and sciences, business, communications/technology, health care and other academic disciplines. We encourage you to choose a course of student that interests and challenges you. Seek opportunities to develop your research and writing skills. Seek out academic advisors in your major, as well as the designated prelaw or professional school advisors.
Begin prepping for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). Whether you choose to take a course or study on your own, remember the first rule of law school: Study. Think about your list of potential schools. Set up your Credential Assembly Service account with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), which administers the LSAT. LSAC also can help you find information on which schools might fit your goals. Start your research!
Establish your priority list of law schools over the summer, draft a personal statement, and come back to campus prepared to complete and submit your applications for admission during fall semester. Line up faculty to complete recommendations or evaluations. UT Law begins taking applications September 1, but fall LSAT dates are not too late. Admissions and financial aid decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the winter, spring, and summer.
Already graduated and working?
Reconnect with faculty to serve as sources of recommendation, or ask an employer or client who knows your work. Request an academic transcript from each college or university you attended, for any degree or non-degree program, and have them sent to LSAC. Questions? Admissions staff are happy to help.