jhw123 wrote:I was wondering: what's the average class size at UT? It seems like a great school, but a large hesitation I have is that the class sizes will be too big. It's hard to find data for class sizes for any school, safe the often deceiving "student to faculty ratio."
1Ls are put into 4 different sections of around 90-100 people. Each section is divided into 4 smaller sections of around 25 people. You'll have 4 classes fall semester (one of which being legal research and writing), and LRW + one other class will be just your small section. The other two classes will be with your large section. Second semester you'll have 3 classes with the large section and still have your second LRW class with your small section only. I'm only a 1L so I can't speak for 2L and 3L classes, but I think they're typically on the smaller side, except for a few classes that most everyone takes.
Class size was a concern of mine before attending UT, but it's turned out to be a complete non-issue. All the professors I've had seem to have everyone's name memorized. All the professors I've had have been great with office hours and most have an open door policy. The high school and college I went to had pretty small classes, but I've come to like UT's bigger classes. Keep in mind--the more people in the class, the less times you will probably be cold-called. Also, while I love all the people in my small section, I really can't imagine how annoying it would get to have every single class with the same small group if it contained a douchebag or two. At least the bigger classes provide a buffer zone of sorts if that happens.