MacB wrote:Not to mention that if you go through the motions of establishing residency in Texas for the sole purpose of the in-state tuition discount, you are essentially defrauding the state of tens of thousands of dollars.
No. The state set up these requirements such that if you satisfy them, you are by definition *not* defrauding the state. If, on the other hand, you lied and claimed to have owned and operated a business in Texas for a year but never did, then you would be defrauding the state. Protip: Making up rules will not serve you well in law school.
I am part of the last class that had a fairly easy route to in-state status (buying real property in Texas), and it worked out well for me. If there's a way for you to follow these new rules and save money, do it. But I would caution all of you that attending UT at in-state sticker is still an incredibly expensive proposition.
I understand that a lot of you are really excited about the prospect of admission to such an awesome school and the prospect of an awesome career, but for your own sake, think carefully about the amount of debt you'll be in. According to Law School Transparency, the total nondiscounted debt-financed cost of a UT J.D. is $171,638 (in-state). If you don't win the biglaw lottery (and enjoy firm work enough to stay a few years), you may find yourself in a financial black hole -- and keep in mind that student loans are almost impossible to discharge in bankruptcy. I'd strongly recommend holding out for a scholarship before sending in your deposit.