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LSAT: 162 (-1)/167 (0)/169 (+1)
GPA: 3.48 (+.05)/3.73 (+.05)/3.86 (+.04)
Class size 265
Early Decision - November 1st
Regular Decision - March 1st
Texas residents are eligible for waiver of the application fee. A waiver is also available on the basis of need, and to members and alumni of Teach for America.
What to expect:
Why Texas Request for many OOS'ers
Acceptances: Status checker and call from Dean
Not Acceptances: Email and Status Checker
Area Code: 512
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Here I will post quotes from current and former students as this thread moves to try and prevent repeated questions:
blackmooncreeping wrote:I graduated in May but I'm having a slow day at work so I'll answer. I choose UT for a couple of reasons--
1) If you are an in-stater or an out-of-stater with good numbers UT provides an affordable (relatively) option, assuming some scholarship $, with a pretty good shot of landing big law. Especially big law in Houston/Dallas, if that's what you are shooting for.
2) I went to UT for undergrad and got to live in Austin for 4 years. I wanted 3 more.
3) No way in hell I was going to live somewhere where it snows.
I'm really happy I decided to stay in Austin instead of going to a t-14. I had way too much fun than a graduate student should have and managed to snag a job I really enjoy (so far). You could do a hell of a lot worse than going to UT.
So Blackmoon did a solid job, and I'd echo pretty much everything he said with two exceptions: 1) I didn't go to UT for UG (though I was in Texas) and 2) I have, obviously, not graduated or worked yet.
I personally chose UT for three reasons.
1) The in-state tuition (and OOS tuition exemptions) is really hard to pass up on when you know you want to work and live in Texas. I love it, I grew up here, I know I want to live here for a good chunk of my future, if not all of it. When I weighed all that at a pretty awesome cost (only like $33K without other schollys compared to $60/$70K+ at some other schools I was looking at), it was a no brainer for me.
2) Austin is a great city. I honestly think it's pretty under appreciated how great of a city it is. I've visited before, and now that I'm actually living here it's blown me away. In only about a month I'm honestly shocked at how great of a city this is. The food, the culture, the people, everything. So you can live in Ithaca or whatever (no disrespect to Cornell folk, cause it's a great school too!) or you can live in Austin. Not much of a decision for me there either.
3) It's really close to my family and my brother goes to UT for UG. This really makes me love the school more, so if you're like that also consider this when choosing where to go to school.
As far as how much I enjoy the school itself, take what I say with a grain of salt because I'm only just barely starting my fourth week (and only my 2nd complete week so far). A lot of people will tell you about how collegial UT is. LISTEN TO THEM BECAUSE MY GOD ARE THEY RIGHT. Sure there are some people I've seen that, honestly, I wouldn't say are easily approachable, but that's maybe like 2% (wow what an arbitrary number haha) of who I've met. Even then, they're nice people but not the kind of people I see myself clicking with. Everyone else though is awesome, friendly, helpful, you name it. I've met some upperclassmen and alumni who have been WAY MORE than helpful - one guy has especially been helpful and I like owe my sanity to this dude cause he's gone out of his way to help me out, give me advice, and calm some of the 1L anxiety. I'm sure this is true everywhere else too, but I didn't get these kinds of vibes at other schools I visited as much as I did from when I visited UT.
The professors I have are pretty sweet too.
Umm, the society stuff is pretty cool too and this is super unique to UT (as far as I know). I actually think this is one of the most helpful ways to get over the social anxiety some people might have in law school. I've become fairly close with most of my small society group, and especially close with some of them. Great people all around! We also have done a bunch of stuff from tailgates to dinner or bar events to flag football games to you name it, all to help everyone get comfortable with each other and the school environment. My mentor's awesome, too, just like all the other mentors. Just a nice way to get to know people. And for those of you who are worried about not being able to meet anyone else, don't worry about that! SERIOUSLY. You will NOT get through law school knowing only like 15 or 20 folks, unless, of course, that's what YOU WANT. You will get to know your small society section very well, your society sections well, and other sections here and there. Plus, you can always get involved in groups or other stuff and meet people from all walks of life in the law school.
I think this should help right now as a preliminary introduction to why I chose UT. There's obviously more that could be said, so keep shooting y'all. I'll be watching these boards. Until then, it's CivPro and ConLaw reading for me!
Hikkomorist wrote:I chose UT out of a desire to work in Texas and for financial reasons. I'm enjoying it about as much as I think I'd be capable of enjoying my 1L year anywhere else. I'm a really awkward person, but everyone has been really welcoming and helpful despite that. I don't really think that's something that should significantly influence one's decision, and it might be the same or similar at most other places, but it's a nice perk.
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