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Future LLM Students

The University of Texas School of Law

727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX 78705, USA
Phone: 512.232.1262 | Website: www.utexas.edu/law

Introduction

Aerial view of Austin at sunrise.The University of Texas School of Law began as the University of Texas at Austin’s Department of Law when the university was founded in 1883. Texas Law started with 2 professors and 52 students in the basement of the east wing of the original university building. Texas Law has since grown to more than 1,400 students and offers two degrees: a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) and a Master of Laws (LLM).

Texas Law has always stayed ahead of trends to ensure that it prepares students for the challenges of the day. The school’s first course on oil and gas law was held in 1914, and a legal aid clinic was begun in 1941. The tradition has continued with the founding of the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution in 1993; the Capital Punishment Center in 2006; and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business in 2009, among many other programs and centers. Texas Law is currently one of the only law schools in the world to offer a course on wind energy law, a growing field as the search for alternate energy sources intensifies.

Situated on the banks of the Colorado River, Austin is an eclectic town noted for its progressive politics, scholars, rolling hills, boutiques, movie stars, and live-music and arts culture that includes the annual SXSW Music, Film, and Interactive Festival, the Austin City Limits Music Festival, F-1, the X-Games, and much, much more.

But Austin is greater than its natural and artistic assets. An emphasis on education has made Austin one of the most highly learned cities in the nation. This environment has attracted numerous technology-based firms into the Austin area and has propelled Austin into its position as one of the fastest-growing cities and economies in America. Austin’s economy, eclectic culture, warm weather, abundant parks, and safe and affordable neighborhoods have made it one of the most unique and desirable cities in the United States for both students and professionals.

Texas Law Enrollment

  • Total law school enrollment: 1,250
  • Full-time: 1,250
  • Part-time: N/A
  • LLM students: 50

Physical Facilities

Townes Hall and the Connally Center

Side view of a Justice statue—a bronze woman with a blindfold over her eyes. Her left arm is raised over her head, and in her fingers she holds a scale attached to a long chain.Townes Hall provides students with five spacious amphitheater-type classrooms with state-of-the-art technology. Electrical outlets in these classrooms are at every seat, and wireless Internet is available throughout Texas Law and the UT campus. The hall also includes an auditorium that seats 220 people and office space for faculty, staff, and student organizations. A cafeteria and several lounges are also available for student use.

The John B. Connally Center for the Administration of Justice houses a state-of-the-art courtroom that permits Texas Law to hold jury trials. It also contains facilities for clinical and simulation experiences in litigation, litigation alternatives, and negotiation.

The Susman Academic Center opened in fall 2010, creating new faculty offices, two large high-tech meeting rooms, an expansive commons area, six additional conference rooms, and four seminar classrooms.

Tarlton Law Library

The Tarlton Law Library of the Joseph D. Jamail Center for Legal Research is the sixth largest academic law library in the United States, with a collection of over 1,000,000 volumes. The collection emphasizes legal materials from English-speaking jurisdictions but also includes extensive foreign and international legal materials. A wide range of web-based legal resources are available, including LexisNexis, Bloomberg Law, and Westlaw.

The Tarlton Law Library employs approximately three dozen staff members, all of whom are available to serve as a reference for both Texas Law students and the general public. Past LLM students have raved about the quality of service provided by the staff at the Tarlton Law Library.

University Facilities

Texas Law students are eligible to use any of the University of Texas libraries, including the Perry-Castañeda Library, and the Nettie Lee Benson collection at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies.

A wide range of sports facilities are available throughout the campus for all UT students. The Division of Recreational Sports has eight facilities both on and off campus. These facilities include over 500,000 square feet of indoor and 40 acres of outdoor activity space, including the Gregory Gym and the Gregory Gym Aquatic Complex.

Of course, UT athletics are enjoyed in both the fall and spring semesters and help to provide for a holistic US university experience. Students are eligible to purchase the Big Ticket at an economical price. With the Big Ticket, students can obtain tickets to all regular season home sports events, including football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, and softball.

Off-Campus Housing

Approximately 95 percent of Texas Law students live off campus and have a vast number of choices when it comes to housing. The centralized location of the University of Texas campus, along with the UT Shuttle System and Capital Metro service, allows convenient access to many large and small apartment complexes and housing communities located in and around the Austin area. Also, UT students, faculty, and staff may ride Capital Metro mainline buses free of charge by presenting a valid UT photo ID upon entering the bus.

Student Services and Organizations

Texas Law has a wide range of both student organizations and journals, including the International Law Society of Texas, Intellectual Property Society, Environmental Law Society, Asian Law Students Association, Chicano/Hispanic Law Students Association, and Assault and Flattery (a student-written and -directed musical comedy revue, satirizing Texas Law).

Career Services

Students celebrating in evening wear. Orange confetti falls from above them.The Career Services Office (CSO) is dedicated to helping all students at Texas Law, including those who are working toward their LLM degree. International LLM students have the unique opportunity to participate in the International Student Interview Program, which is held each January at the New York University School of Law, and the UCLA LLM Interview Program, which is held in February at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law.

LLM students are also welcome to meet with the LLM career counselor to discuss their job search, to have their résumés (CVs) and cover letters reviewed, and to take advantage of the many resources that the CSO has to offer, including attending the LLM Job Search Workshop in September.

The CSO invites speakers to address students on career-related topics, publishes career-related handbooks, maintains a resource library, and coordinates professional development workshops and panels for students seeking careers in a variety of settings. The CSO’s job bank lists clerkships, fellowships, and part-time and postgraduate opportunities throughout Texas and the world.

LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization

Texas Law offers LLM programs for law graduates in six areas: Business Law; Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law; Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law; Latin American and International Law; US Law for Foreign Lawyers; and Independent Study.

Business Law

The concentration in Business Law provides LLM students with a strong foundation in the breadth of legal issues facing business organizations today. The concentration offers students the opportunity to take both basic and advanced courses.

This concentration is designed for students with a foreign law degree. The Law School will consider, on an ad hoc basis, an application from a student with a JD and little background in this area of study.

  • Application available: October 1, 2016, through July 1, 2017
  • Application deadline for priority review: March 1, 2017
  • Application fee: $75
  • Letters of recommendation: three required
  • Transcripts required for applicants with international law degree: LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) required
  • All postsecondary transcripts required for applicants with US law degree: LLM CAS required
  • Approximately five students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $29,608 for Texas residents and $43,966 for non-Texas residents

Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law

This innovative concentration is offered through the Law School’s groundbreaking Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business. This unique degree program allows students to earn a certificate in Global Energy, Environmental Law, and International Arbitration. Students in the program concentrate in one focus area of study, but can take core courses in one or both of the other two areas. Connections among the three areas are explored in the courses, and students are also encouraged to consider an interdisciplinary approach.

This concentration is open to students with a foreign law degree and students with a JD.

  • Application available: October 1, 2016, through July 1, 2017
  • Application deadline for priority review: March 1, 2017
  • Application fee: $75
  • Letters of recommendation: three required
  • Transcripts required for applicants with international law degree: LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) required
  • All postsecondary transcripts required for applicants with US law degree: LLM CAS required
  • Approximately 15 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $29,608 for Texas residents and $43,966 for non-Texas residents

Human Rights and Comparative Constitutional Law

This new and innovative concentration will provide students with a robust, critical, and comparative foundation in both human rights and constitutional law. It will also offer students a comprehensive understanding of contemporary human rights practices, including uses of constitutional law, in both domestic and international settings.

This concentration is offered in cooperation with the Law School’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. The concentration builds on two strengths of the Law School—its constitutional law faculty, often considered to be among the best in the country, and the internationally recognized Rapoport Center, which serves as a focal point at the university for critical, interdisciplinary analysis and practice of human rights and social justice.

This concentration is open to students with a foreign law degree and students with a JD.

  • Application available: October 1, 2016, through July 1, 2017
  • Application deadline for priority review: March 1, 2017
  • Application fee: $75
  • Letters of recommendation: three required
  • Transcripts required for applicants with international law degree: LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) required
  • All postsecondary transcripts required for applicants with US law degree: LLM CAS required
  • Approximately five students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $29,608 for Texas residents and $43,966 for non-Texas residents

Latin American and International Law

The concentration in Latin American and International Law is offered in conjunction with the country’s preeminent center for the study of Latin America, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin. The program provides students with an increased understanding of the transnational legal environment in the Americas. This program is flexible, allowing students to focus on a particular area of study or to take courses on a broad range of international topics, including business, trade and investment, human rights, immigration, and environmental law.

Students may also incorporate interdisciplinary study by completing LLILAS courses in areas such as public policy, anthropology, economics, history, art, literature, politics, and sociology. Students may earn a certificate in Latin American Studies from LLILAS (in addition to the certificate from the Law School) by completing a sufficient number of courses through LLILAS.

Because of the importance of a foreign language to the practice of law in the Americas, students are required to demonstrate basic proficiency in Spanish or Portuguese. Students who are not native speakers of either language must pass a language-proficiency exam. In special circumstances, proficiency in another language may satisfy the language requirement.

This concentration is open to students with a foreign law degree and students with a JD.

  • Application available: October 1, 2016, through July 1, 2017
  • Application deadline for priority review: March 1, 2017
  • Application fee: $75
  • Letters of recommendation: three required
  • Transcripts required for applicants with international law degree: LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) required
  • All postsecondary transcripts required for applicants with US law degree: LLM CAS required
  • Approximately five students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $29,608 for Texas residents and $43,966 for non-Texas residents

US Law for Foreign Lawyers

The US Law for Foreign Lawyers concentration is a flexible program that provides students with a foreign law degree the opportunity to focus on a particular area of study or gain a broad foundation in US law by taking courses in a variety of areas. Students take both basic and advanced courses.

  • Application available: October 1, 2016, through July 1, 2017
  • Application deadline for priority review: March 1, 2017
  • Application fee: $75
  • Letters of recommendation: three required
  • Transcripts required for applicants with international law degree: LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) required
  • All postsecondary transcripts required for applicants with US law degree: LLM CAS required
  • Approximately 20 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $29,608 for Texas residents and $43,966 for non-Texas residents

Independent Study

The Law School will consider, on an individual basis, a proposal to earn an Independent Study certificate of specialization in another area, such as health law or intellectual property.

This concentration is designed for students with a foreign law degree and students with a JD.

  • Application available: October 1, 2016, through July 1, 2017
  • Application deadline for priority review: March 1, 2017
  • Application fee: $75
  • Letters of recommendation: three required
  • Transcripts required for applicants with international law degree: LSAC’s LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS) required
  • All postsecondary transcripts required for applicants with US law degree: LLM CAS required
  • Approximately one or two students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $29,608 for Texas residents and $43,966 for non-Texas residents

Contact Information

Additional information is available on the Master of Laws Program website, or by contacting

Jimmy J. Ilseng
Director of LLM Admissions
University of Texas School of Law
727 E. Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705
USA

Phone: 512.232.1262
Fax: 512.475.7970
Email: llm@law.utexas.edu

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