The University of Texas School of Law

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Official Guide to LLM, Master’s, and Certificate Programs

727 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX 78705, United States
Phone: 512.475.9328

Introduction

Campus aerial viewLawyers from all over the world come to The University of Texas at Austin to expand the breadth and depth of their legal knowledge and invest in an internationally recognized Master of Laws. The LLM Program is diverse, selective, and small, with a maximum of 50 spots for each incoming class. LLM students from foreign countries and the U.S. are fully integrated into the academic life of the Law School, learning side by side with JD students. The LLM class is global in reach, with 35 students from 25 different countries in the Class of 2020, including 6 Fulbright students. In fact, The University of Texas at Austin is home to over 5,000 international students, and the rich diversity on our campus is essential to our success as a global learning community.

In addition to being ranked among the top 16 national law schools and among the top 5 public law schools in the nation, Texas Law also has the most affordable tuition among the top 20 law schools in the nation. With a network of graduates 24,000-strong, whatever you want to do, wherever you want to do it, there will be a Texas Law alum ready to help. Additionally, we have an unbeatable set of 14 clinics16 programs and centers13 student-run journals, and 35 student organizations that round out law students’ legal education. Finally, we are in Austin–the Live Music Capital of the World, the second fastest growing city in the U.S., and the second best city for liberals to live. Boasting 400 live music venues, 100 barbecue restaurants, 200 miles of urban hike and bike trails, and 300 sunny days each year, Austin is the best place in the world to be a law student. Learn more at Visit Austin.

If you cannot get to Austin for Admitted LLM Students Day, then here is a sneak peek video of our amazing city and beautiful campus, and a little taste of what it is like to be part of our Texas Law community. At The University of Texas, we say “What Starts Here Changes the World” – and this is where it all begins.

Eligibility and Application Requirements

The LLM Program requires applicants to have a first professional degree in law. Applicants with a foreign law degree can check the Law School Admission Council LLM Eligibility Chart for minimum degree requirements by country to see if they are eligible for our program. The LLM Program does not accept applications from graduates of online law programs or U.S. JD programs not approved by the American Bar Association. The LLM Program currently has a maximum of 50 spots for each incoming class.

LLM applications must be submitted through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC). The application opens on September 1 and is due by March 1 for priority consideration.

All applicants must register for the LLM Credential Assembly Service (LLM CAS). Additionally, applicants with a foreign law degree must register for the International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation Service (ITAES).

Financial Aid

The LLM Program offers scholarship support for its ablest applicants. Admitted students are automatically considered for internal scholarships, and a separate application is not required. Internal third-party scholarships require a separate application and have their own internal deadline.

Prospective and admitted international LLM students are encouraged to apply for financial aid and scholarships from their home countries. eduPASS and International Student Organization have compiled lists of scholarships for international students. Additionally, the LLM Program has assembled a list of external scholarships that are country-specific and criteria-specific.

Prospective LLM students interested in applying for a Fulbright Foreign Student Scholarship can expect the application process to take 12-18 months.

Visit Scholarship Opportunities for more information.

Law School Enrollment

  • Total law school enrollment (all degree students): 974 (approximate)
  • Total LLM enrollment: 50 (approximate)
  • Full time: all
  • Part time: none

Physical Facilities

Campus at night aerial viewThe University of Texas School of Law is situated on the northeast quadrant of main campus, a short walk to museums, two recreation centers with pools, and the football stadium. Law school facilities include two courtrooms; study lounges; state-of-the-art classrooms; a café; and the Tarlton Law Library, one of the largest academic law libraries in the world.

Tarlton Law Library

The Tarlton Law Library and Jamail Center for Legal Research offer course support, student guides, legal research, and student services. Students have access to a past exams database, course reserves, an exam prep guide, a study aid guide, legal writing titles, and CALI. Additionally, students have access to research guides, a team of dedicated law librarians, Bloomberg, Lexis, Westlaw, seminar papers, and law review notes.

Other Facilities

  • 7 museums and centers with more than 17,000 works of art
  • 17 libraries with 10 million+ volumes
  • 8 recreational sports facilities both on and off campus with over 500,000 square feet of indoor and 40 acres of outdoor activity space
  • 8 performance venues
  • Numerous restaurants and cafés

Housing

No single housing solution exists for The University of Texas at Austin’s graduate student population, but these resources may help you find a place to call home—whether you want an apartment close to the university with an easy commute or a house in the suburbs with a yard for the kids.

Should you need help in determining where to live off campus, the Graduate School and the Graduate Coordinator Network did a survey of where students live. The summary offers a brief description of Austin’s various neighborhoods as well as an idea of what’s nearby. Visit Texas Global for more information. View a Guide to Austin Housing for information on private residences for rent near UT.

We recommend LLM students live as close as possible to the Law School. The Law School address is 727 East Dean Keeton St, Austin, TX 78705. Use the Capital Metro Trip Planner to select a trip itinerary that works best for you when using a Capital Metro bus. UT students, faculty and staff ride all Capital Metro services for free when they swipe their valid IDs.

LLM Program Concentrations

The University of Texas School of Law offers a single LLM degree with six different concentrations. Each degree concentration provides students with the opportunity to complete specified courses and obtain a certificate of specialization in that concentration. The LLM Program is flexible and allows each student to design an individual course of study tailored to their academic and professional interests. Our LLM concentrations are:

The U.S. 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 U.S. law by taking courses in a variety of areas. Students with a foreign law degree are eligible for all six concentrations. Students with a U.S. JD are eligible for all concentrations except the one in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers.

Student Services and Organizations

The LLM Program helps LLM students achieve their academic and extracurricular goals. Throughout the year, the LLM Program organizes study breaks, works closely with student organizations to plan events, and holds academic support and advising sessions. The experienced staff is available for counseling on academic and personal matters.

The Law School Is home to the Texas Law Review and 12 specialty journals that vary greatly in legal, political, and social perspectives. As an example of impact, the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law has an impressive readership that reaches beyond academia, circulating among attorneys and energy industry professionals. 

Student Organizations at Texas Law run the gamut of interests, from the Chicano/ Hispanic Law Students Association and the Entertainment and Sports Law Society to Assault and Flattery (a theater group) and the Women’s Law Caucus. There are 35 organizations to choose from.

Career Services

The Career Services Office at The University of Texas School of Law is dedicated to helping all students at the law school, including those who are working toward their LLM degree. Comprehensive career resources, including information about the job-search process, interview programs for foreign-trained LLMs, resume and cover letter tips and samples, and interviewing advice can be found in the Applying and Interviewing Handbook for Foreign-Trained LLMs.

  • International Student Interview Program
  • OPT Policy and Procedure
  • Bar Exam Eligibility Requirements by State
  • LLM Panel Recordings

As an LLM student, you are welcome to meet with a career counselor to discuss your job search, have your resume (CV) and cover letters reviewed, practice interview skills, and take advantage of the many resources that the CSO has to offer. You are also encouraged to attend CSO panels, workshops, and networking opportunities throughout the year, including the Foreign-Trained LLM Job Search and Resume & Cover Letter Workshops in September.

It is important to know that most employers who recruit at Texas Law are primarily interested in recruiting students in the JD program and only a few interview LLM students. Nevertheless, LLM students have access to Job Bank on Symplicity. Additionally, for those interested in finding legal jobs in the United States and abroad, please visit GoinGlobal – International Job Search. The site features 38 Country Career Guides, 53 City Career Guides for the United States and Canada, corporate profiles, and more than 16 million internship and job listings within the United States and around the world.

Additional Information

We hope you will join us for one of our upcoming virtual admissions information sessions. Admissions sessions are offered each Wednesday. You will need a computer or mobile device and an internet connection to access virtual sessions. You must also download the Zoom app. Register for an upcoming virtual session. Note that all times are Central Time.

Contact Information

Additional information is available on the LLM Program website or by contacting:

Dr. Mauricio Pajón, PhD
Director of Admissions
LLM Program
University of Texas School of Law
727 East Dean Keeton Street
Austin, TX 78705
USA

Phone: 512.475.9328
Email: llm@law.utexas.edu