University of Texas School of Law


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The first-year law class is divided into four sections, and one of the required substantive first-year courses for a section is divided into group sections. Full-time law professors teach the first-year program, with few exceptions. All students are required to take a full course load, averaging 15 hours per week, in contracts, property, torts, civil procedure, criminal law, constitutional law, and legal research and writing. After the first year, the only required courses are professional responsibility, advanced constitutional law, a writing seminar, and a professional skills class. A student may design his or her course of study from a wide array of course selections in many fields of law. These offerings include interdisciplinary and advanced public and private law courses.

The Law School has one of the largest clinical legal education programs in the nation, providing extensive opportunities for students to work on real cases and projects. UT Law offers 17 clinics for credit in the following areas: actual innocence, capital punishment, children's rights, community development, criminal defense, domestic violence, environmental, housing, immigration, juvenile justice, legislative lawyering, mediation, mental health, national security, Supreme Court, and transnational worker rights. Academic internships are also available in judicial, nonprofit, government, prosecution, international and legislative settings.

UT Law is a nationally recognized center in advocacy. The school's state-of-the-art facilities include the John B. Connally Center for the Administration of Justice, the John L. Hill Trial Advocacy Center, and the Harry M. Reasoner Center for Trial Practice. The program focuses on assisting students in developing a core set of skills that will make them persuasive advocates, no matter who their audience. UT Law students on mock trial and moot court teams have won 17 national championships since 2000.

As a part of a major research university, there are a number of opportunities to pursue dual degrees with law. The most popular dual degrees are the law/Master of Public Affairs degree with the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the law/Master of Business Administration with the McCombs School of Business. Other dual degrees offered are the JD/Master of Arts in Latin American Studies; JD/Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies; JD/Master of Arts in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; JD/Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning; JD/Master of Global Policy Studies; JD/Master of Science in Social Work; and JD/Master of Science in Information Studies - in addition to several combined programs with a PhD.

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