What LSAT Score Do You Need For University of Texas-Austin School of Law?


What LSAT and GPA numbers do you need to get into University of Texas-Austin Law School?

University of Texas- Austin School of Law or UT Law is generally considered the most prestigious law school in the Southwestern United States. University of Texas Law was ranked #15 in the country by the US News and World Report.

While UT Law’s national reputation is burgeoning, its reputation in its home state of Texas is second to none. Students on law school forums frequently point out that as far as Texas is concerned, UT law may as well be Harvard. Given this reputation within a strong legal market, it is unsurprising that admission to the school is a competitive process, with a 26% acceptance rate listed for the class entering in 2012.

To be a strongly competitive applicant at University of Texas Law, you are probably going to need an LSAT score in the 167+ range and an undergraduate GPA in the 3.65+ range.

Taking a closer look, here are LSAT and GPA numbers for University of Texas at Austin School of Law that may help you assess where you want to be for entry in to the school:

LSAT Score to get into University of Texas Law

  • The 25th percentile LSAT Score at University of Texas Law is 163
  • The Median LSAT Score at University of Texas Law is 167
  • The 75th percentile LSAT Score at University of Texas Law is 170

GPA to get into University of Texas Law

  • The 25th percentile undergrad GPA at University of Texas Law is 3.52
  • The Median undergrad GPA at University of Texas Law is 3.67
  • The 75th percentile undergrad GPA at University of Texas Law is 3.82

Source: University of Texas Law School Admissions

However, a lower GPA or LSAT score will not necessarily preclude you from admission to University of Texas Law. According to UT Law:

Strong LSAT scores and GPAs in challenging undergraduate programs certainly help a committee assess a student’s ability to succeed at UT Law. These quantitative factors, while important, are not exhaustive. Arbitrary weight is not attributed to any one of the factors considered and the Admissions Committee does not use an index.  (Source)

From this, it is clear that factors beyond the numbers play a significant role in determining admissions outcomes.

For a closer peak inside the admissions numbers, University of Texas has provided the following applicant profile that gives a look at the number admitted in various LSAT/GPA groupings.

As at most competitive law schools, applying early gives you the best shot at being admitted to UT Law. Check out UT’s admissions page for more details. Deadlines are in the sidebar.

If you are trying for UT Law, do your best to get a great LSAT score by prepping hard and using the best LSAT prep books out there. Read through this post to see how I got a 177 on the LSAT.


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  1. I was wondering if you had any follow up on this, regarding in state students.

    From the UT Admissions web site FAQs: “Is it true that the Law School only admits 35% of its students from out of state?

    No, the Law School may matriculate no more than 35% nonresident students; however, each year the Law School extends offers of admission to several hundred nonresident applicants.”

    Wouldn’t this mean; however, that they still would need to ensure that many of their admissions are from Texas residents, and so they would seemingly have an advantage? As a Texas resident, UT Law is certainly a high hope for me, and I’d love to stay at UT for Law school after finishing my undergrad. The numbers represented, are they inflated any because of an, at least, perceived increased difficulty of admission for non-resident students? Or would you feel that resident status wouldn’t matter much? I feel good about my chances, although I am a splitter (3.0 GPA in chemistry, and scoring an average of 170 on practice tests), but some insight into this would be helpful in guiding me. Thank you for all the great articles!

    • Joshua Craven and Evan Jones on

      Hey Travis,

      It probably works out that they are accepting an amount of in-state students proportionate to the percentage who apply. Therefore, I don’t imagine that there is any noticeable preference for either group. I’m interviewing the dean of admissions of UT Law soon and I will be sure to ask this.

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