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Don’t Let UT Law School’s Nepotism Saddle You With Worry

At the University of Texas School of Law, friends and family of Texas state legislators are getting special admissions consideration.

The investigation into the matter has been halted, but a preliminary report found that one fourth of politically connected applicants were admitted despite GPAs and LSAT scores “well below” and “far below” the usual standards. These students produced four of the ten worst LSAT scores among all students since 2009.

What does this mean for you? Here’s my advice:

If your heart is set on UT School of Law and your GPA/LSAT scores aren’t up to snuff then perhaps you should try buddying up to a Lone Star lawmaker. You could send out a Facebook friend request or ask one to “please add me to your LinkedIn network.” It’s worth a shot.

Unlike Bigfoot, “nepotism” actually exists. You don’t hear about it in TV commercials like “priapism,” but I assure you both are very real. In case you didn’t know or haven’t looked it up, Google defines “nepotism” as “the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends.” Shocker, right?

Does this go on at other law schools? Of course it does.

It goes on everywhere: in schools, in the work place, in life.

Powerful people pull strings and law schools have a vested interested in keeping the powerful happy because powerful people do things like make donations, bring prestige and give graduates jobs.

What kind of long-term effects will these findings have on UT Law? Probably none.

I anticipate in the short term there will be some cool down on the political favoritism but soon enough things will go back to business as usual. Because that’s the thing about business…it’s all about connections.

And if you aren’t next of kin to any Texas politicians, just focus on getting into law school the old-fashioned way: by studying hard and getting a great LSAT score.