The Common Law

Law can be cool – attend 'Explore UT' at the Law School

Anyone interested in the law should think about attending Explore UT this Saturday on the UT-Austin campus. Explore UT is a free event that invites Texans to experience the rich resources of a world-class university. Visitors to Explore UT can attend activities throughout campus, including at the UT Law School.

At the law school, visitors can listen to and participate in legal discussions regarding a wide variety of topics. Some of the interesting legal subject matters discussed will include Norma Cantu's discussion on Texas School Finance cases (including the case that must be resolved in early 2006 for school to open next fall), professor George Dix's talk on what Texas law requires for "legal insanity" and why Andrea Yates' situation presented such a difficult case, the always controversial professor Lino Graglia's discussion on the role of the U.S. Supreme Court, and professor Douglas Laycock's presentation on religious liberty issues in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prospective law students and other people with a serious interest in the law should take advantage of this opportunity to get a taste of what it is like to listen and discuss the law with UT's prestigious law faculty. Even those not so serious about the law will have a good time, as the current topics that will be discussed will make you the most informed "legal mind" at your next cocktail party or happy hour.

Events will take place, rain or shine, between 11am and 5pm on Sat., March 4, at the UT Law School (727 E. Dean Keeton). Check out for a schedule of all programs offered at Explore UT, including times and locations, directions to campus, and parking.

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The material in this column is for informational purposes only. It does not constitute, nor is it a substitute for, legal advice. For advice on your specific facts and circumstances, consult a licensed attorney. You may wish to contact the Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas, a non-profit public service of the Austin Bar Association, at 512-472-8303 or

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