Why do they prefer to admit TX residents? I'm from TX, so this is great for me, but could someone explain this to me?
This is actually written into the state law. It's not just a school preference. The legistlature is the one who changed the number to 35% this year -- not the school. The other thing to remember is that UT only has to meet these numbers over a 10 year "swing", meaning for any given 10 year period, the numbers have to average to 80/20, and now 65/35.
And yes, I would argue that being out-of-state hurts you quite a bit in your chances. I think it probably slides the LSAT numbers up 2-3 points.