Located in Lubbock, deep in the proverbial heart of Texas, Texas Tech Law School is one of the best deals in legal education, particularly for those intending to practice in small or medium law firms in Texas; over 90% of Texas Tech Law graduates practice in the Lone Star State.
As a city, Lubbock is famous for its cotton-growing South Plains and for its status as dry; FYI, the cotton's still there, but as of May 2009, the liquor laws have changed, and alcohol sales have expanded.
Texas Tech Law had a very liberal 43% acceptance rate in 2007, and the school is also known for offering attractive financial aid packages.
Texas Tech Law's 3-year full-time Juris Doctor (J.D.) program operates from mid-August to mid-May; there is a summer session but no part-time program, and classes are only offered during the day.
1802 Hartford Avenue
Lubbock, TX 79409-0004
Email: Contact form on website
- Total Enrollment in 2007-2008
- GPA/LSAT Scores
- Costs and Fees (2008-2009)
Student to Faculty Ratio: 1: 15.3
LSAT Median: 154
LSAT 25/75 Percentile: 151-157
UGPA Median: 3.55
UGPA 25/75 Percentile: 3.34-3.75
$14,188 (In-state residents)
Room and board: $7,680
Total estimated budget:
$27,178 (In-state residents)
Application fee: $50
Application deadline: Rolling admissions, although those received before February 1, 2010 for Fall 2010 admission will receive priority; deadline for early admission decisions is November 1.
In addition to the application and fee, applicants must submit:
- Personal statement
- LSDAS report
- Letters of recommendation (up to three)
- Residency questionnaire
Texas Tech Law accepts transfer students, who must apply to the school with the same materials as entering students plus:
- Official transcript showing grades for all law courses attempted; and
- Letter from current dean concerning the present academic status and rank in class.
For more information on transferring to Texas Tech Law, see Information for Transfer Students.
Degrees and Curriculum
In order to earn a Juris Doctor degree, a Texas Tech Law student must acquire 90 semester hours of credit with a GPA of at least 2.0. For more information on graduation requirements, see Overview of the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) Program..
The first-year curriculum includes Legal Practice I and II, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Torts, Criminal Law, and Property. Upper-level required courses include Business Entities, Commercial Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Income Taxation, Professional Responsibility, and Wills and Trusts.
Texas Tech Law offers several dual degree programs, including J.D./M.D., J.D./M.B.A., JD/MS, and more, in which students can earn a J.D. along with another professional degree from one of the university’s graduate or professional schools; applications to the programs must be filed separately.
Texas Tech Law offers several international law programs, including those in Spain, France, Australia, and Mexico.
Law Journals and Other ActivitiesTexas Tech law has five student publications, including the Texas Tech Law Review, Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal, and the Texas Tech Lawyer, the alumni magazine.
Along with many student organizations, the law school has specialized programs and centers for specific legal interests including the Center for Military Law and Policy, Business Law Certificate, and Health Law Program. Bar Exam Passage Rate
A majority of Texas Tech Law students take the Texas State Bar Exam and, in 2007, achieved an 87.1% pass rate. The overall pass rate for the Texas Bar Exam was 82%.
From the 2007 graduating class of Texas Tech Law, 40.7% were employed at graduation and 92.1% were employed nine months after graduation. Starting salaries in the private sector averaged $77,000, and $41,000 in the public sector. Seventeen percent of Texas Tech Law grads work in the government.