Early Acceptance Programs: TTU School of Law
Honors students may take advantage of one of two different routes to early acceptance to the Texas Tech University School of Law:
Interested in Law School? Take a look at the Honors Arts and Letters (HAL) Degree Pre-Law Track
Texas Tech University Honors College and School of Law - Early Decision Plan
The Honors College and the Law School cooperate in an Early Decision Plan which allows exceptional Law School applicants who are Honors College students in good standing to receive notification of their acceptance to the Law School during their third year at Texas Tech. Enrollment in the Law School would not occur until after the student receives a baccalaureate degree.
To be eligible to apply for Early Decision, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- have a minimum undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5;
- have an LSAT score that places them in the top half nationwide;
- have an SAT of at least 1300 or an ACT of at least 29; and
- be enrolled in the Texas Tech University Honors College and making satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate degree with a diploma designation in Honors studies.
- Submit an Honors certification form to the Honors College at the time of application to the Law School
Students will apply during the fall semester of their third year (or during the fall semester of a year in which they are classified as juniors) and must have taken the LSAT by December of that year. Students who receive and accept an Early Decision must commit to enroll at the Texas Tech University School of Law and may not apply to other law schools. The Admissions Committee applies the same standards and procedures for Early Decision applicants and applicants reviewed under the traditional admission process.
|Meet all entrance criteria of program|
|Develop a 4-yr plan of both volunteer experiences and extracurricular activities with evidence of leadership skills. Join PLAW student organization such as Phi Alpha Delta|
|Choose course work providing significant opportunities for reading, writing, and public speaking as well as supplying a critical understanding of human values and institutions (political, economic, and social) and the ability to think creatively|
|Study for LSAT or take review class (www.lsac.org)
Attend ACTT workshops on financial aid and application/test prep www.prelaw.ttu.edu
|June||Take LSAT (scores from multiple tests are typically averaged by many law schools; Students with LSAT scores below the TTU median should consider retaking the exam). Score must be in top half of national scores.|
|Begin drafts of personal statement and consider writers for 2 letters of recommendation|
|Keep PLAW designation after declaring major|
|4 long semesters (fall/spring) prior to graduation|
|August||3+3 students file degree plan with home college and declare Law minor (www.prelaw.ttu.edu)|
|Sept 1-Nov 1||
Law school application due for 3+3 and EDP programs
TTU LAW SCHOOL APPLICATION
This application will be used for law school scholarships including Honors Crofoot stipend
Submit certification form to Honors College at time of application
Certification Checklist (this form will also be used for possible scholarships)
|January||$750 deposit required for those accepted to program|
|May||3+3 students file intent to graduate with home college 1 year prior to graduation-complete 100 req’d hours|
|Notify Merit Scholarship Office of transfer to law school|
|Year of Graduation|
|Sept||3+3 students enter Law School and complete requirements for Law minor|
|Maintain active status with Honors College and complete Honors requirements by graduation|
|Maintain cumulative GPA requirement of 3.5|
|Complete undergraduate degree|
|May||3+3 students submit Law School transcript to College of A&S for undergraduate degree award|
|Students in EDP enter law school the following fall|
Texas Tech University Honors College and School of Law - 3 + 3 Plan
|Honors students in good standing with a major in the college of Arts and Sciences, Honors, or Visual and Performing Arts may obtain a B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B.M, or B.G.S degree by completing coursework totaling a minimum of 100 semester hours and then completing the first year course work at the Texas Tech School of Law. In order to be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet all of the following criteria:
TTU School of Law stats
Students with LSAT scores below the TTU median should consider retaking the exam
The following regulations apply:
Of the 100 semester hours of undergraduate work, at least the last 30 must be completed in residence at Texas Tech. This minimum will apply to transfer students from other colleges, provided they have satisfactorily completed the work outlined in the freshman and sophomore years or its equivalent. (Note that the Honors College residency requirement generally requires a minimum of three long semesters of work at Texas Tech for Honors graduation.)
The 100 hours of work must satisfy all graduation requirements for the B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B.M., or B.S.G degree in the home college at Texas Tech, with the exception of requirements in the minor (for students in the Honors College or the College of Visual and Performing Arts who do not have a minor, the hours will be applied toward elective credit). Honors students must complete the minimum requirements for an Honors College designation as outlined in the Honors Student Handbook.
The applicant for a degree under this plan must submit an official transcript from the Texas Tech School of Law following the completion of the first year of course work in the School of Law in order to earn the baccalaureate degree. Evidence of the successful completion of the first year of law school course work (totaling 29 hours) will substitute for the 18 hours required for the minor and any electives needed (totaling up to 11 hours) for the baccalaureate degree.
The total number of credit hours from outside the College of Arts and Sciences (including those transferred as non-Arts and Sciences credit) and the credit hours from the School of Law applied to the baccalaureate degree cannot exceed 30 hours.
Any student selecting the “3+3” Early Admission Program option should plan carefully in consultation with the Associate Deans of the Honors College and the home college at least one year prior to beginning professional school. Also, due to the unique nature of the law school application process, students are strongly encouraged to meet with the Assistant Dean for Admissions at the School of Law at least two years prior to the desired start date for law school. Students must apply for the 3+3 program during the fall semester of their third year and must take the LSAT by December of that year. The Admissions Committee applies the same standards and procedures for 3+3 applicants and applicants reviewed under the traditional admission process.
(N.B. Students wishing to pursue the “3+3” program must file a degree plan with appropriate major and a Law minor at least one semester prior to beginning their coursework in the Law School.) See www.prelaw.ttu.edu for more info.