Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I submit my application?
Applications must be submitted electronically through the LSAC, find our online application HERE.
- How will Texas Tech School of Law receive my letters of recommendation/evaluations?
Applicants must have their recommenders submit letters of recommendations directly to LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). For Texas Tech Law, applicants must submit a minimum of two letters of recommendation, we will accept up to three letters. We will receive the letters of recommendation from LSAC. Letters mailed to the law school will not be considered.
- Can the application be used for any semester?
No. We accept first-year students for the fall semester only. We accept transfer and visiting students for all semesters. Please choose the appropriate electronic application to apply for admission as an entering, transfer (fall or spring), or visiting (fall, spring, summer) student. If you are denied admission and choose to reapply in a subsequent year, you must complete a new application form.
- How soon will I get a decision?
Texas Tech Law considers applications on a rolling admissions basis. When an applicant's file is complete, it becomes eligible for consideration. We try to have decisions made for all early notification applicants by January 10 and Regular Decision applicants by the first week of April. The earlier you apply, the higher your chances of receiving a decision before the end of that time window.
- Will you accept my spring semester grades?
Yes. An updated transcript may be submitted to LSAC at any time and the cumulative grade point average will be recomputed to reflect the additional grades. An updated report will be automatically electronically transmitted to Texas Tech Law.
- May I schedule a personal interview?
No. Time limitations and the large number of applicants prevent us from granting personal interviews.
- May I appeal the denial of my application?
Decisions made by the Admissions Committee are final and not subject to appeal. Occasionally, an applicant wishes to report a material change in his or her application, such as a new LSAT score or GPA as evidenced by an updated LSAC CAS Report. In this event, an applicant should contact Texas Tech Law and request their file be reconsidered.
- What factors are weighed in making a decision on my application?
While considerable weight is placed upon your LSAT score and grade point average, the Admissions Committee looks beyond the quantitative data in making its decisions and considers such factors as background, experience, extracurricular activities and interests, and evidence of leadership qualities.
- Can I apply after the deadline?
Yes, but your chances of admission or a scholarship will be greatly diminished. Late applications will not be reviewed until after all timely applications are reviewed.
- What is the Declaration of Intent to Study Law?
The Texas Board of Law Examiners (BLE) requires every person who intends to take the Texas Bar examination to file a Declaration of Intent to Study Law. The declaration requires disclosure of all legal and academic offenses. The admissions application requires the same disclosures. Any discrepancies between the two forms are reported to the School of Law. Possible disciplinary action, including revocation of admission or suspension, may result.
The declaration must be filed on a form provided by the BLE. The forms should be filed after classes start and submitted by the deadlines shown in the next frequently asked question. The current filing fee for the Declaration of Intent to Study Law is $190. Students who expect to practice in other states should investigate possible similar requirements in such states.
- When do I file my Declaration of Intent to Study Law form?
The Declaration of Intent to Study Law must be filed with the Texas Board of Law Examiners (BLE) during the student's first year of law school and must be accompanied by a copy of the student's law school application. Please make a copy of your application and keep it to submit with your declaration. The filing deadline for fall entrants is October 1.
After filing the Declaration of Intent to Study Law, the applicant will have to be fingerprinted. A time will be scheduled at the Law School for the fingerprinting. Each student will be required to pay a fee of $9.95 by credit card, certified check, or money order at the time the prints are taken.
- Does the application require a personal statement and a resume?
Yes. The personal statement may discuss your motivation for seeking a career in law and your goals relevant to the profession. You can also use this opportunity to write about something you are passionate about, any personal experiences, past challenges or disadvantages and how you overcame them, or any special conditions you believe relevant. The Admissions Committee reads hundreds of applications each admissions cycle, ensure yours has been proofread and maintains your voice.
Yes. Resumes are also required. Texas Tech Law encourages applicants to have resumes reviewed by a Career Services member at their undergraduate institution.
- Are letters of recommendation or evaluations required?
Yes. You must submit at least two letters of recommendation. The recommenders must submit the letters to LSAC. Any letters of recommendation received by mail will not be accepted.
The Admissions Committee will examine the basis for the evaluator's comments when deciding the importance to assign to the letters of recommendation. The committee assigns little significance to letters written by politicians, attorneys, or judges whose opinion of the applicant is primarily based on a personal relationship to the applicant or applicant's family. If the evaluator can speak only to knowing you as a family acquaintance or simply repeat the accomplishments listed in your resume, the evaluation or letter will not assist the Admissions Committee. The committee values comments made by those with whom you have had a close working or academic relationship.
- What is the application fee?
The application fee is $60.
- Can I call to check the status of my application?
No. However, you may check the status of your application HERE.
- How soon will I get a decision?
We strive to make all decisions by early April. However, the Admissions Committee may continue making decisions as late as early August. We review files on a rolling basis beginning in November for early decision applicants and January for regular decision applicants.
- How does the waitlist work?
Some applicants may display qualities or achievements that indicate they could succeed at Texas Tech Law, but may not have the qualifications to merit acceptance at the time they are reviewed based on factors such as the number of offers outstanding or predicted class size. Such applicants might be placed on the waitlist. This means that the applicant's file remains under consideration until a final determination can be made. When a final decision is made, the applicant will be notified. It is possible, though rare, that applicants could remain on the waitlist until as late as August before a final decision can be made.
- What is the cost of tuition, books, and supplies?
Tuition and fees for 2017/2018 are $23,116 for Texas residents and $34,456 for nonresidents (based on 29 credit hours). For a detailed tuition and fee schedule, visit our financial aid page.
Students who move to Texas after reaching the age of 18 are considered to be nonresidents unless they have resided in the state for other than educational purposes for a period of 12 months immediately preceding enrollment. Questions of residency status frequently arise concerning members of the armed forces assigned to duty in Texas and persons who have been Texas residents but have moved out of Texas for employment. Applicants in these and other circumstances involving questionable residency status should seek clarification from Texas Tech Law.
- What is the application fee? Can I get it waived?
The application fee is $60. Texas Tech Law automatically waives the application fee for applicants who receive a waiver from the Law School Admissions Council. Applicants wanting a fee waiver may make a request to the Office of Admissions via email (email@example.com).
- If I am accepted, will I have to pay a deposit?
Yes. All accepted applicants must pay a nonrefundable deposit soon after being accepted to hold their place in the entering class. Applicants who fail to submit their deposit by the date specified in their acceptance letter forfeit their place in the entering class.
- When will the application become available?
The new application becomes available on or about September 1.
- When is the deadline for applications?
Early Notification: November 1, 2017
Your application must be submitted by November 1 and your file must be complete by November 10. Acceptance through Early Notification is not binding, it simply means you will receive earlier notification regarding your status.
Regular Decision: March 1, 2018
Late Decision: July 15, 2018
Applications received after the Regular Decision date will be reviewed after all other timely applications. Scholarships will be awarded upon availability.
- Can I apply after the deadline?
Yes, however, your chance of admission is diminished because many acceptances have been made by the time your file is considered.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
- What scholarship opportunities are available and when will I know if I am receiving
Incoming students are automatically considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. The Office of Admissions awards scholarships to incoming students primarily on the basis of merit.
Second and third year students are able to apply for scholarship funds based on their law school performance during the spring semester.
- What is the FICE code for completing the FAFSA?
The code for Texas Tech University is 003644.
- How do I register for the LSAT?
Please visit the Law School Admission Council's website, HERE.
- When are the LSAT tests administered?
The LSAT is traditionally administered four times throughout the year: February, June, September, and December of each year. LSAT scores are good for five years.
LSAC recently announced that beginning in mid-2018, the testing schedule will increase testing dates from four to six annually.
- Is the February LSAT too late if I want to start this fall?
Not necessarily, however, it is strongly encourage to sit for an earlier test. Applicants taking later LSAT administrations need not wait for a score before submitting their application. It is better to submit your application before the deadline and wait for the score in order for your application to be marked complete than to wait for your score and submit a late application.
- How are multiple LSAT scores evaluated?
We consider all LSAT scores, but the higher score is what is used for statistical purposes. It is still in the best interest of the applicant to fully prepare for the exam and plan on sitting for the exam once. Never take the LSAT exam for practice under the belief that you can achieve a higher score at a later date.
- Does Texas Tech Law offer an early decision program?
No, however, Texas Tech Law does offer an early notification option. Applicants who submit their application by November 1, 2017 will be notified of their status by January 10, 2018.
- I am in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. Are there special admissions
programs I am eligible for?
Yes. Students in the Texas Tech Honors College are eligible to apply for the Texas Tech University Honors College 3+3 Program or Early Decision Plan.
The Honors 3+3 program allows outstanding Honors College students to replace their senior year of undergraduate education with their first year of law school, completing both in six years instead of seven.
The Honors College Early Decision Plan allows outstanding Honors College students to apply during their junior year, and, if accepted, guarantee a place in our incoming class upon graduation. This does not save any time, but it does allow students to have their law school plans made a year sooner than normal.
- Do you have any dual degree programs available?
Yes. Texas Tech Law has 10 dual degree programs. For more information, click HERE.
- Can I specialize in a particular area of law?
Although concentration or specialization is not required, the law school curriculum is sufficiently broad to allow, through a judicious use of electives, a concentration in some areas of law. These areas include property and estate planning, tax law litigation, judicial administration and procedure, environmental and natural resource planning, public interest law, commercial law, business association, criminal law, and administrative law. Applicants should view the curriculum to ensure that a sufficient number of courses, including supplemental and related courses, are offered in their area of interest.
- What are the requirements for transferring?
Students may apply as transfer students after they have completed the fall and spring semesters at their current law school. Students must submit (1) a transfer application, (2)transcripts from their fall and spring semesters, (3) a letter of recommendation from a current law professor, and (4) a letter of good standing based on both fall and spring grades. Students may transfer up to 30 credit hours, the determination of accepted hours will be made by our Dean of Academic Affairs and registrar's office. While we accept applications from any students interested in transferring, students who show they are capable of the academic workload are typically the students that get more serious consideration from the Admissions Committee.
- How does Texas Tech Law evaluate law school transfer credits?
Students may receive transfer credit for courses completed at other law schools approved by the American Bar Association in two ways. First, students who initially matriculate at another ABA-approved law school may transfer to Texas Tech Law and receive credits for courses taken at the other school. Second, students at Texas Tech Law may receive credit for courses taken as a visiting student at another ABA-approved law school.
The credit for a course taken at another law school will not transfer unless the student receives a grade for the course at or above that law school's grade point average required for graduation. If the other law school requires a C cumulative grade point average for graduation, for example, and the student receives a passing grade lower than a C (e.g. D+), credit for that course will not transfer.
The credit for a course at another law school graded on a pass-fail basis will not transfer. The associate dean for academic affairs may authorize the transfer of credit for a course graded on a pass-fail basis if the instructor for that course certifies that the student would have received a grade at or above the school's grade point average required for graduation had the course been graded on a basis other than pass-fail.
Students cannot receive credit for courses taken at another law school and at Texas Tech Law in the same subject. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs will determine whether a particular course violates this rule.
If a student has completed a course at another law school in a subject required for graduation at Texas Tech Law but the credit is less than the amount required for graduation here, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may designate another course in the subject area which the student can take to satisfy the graduation requirement if the credits for the original course and the additional course meet or exceed the credits required. A transfer student must register for substitute courses in their first year at Texas Tech Law which, if completed successfully, will meet graduation requirements in that subject. If the Associate Dean is not able to designate a substitute course from the curriculum in the transfer student's first year here, that student must take the Texas Tech Law course in that subject.
A degree-program student at Texas Tech wishing to transfer credit for courses at another law school must obtain permission from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs prior to enrolling in the courses. The student must file a Request to Transfer Credit for Courses from Another Law School form prior to enrolling at the other law school. If the student is unable to register for the courses for which he or she has permission, the student must file an amended Request to Transfer Credit form to reflect the new course selections.
- How many credits can I transfer?
Students cannot transfer more than 30 credits for courses taken at another ABA-approved law school to be counted towards the requirements of the J.D. degree from Texas Tech Law. No credit will be transferred for courses taken at a law school that is not approved by the ABA.
- Will my GPA transfer as well?
Only the credits for courses taken at another law school will be recorded on a student's Texas Tech Law transcript. The grades for these courses will not be recorded on the student's transcript and will not be used to compute the student's cumulative grade point average at Texas Tech Law.