Texas Tech University

Special Admissions Programs

  • Texas Tech Honors College Early Decision Plan

    Texas Tech Law and the Texas Tech University Honors College cooperate in an Early Decision Plan. Under this plan, exceptional applicants with a minimum of 90 semester credit hours can seek and receive notification of their acceptance to the Law School during their third year at Texas Tech and then enroll in the Law School after receiving their baccalaureate degrees. To be eligible to apply under the Early Decision Plan, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5.

    • Have a LSAT score that places them in the top half nationwide.

    • Have a SAT score of at least 1300 or an ACT score of at least 29.

    • Be enrolled in the Honors College and be making satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate degree with a diploma designation in Honors studies.

    Students must 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 take the LSAT by December of that year. The Admissions Committee applies the same standards and procedures for Early Decision applicants as those received under the traditional admission process. Students who receive and accept an Early Decision offer must commit to enroll at Texas Tech Law and may not apply to other law schools. Please visit the Honors College for more information.

    Texas Tech Honors College "3+3" Early Admission Program

    The Law School, in conjunction with the Texas Tech University Honors College, offers a "3+3" Early Admission Program. Under this program, honors students in good standing who are working toward a B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B.M., or B.G.S. degree in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the College of Arts and Sciences, or the Honors College may gain early admission to Texas Tech Law by completing a minimum of 100 semester hours of coursework (three years) in their undergraduate college and then completing three years of coursework at the Law School.

    These students can receive a baccalaureate degree and Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in a minimum of six years as opposed to the traditional seven years of study. Students must 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 take the LSAT by December of that year. The Admissions Committee applies the same standards and procedures for "3+3" applicants as those received under the traditional admission process. To be eligible for admission under this plan, students must meet the following criteria:

    • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5.

    • Have a LSAT score that places them in the top half nationwide.

    • Have a SAT score of at least 1300 or an ACT score of at least 29.

    • Be enrolled in the Texas Tech University Honors College and be making satisfactory progress toward a Visual and Performing Arts, Arts and Sciences, or Honors College degree (B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B.M., or B.G.S.) consistent with the regulations established by the colleges.

    Of the minimum 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 higher education institutions, 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 calls for a minimum of three long semesters of work at Texas Tech for Honors graduation.)

    The minimum 100 hours of work must satisfy all graduation requirements for the B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B.M. or B.G.S. 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). Students must also complete the minimum requirements for an Honors College designation as outlined in the Honors Student Handbook.

    To earn the baccalaureate degree, the applicant for a degree under this plan must submit an official transcript from Texas Tech Law after completion of the first year of law school. Evidence of successful completion of the first year of law school coursework (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.

    For students in the College of Arts and Sciences, the total number of credit hours from outside the college (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. For students with a major in the Honors College or the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the 30-hour limit applies to courses from outside the student's major degree program that do not satisfy a Texas Tech Core Curriculum requirement.

    Any student selecting the "3+3" Early Admission Program option should plan carefully in consultation with an Assistant or Associate Dean 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 Admissions Staff at least two years prior to the desired start date for law school.

    Students wishing to pursue the "3+3" program must file a degree plan with an appropriate major and a law minor at least one semester prior to beginning their law school coursework.

  • Angelo State University Honors College Early Decision Plan

    Texas Tech Law and the Angelo State University Honors College cooperate in an Early Decision Plan. Under this plan, exceptional applicants with a minimum of 90 semester credit hours receive notification of their acceptance to the Law School during their third year at Angelo State. To be eligible to apply under the Early Decision Plan, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.5.

    • Have a LSAT score that places them in the top half nationwide.

    • Have a SAT score of at least 1300 or an ACT score of at least 29.

    • Be enrolled in the Honors College and be making satisfactory progress toward a baccalaureate degree with a diploma designation in Honors studies.

    Students must 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 take the LSAT by December of that year. The Admissions Committee applies the same standards and procedures for Early Decision applicants as those received under the traditional admission process. Students who receive and accept an Early Decision offer must commit to enroll at Texas Tech Law and may not apply to other law schools.

  • Austin College Early Decision Plan

    Under this plan, students enrolled at Austin College may apply and be accepted to Texas Tech Law before their final year at Austin College, a full year earlier than the Regular Decision plan. To be eligible to apply for the Austin College Early Decision Plan, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 at the time of the application (as calculated by LSAC) or be in the top 55% of their class;

    • Have a LSAT score above the 50th percentile of all takers;

    • Earn enough credits at Austin College to receive an Austin College diploma before enrolling at Texas Tech Law.

    Students must submit their application by November 1 of their third year (or during the fall semester of a year in which they are classified as juniors) and must take the LSAT no later than September/October of that year. Texas Tech Law guarantees an admissions decision no later than January 10, 2018.

    Because offers of admission extended under this program are binding, candidates may not apply to any other law school under a similar Early Decision process.

    Austin College "3+3" Early Admissions Program

    This plan allows honor students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree and a law degree in six years instead of seven. Students enrolled at Austin College who have earned at least 24 course credit units may apply for admission to the Law School at the start of their undergraduate junior year. If accepted to Texas Tech School of Law, students begin studying at Texas Tech Law during their fourth year at Austin College. Upon successful completion of their first year at Texas Tech Law, students earn their bachelor's degree from Austin College. Upon successful completion of the remaining two years of law school, students earn a J.D. from Texas Tech Law. To be eligible for admission under this plan, students must meet the following criteria:

    • Have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.25 at the time of the application (as calculated by LSAC) or be in the top 55% of their class;

    • Have a LSAT score above the 50th percentile of all takers;

    • Complete all of Austin College requirements for their degree and at least 30 course credits before enrolling at Texas Tech Law.

    Students must submit their application by November 1 of their third year (or during the fall semester of a year in which they are classified as juniors) and must take the LSAT no later than September/October of that year. Texas Tech Law guarantees an admissions decision no later than January 10, 2018.

    Because offers of admission extended under this program are binding, candidates may not apply to any other law school under a similar Early Decision process.

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