Orientation and Counseling
The Law School is firmly committed to the "open door" policy in faculty-student relations. From the first academic contact during orientation until graduation, the faculty is available for consultation with respect to the course of study, problems of general scholarship, and other matters relating to the student's progress in school. With a low student-faculty ratio, each student has abundant opportunities for extensive personal contact with the faculty.
Legal educators agree that student development is greatly aided by professional experiences outside the classroom and by frequent and varied contacts with those actively practicing law. Advanced students may become adjunct members of the Lubbock County Bar Association. All students are encouraged to attend meetings of the association and various continuing legal education programs in which the Law School takes an active part. The Court of Appeals for the Seventh District of Texas sits in the courtroom of the Law School once each semester. The United States Tax Court holds sessions here each year. In addition, various state agencies have held hearings in the school. Students are welcome to observe these proceedings and also to visit any of the courts in Lubbockfederal, state, county, and municipal.
Board of Barristers
The Board of Barristers is a student organization responsible for promoting and administering numerous programs designed to develop a wide range of lawyering skillscourtroom advocacy, brief writing, client interviewing and counseling, and negotiation. Among the board's responsibilities are administering interschool and interscholastic moot court, mock trial, negotiations, and client counseling competitions; presenting skills clinics and workshops; preparing and administering the first year advocacy seminars; presenting mock trial demonstrations to various school groups; judging high school mock trial competitions; and providing support for the trial advocacy classes. Members of the board are selected from advanced students who have demonstrated competence in advocacy, counseling, and related activities and who are interested in assisting other students in improving their skills.
The Board of Barristers Association includes members of all former boards of the Texas Tech Law School. Through the association, the present board keeps former members informed of the status of interschool competition teams and interschool oral advocacy activities.
In addition, the board assists in selecting members of the interschool teams that compete across the country.
Several prestigious Texas firms have contributed generously to the support of the competitions and teams:
Jackson Walker, L.L.P. (Dallas) Fall Moot Court
Jose, Henry, Brantley & Keltner, L.L.P. (Ft. Worth) Fall Mock Trial
Brian Loncar '87 (Dallas) Negotiation
Mehaffy & Weber (Beaumont) First Year Mock Trial
Scott, Hulse, Marshall, Feuille, Finger & Thurmond, P.C. (El Paso) Spring Mock Trial
Asian-American Law Students Association
The Asian-American Law Students Association (AALSA) promotes the professional needs and goals of Asian-American law students. The organization serves as a support group and instills in the Asian-American law student a greater awareness of the needs in the Asian community. AALSA is open to all law students.
Black Law Students Association
The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) open to all Law School students attempts to focus on the many aspects of being an African American law student. The organization tries to recruit African Americans and help them adjust to Law School and life in West Texas.
By being a viable working organization on campus, BLSA hopes to expand and enhance the student body's knowledge of African Americans.
Christian Legal Society
The Christian Legal Society (CLS) promotes spiritual growth and fellowship among Christian law students and provides a Christian foundation for the practice of law. Activities to further these objectives include Bible studies, faculty led seminars, meetings with prominent Christian lawyers and judges, and social events. Any student who desires to contribute to the goals of CLS is eligible for membership.
Cornerstone Alumni Magazine
The Cornerstone Alumni Magazine is the publication for the School of Law Alumni Association. The magazine and its electronic counterpart Cornerstone: Online are written and designed by a student editorial board. Student participation is encouraged for those who have, or are interested in, writing or publishing experience.
Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
The Criminal Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) promotes the interests of students who intend to practice in the field of criminal law. Its purposes include the encouragement of professional growth of students to develop the prosecution and defense skills of the membership, to assist members in joining other state and national associations devoted to criminal defense and prosecution, and to provide the opportunity to network with professionals in the practice of criminal prosecution and defense at both the federal and state levels.
Environmental Law Society
This organization provides informational programs in the areas of environmental and natural resource law, and to afford opportunities for students to regularly meet and discuss issues in these areas. An environmental law job seminar is held annually to inform students of opportunities to practice in the area. National and state meetings may be attended by members to increase their knowledge of environmental law and meet students in Environmental Law Societies from Texas and around the United States. All students at Texas Tech are eligible for membership.
The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies consists of legal practitioners and law students interested in the current state of the legal order. It is founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities.
The society works to reorder priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty and the rule of law. The society strives to encourage serious consideration of constitutional issues and the legal order by promoting scholarly debate. Organization activities stress the pervasive influence of constitutional issues and their effect on everyday events. It is not the viewpoint that is emphasized, but the concept of free and open debate between different perspectives concerning important issues. Only by realizing the importance of the Constitution and the ideals it represents can citizens guarantee the Constitution's continued success as the foundation of our republican government.
The Law School has active chapters of three professional legal fraternities Delta Theta Phi, Phi Alpha Delta, and Phi Delta Phi. Activities of the fraternities consist of professional development, school and community related services, and various social functions.
International Law Society
The International Law Society (ILS) provides information to law students in practical areas of international law and transactions and promotes awareness in the Law School community of this increasingly important area of practice. In recent years, Texas has seen a dramatic increase in international transactions thereby creating new opportunities for Texas attorneys. ILS concentrates on the areas of law and practice common in Texas that are international in scope. Such areas include banking, real estate, taxation, trade and investment with Mexico and Latin America, oil and gas, export-import, intellectual property, high-tech industry, and arbitration and litigation. Through guest speakers, an ILS library, and various informational sources, ILS assists students in identifying potential areas of international legal practice. ILS has also proposed school participation in Jessup International Moot Court and course work in international business transactions.
Judicial Bench Book
Students working on bench book projects may be awarded 1 hour of credit during the spring term for each year of service by the student on the editorial board. The administrative director of each bench book project will be permitted to earn 1 credit per semester of service in such capacity up to a maximum of 4 hours credit.
Lambda Law Students
Lambda Law Students (Lambda) provides support and information for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) law students. Lambda goals include providing speakers on GLBT legal issues, holding social events, and providing a source of fellowship for GLBT law students. Lambda encourages and supports the legal development of students who desire to work for equal rights for all persons regardless of sexual orientation. Lambda is open to all GLBT and GLBT-friendly law students.
The Law Review is a professional legal journal managed and edited by second- and third-year law students. The Law Review publishes both student-written notes and comments on various areas of the law and articles by professors, judges, and practicing attorneys. Membership in the Law Review is a recognition of superior academic achievement and a unique educational opportunity.
The top-ranked first-year students are invited to join the Law Review. In addition, a write-on competition allows all students an opportunity to be selected to the Law Review. Approximately half of each incoming group of Law Review members are selected based on their academic achievement, with the other half chosen for their writing abilities. An elected editorial board governs the organization's operations. The presiding third-year editorial board elects the editorial board for the following year from among the second-year members.
The principal responsibilities of Law Review members are to produce a publishable-quality article on a current legal problem. Their work is done under the supervision of the editorial board, with the assistance of a faculty sponsor. The editorial board guides the second-year members in their writing and editing responsibilities.
Legal Computer Society
The Legal Computer Society (LCS) was established to operate and maintain the Lawline computer bulletin board system, to promote the awareness and use of computers in the legal profession, and to educate members in how the emergence of computers in society affects the law.
Legal Research Board
The Legal Research Board (LRB) is a student organization that updates and maintains two bench manuals for Texas trial judges. Board membership includes only select second and third year students proficient in research and writing. Board activities provide not only a valuable service to the Texas judiciary, but also an educational experience for the law student members.
Mexican American Law Students Association
The Mexican American Law Students Association (MALSA) is a new organization that was formed to better serve the needs and goals of Mexican American law students at Texas Tech. MALSA objectives include recruiting and retaining Mexican Americans, student support, job placement, and involvement in community projects.
MALSA participates in the following activities: Mexican American Speaker Series, employment forum, recruitment trips, accepted students phone banking week, forming an alumni directory, elementary school mentoring program, and various social events.
Minority Law Students Association
The Minority Law Students Association (MLSA) encourages minority students to pursue a legal career and promotes the interests of minority students already enrolled. MLSA schedules speakers who represent minority interests, cooperates with community organizations on projects relating to minority groups, works with the Admissions Committee to encourage minority student applications to Law School, and provides social events for its members.
Student Academic Support Services
Student Academic Support Services (SASS) is a student organization focusing on helping first year students adjust to Law School. SASS sponsors "how to" programs on topics such as taking exams, handling stress, class preparation, summer jobs, and class scheduling. Both professors and students speak at the "how to" programs (held during the fall and spring) and offer their tips and advice on how to succeed in Law School.
SASS also sponsors a mentor program that matches first year students with second and third year students. The program provides "first years" with friends who can guide them through the challenging first year of Law School.
Texas Aggie Bar Association
The Texas Aggie Bar Association was founded in 1996 on two principles: to aid the administration in recruiting graduates of Texas A&M University to the Texas Tech School of Law and to bring together former students of Texas A&M who are currently enrolled at Texas Tech School of Law for the purposes of assistance and fellowship.
We also carry out the traditions of Texas A&M University by joining with the local alumni organization to help bring events such as Aggie Muster to Lubbock. The organization is active in various community services, and all students are encouraged to participate.
The Texas Bank Lawyer
The Texas Bank Lawyer (TBL) is an organization comprised of students with an interest in commercial law and banking. The organization works with the Texas Association of Bank Counsel to publish their newsletter, the Texas Bank Lawyer.
Through TBL's weekly meetings, the student is exposed to discussions of current cases and developments in banking law. Students also contribute written materials for publication in the monthly newsletter and provide a service to bank attorneys statewide by reading recent court cases and preparing concise overviews of the opinions.
Students working on the Texas Bank Lawyer may be awarded 1 hour of credit during the spring term for each year of service by the student on the editorial board. The two principal editors will be permitted to earn 1 additional credit per semester of service in such capacity up to a maximum of 4 hours of credit.
Texas Tech Journal of Texas Administrative Law
Students working on this journal will be permitted to receive course credit and satisfy the advanced writing requirement under the same rules as allowed for the Law Review.
Texas Tech Student Bar Association
The Texas Tech Student Bar Association (SBA) was organized to promote the objectives of the legal profession and the law student's transition into the profession. Its membership encompasses the entire student body and its elected officers act as the Law School student government. All students are eligible to participate in SBA activities and to attend the regular meetings of officers. Officers are selected by school-wide election at various points throughout the academic year and serve as the voice of the SBA in all official matters.
The SBA engages in a variety of activities designed to enhance the educational and social experience of law students. The association sponsors speakers who discuss issues important to the law student and listen and act upon the concerns of law students and administration. It serves as a vital link of communication between administration, faculty, and the student body. It provides a variety of services, including a nonprofit bookstore and funding of student organizations. Dues-paying members also receive special privileges such as the ability to cash personal checks and sell textbooks in the SBA bookstore and discounts to various Law School functions. All students are encouraged to participate and have a direct voice in their experience at Texas Tech School of Law.
Texas Tech University Law Partners
All persons involved in the lives of law students are encouraged to join TTU Law Partners. The organization offers a variety of social and service activities for the "partners" and gives the students a chance to break away from the books. TTU Law Partners work not only to provide support for their students, but also to support the entire student population and provide general assistance to the Law School. Most importantly, the organization provides its members with the opportunity to meet other people with similar concerns such as housing, child care, and employment needs, as well as learning how to deal with the pressures of living with a law student.
Volunteer Law Students Association
VLSA works in conjunction with West Texas Legal Services to provide legal assistance to indigent members of the Lubbock community. Students participate in trimonthly pro bono clinics where they are provided with the unique opportunity to interview clients and examine pending legal disputes. Students may also work under the supervision of volunteer attorneys in the preparation of cases for trial or settlement.
Although students receive no academic credit or monetary compensation, the program maintains wide student support and involvement.
Women in Law
Women in Law (WIL) was originally designed to encourage women to participate fully in the legal profession and to serve as a support group for women law students but has become much more. WIL works in conjunction with Lubbock County Women Lawyers Association to provide a mentor/mentee program for WIL members. The mentor program has proven to be an invaluable way for women to become comfortable with networking.
Women in Law also finds ways to contribute to the local community. Members have held clothing drives for the women's shelter, provided holiday celebrations for children who otherwise might not have enjoyed the holiday, and are always looking for different ways to contribute to the community. Every year WIL puts together a team for the Race for the Cure Run/Walk.
The most notable event for WIL is hosting the annual Wine and Cheese where an outstanding female professional is chosen to speak at the Law School. The esteemed speaker then attends the Wine and Cheese held in her honor at the home of Dean Newton. Previous speakers have included Sarah Weddington (Roe v. Wade) and Justice Anne McClure from the Eighth Court of Appeals. This year's speaker is a Texas Supreme Court Justice.
WIL members are participating for the first time in the National Women Law Students' Association (NWLSA) National Moot Court Competition. In addition, some members attend seminars held by the NWLSA which cover many topics of interest to women. WIL welcomes men and women as members.
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LAST UPDATE: 8-22-01