Lubbock is a major regional center for business and industry, located in the heart of the vast Southern Plains of West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Lubbock's location provides easy access to the Southwest, the Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains region. The city is located 320 miles from Dallas-Ft. Worth, 400 miles from San Antonio, and 520 miles from Houston. Lubbock's climate is semiarid and mild. It is the medical center for the entire West Texas and Eastern New Mexico region. The population is nearly 200,000.
The smaller size of the law school provides an atmosphere of informality and accessibility with the 23:1 student-faculty ratio. The "open-door" policy allows students to visit with faculty as needed beyond classroom hours. In addition to classrooms and seminar rooms, the Law School building has an expansive law library, courtroom, computer laboratory, office of career services, lounge area, snack area, locker room, student organization offices, and faculty and administrative offices.
In 1998, the entering class numbered 217 from an applicant pool of 1,068. The median LSAT score for the 1998 class was 154 (64.0 percent), and the median GPA was 3.37. Ethnically, 18 percent of the students are minorities: 13 percent Hispanic, 3 percent African American, 1 percent Asian-Pacific Islander, 1 percent Native American. The first year class consisted of 119 male and 98 female students.
Texas Tech School of Law has a faculty of 26 full-time professors as well as adjunct professors with expertise in various areas of practice. There are 6 administrators and 28 supporting staff members (both administration and library). The student-faculty ratio is 23:1.
Tuition and Fees (Academic Year)
|Tuition and Fees||$ 6,596|
|(Nonresidents add $5,070)|
|Room and Board||5,434|
|Books and Supplies||832|
|Miscellaneous and Personal||2,268|
|(Nonresident total $21,744)|
Our curriculum is composed of courses designed to provide students with a strong foundation in law appropriate to practice in any jurisdiction. Students can choose elective courses that emphasize practice and procedure in the state of Texas.
Placement and the Texas Bar
In the fall of 1998, 59 legal employers came on campus. At graduation, 45 percent of the graduates had full-time job offers. Six months after graduation, 91 percent of the class of 1998 had accepted positions, with 98 percent of the graduates choosing to practice law in Texas. Private practice comprised 81 percent of the class; 9 percent of the class is employed by state or federal agencies; judicial clerks equal 8 percent; military, public interest, and corporate practice make up the other 2 percent.
Texas Tech historically ranks at or near the number one position in the Texas Bar Examination results. Texas Tech's pass rate on the July 1998 Texas Bar Exam was 87.7 percent.
Library and Computer Facilities
The Texas Tech Law Library provides students wide-ranging access to legal information resources both printed and on-line. Texas Tech law students have access to computer equipment and facilities unparalleled in the nation. Study carrels are computer-based work stations where students perform computer-assisted legal research, word processing, and a number of other functions in an office-like setting. The superior computer resources complement the substantial collection of printed materials available.
Joint Degree Programs
J.D.Master of Business Administration
J.D.Master of Public Administration
J.D.Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics
J.D.Master of Science in Accounting (Taxation)
Asian-American Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Board of Barristers
Christian Legal Society
Criminal Trial Lawyers Association
Environmental Law Society
International Law Society
Legal Computer Society
Legal Research Board
Mexican American Law Students Association
Minority Law Students Association
Student Academic Support Services
Texas Aggie Bar Association
Texas Tech Student Bar Association
Texas Tech University Law Partners
The Texas Bank Lawyer
Volunteer Law Students and Lawyers
Women in Law
Delta Theta Phi, Phi Alpha Delta, Phi Delta Phi
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LAST UPDATE: 7-20-99