School of Law
With a consistently high pass rate on the State Bar Exam, the School of Law at Texas Tech University has always been a leader among Texas law schools. A small student body, a diverse faculty, and a high level of faculty interaction are only a few of the factors that promote learning and encourage interaction between law students and professors.
Texas Tech School of Law has been named one of the Top 20 Best Value Law Schools in the nation for five consecutive years by pre-Law magazine. Recognizing that Texas Tech has one of the nation’s best first-year legal skills programs, U.S. News & World Report has twice ranked the law school’s Legal Practice Program among the 25 best law school legal writing programs
The School of Law offers two degree programs:
- Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.)
- Master of Laws in United States Legal Studies (LL.M.)
Because Texas Tech is the only campus in the state that is home to a major university, law school, and medical school, law students also can pursue any of the following 13 dual degree or certificate programs:
- J.D. / Doctor of Medicine
- J.D. / Master of Business Administration
- J.D. / Master of Engineering
- J.D. / Master of Public Administration
- J.D. / Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics
- J.D. / Master of Science in Accounting (Taxation)
- J.D. / Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology
- J.D. / Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning
- J.D. / Master of Science in Biotechnology
- J.D. / Law and Science Concentration Program
- J.D. / Business Law Concentration Program
- J.D. / Health Law Concentration Program
- J.D. / Excellence in Legal Research Program
The Texas Tech School of Law has a strong reputation for being practical in its approach to legal education, and its students consistently perform at a high level of achievement. Some of their impressive accomplishments include the following:
- Highest bar passage rates in the state (95 percent) for the July 2009 and February 2010 Texas Bar Examinations.
- Ranked among top five Moot Court programs in the nation by two major national ranking systems.
- National Champions, ABA Arbitration Competition, 2012, 2010, 2008.
- National Champions, National Moot Court Competition, 2012, 2011.
- National Champions, National Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition, 2010, 2008 (second place in 2009).
- National Champions, National Latino/a Law Students Association Moot Court Competition, 2010, 2009, 2008.
- International Champions, International Negotiation Competition, 2010, 2005.
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An applicant for admission to the School of Law must have received or completed all requirements for a baccalaureate degree from a college or university of approved standing prior to beginning study at the School of Law (unless enrolled under the “3+3” program described in the Honors College section of this catalog). An applicant’s record must be of sufficiently high quality to demonstrate the applicant is qualified for the study of law.
An applicant also must take the Law School Admission Test, which is administered by the Law School Admission Council four times a year throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.
The School of Law cooperates with the Texas Tech University Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Visual and Performing Arts to provide special admission programs for exceptional undergraduates. Consult the Honors College section of this catalog or view www.honr.ttu.edu for more information.
The School of Law does not prescribe a specific prelegal curriculum for its applicants. The wide range of lawyer tasks and the difference in offerings from school to school preclude such an approach. However, all students should strive toward the following goals when planning their college program: acquire the ability to read, write, and speak the English language well; gain a critical understanding of human values and institutions—political, economic, and social; and develop the power to think creatively.
Applications should be submitted to the School of Law at the earliest opportunity after September 1. The deadline for the Early Decision Program is November 1, and the deadline for the Regular Decision Program is February 15.
The Pre-Law Academy is a program designed for undergraduate students who are interested in attending law school and pursuing a career in the legal field. Students accepted into the Pre-Law Academy will take three undergraduate courses (PLAW 3101 and 4301; COMS 3314) that were developed to prepare them for the competitive law school admissions process and the demands of law school, while also helping them create a vision for themselves as law students and lawyers.
As part of the Academy, students will learn about legal rhetoric, legal analysis, and legal advocacy. In this regard, students will research contemporary legal controversies and write an objective legal memorandum, which will help them improve their critical thinking and writing skills. Students also will participate in roundtable discussions with law students, practicing lawyers, and law faculty, and they will be exposed to different practice areas by taking law-related tours. In addition, students will learn about the law school admissions process, including how to write a personal statement, prepare for the LSAT, and understand rankings and the cost of law school.
Students who complete the Pre-Law Academy will have a better understanding of law school and the practice of law, and they will gain a competitive edge when applying for law school. To apply for the Pre-Law Academy, students must have completed a minimum of 45 credit hours. A limited number of students will be accepted into the Pre-Law Academy so students are encouraged to apply early. Students also are encouraged to consult their advisors.
Applications for the Pre-Law Academy ordinarily start being accepted during the fall semester. Additional information is available online at www.depts.ttu.edu/advising/prelaw/academy. Students also may contact the co-directors for more information, Professor Wendy Adele Humphrey at email@example.com or Dr. Katie Langford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Gonzalez
Associate Dean for International Programs: Ramírez
Associate Dean for Law Library and Information Technology: Torres
Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development: Bard
Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs: Jarmon
Assistant Dean for Administration and Finance: Ramos
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Recruitment: Perez
Assistant Dean for External Relations: Doss
Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives: Benham
Director of Advocacy Programs: R. Sherwin
Director of Bar Preparation Resources: Christopher
Director of Capital Punishment Clinic: Metze
Director of Career Services: Smith
Director of Center for Biodefense, Law and Public Policy: Sutton
Director of Center for Military Law and Policy: Rosen
Director of Clinical Programs: Spain
Director of Criminal Defense Clinic: Metze
Director of Family Law and Housing Clinic: Ross
Director of Health Law Program: Bard
Director of the the Law and Science Certificate Program: Sutton
Director of the Legal Practice Program: Soonpaa
Director of Low Income Taxpayer Clinic: James
Horn Professors: Casto, Sutton
Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law: Bard
AT&T Professor of Law: Murphy
Judge Rober H. Bean Professor of Law: James
Charles "Tex" Thornton Professor of Law: Shannon
George H. Mahon Professor of Law: Camp
George R. Killam Jr. Chair of Criminal Law: Loewy
Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law: Beyer
Foundation Professor of Commercial Law: Krahmer
J. Hadley Edgar Professor of Law: Weninger
Maddox Professor of Law: Cochran
Frank McDonald Endowed Professor of Law: Chiappinelli
W. Frank Newton Professor of Law: Dickerson
Professors: Black (visiting), Brown, Gonzalez, Hance, Hatfield, Huffman, Lowey, Metze, Myhra, Pawlowic, Ramírez, Rosen, Ross, Soonpaa, Spain, Torres, Watts
Assistant Professors: Kulander, Outenreath, Henry
Professor of Legal Practice: Jones
Associate Professors of Legal Practice: Benham, Gossett, Humphrey
Assistant Professors of Legal Practice: Christopher (visiting), B. Sherwin
Adjunct Faculty: Bingham, Bubany, Clements, Courville, Eissinger, Gunter, Hall, Hatch, Key, Kime-Goodwin, Morgan, Nickel, Pratt, Redman, Stafford, Strange, Terrell, Valentini, Walker
Law Library Faculty: Beltz, Caulfield, Charles-Newton, Kelleher, Painter-Moreno, Sherman
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