Texas Tech University

Admission to the Program

In order to make the best use of the resources available, admission to the program is at the discretion of the Director. Most students apply for admission at the same time they register for courses at the end of their first year. The student must be in academic good standing in order to apply for admission to the program. Second-year students who have taken enough qualifying courses to complete the Concentration can apply if they have already completed one of the core courses with a grade of "C" or better. Third-year students are encouraged to apply as early as possible in their third year.


The application must include a written statement (250 words) of why the student wishes to pursue the Concentration in Criminal Law and Innocence, a transcript, and the names of two current faculty references. All applicants will be interviewed by the Director.

Each student admitted into the Concentration must meet with the Director in order to plan a course of study. Once a student has an approved plan of study, he or she is then responsible for keeping track of his or her own progress towards meeting the requirements of the Concentration and must meet with the Director at the end of each year to review his or her progress in the program.


In order to be designated as having "completed" the Concentration in Criminal Law and Innocence, a student must do the following during his or her graduating semester before submitting an intent to graduate:

  1. Meet with the Director to review his or her completion of each aspect of the Concentration, and
  2. Bring the Completion of Concentration form, a current unofficial transcript, a copy of the completed and faculty-approved student writing project, and evidence of successful completion of the experiential component of the Concentration to the final meeting with the Director.

The Director will then certify the completion of the program, and the student will be awarded a notation on his or her transcript upon graduation.