Texas Tech University

J.D./Master of Engineering (J.D./ M.ENG.)

The School of Law, in association with Graduate School, offers a program that enables a student to earn both the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Engineering (M.ENG.) degrees in three to four years of academic work. The program is designed for individuals interested in the areas of intellectual property (particularly patents) and law and science.

A student may complete both degrees with 102 hours of law and engineering courses. This is possible by allowing 12 hours of approved law courses to transfer as elective credit towards the degree and vice versa. The courses counting toward the J.D. degree transfer as credits only. The grades in these courses will not affect a student's law school GPA.

Interested students must declare their intent to pursue the dual degrees no later than their third semester in law school. Students must meet the admission requirements of both the School of Law and the Graduate School. The Graduate School will accept a student's LSAT score in lieu of a GRE score. The first year of study consists solely of law courses. During the second and third years, students complete the remaining required law courses together with approved law electives and an appropriate number of engineering courses.

Admission Requirements M.ENG.

  • 3.0 GPA (undergraduate);
  • LSAT may substitute for the GRE in the dual-degree program; an undergraduate, ABET-approved engineering degree or equivalent;
  • Approval of the School of Law and the School of Engineering.
  Non-Joint Hours Required Joint Hours Required
J.D. degree requirements 90 78
M.ENG. degree hours credited 0 (12)
M.ENG. requirements 36 24
J.D. degree hours credited 0 (12)
Total Hours 126 102

Proposed Curriculum

J.D./Master of Engineering Proposed Curriculum

J.D./M.S. Program Contacts

Law Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Victoria Sutton. M.P.A., Ph.D., J.D.
Paul Whitfield Horn Professor
Associate Dean for Digital Learning and Graduate Education
Texas Tech University School of Law
Lubbock, TX 79409
Phone: (806) 834-1752

Engineering School Contact:

Ranadip Pal, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Strategic Initiatives and Professor, College of Engineering
Phone: (806) 834-8631

Graduate School Contact:

Shannon Samson
Graduate Student Recruitment Coordinator
Campus MS 41030
Phone: (806) 834-5201