J.D./M.S. in Personal Financial Planning (P.F.P.)
The School of Law, in association with the Graduate School, offers a program that enables a student to earn both the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) and Master of Science Personal Financial Planning (P.F.P.) degrees in three to four years of academic work. The program is designed principally for the student who wishes to supplement his or her legal training with a broad understanding of personal financial planning issues. This combination is particularly helpful to students intending to practice in financial areas such as taxation, estate planning, retirement planning, or employee benefit design.
The (P.F.P.) degree satisfies the educational requirement for students wishing to sit for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) exam. A student may complete both degrees with 104 hours of law and financial planning courses. This is made possible by allowing 12 hours of approved law courses to transfer as elective credit toward the (P.F.P.) degree and vice versa. These transfers are of credit hours, not grades. Therefore, graduate course work will not be computed in a student's Law School GPA and class ranking.
Interested students must declare their intent to pursue the dual degrees no later than their fourth semester in Law School. The first year of study consists entirely of law courses. During the second and third years, the remaining required law courses are to be completed together with selected law electives and an appropriate number of graduate business core courses. Students may enroll in the Graduate School at Texas Tech University and complete all leveling course work and earn up to 12 credit hours toward the (P.F.P.) in the academic year before matriculation to the Law School. Students who have earned more than 12 credit hours (excluding leveling course work) before matriculation to the Law School are ineligible for the J.D. dual-degree program.
Students must meet the admission requirements for both the Law School and Graduate School. The Graduate School will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GRE or GMAT exam.
J.D./M.S. Program Contacts
Law Faculty Advisor:
Professor Bryan Camp
George H. Mahon Professor of Law
Phone: (806) 834-8606
Personal Financial Planning Program Contacts:
Dr. John Gilliam
Master's Program Director, Department of Personal Financial Planning
Phone: (806) 742-5050 ext. 240