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Texas Tech University School of Law

The Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) is the degree required for admission to the bar in nearly all U.S. states and territorial jurisdictions. The J.D. program is designed to provide a general background in law. The law school curriculum is broad enough that students may, through their choice of electives, emphasize a particular area of the law. In addition to the certificate programs in business law, health law, and law and science

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 688
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 158
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.24 - 3.68
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 90.7%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 84.65%
In State Tuition $22,518
Out of State Tuition $32,148

Overview

Overview

About Texas Tech University School of Law

The Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) is the degree required for admission to the bar in nearly all U.S. states and territorial jurisdictions. The J.D. program is designed to provide a general background in law. The law school curriculum is broad enough that students may, through their choice of electives, emphasize a particular area of the law. In addition to the certificate programs in business law, health law, and law and science

Reviews

Students dole out praises for Texas Tech’s rigorous and practical JD program, which really “teaches you what you need to know to be a good lawyer.” From day one, real-world principles are incorporated into the learning experience, and throughout the program “the instruction [features] a good balance of the Socratic Method with practical advice.” During the 1L curriculum, “emphasis is put on legal writing and research so that we are able to go straight into practice during the summer of our first year.” 1Ls have a “year-long legal practice requirement,” which “gives you a fantastic foundation before you step your foot in the real world.” In addition to curricular offerings, the school offers an incredible breadth of “opportunities to gain practical experience through procedure classes, barrister competitions, clinics, and national competitions.” While the JD curriculum is “rigorous and demanding,” it would be very difficult to slip through the cracks at Texas Tech. When they start the program, students are grouped into sections that serve as a support network during 1L, and “all of the first-year classes have upper-level students as tutors to supplement your classroom hours.” The teaching staff is also committed to student success, and maintains consistent office hours so that students “can stop by and talk to professors at any time.” A totally user-friendly experience, “the resources provided by the school are top-notch and they’ve designed everything to revolve around the student and their schedule.” To top it all off, the school has completed the construction of the Lanier Professional Development Center building, which added 34,000 square feet to the law school building. The school is already equipped with a first-rate library, and “the library staff is amazing and always available.”When it’s time to start looking for a job or clerkship, Texas Tech maintains “a great reputation in the Texas legal markets as producing hard-working, effective lawyers.” Students choose Tech precisely for this reputation and are proud of the results. A third-year student asserts, “I’ve been told on several occasions that a firm would rather pick up a Tech Law graduate who knows what to do when he steps foot in the office than some Ivy League grad who knows more about theory and less about how to get the job done.” While career placement is highly successful in Texas, many students feel that the school could improve its national reputation and help “out-of-state students find jobs in their home states.” In general, students would like their top school to take a more leading role in the national legal community, urging the administration to “spend more money to attract more nationally known, rather than regionally known, guest speakers and employers.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 239

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 0

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA-3 or 4 years, JD/MPA-3 years, JD/MS-Agricultural and Applied Economics-3 or 4 years, JD/MS-Accounting (Taxation)3 or 4 years, JD/MS-Environmental Toxicology-3 or 4 years JD/PFP-Personal Financial Planning-3 or 4 years JD/MS-Biotechnology-3 or 4 years JD/MS-Crop Science-3 or 4 years JD/MS Horticulture -3 or 4 years JD/M.Engr-3 or 4 years JD/MD-Doctor of Medicine-6 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 58
Full-Time Faculty 38
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 12
Part-Time Faculty 8
Faculty Gender 56% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 71%
Multi-racial 1%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 18%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $22,518 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,802 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $31,320 $22,518

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $32,148 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,802 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $40,950 $32,148

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$32,305 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

Texas Tech University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 158
LSAT Total 152 - 158

Texas Tech University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.24 - 3.68
Total 3.24 - 3.68

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Resume, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Academic GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Interview

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 88%
First Time Pass Rate 91%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 60
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85%
Average Starting Salary $65,688
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 58 32%
Firm Sized 11-25 27 15%
Firm Sized 26-50 4 15%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 3 2%
Business Industry 33 18%
Government 30 16%
Public Interest 1 1%
State Clerkship 2 1%
Academia 6 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 25 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 1%
NM 2%
TX 91%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Texas Tech University School of Law include:

  • Rob Junell - Federal Judge
  • Mark Lanier - Litigator in Houston, Texas
  • Philip Johnson - Texas Supreme Court Justice
  • Brian Quinn - Chief Justice, 7th Court of Appeals for Texas
  • Mary Alice McLarty - Litigator in Dallas, Texas; Pres. Amer. Assn. for Justice

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