Message from Dean Darby Dickerson

Welcome to Texas Tech University School of Law! We are a dynamic community that is committed to providing students with an outstanding legal education that trains students to become outstanding lawyers and leaders in their chosen field.

When our students graduate, they are prepared to practice. They are known for their dedication, strong work ethic, and resourcefulness. Tech Law alumni have become successful lawyers, judges, business leaders, and government officials.

Whatever your career goals may be, Tech Law can furnish the education to achieve them. Students are our first priority, and we supply a welcoming, supportive environment. Professors are passionate teachers and innovative scholars who are passionate about working closely with students. In fact, Texas Tech Law has won the University’s Departmental Excellence in Teaching Award in two of the past five years, two professors have been recognized with the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award since Fall 2013, and six professors are elected members of the prestigious American Law Institute.

We can prepare you to meet your personal and professional goals. Our nationally ranked advocacy program has captured 34 international and national championships and received a top-10 ranking on the University of Houston Blakely Advocacy Institute’s list of the best Moot Court programs for five consecutive years. Students can participate on one of six legal journals. We have more than 40 student organizations. Building on our strong leadership in the legal-writing field, Tech Law is the new headquarters of Scribes—the American Society of Legal Writers, a respected legal organization committed to promoting better legal writing.

Tech Law also offers a robust clinical program, three academic centers, nine dual-degree programs, concentration programs in both Business Law and Law and Science (with subspecialties in fields like Energy Law), and a strong program in Energy Law. Our Academy for Leadership in the Legal Profession allows students to hone a variety of skills that employers seek and that will help them rise quickly within their organizations. Our Regional Externship Program, the only full-time externship program in Texas, was credited by D CEO magazine as “a proving ground for a new kind of in-house counsel—one who graduates already attuned to the needs of the C-suite.” We also host summer study-abroad programs in Europe and Mexico.

Tech Law is also a community that gives back. We have a Public-Service Graduation Requirement under which J.D. students give back 30 hours in pro bono and community-focused service. The faculty have also committed to an annual service requirement. Not only does this program allow our students to help clients who could otherwise not afford legal services, but it gives them valuable hands-on experience with clients, attorneys, and judges.

I encourage you to explore our website and catalog to learn more about pursuing your legal education at Tech Law. Contact the Office of Admissions to schedule a visit and meet with a member of our admissions staff. I appreciate your interest in Tech Law and hope you decide to join us!

Darby Dickerson
Dean and W. Frank Newton Professor of Law