Strategic Plan

Mission Statement

The mission of the Texas Tech University School of Law is to educate and train individuals for the ethical practice of law in the 21st Century; to engage in productive, effective scholarship, both within our academic community and within the larger academic community throughout our state and nation; and to render public service. 

Vision Statement

To be a premier student-centered law school developing effective, ethical lawyers and leaders for Texas and for the diverse world of the 21st century.

Goal I. Create a more diverse law school environment.

Benchmarks for Goal I

  1. Have a percentage of minority applicants that compares favorably to the percentage of minority law school applicants in the State of Texas.
  2. Attain a matriculation rate for accepted minority students that compares favorably to the matriculation rate for non-minority students.
  3. Attain a matriculation rate for accepted female students that compares favorably to the matriculation rate for male students.
  4. Retain minority students at a rate that compares favorably to the rate for non-minority students.
  5. Obtain acceptance of job offers made to minority faculty candidates at the same rate as that for non-minority faculty candidates.
  6. Obtain acceptance of job offers made to female faculty candidates at the same rate as that for male faculty candidates.
  7. Retain minority faculty at the same rate as that for non-minority faculty.
  8. Retain female faculty at the same rate as that for male faculty.
  9. Support a minimum of 30 student organizations.
  10. Support and encourage special programs at the Law School with no fewer than 14 speakers per school year from outside of Lubbock, at least 7 of whom come from out of state.
  11. Attain a level of scholarship awards sufficient to fund at least 25% of all student-credit hours.

Goal II. Recruit, retain, and graduate a more academically prepared student body.

Benchmarks for Goal II

  1. Have either a 90% pass rate or one of the top 3 pass rates on the Texas Bar Exam.
  2. Retain and graduate at least 75% of the summer entry students.
  3. Retain at least 27 of the top 30 students from the first-year class.
  4. Raise the 25th percentile LSAT score to 153 without a significant drop in the median GPA.
  5. Raise the 75th percentile LSAT score to 160.
  6. Attain a level of scholarship awards sufficient to fund at least 25% of all student-credit hours.

Goal III. Raise the law school's state and national profile.

Benchmarks for Goal III

  1. Have a greater rate of increase (or smaller rate of decrease) in the number of applicants each recruiting year than the state and national rates.
  2. Provide at least five continuing legal education programs per calendar year to audiences averaging 25 or more lawyers.
  3. Have at least 30 speeches or presentations per calendar year delivered by faculty members at state conferences, symposia, continuing legal education programs, or other law schools (with an annually increasing number of the tenured or tenure-track faculty contributing to the number).
  4. Have at least 15 speeches or presentations per calendar year delivered by faculty members at national or international conferences, symposia, or other law schools (with an annually increasing number of tenured or tenure-track faculty contributing to the number).
  5. Mail at least 500 article reprints per calendar year to subject-area faculty colleagues (with at least 10 different articles contributing to the number).
  6. Increase the number of faculty members who are authors of student casebooks, student supplementary materials, treatises or chapters therein, form books, and monographs.
  7. Create and fund a comprehensive marketing campaign.
  8. Achieve the median position or better on the statistical peer comparison chart approved by the faculty.
  9. Increase the number of positions open to lateral hires.
  10. Attain median faculty salaries equivalent to the median faculty salaries of the University of Houston Law Center or of peer institutions, whichever is greater.

Goal IV. Develop a supportive and demanding student-centered learning environment.

Benchmarks for Goal IV

  1. Attain a student-faculty ratio of the lower of 14:1 or the median position among peer institutions.
  2. Complete a thorough curriculum review.
  3. Have 75% of faculty receive an overall score of 4.0 or better on student evaluations of faculty teaching effectiveness.
  4. Maintain and improve the delivery of student services in Career Planning, Academic Success, Financial Aid, and Student Counseling.
  5. Support a minimum of 30 student organizations.
  6. Attain a level of scholarship awards sufficient to fund at least 25% of all student-credit hours.