Applicants to the Texas Tech University School of Law LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies must have graduated from a law school outside the United States. Applicants must have the first/basic degree in law from a non-U.S. law school approved by the TTU Law admissions committee and a superior academic record that demonstrates the ability to perform well in the LL.M. program.
A written application is due at least five months before classes are scheduled to begin. Among other things, the application requires proof of financial responsibility and two letters of recommendation, including one from a law professor. If you graduated more than two years ago, a letter from a work supervisor is acceptable.
Applicants whose primary language is not English or whose education has been in a language other than English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam ("TOEFL") or the International English Language Testing System exam ("IELTS"). The required minimum TOEFL score will be 100 on the Next Generation (Internet-based) Test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 600 on the paper-based test. The required minimum IELTS score will be a 7. Qualifying language scores must be less than two years old. In addition, each applicant will be required to participate in a face-to-face (either in person or via video conference) interview with at least one member of the faculty.
If the LL.M. Admissions Committee determines that a candidate’s record indicates a strong likelihood of success in our program except for the lack of sufficient English-language skills, the Committee may exercise an option to offer such candidates a Conditional Admission. Such candidates will be required to improve their English language skills by attending English language courses at an ELS Language Center, preferably in Lubbock, Texas. ELS Language Training Centers integrate computer-supported learning with center-based instructors who supervise student learning and assist with questions. You will have the chance to work on those aspects of your English skills which require the most attention, such as vocabulary development, reading and listening comprehension, and pronunciation. Before a candidate who is conditionally admitted may enroll in the LL.M. program, they must complete their English study at ELS by achieving a proficiency level of 112. Conditional Admission will generally remain valid for only one year, after which the candidate will have to re-apply for admission.
Any candidate meeting the above conditions will be automatically considered for Conditional Admission. Separate applications or requests are unnecessary. All candidates must submit a completed LL.M. application. The link to our application may be found here: http://www.law.ttu.edu/acp/academics/LLM/ApplicationRequirements/.