Scholarships & Advanced Standing

Dean’s Scholar

While the School of Law does offer scholarships and special recognition as a Dean’s Scholar to qualified international LL.M. applicants, we are unable to provide comprehensive funding that covers full tuition costs or living expenses.

Public and Private Scholarship Opportunities

Many public and private organizations, as well as governments may provide financial assistance to help you fund your LL.M. studies. In addition to the sources listed below, we encourage you to explore other possibilities through your own independent research.

Please check the websites for deadlines and requirements. Deadlines are usually very early.

Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship (SACS)

The Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship (SACS) is a scholarship funded by a $4 International Education Fee charged to all Texas Tech students each semester. The scholarship is competitive and funding is awarded to currently-enrolled international students seeking a degree from Texas Tech University.

Award amounts vary from semester to semester, but generally range from $350-$2,000 per semester. The SACS is awarded twice a year. International students may apply more than once to receive awards. The deadline for submitting applications for the SAC Scholarship for fall semesters is generally mid to late February, while the deadline for spring semesters is generally the first week of October; BUT students should consult the SACS website for specific deadlines because there are no exceptions for late applications.

For additional information, including application requirements, visit the SACS website.

Scholarship Opportunities for International Students

Scholarship Search Sites

Loan Opportunities

  • Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund
    Student loan program of the Organization of American States. Applicant must be a citizen of a Latin American or Caribbean member country of the Organization of American States.

Advanced Standing

A student admitted into Texas Tech University School of Law’s LL.M. program in U.S. Legal Studies is eligible, under certain circumstances, to transfer and apply toward the LL.M. degree up to six credit hours of law school coursework taken at another institution. This advanced standing for previous coursework is possible under the following conditions:

  • The transferred coursework must be from an ABA-accredited institution or from an overseas institution that is sanctioned or approved by the appropriate governmental agency or evaluation body of that country, and approved by the School of Law’s office of international programs and/or members of the faculty.
  • The transferred coursework must relate to U.S. legal studies, and could include English-intensive legal studies such as German law school FFA-style programs.
  • The courses must be completed with a grade point average of at least a 3.0, or the equivalent (e.g., at least a B).
  • No advanced standing will be given for coursework earned through an online, extension, or correspondence course.
  • Texas Tech University School of Law’s office of international programs and/or members of the faculty will be the final arbiters of any questions regarding the fulfillment of the above conditions.

Students who previously took courses with Texas Tech University School of Law as part of a student-exchange or summer law program may also apply for advanced standing. These students, however, may be eligible to transfer up to twelve credit hours toward their LL.M. degree. Students who receive twelve credit hours of advanced standing and plan on completing their LL.M. degree in one semester must enroll during the fall semester when the required LL.M. courses are taught.

The decision regarding advanced standing will be made before the student matriculates. Grades from the transferred courses will not be used to compute the student’s GPA at Texas Tech University School of Law.

LL.M. Applicants who hope to become a member of a State Bar in the United States are advised to check the requirements for admission. Some State Bars may require that coursework for the LL.M. program be completed entirely at the campus of an approved law school in the United States or may otherwise not recognize advanced standing credits. It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure that the LL.M. program meets the individual requirements necessary for the goals which the student ultimately seeks. See #22 in our “Frequently Asked Questions” section regarding qualification for a U.S. State Bar: