Semester Abroad Programs
The School of Law offers legal study for credit through cooperative programs with five different universities in France, Denmark, Lithuania, Australia and Germany. The foreign law schools involved include the following:
Participation in these semester abroad programs is limited, so competitive applications may be required depending upon interest in a particular program. Texas Tech students selected to participate in these programs are charged their regular Texas Tech tuition for the cost of the program. Students are responsible for paying all other costs related to attendance (e.g., travel, room/board, books, facility fees, etc.).
Participating Texas Tech students select from the regular course offerings at the relevant foreign university and study with students and professors at the host institution. This level of participation provides an unparalleled education in comparative and international law.
Due to timing of semesters, the only period in which most (but not all) of our students can attend these particular semester abroad programs is during the spring semester of one's second year of study. In order to timely complete the application requirements of the American Bar Association (ABA), Texas Tech, and the host institutions, students must begin the application process by scheduling to meet with Professor Jorge A. Ramírez, Associate Dean for International Programs, at least one year prior to the time they plan to study abroad. In addition, students must submit a final and signed copy of their Proposal to Study Abroad on or before the first day of classes of the semester immediately preceding the semester for which they propose to study. Missing either of these deadlines may lead to the forfeiture of the student's opportunity to study abroad. Participation requirements are also limited to students who are in good standing and who have a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 at the end of the semester immediately preceding the semester for which they intend to study abroad.
Regrettably, our semester abroad programs are not open to non-Texas Tech students.
The ABA approves foreign study programs for students enrolled in any ABA-approved law schools; therefore, any student interested in our semester abroad programs must review the ABA rules well before the time they expect to sign up for such a program. The criteria established by the ABA for receiving credit for our semester abroad programs (defined as "Criteria for Student Study at a Foreign Institution " by the ABA) can be found at the ABA Student Study Site. Among other things, the student's academic program must be approved in advance by Texas Tech.
Texas Tech University requires all their study abroad students (including Tech law students) to register with the Texas Tech Office of International Affairs and to complete an on-line application process that further requires (among other things) attendance at a pre-departure orientation session, physical examination and a processing fee. Texas Tech Students will not be allowed to study abroad unless they complete all requirements included in this online application process. For more information, students should contact a study abroad advisor at Texas Tech's Office for International Affairs. More information about Study Abroad resources and considerations is located at Texas Tech University's Study Abroad Web Site.
For information on study abroad scholarships, click here.
Hazlewood Act Benefits
The use of Hazlewood Act Benefits to pay for Semester Abroad tuition depends upon the interpretation of the Hazlewood Act itself.
The Hazlewood Act description page, http://www.tvc.texas.gov/Hazlewood-Act.aspx, under the “Veteran Qualifications” section, states as follows:
“Veterans who are granted their first Hazlewood Act exemption beginning fall, 2011 must reside in Texas during the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed. This requirement does not apply to the Veterans who either received the exemption prior to the 2011-2012 academic year, have reenlisted into active duty, or reside with a spouse who is on active duty.”
We would encourage any student/Veteran who plans on using Hazlewood Act benefits to pay for a Semester Abroad program to confirm their availability with the Texas Veterans Commission before committing to such a program.