Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

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Admissions Statistics

2015 Entering Class

Total Applications 1177    
LSAT
GPA
 
Incoming Class Size 182   75th Percentile
156
3.60
 
Female 45%   Median
154
3.39
 
Minority 28%   25th Percentile
151
3.07
 
Colleges & Universities Represented 67          

 

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Application Process

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Deadlines

  1. When will the application become available?
  2. The new application becomes available on or about October 1.

  3. When is the deadline for applications?
  4. Early Decision Program: November 1. Application must be complete, i.e. we must have received an LSAC CAS report, by November 10. This option is best for applicants who have investigated other law schools and believe that the Texas Tech University School of Law is their top choice. Acceptance through the Early Decision Program is non-binding.

    Regular Decision Program: March 1.

    There is no firm application deadline for transfer or visiting applicants, however transfer applicants should apply as early as possible to allow time to evaluate your law school transcripts.

    Applicants are encouraged to apply even if they do not have updated transcripts reflecting their most recent semester's grades.

  5. Can I apply after the deadline?
  6. We will accept your application for Regular Decision after the deadline, but your chance of admission will be diminished because many acceptances will have been made by the time your file is considered. The School of Law reserves the right to return any application and application fee submitted after the deadline.

  7. When do I file my Declaration of Intent to Study Law form?
  8. The Texas Board of Law Examiners requires that every person who intends to take the Texas Bar examination must file a Declaration of Intention to Study Law. This must be filed with the Board during the student's first year of law school and must be accompanied by a copy of the student's law school application. Please make a copy of your application and keep it to submit with your declaration. The filing deadlines for such declarations are as follows: fall entrants, October 1; summer entrants, September 15.

    The declaration must be filed on a form promulgated by the Board. The declaration requires disclosure of all legal and academic offenses. The admissions application requires the same disclosures. Any discrepancies between the two forms are reported to the School of Law. Possible disciplinary action, including revocation of admission or suspension, may result.

    After filing the Declaration of Intention to Study Law, the applicant will have to be fingerprinted. A time will be scheduled at the law school for the fingerprinting. Each student will be required to pay a fee of $9.95 by credit card, certified check, or money order at the time the prints are taken.

    The forms may be accessed online at www.ble.state.tx.us/Forms/ main_formsindex.html and should be filed after classes start by the deadlines shown above. The filing fee for the Declaration of Intention to Study Law is $190. Students who expect to practice in other states should investigate possible similar requirements in such states.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  1. What scholarship opportunities are available and when will I know if I am receiving a scholarship?
  2. Incoming students are automatically considered for all scholarships for which they are eligible. The Admissions Office awards scholarships to incoming students primarily on the basis of merit. Admitted students from select colleges and universities are eligible to be nomitated by those schools for additional scholarship through the Presidential Scholarship program. All recipients will be notified of their awards at the time of acceptance or shortly thereafter.

    Second and third year students who were not awarded scholarships upon admission are able to apply for scholarship funds based on their law school performance during the spring semester.

  3. What is the FICE code for completing the FAFSA?
  4. The code for Texas Tech University is 003644.

  5. What is the retention rate for first-year scholarships?
  6. Scholarship Retention Data
      1st Year Class Size Total Number Receiving Scholarship # Entering w/ Conditional Scholarships* # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have been Reduced or Eliminated
    Students Matriculating In        
    2013
    214
    118
    80
    23
    2012
    227
    77
    77
    20
    2011
    236
    96
    82
    35

    *The condition for all conditional scholarships in the 2013 and 2012 entering classes was a ranking in the top half (1/2) of the class.  The conditions for previous years were either a top half (1/2) or top third (1/3) ranking depending on the specific scholarship.

LSAT

  1. How do I register for the LSAT?
  2. Visit the Law School Admission Council's website www.lsac.org.

  3. When can I take the LSAT?
  4. Unlike other graduate school exams, the LSAT is only offered four times a year. The dates are typically in February, June, October, and December. The exact dates can be found at www.lsac.org.

  5. Is the Feburary LSAT too late if I want to start this fall?
  6. No. Applicants taking later LSAT administrations need not wait for a score before submitting their application. It is better to submit your application before the deadline than to wait for your score and submit a late application. Applicants who take the LSAT for the first time in February will not receive their scores and become complete until March, at which point many offers of admission will have already been made, thereby reducing the chances of acceptances slightly but no more than any other student who merely decides to wait until the application deadline to submit their application.

  7. How are multiple LSAT scores evaluated?
  8. We consider all LSAT scores, but the higher score is what is used for statistical purposes. It is in the best interest of the applicant to fully prepare for the exam and plan on sitting for the exam once. Never take a "real" LSAT exam for practice or simply to "see what it's like".

Special Programs

  1. Does Texas Tech offer an Early Decision Program?
  2. Yes. Applications must be received by November 1, and the applicant’s LSAC Credential Assembly Service Report must be received from Law Services no later than November 10.

    Applicants accepted through the Early Decision Program will be required to submit non-refundable deposits earlier in the admissions cycle than applicants in the regular admissions program. Our Early Decision program will be non-binding. Applicants accepted through the program will have a short time in which to decide to pay their deposits (usually 2-4 weeks). Those who do pay their seat deposit are not required to withdrawn applications at other law schools.

    The Admissions Committee may choose to defer some applications received under the Early Decision Program for consideration in Texas Tech University School of Law's regular admissions program.

  3. I am in the Honors College at Texas Tech University. Are there special admissions programs for which I am eligible?
  4. Yes. Students in the Texas Tech Honors College are eligible to apply for the Texas Tech University Honors College 3+3 program or Early Decision Plan.

    The Honors 3+3 program allows outstanding Honors students to replace their senior year of undergraduate education with their first year of law school, thereby completing both in six years instead of seven.

    The Honors College Early Decision Plan allows outstanding Honors College students to apply during their junior year and, if accepted, guaratee a place in our incoming class upon graduation. This does not save any time, but it does allow students to have their law school plans made a year sooner than normal.

    More information on each of these programs can be found here.

  5. Should I apply under the Early Decision Program or the Regular Admission Program?
  6. The Early Decision Program is for applicants that have considered several law schools thoroughly and have concluded that a Texas Tech legal education is the one most compatible with their goals for a professional education. The Early Decision Program is requires a non-refundable deposit. Applicants that are "undecided" about which law school they wish to attend or desire to "weigh their options" should apply under the Regular Decision Program.

  7. Is there a separate application for the Summer Entry Program?
  8. No. The Admissions Committee will select approximately 15 students for summer entry from among the early and regular admission applicants.

  9. Do you have any dual degree or certificate programs available?
  10. Yes. The Texas Tech University School of Law has numerous dual degree programs. A full list can be found here.

  11. Can I specialize in a particular area of law?
  12. Although concentration or specialization is neither required nor encouraged, the law school curriculum is sufficiently broad to allow, through a judicious use of electives, a concentration in some areas of law. These areas include Property and Estate Planning, Tax Law Litigation, Judicial Administration and Procedure, Environmental and Natural Resource Planning, Public Interest Law, Commercial Law, Business Association, Criminal Law, International Law, and Administrative Law. Applicants should view the curriculum to ensure that a sufficient number of courses (including supplemental and related courses) are offered in their area of interest.