Application Process

You can access the online application for our LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies through the Law School Admission Council ("LSAC") website.

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 and a superior academic record that demonstrates the ability to perform well in the LL.M. program.

The preferred deadline for submission of your application is March 1, but late applications will be considered on a space available basis. Applications will be evaluated and invitations to participate in each LL.M. class will be extended on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged.

If you have not already done so, you must register with the LSAC's LL.M. Credential Assembly Service, to whom you must submit your required documents (e.g., transcripts, recommendations, and language proficiency scores).

Texas Tech charges no application fee when applying to the LL.M. program.

Applicants will be required to participate in a face-to-face interview (either in person or by video conference) with at least one member of the faculty.

All acceptances will be contingent upon the Applicant acquiring proper documentation to meet all U.S. visa and immigration regulations and demonstrating proof of financial responsibility.

Application Checklist—Required Items

As mentioned above, you must register with the LSAC’s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service and submit the following required documents:

  1. Official copies of all university transcripts submitted through the LSAC’s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service.
  2. Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages) -- The Statement of Purpose should be no more than three double-spaced pages and written in English, not translated. It must be your own original work and be prepared without the assistance of other people or professional services. There is no specific format for this statement; however you must address why you want to earn your LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies and how doing so furthers your professional goals. You may also discuss personal experiences, past challenges, or disadvantages you have overcome or any other information you feel is relevant to your application.
  3. Résumé or CV --Attach a copy of your current résumé or CV detailing your complete work and educational history and any information you believe is relevant in evaluating your application.
  4. At least 2 Letters of Recommendation
    • Must be in English or accompanied by certified translations. We reserve the right to not accept letters that have been written or translated, in part or whole, by the applicant.
    • At least one (1) letter of recommendation should be from a law professor. If you graduated more than two years ago, a letter from a work supervisor is acceptable.
    • Recommenders may include the following information in their letters: how long and in what capacity they have known the applicant, the applicant's strengths and weaknesses, an evaluation of the applicant's oral and written English skills, and the applicant's preparedness and aptitude for graduate legal studies.
  5. A TOEFL score of at least 100 (Internet), 250 (computer), or 600 (paper) or an IELTS score of at least 7. Applicants must have their scores sent directly to the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service by the testing agency. Scores must be less than two years old. Applicants who have earned a degree from an institution in the U.S. or another English-speaking country are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  6. Addendum with explanations if you answered "Yes" to any of the questions in the Character & Fitness section of the on-line LSAC application.