Program Description and Courses

The practice of law requires knowledge of international laws, languages and cultures. Texas Tech has a particularly important obligation given that Texas is the number one international trader among the fifty states of the United States. By inviting a larger number of international students into our classrooms, we enhance faculty and student understanding of comparative law issues and provide a catalyst for new lines of scholarship.

From the point of view of a prospective LL.M. student, we believe that the law school has much to commend it as a destination of choice for a law graduate seeking an introduction to American Law:

  • Our law faculty is committed to excellence in teaching as well as scholarship, and we are nationally known for our accessibility to students;
  • We have consistent recognition among the 20 “best value” law schools in the nation;
  • We offer all the advantages of a relatively small law school with all of the resources of a comprehensive research university, including a medical school, graduate programs in a wide array of disciplines, and 13 different schools and colleges, from agricultural sciences and natural resources, to architecture, arts and sciences, business, education, engineering, human sciences, visual and performing arts, and mass communications;
  • We host symposia, institutes and guest presentations featuring jurists, professors, and lawyers from around the nation and around the world;
  • We enjoy a convenient location near the center of the country that combines West Texas friendliness with a “college town” atmosphere, lots of sunshine, a low cost of living and the absence of many big city hassles.
  • The LL.M. in United States Legal Studies program is completed over two semesters and begins in the fall of each year. Classes in the fall semester begin in mid-August and end in mid-December. Classes in the spring semester begin in early January and end in mid-May. Graduation ceremonies take place in May.

Students complete 24 credit-hours. LL.M. students may enroll in most courses offered in the J.D. program. LL.M. students are required to enroll in two specific LL.M courses of three credit-hours each during the fall semester:

  1. Introduction to United States Law, and
  2. Legal Research and Writing for the LL.M. Student.

The LL.M. student can then choose electives (subject to prerequisites and space availability) from the more than 130 courses offered at the School of Law. For a comprehensive list of elective courses, click here.

No thesis is required for graduation; however, students may select courses requiring writing projects and/or an independent study that requires the production of a major paper.