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Texas Tech University

Texas Tech University prides itself on being a major comprehensive research university that retains the sense of a smaller liberal arts institution. Although enrollment is over 30,000, Texas Tech students boast of one-on-one interaction with top faculty and an environment that stresses student accomplishment above all else. The university claims to be large enough to provide the best in facilities and academics, but small enough to focus on individual students.

Texas Tech students come from all 50 states in the US and more than 90 foreign countries. Tech offers 150 undergraduate degree programs through 11 academic colleges, a graduate school and a school of law. The university offers more than 100 master's degree programs and over 50 doctoral degree programs.

The law school

The School of Law is part of the Texas Tech University system, which takes pride in being a major comprehensive research university with more than 100 master's degree programs and over 50 doctoral programs. It are located in Lubbock, Texas, the part of Middle America where Midwestern values meet cowboy culture and Southwestern customs. Known as the "Music Crossroads of West Texas," Lubbock provides a comfortable and affordable environment in which to earn an LL.M. in U.S. Legal Studies.

The school's stated goal is for the students to be prepared to practice upon graduation. Tech Law alumni have become successful lawyers and judges, both inside and outside the courtroom. Other alumni provide executive leadership, hold in-house counsel positions at major corporations, and work in public-service and governmental organizations.

The school's nationally ranked advocacy programs have captured more than 22 international and national championships and earned more than 75 state and regional titles. The Tech Law clinical programs offer eight hands-on clinical courses for students to participate. For those who enjoy perfecting their legal writing and editing skills, four student-led journals are available.

Tuition fees

Approximately $40,000

Entry Requirements

A written application is due at least six months before classes are scheduled to begin. Among other things, the application requires proof of financial responsibility and two letters of recommendation, including one from a law professor.

Applicants whose primary language is not English or whose education has been in a language other than English must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam ("TOEFL") or the International English Language Testing System exam ("IEFLTS"). The required minimum TOEFL score will be 100 on the Next Generation (Internet-based) Test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 600 on the paper-based test. The required minimum IELTS score will be a 7. Qualifying language scores must be less than two years old. In addition, each applicant will be required to participate in a face to face (either in person or via video conference) interview with at least one member of the faculty.

Applicants must have a juris doctor degree or the first/basic degree in law from a non-U.S. law school approved by the TTU Law admissions committee and a superior academic record that demonstrates the ability to perform well in the LL.M. program.

The Program

The two-semester Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in United States Legal Studies at Texas Tech University School of Law is designed for graduates of foreign law schools who are interested in a formal program of study of the U.S. legal system. Texas Tech University and Lubbock offer many desirable characteristics to make Tech Law a destination of choice for the prospective LL.M. student.

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