Doctor of Jurisprudence
The practice of law is diverse and ever-changing. Our goal is to provide students with a set of skills that will prepare them for wherever their careers take them. We also recognize that the modern practice of law has become increasingly complex so we offer numerous opportunities to specialize in various areas of the law.
Texas Tech University is one of the few places in the nation that is home to a major research university, law school, and medical school all in the same location. Students benefit from this diversity of curricula by being able to pursue numerous dual-degree programs, creating the opportunity to differentiate themselves in a competitive legal employment market by demonstrating specialized expertise in a particular area.
Dual degrees offered in association with the Texas Tech University Graduate School enable students to earn both degrees in three to four years. The Graduate School accepts scores from the LSAT, in lieu of GRE or GMAT scores. Applications for these degree programs can be obtained directly from the Graduate School. If a student is undecided about whether to pursue a dual degree, applying to the Graduate School can be delayed until the fourth semester of law school for most programs.
Students pursuing a dual degree will begin with the first year of law school. During the following years, additional required law courses will be completed together with selected law electives and an appropriate number of master’s core courses. Students pursuing the J.D./M.B.A. have the option of beginning their M.B.A. coursework in the summer before they begin law school. Specific degree plans are available here.
Eligibility and Admission
To ensure eligibility for any of the programs, students should consult with appropriate officials at each school before beginning coursework. Each program must accept the student before a student can participate in a dual-degree program.
- J.D./Doctor of Medicine
- J.D./Master of Business Administration
- J.D./Master of Engineering
- J.D./Master of Public Administration
- J.D./Master of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics
- J.D./Master of Science in Accounting (Taxation)
- J.D./Master of Science in Biotechnology
- J.D./Master of Science in Environmental Toxicology
- J.D./Master of Science in Personal Financial Planning
- J.D./Master of Science in Sport Management
Texas Tech Law offers concentration programs in several areas for students who want to specialize in a specific field. Students must complete designated courses within their chosen area and perform at a high level on a directed research project. Students who complete the requirements for a concentration will receive a notation on their transcript, signaling to potential employers that the student possesses an increased expertise in a certain area. Specific information can be found here.
- Business Law Concentration Program
- Criminal Law and Innocence Concentration Program
- Law and Science Concentration Program
- Biosecurity Law
- Cybersecurity Law & Policy
- Energy Law
- Environmental Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- Science, Engineering, Technology and Law
- Water Law