Written by Sarah Whetstone
In 2007, the School of Law was ranked in the top 10 law schools for best value in
the nation according to National Jurist and preLaw
The School of Law received the first-ever Law School Commitment to Service Award,
presented by the Access to Justice Commission of the Supreme Court of Texas.
Justice Harriet O’Neill presented the award to Associate Dean Wesley Cochran on Nov.
18 at the induction ceremony for new members of the State Bar of Texas in Austin.
“I am proud of our faculty and students for their commitment to public service,”
said Walter Huffman, dean of the School of Law. “It is very significant that our
law school was selected for this award over the other eight law schools in Texas.”
Texas Tech received the award in recognition of the student and faculty contribution
to legal services in the community. In her presentation remarks, Justice O’Neill
referenced the School of Law’s commitment to serving the citizens of Lubbock through
clinical operations and pro bono work.
“The faculty, staff and students of the School of Law have a long tradition of providing
pro bono legal services to low-income individuals in the community,” said Larry Spain,
director of clinical programs. “Over the past few years, the law school has significantly
increased its commitment to access to justice issues and encouraged both students
and faculty to contribute their time and effort to pro bono service benefiting underserved
populations through a variety of programs and activities.”
The law school’s clinical programs provide practical skills training for nearly 100
law students annually while contributing critical legal services to low-income individuals
in the community as well as other public service. The law school’s faculty members
also provide critical support to various pro bono legal services and projects in
the West Texas area.