School of Law Launches New Master of Laws Degree

The program targets graduates of foreign law schools interested in understanding the U.S. legal system.

Written by Celeste Villarreal

Jorge Ramirez, director of the program, said candidates from Mexico, Europe and Asia have been interviewed, but the law school continues to accept and review applications.

Jorge Ramirez, director of the program, said candidates from Mexico, Europe and Asia have been interviewed, but the law school continues to accept and review applications.

Texas Tech School of Law will welcome the inaugural class for its new Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree in United States Legal Studies in fall 2012. The two-semester program is designed for graduates of foreign law schools who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of the U.S. legal system.

The American Bar Association has acquiesced in the program, which also has received the required approvals from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Professor Jorge Ramírez, director of the LL.M. program, notes that applications still are being accepted.

“We have already interviewed candidates from Mexico, Europe and Asia, but we continue to review applications as they arrive,” Ramírez said. “Program enrollment will be small so that we may provide each student with individualized attention.”

As economic globalization continues, more foreign lawyers are discovering that an LL.M. degree from a U.S. law school is necessary for success in their home countries. Students in the program will take courses on the U.S. legal system and U.S. legal research and writing, and may then select from courses in the J.D. curriculum, such as contracts, constitutional law, intellectual property law, health law, biosecurity law and much more.  Texas Tech Law also will provide opportunities for students to interact with members of the Lubbock and Texas legal communities and to learn more about West Texas culture.

“Upon graduation, these lawyers will expand the global reach and reputation of the law school, which already operates study-abroad programs in six foreign countries,” Ramírez said. “In addition, these foreign lawyers will help internationalize our classrooms at a time when more law firms are seeking U.S. attorneys who have experience with international law and other legal systems. This program will help to bring these dynamics to Texas Tech Law classrooms and give U.S. students an international perspective that will enrich their educational experience.”

“Texas is the number one international trader among the fifty states, and there is almost no area of domestic law that will remain untouched by international relations as we move forward in this increasingly globalized century,” said Dean Darby Dickerson. “As such, it is critical that we continue to provide our graduates with an ever-increasing number of international opportunities and experiences.”

Texas Tech School of Law

The Texas Tech School of Law is a leader among Texas law schools with a 16-year average pass rate of 90 percent on the State Bar Exam.

A small student body, a diverse faculty and a low student-faculty ratio (15.3:1) promotes learning and encourages interaction between students and professors.



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