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You might have read news accounts of proposed law school tuition increases for students entering in the 2011-12 academic year. I want to take this opportunity to address the reason and necessity for the increase.
The law school has requested a $100 per semester credit hour increase to our law school tuition. This tuition comes directly to the law school to support law students. (Law students also pay tuition and fees that are required of all Texas Tech University students. The University has requested an increase to their tuition as well, and while the exact size of the increase has not been set, the Regents have determined it will not exceed 5.9%, or roughly $16.81 per credit hour. Some University fees might also change.)
Commitment to Students: Book stipend for all incoming students
As a tangible gesture signifying our commitment to you, every member of the Class of 2014 will receive a one-time book stipend of $500 when they enter in August.
We will make every effort to avoid further increases to your law school tuition while you are a student at the law school. Although future circumstances surrounding the state's fiscal situation are impossible to predict with any degree of certainty, we pledge to try to hold the line on your law school tuition. As a separate matter, please know that we do not control the main University's tuition or fees which apply to all Texas Tech students.
We did not decide on this tuition increase lightly. The Law School Budget Committee, which includes an officer from the Student Bar Association (the law school’s student government body), worked hard all year to assess the Law School’s needs and what limits to put on tuition increases. They also consulted other student leaders. The Committee unanimously recommended these increases. The funds will be used to do things like strengthen the faculty, increase scholarships, and support student services such as the Career Services Office.
Other Important Considerations
We encourage you to inform yourself and consider how Texas Tech compares to your other options. When doing so, however, make sure you compare tuition for the same academic year. Even after our proposed increases, our 2011-12 tuition and fees will continue to be significantly lower than all of our peer law schools. Some private schools in Texas have set their tuition increases for 2011-12 (Baylor, SMU, South Texas, St. Mary’s), and a few public law schools have, as well (Texas, Houston). Rates for other law schools in Texas will likely be determined sometime in the next few months. After you review all the data, we are confident that you will find that without question Texas Tech University School of Law provides the best value legal education in Texas.
Our school is proud of our best value status, which is based on low-student debt, high employment statistics, and high bar passage rate. Even with the proposed increases, your fees and tuition at Texas Tech University School of Law will be significantly lower than our competitors. We sincerely believe these increases are necessary to continue the recent strides made by our law school. We know that no one likes tuition increases, and we appreciate your understanding on this issue. In closing, please know that we are committed to ensuring that you, our students and future alumni, obtain the utmost benefit from your tuition, fees, and experiences at our law school.
Stephen M. Perez, JD
Assistant Dean for Admissions & Recruitment
Texas Tech University School of Law