Telephone: (806) 742-3793

URL: http://www.law.ttu.edu


ABA Approved Since 1969


The Texas Tech University School of Law was established in 1966 as a result of the efforts of attorney Alvin R. Allison, who saw a need for a state-supported law school in West Texas. The first class of 72 entered students was enrolled in 1967. Accredited by the Supreme Court of Texas in 1968 and approved by the American Bar Association in 1970, the Law School received an Order of the Coif Chapter in 1974.


The Texas Tech University School of Law recognizes the Rule of Law as the historical and theoretical foundation of our legal system and, hence, our society. Necessarily, therefore, the profession of law serves society and plays a significant role in eradicating individual and systemic injustices. The primary mission of the School of Law is to educate and to train individuals for the ethical practice of law in the Twenty-First Century. Lawyers serve in various capacities depending on context. At times they are problem solvers, but on other occasions they are planners. At all times, however, they are leaders. The School of Law seeks to educate and to train individuals for all these roles, whether as advocates, counselors, judges, or law teachers, in accordance with the highest traditions of professional responsibility. To that end, the School of Law seeks to provide its students with the intellectual and practical skills and resources to allow them to adjust to changing roles and circumstances and to utilize change, whether in substantive law, politics, economics, technology, or the human condition, in a manner that enhances our legal system and society.


The smaller size of the Law School provides an atmosphere of informality and accessibility. The faculty’s 9 open door 9 policy allows students to visit faculty as needed beyond classroom hours and cultivates opportunities for mentorship.


The Law School’s physical facilities enhance the learning experience. They include a new 34,000 square foot addition that opened in April 2008. Among other things, the new addition contains a 300-seat auditorium and a courtroom-of-the-future, that enables students to practice their advocacy skills in a cutting edge, state-of-the-art environment. The law school has an outstanding library, large and small classrooms, seminar rooms, computer laboratory, administrative offices, lounge and snack areas, and student organization offices. Wireless connectivity is available throughout the building. It also contains a designated suite of offices for Clinical Programs, including criminal, civil, and tax clinics, where students see real clients and handle their legal cases before courts and administrative tribunals. The Law School is accessible for students with disabilities.


Law libraries figure prominently in legal education, and the facilities of Texas Tech’s Law Library are among the best in the nation. Students have superior access to legal information resources, both print and electronic. Students are assigned to one of 220 lockable office-like networked carrels in the law library allowing on-site storage of their books, study materials and other personal items. Students may request a desktop computer for any of the carrels, although most now bring their own laptop. The advanced technology support resources of the Law Library Computing department help students prepare for the practice of law in technologically sophisticated environments. Eight full time technology staff are available to support students.


Computer support personnel receive extensive training on the latest technologies. Our continuing goal is to upgrade the computer network and software to provide our students with superior technology services making technologies shaping the future of the legal community widely available. In addition, students can access two computer-training labs. Over 20 laptops are available for student checkout for exam taking or other law school related purposes. Various high-speed laser printers, laser printer/copier/scanners and a color poster printer are available for student use.


These superior computer resources complement the substantial collection of print materials available in the Law Library. With electronic swipe card access to the library, backed with advanced monitored security systems, ninety-eight percent of all print resources are accessible to students 24/7. The library is staffed 105 hours each week during the regular school year. The collection contains over 300,000 bibliographic items, including bound volumes, microforms, government documents and CD-ROMs. Reported cases of the federal and state courts, the statutes of Congress and all state legislatures, and the rules and decisions of federal and Texas state administrative agencies are but a few of the types of materials found in the Library’s collection.


As a selective U.S. Government Documents Depository, the Law Library collects a wide array of government documents relating to the law.


The twenty-eight member Law Library staff is comprised of eight librarians holding library degrees, four of which are also attorneys. The attorney-librarians provide instruction and training on the use of traditional and electronic resources used in modern day law practice. All library staff are trained to provide superior assistance and service to students and other users.


Students at the Texas Tech University School of Law have significant opportunities to develop lawyering skills which contribute to the making of competent practitioners. The Law School curriculum includes courses that emphasize skills such as client interviewing and counseling, trial and appellate advocacy, negotiation, mediation, and arbitration. These courses bridge the gap between the law students’ theoretical education and the practice of law. Students also have opportunities to enhance their skills training through participation in intraschool competitions in moot court, mock trial, client counseling, and negotiation. These competitions are administered by the student-run Board of Barristers. Every student, including first-year students, can participate each year in a competition in one or more of these four areas.


The Texas Tech Law School actively participates in interscholastic skills competitions and boasts one of the best records in the nation for outstanding performance in regional and national competitions. The Law School has won numerous national championships in moot court, mock trial, negotiation and arbitration, including the National ABA Arbitration Competition in 2008.


The Law School has a variety of other programs of interest. It has a summer study-abroad program in International Law in conjunction with the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico as well as student exchange programs in Australia, France and Spain.


Several joint degree programs are offered leading to a Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Business Administration; Masters of Science in Accounting, Masters of Public Administration; Masters of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics; Masters in Personal Financial Planning, Masters of Science in Biotechnology; Masters of Science in Environmental Toxicology; or Masters of Science in Crop Science/Horticulture/Soil Science/Entomology. The Law School, in conjunction with the Texas Tech School of Medicine, has recently established a JD/MD dual degree program which allows participants to earn both law and medical degrees in six years. Students may also choose specialization for a Certificate in Law and Science, including the specializations in Environmental Law, Oil and Gas Law, Intellectual Property Law, and Biodefense Law. Certificates are also available in Health Law and Business Law.


Three Journals are published at the law school: Texas Tech Law Review, the Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal, and the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal. Texas Tech is also the home of The Texas Bank Lawyer.




WALTER B. HUFFMAN, (Law Professor), born October 8, 1944; admitted to bar, 1977, Texas. Education: Texas Tech University (B.A., 1967; M.Ed., 1968; J.D., 1977). COURSES:National Security Law, International Law. Email:walter.huffman @ ttu.edu


RICHARD DAVE ROSEN, (Law Professor), born Miami, Florida, October 29, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Florida. Education: Ohio State University (B.A., 1970); University of Miami (J.D., 1973); University of Virginia (LL.M., 1987).. COURSES:Torts, Constitutional Law, Litigation with the Federal Government, National Security Law. Email:richard.rosen @ ttu.edu


JENNIFER SUSAN BARD, (Law Professor), born Washington, D.C., June 14, 1962; admitted to bar, 1987, Connecticut; 1989, New York and Massachusetts. Education: Wellesley College (A.B., 1983); Yale Law School (J.D., 1987); University of Connecticut (M.P.H., 1997). COURSES:Bioethics, Correctional Health, Public Health Law, Insurance Law, Malpractice, Torts. Email:jennifer.bard @ ttu.edu


GERRY W. BEYER, (Law Professor), born Grand Haven, Michigan, September 12, 1956; admitted to bar, 1980, Ohio and Illinois; 1984, Texas. Education: Eastern Michigan University (B.A., 1976); Ohio State University College of Law (J.D., 1979); University of Illinois College of Law (LL.M., 1983); University of Illinois College of Law (J.S.D., 1990). COURSES:Wills & Estates, Trusts, Probate, Estate Planning, Property, Commercial Paper, Secured Transactions. Email:gwb @ professorbeyer.com


BRYAN THOMAS CAMP, (Law Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, Virginia. Education: Haverford (B.A., 1982); University of Virginia (J.D., 1987; M.A., 1988); Columbia (L.L.M., 1993). COURSES:Tax Admin Bankruptcy, Legal History, Civil Procedure.


WILLIAM R. CASTO, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1973, Tennessee. Education: University of Tennessee at Knoxville (B.A., 1970; J.D., 1973); Columbia University (J.S.D., 1983). COURSES:Federal Jurisdiction, Contracts, Business Torts, National Security Law.


J. WESLEY COCHRAN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1979, Texas. Education: Austin College (B.A., 1976); University of Houston (J.D., 1978); University of Washington (M.L.L., 1980). COURSES: Copyright Law, Gaming and Racing Law, Torts, Legislation, Business Torts. Email:wesley.cochran @ utt.edu


TERENCE L. COOK, (Law Professor), born August 12, 1974; admitted to bar, 1999, Texas. Education: Texas A & M University (B.A., 1996); Texas Tech University (J.D., 1998). Email:terence.cook @ ttu.edu


ROSEMARY DILLON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1992, New Mexico. Education: Providence College (B.A., 1977); Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism (M.S.J., 1980); University of New Mexico School of Law (J.D., 1992). COURSES:Legal Practice. Email:rl.dillon @ ttu.edu


JULIE COFFMAN DOSS, (Law Professor), born Tampa, Florida, January 18, 1972; admitted to bar, 1999, Texas. Education: Texas A&M University (B.B.A., 1995); Texas Tech University (J.D., 1999). Email:julie.doss @ ttu.edu


GABRIEL E. ECKSTEIN, (Law Professor), born Jaffa, Israel, April 13, 1967; admitted to bar, 1996, New York; 1998, District of Columbia; 1999, West Virginia. Education: Kent State University (B.A., 1989); Florida State University (M.S., 1992); American University (J.D., 1995; LL.M., 1997). COURSES:Water Law, International Water Law, Water Pollution Law, Environmental Law, Law and Science, Property.


KAY PATTON FLETCHER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1980, Texas. Education: Baylor (B.S., 1971); Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., 1980). Email: key.fletcher @ ttu.edu


SUSAN SAAB FORTNEY, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1977, Texas. Education: Trinity University (B.A., 1974); Antioch School of Law (J.D., 1977); Columbia University School of Law (LL.M., 1992; J.S.D., 1997). COURSES:Legal Malpractice, Professional Responsibility, Advanced Legal Ethics, Bioethics, Health Care and Bioethics Mediation Clinic.


JAROD SPENCER GONZALEZ, (Law Professor), born Evanston, Illinois, December 7, 1974; admitted to bar, 2000, Texas. Education: University of Oklahoma (BBA, 1997); University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D., 2000). COURSES:Texas Civil Procedure, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Trial and Appellate Procedures, Employment Discrimination.


ANN GRAHAM, (Law Professor), born Lampasas, Texas, October 2, 1951; admitted to bar, 1977, District of Columbia; 1994, Oklahoma. Education: Texas Tech University (B.A., 1972); University of Virginia (J.D., 1975); Cambridge University (Diploma Comparative Law); University of Texas (MBA, 1997). COURSES:Banking Law, Commercial Law, Corporate Governance, Administrative Law, Business Analysis for Lawyers. Email:ann.graham @ ttu.edu


MICHAEL HATFIELD, (Law Professor), born Haskell, Texas, July 21, 1970; admitted to bar, 1998, New York; 2000, Texas. Education: Texas A&M University (B.A., 1991; M.A., 1993); New York University (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Tax, Trusts & Estates, Marital Property. Email:michael.hatfield @ ttu.edu


JENNIFER B. HORN, (Law Professor), born Lubbock, Texas; admitted to bar, 1994, Texas; 1996, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas. Education: McMurry University (1973-1974); West Texas A&M University (B.S., 1978); Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Legal Practice. Email:jennifer.horn @ ttu.edu


WENDY A. HUMPHREY, (Law Professor), born Lakeland, Florida, September 20, 1973; admitted to bar, 2001, Texas; 2002, New Mexico. Education: Westminster College (B.A., 1995); Texas Tech University (M.Ed., 1997; J.D., 2001). COURSES:Legal Practice. Email:wendy.humphrey @ ttu.edu


VAUGHN E. JAMES, (Law Professor), born Commonwealth of Dominica; admitted to bar, 1999, New York; 2005, Texas. Education: University of the Virgin Islands (B.A., 1986); Andrews University (M.Div., 1991); State University of New York -- University at Albany (M.B.A., 1993); Syracuse University (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Federal Income Taxation, Estate and Gift Tax, International Taxation, Low Income Tax Clinic, Law and Religion, Elder Law. Email:vaughn.james @ ttu.edu


AMY LOUISE JARMON, (Law Professor), born Wilmington, Delaware, May 12, 1949; admitted to bar, 1992, Virginia; 1995, England & Wales. Education: College of William & Mary (A.B., 1971); Boston University (M.Ed., 1972); College of William & Mary (Ed.D., 1983; J.D., 1992). COURSES:Legal Studies, Legal Writing, Comparative Law, The English Legal System, The European Union: Institutions and Legal Principles. Email:amy.jarmon @ ttu.edu


TRAVIS DALE JONES, (Law Professor), born Littlefield, Texas, October 13, 1942; admitted to bar, 1968, Texas. Education: Texas Technological College (B.S., 1965); University of Texas (J.D., 1968). COURSES:Legal Practice, Research, Writing, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email:dale.jones @ ttu.edu


JOHN E. KRAHMER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1966, Iowa. Education: University of Iowa (B.A., 1965; J.D., 1966); Harvard University (LL.M., 1967). COURSES:Contracts, Commercial Law, Consumer Law.


MICHELLE KWON, (Law Professor), born El Paso, Texas, May 4, 1967; admitted to bar, 1998, Texas. Education: University of Texas (B.B.A., 1990); Texas Tech University School of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Business & Corporate Tax, Accounting for Lawyers. Email:michelle.kwon @ ttu.edu


ANGELA MARIE LAUGHLIN, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1999, Virginia; 2002, Texas. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1995); Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 1999). COURSES: Evidence, Civil Procedure. Email: angela.laughlin @ ttu.edu


CALVIN LIONEL LEWIS, (Law Professor), born Franklin, Virginia, September 26, 1953; admitted to bar, 1978, Virginia. Education: Norfolk State University (B.A., 1975); University of Virginia (J.D., 1978). COURSES:Immigration Law, Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy, Counseling and Interviewing. Email:calvin.lewis @ ttu.edu


ARNOLD H. LOEWY, (Law Professor), born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 9, 1940; admitted to bar, 1966, Connecticut; 1967, U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut; 1977, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit. Education: Boston University (B.S., Business Administration, 1961; J.D., 1963); Harvard Law School (LL.M., 1964). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, First Amendment, Supreme Court Seminar.


PATRICK S. METZE, (Law Professor), born Fowler, Kansas, April 6, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, Texas. Education: Texas Tech University (B.A., 1970); University of Houston (J.D., 1973). COURSES:Juvenile, Criminal Capital Punishment, Criminal Defense Clinic, Director of Criminal Defense Clinic. Email:patrick.metze @ ttu.edu


RICHARD W. MURPHY, (Law Professor), born New York, New York, November 10, 1965; admitted to bar, 1996, Minnesota. Education: Carleton College (B.A., 1987); DePaul University (M.F.A., 1990); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Federal Courts.


ALISON G. MYHRA, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1985, Minnesota, North Dakota. Education: University of North Dakota (B.A., B.S.Ed., 1982; J.D., 1985); Harvard University (LL.M., 1991). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence, Internships, Privacy Law. Email:alison.myhra @ ttu.edu


DEAN G. PAWLOWIC, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1979, Nebraska. Education: Creighton University (B.A., 1970; M.A., 1972; J.D., 1979). COURSES:Advanced Bankruptcy Law, Advanced Business Entities, Banking Law, Business Entities, Contracts, Creditors’ Rights, Bankruptcy, Remedies.


KIMBERLY DEANNE PHILLIPS, (Law Professor), born Houston, Texas, February 13, 1970; admitted to bar, 1990, Kansas; 2002, Texas and Oregon. Education: Texas Tech University (B.B.A., 1992); Washburn University School of Law (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Legal Practice. Email:kim.phillips @ ttu.edu


JORGE ALBERTO RAMIREZ, (Law Professor), born McAllen, Texas, November 2, 1961; admitted to bar, 1990, Texas. Education: Harvard College (B.A., 1984); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1990). COURSES:Public International Law, International Business Transactions, Professional Responsibility, NAFTA. Email:jorge.ramirez @ ttu.edu


WENDY TOLSON ROSS, (Law Professor), born Moberly, Missouri, August 2, 1966; admitted to bar, 1991, Texas. Education: Texas Tech University (B.A., 1988); University of Missouri-Columbia (J.D., 1991). COURSES: Civil Clinic, Negotiations, Race and Racism. Email:wendy.ross @ ttu.edu


BRIAN D. SHANNON, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1982, Texas. Education: Angelo State University (B.S., 1979); University of Texas (J.D., 1982). COURSES:Contracts, Property, Law & Psychiatry, and Criminal Law. Email:xfbds @ ttacs.ttu.edu


NANCY JOANN SOONPAA, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1988, North Dakota. Education: University of North Dakota (B.A., 1983; J.D., 1987; M.A., 1990). COURSES:Legal Writing, Research, Appellate Ad., Negotiation, Health Law, Family Law. Email:nancy.soonpa @ ttu.edu


LARRY R. SPAIN, (Law Professor), born Newton, Iowa, April 20, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, Nebraska; 1983, North Dakota; 2001, Texas. Education: University of Iowa (B.A., 1973); Creighton University (J.D., 1976). COURSES:Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Alternative Dispute Resolution. Email:larry.spain @ ttu.edu


VICTORIA V. SUTTON, (Law Professor), born North Carolina, April 9, 1956; admitted to bar, 1999, District of Columbia. Education: North Carolina State University (B.S., cum laude, 1977); Old Dominion University (M.P.A., 1986); University of Dallas (Ph.D., 1989); American University Washington College of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1998). COURSES:Environmental Law, Law and Biotechnology, Law and Bioterrorism, Law and Science, American Indian Law. Email:vickie.sutton @ ttu.edu


ARTURO TORRES, (Law Professor), born Mercedes, Texas; admitted to bar, 1981, Oregon. Education: University Nevada Las Vegas (B.S., 1971; M.E.D., 1973); Willamette University (J.D., 1979); University of Arizona (Ph.D., 1980); University Washington (M.L.S., 1984). COURSES:Technology & the Law, Advanced Legal Research, Texas Legal Research.


JOHN WATTS, (Law Professor), born Rochester, New York, November 2, 1966; admitted to bar, 1996, Virginia. Education: University of Maryland (B.A., 1992); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1996). COURSES:Torts, Evidence, Constitutional Law, Products Liability, Laws of War.


ROBERT A. WENINGER, (Law Professor), admitted to bar, 1960, Wisconsin; 1970, California. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.B.A., 1955; LL.B., 1960); University of Chicago (LL.M., 1964). COURSES: Evidence, Civil Procedure, Trial Advocacy, Complex Litigation.