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The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

The School of Law and the College of Business and Economics offer a coordinated degree program leading to the conferral of the JD and MBA. The purpose of this joint degree program is to allow the student to study the intricacies of modern law and management as a coordinated educational effort. Students who are contemplating a career as a lawyer specializing in business issues and want to acquire the skills and perspective of the business manager will find the JD/MBA especially helpful. An additional benefit of the joint program is that it offers the student the ability to complete both the JD and MBA in considerably less time than required to complete each degree separately.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 380
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 157
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.05 - 3.55
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 93.28%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 84.62%
In State Tuition $16,834
Out of State Tuition $38,706

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About The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

The School of Law and the College of Business and Economics offer a coordinated degree program leading to the conferral of the JD and MBA. The purpose of this joint degree program is to allow the student to study the intricacies of modern law and management as a coordinated educational effort. Students who are contemplating a career as a lawyer specializing in business issues and want to acquire the skills and perspective of the business manager will find the JD/MBA especially helpful. An additional benefit of the joint program is that it offers the student the ability to complete both the JD and MBA in considerably less time than required to complete each degree separately.

Reviews

While it may not have Ivy League name recognition, the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law’s “reputation far exceeds [its] rank.” As “the only law school in Memphis”, the University of Memphis’ students over and over again call it “a gem” and “a diamond in the rough.” “I came to this school despite options to go to tier 1 schools in the US News and World Report Rankings. The academic life is as rigorous as any intel­lectual could want, and the social atmosphere of the school as is team-oriented as it gets.” The U of M’s professors, who are “down to earth, speak for their chosen fields eloquently, and very respectful”, “combine Ivy League educations with real-world experience to create classroom experiences that are both challenging and relevant." “I was surprised at how approachable and genuinely interested the administration and professors were in students opinions and their overall well-being.” While approachable, the faculty is “entrenched in the Socratic method” and rigorous. One student notes a noticeable reduction in the size of his class “mostly because of those old-school "I will haze you by employing the Socratic Method" type profs.” Some students say they wish the law program was “more practical”, or had more “curriculum diversity”: the “abundance of opportunities to work in criminal law, family law, elder, and housing in Memphis” may make it harder to practice an “area of the law that is not so much in need here (business, intellectual property).”Also among the U of M’s prime features are shining facilities: the school recently “opened in a new, restored historic courthouse and customs building, and all of the facilities, library, and classrooms were (and still are) top notch.” Classrooms boast “great wireless internet, acoustics, and seating arrangement”, and students take pride in their “beautiful” surroundings, asserting that “since the move into the renovated building downtown, there"s no way we can"t compete with any school in the country on facilities.”What students arguably love the most, though, is how the University of Memphis com­petes in “bang for your buck.” “The price...is very low compared to the national average, and in my book that meant getting a huge value for my legal education.” This value doesn’t sacrifice job readiness: students report that the university is “dedicated to ensur­ing our graduates hit the ground running.” Extracurricular and internship opportunities include the “Law Review, Mock Trial (both inter and intra school competitions), clinics, and the schools dynamic Memphis Association of Law and Business”, as well as “oppor­tunities to volunteer for first year students, such as the Saturday Legal Clinic and the weekday divorce clinic”, and “networking opportunities with local professionals and the Memphis Bar Association.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 124

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA - 105 credit hours - both programs combined JD/MA - Political Science - 107 credit hours - both programs combined JD/MPH - Masters in Public Health - begin after completion of JD

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 47
Full-Time Faculty 19
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 3
Part-Time Faculty 25
Faculty Gender 59% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 17 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 62% Male
38% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 85%
Hispanic/Latino 1%
Black or African American 10%
Asian 2%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $16,834 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,265 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $26,099 $16,834

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,706 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,265 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $47,971 $38,706

Financial Aid

88% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$25,269 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $25

Incoming Class

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 157
LSAT Part-Time 145 - 149
LSAT Total 152 - 157

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.04 - 3.55
Part-Time 3.11 - 3.35
Total 3.05 - 3.55

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, State Residency, Interview, Work Experience

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 96%
First Time Pass Rate 93%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 81%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 85%
Average Starting Salary $52,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 39 35%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 4 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 5%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 16 15%
Government 12 11%
Public Interest 6 5%
Federal Clerkship 4 4%
State Clerkship 2 2%
Academia 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 14 10%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 1%
GA 2%
TN 89%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law include:

  • Bill Sanderson - Actor
  • Karen Clark - VP & General Counsel, Procter & Gamble Corporation, Global Health Care & Global Beauty Care
  • Caroline Hunter - Commissioner, Federal Election Commission
  • Steve Cohen - US Congressman, TN 9th District
  • Honorable Bernice Donald - Judge, U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals

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