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University of Tennessee College of Law

The College of Law and the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts offer a coordinated Dual Degree Program leading to the conferral of both the Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Public Administration degrees. In this Dual Degree Program, a student may earn the M.P.A. and J.D. degrees in about four years rather than the five years that otherwise would be required for the two degrees. Students pursuing the Dual Degree Program should plan to be enrolled in course work or an internship for one summer term in addition to taking normal course loads for four academic years. Admission Requirements: Applicants for the J.D./M.P.A. Dual Degree Program must make separate application to and be independently accepted by the College of Law for the J.D.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 443
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 156 - 161
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.3 - 3.75
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 80.47%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82.0%
In State Tuition $17,678
Out of State Tuition $36,422

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About University of Tennessee College of Law

The College of Law and the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts offer a coordinated Dual Degree Program leading to the conferral of both the Doctor of Jurisprudence and Master of Public Administration degrees. In this Dual Degree Program, a student may earn the M.P.A. and J.D. degrees in about four years rather than the five years that otherwise would be required for the two degrees. Students pursuing the Dual Degree Program should plan to be enrolled in course work or an internship for one summer term in addition to taking normal course loads for four academic years. Admission Requirements: Applicants for the J.D./M.P.A. Dual Degree Program must make separate application to and be independently accepted by the College of Law for the J.D.

Reviews

Affordable, practical, and blessed with a touch of Southern charm, the University of Tennessee is a friendly place to study the law and to learn to be a lawyer. Across the board, UT students praise their school’s unequivocal “emphasis on practical and ‘real’ lawyering instead of just philosophical theory.” The school’s fleet of faculty is equipped with impressive real-world credentials, and “Several classrooms are laid out exactly like courtrooms” to help students hone their litigation skills. In addition to the tenured staff, the “Adjunct professors for skills-based classes are a wonderful resource.” UT students can further augment course work through the school’s ample and long-standing clinical programs, which teach lawyering skills through real-world experience, including a pro bono clinic for indigent clients. They can also pursue a specialization in advocacy through the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. While the practical offerings are outstanding, many students mention that they would like to see more diverse academic specializations. A student clarifies, “Classes in a wide number of specialties are available, but it wouldn’t hurt to hire a few more professors to have more options avail­able in a given semester. It would seem the school has taken a “quality-over-quantity” approach in this regard.”Although University of Tennessee is a stalwart Southern institution, “There are numer­ous professors that cater to a wide range of philosophical beliefs and legal theories ...from the far-left stereotypical ‘academics’ all the way to the right side with Instapundit.com creator Glenn Reynolds.” A stimulating academic atmosphere, “The class discussions that ensue between such a faculty and the geographically and academically diverse stu­dent body are most rewarding.” The notorious Socratic method remains a classroom favorite; however, it’s never used to torture or embarrass. Rather, it “is a tool to encourage learning, and professors and students are seen as partners in that endeavor, as opposed to adversaries.” Outside the classroom, “Teachers are willing to meet you after class and help you in anyway possible,” and students reassure us, “There isn’t a faculty member I would feel intimidated approaching.” A satisfied student sums it up: “The laid-back attitude juxtaposed with expert instruction and the feeling that the UT College of Law, while already well-ranked, is one of the most underrated schools and is by all means a rising star among law schools nationwide.”When transitioning to the real world, UT grads are prepared to hit the ground running. A 3L shares: “I worked at a big New York firm last summer with several Ivy Leaguers. Everyone was very smart, but many of them were just as lost when it came to advocacy skills (namely trial practice and negotiation). What I learned at Tennessee gave me an opportunity to shine in these areas.” Another 3L chimes in, “I have a great job in Atlanta after graduation. When I was clerking down there this summer, I really enjoyed surprising people with how well-prepared I am to practice.” On that note, career placement is no problem for UT grads—especially those looking to work in the South; however, generally speaking, “The Career Services Center is geared toward students who want to practice in Tennessee or in big law firms elsewhere. Other career options are usually up to the students to pursue.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 167

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, 4 years; JD/MPA, 4 years

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 87
Full-Time Faculty 30
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 16
Part-Time Faculty 41
Faculty Gender 57% Male
42% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 60% Male
40% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 74%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 3%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 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 $17,678 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,522 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $29,200 $17,678

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $36,422 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,522 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $47,944 $36,422

Financial Aid

$25,317 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $15

Incoming Class

University of Tennessee College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 161
LSAT Total 156 - 161

University of Tennessee College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.3 - 3.75
Total 3.3 - 3.75

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Recommendations, Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 85%
First Time Pass Rate 80%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 81%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 80
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 25 20%
Firm Sized 11-25 8 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 9 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 11 9%
Firm Sized 101-250 8 6%
Firm Sized 251-500 7 6%
Firm Sized 501+ 1 1%
Business Industry 12 10%
Government 14 11%
Public Interest 4 3%
Federal Clerkship 6 5%
State Clerkship 8 6%
Academia 4 3%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 7 5%
Unemployed, Seeking 18 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
FL 2%
GA 6%
TN 71%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Tennessee College of Law include:

  • Penny White - Former TN Supreme Court Justice
  • Robert Link - Managing Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
  • Dan Adomitis - President, Firestone Natural Rubber Company
  • Joel A. Katz - Entertainment Lawyer
  • Howard H. Baker, Jr. - Govenment/Public Service

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