The College of Law at University of Tennessee

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Karen Britton
Application deadline February 15
Full-time program application fee $15
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The College of Law at University of Tennessee

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 34.1% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.53
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 160

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 34.1%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 156-162
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.24-3.75
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.53
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 160

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A.
J.D./M.P.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Joint JD/MBA and JD/MPA programs and concentrations in Advocacy & Dispute Resolution and Business Transactions are offered. Clinical programs include Advocacy, Business, Mediation, Domestic Violence, Environmental Law and 3 externship programs, -judicial, prosecutorial and public defender. With other schools, we offer a summer study program in England.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 90
Seminars 21
Positions available in seminars 348
Positions available in simulation courses 784
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 155
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Publications include The Tennessee Law Review, The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, and The Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy. A large variety of moot court programs and 2 intra school competitions are offered. The Volunteer Tax Assistance program assists individuals in completing tax forms.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 55
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 16
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 299
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 637
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 155
Full-time students involved in field placements 60
Full-time students involved in law journals 224
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 45
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 55

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 14.4:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 63
Full-time minority faculty 11.1%
Part-time minority faculty 0.0%
Total faculty 80
Total faculty (men) 56.3%
Total faculty (women) 43.8%
Total faculty (minorities) 5.0%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#69 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#11 in Clinical Training
#67 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#21 in Legal Writing

Law Ranking Scores

Score 48
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.7
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.24-3.75
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.53
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 156-162
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 160
Acceptance rate 34.1% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 14.4:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 54.5% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.8% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 89.8% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar TN
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 79.2%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 487

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 486

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 1

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 0.6%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 1.3%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 0.7%
Female students discontinuing law school 0.5%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Karen Britton
Financial aid phone (865) 974-4131
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $16,456 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $35,200 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $11,040
Books $1,846
Miscellaneous expenses $4,054
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 46.9%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 11.9%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.2%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 2.5%
Median grant amount $5,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $2,000–$9,000
Full-time students receiving grants 61.5%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $71,919
Proportion who borrowed 81.6%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 77,505
Microform titles 54,365
Electronic titles 49,544
Other non-book titles 733
Total titles 182,147
Volumes (excluding microforms) 344,543
Volume equivalent microforms 253,339
Total volumes and volume equivalents 597,882
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 96
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 49
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 26
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 21
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 49
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 83
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 49
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 19
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 49
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 0

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 3
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 14
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 29
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 51
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 54,007
Total seats available for library users 415
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The law center, a wireless facility located in the heart of the UT campus, has six large classrooms/courtrooms, five classrooms/seminar rooms, and formal and informal meeting areas with state of the art audiovisual equipment. The Joel A. Katz Law Library is the largest public law library in Tennessee.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar TN
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 89.8% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 79.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 167
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 54.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 100.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 54.5%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 41.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.2%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.8%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 9.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 4.8%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $55,000
Median private sector starting salary $65,750
75th percentile private sector starting salary $77,500
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 37%
Median public service starting salary $47,875

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 3.7%
Percent employed in business and industry 11.9%
Percent employed in government 16.3%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 11.1%
Percent employed in law firms 52.6%
Percent employed in public interest 4.4%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 74%
Graduates employed out-of-state 22.3%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 4%
Number of states where graduates are employed 16
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.7%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.5%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 0.7%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 11.9%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 75.6%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 3.7%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 2.2%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Employers across the region and nation recruit UT students and graduates through on-campus programs, job fairs, and direct contact from UT students. Our 1L Career Integration program is a hallmark of the Career Center. Over fifty programs are offered to help students learn about jobs and careers and develop job search skills.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 80.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 99.1%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 11.9%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 68.8%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 5.2%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 2.9%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 75.0%

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