Overview

Applicants
1,003
Acceptance Rate
36%
Median Undergrad GPA
3.59
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
113

Test Scores

LSAT
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
154 - 160

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$15

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors


Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information

Total Faculty
106

45
Female
11
Underrepresented Minorities


Students Say

Located in beautiful Knoxville, the University of Tennessee College of Law offers a great education at an affordable price. Students find the program “mentally stimulating” and leave confident in their “abilities to practice law after graduation.” The university boasts “small class sizes,” which make “learning more personable and focused.” Students benefit not only from small class sizes, but big-name lecturers: The university has hosted lectures by three U.S. Supreme Court justices in the past five years. Students roundly praise the “practical skills classes that allow” them to “practice what they learn in theory.” The clinic program—which is longest running clinical program in the country—”allows for real-world experience,” and may be “one of the greatest things about UT.” The university also offers a wealth of additional practical experience including externship opportunities, moot court, mock trial and Tennessee Law Review, which are “invaluable.”
UT is known for its “great community” and “supportive and kind atmosphere,” which offer a wealth of opportunities for students. Students say faculty and staff are “top notch.” Professors “come from all over the country” and “have diverse experiences and teaching styles.” However, students note that the university “could work on finding more ethnically diverse professors.” That said, the “professors are all extremely qualified and have practical experience in the courses they teach.” They are “dedicated educators first and foremost.” There is an emphasis on “classroom dialogue, debate, and interaction” that “leads to a better learning experience.” Students find their professors to be “accessible at most hours and are prompt in getting back to you.” As one student notes: “Professors regularly volunteered to listen to oral arguments for moot court teams and offer their critiques, generally had an open-door policy for questions after class, and were happy to just stop and chat in the halls.” The “staff, faculty, and students all provide a collegial atmosphere which facilitates outstanding legal scholarship,” and the school encourages its students to give back, emphasizing “the importance of pro bono” work.
The administration is also “very accessible and open,” and they “are willing to help in any way they can.” Considerate of its students’ financial needs, the financial aid office emails students regularly about “scholarship opportunities” as well as “graduate assistant positions” that may cover a student’s “entire tuition.” Students find the Career Center “very helpful.” The “Career Center actually helps you find a job (unlike many schools’ career centers),” notes one student.
The university also “does a great job with the type of student it admits.” “There has never been a time that I have felt like I could not ask a classmate for help or an outline,” says a current student. The culture at the university is “supportive, friendly, helpful, and not competitive and cruel.” As one student notes, “the school did a wonderful job of preparing me for practice, and they were invaluable in the job search process.” In today’s tight job market, an engaged and active career center and alumni network is essential. As one student notes, many of her “colleagues opened their own practices during the tough job market,” and getting the first-hand, practical experience UT offers “allows one to do that.”

Career overview

Median Starting Salary
$60,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
90%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
73%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
80

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Legal employers- law firms, judges, government agencies, corporations, public interest organizations, and academic institutions -- Nationwide

Prominent Alumni

Howard H. Baker, Jr.
Govenment/Public Service

Joel A. Katz
Entertainment Lawyer

Dan Adomitis
President, Firestone Natural Rubber Company

Robert Link
Managing Partner, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft

Penny White
Former TN Supreme Court Justice

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics


Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$16,238
Out-Of-State Tuition
$34,682
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$12,780
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$12,780
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$2,038
Fees
$3,460

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
333
Parent Institution Enrollement
28,052

Average Age at Entry
25

% International
0%

Demographics

17.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
44% female
56% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Known for its great sense of community, students say school friends at UT are essentially a “second family.” They also note the “incredible” “ school/life balance.” “UT is the place where you can get a top-notch quality education,” notes one student, “but still have a life and actually enjoy your time.” Another student says that she is “constantly reminded to be thankful” when she hears what it is like for “law students at other schools.” The university also boasts “superb facilities” with “modern technology incorporated throughout,” and students call it an “ideal place to learn.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Sarah A. Busse
Director, Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
1505 West Cumberland Avenue
Suite 161
Knoxville, TN 37996-1810

Phone
865-974-4131

Email
lawadmit@utk.edu