Founded in 1890, the University of Tennessee College of Law enjoys a rich tradition of providing sound legal education. Over 120 years, the law school has adapted and expanded greatly. UT law professors have produced excellent lawyers, and the successes of former students have created a strong, vibrant alumni network that reaches every corner of the country.
The College of Law has built an expansive alumni network that provides students with mentoring and employment opportunities. The Alumni Association of the Law Department was founded in 1911 with the express goal of putting the law school "on a high plane of efficiency". Today, approximately 6,500 University of Tennessee College of Law alumni live and work in 47 states and several foreign countries.
Degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence
The degree of Doctor of Jurisprudence will be conferred upon candidates who complete, with a grade point average of 2.0 or better, six semesters of resident law study and earn 89 semester hours of credit, including the required courses. The required average must be maintained on the work of all six semesters and also for the combined work of the grading periods in which the last 28 hours of credit are earned at the College. The normal maximum period for a full-time law student to complete requirements for the J.D. degree is five calendar years.
Dual J.D. - MBA Degree
The College of Law and the College of Business Administration offer a coordinated dual program leading to the conferral of both the Doctor of Jurisprudence and the Master of Business Administration. The dual program saves the student approximately 15 hours (one semester) over the time that would be required to earn both degrees independently.
The University of Tennessee College of Law takes seriously the role in training students to become effective legal writers. The thorough and rigorous legal writing program is currently ranked eighth, according to U.S. News and World Report, among public universities in the United States. The program begins in the first year, where students complete six hours of credit focused exclusively on legal writing.
Centers and Clinics
For more than sixty years, the College of Law's Legal Clinics have provided law students with opportunities to learn by doing-representing clients and helping resolve legal disputes. The legal clinic is the oldest continually operating clinical program in the nation. The College of Law offers eight clinics as well as three externship programs, providing a clinic opportunity for every willing student: Advocacy Clinic, Business Law Clinic, Domestic Violence Clinic, Environmental Practicum, Externships, Immigration Clinic, Innocence/ Wrongful Convictions Clinic, Mediation Clinic, Homer A. Jones Jr. Wills Clinic.
The 1,10,000-square-foot center completed in 1997 blends the old and the new into an exceptional setting for legal education. The law center is located in the heart of campus on Cumberland Avenue, just four blocks from downtown Knoxville. Features of the Law Library are: More than 5,71,000 volumes and microform volume equivalents, Selective depository for federal documents, Online automated catalog system, Centers for use of the WESTLAW and LEXIS legal database retrieval systems, Computer laboratories and CD-ROM stations, Reading rooms and study carrels.
Tennessee Law Review
The Tennessee Law Review is published quarterly and edited by students of the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law is published semi-annually in association with the Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law by students at the University of Tennessee College of Law and is one of the College's three law journals.
Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy
The Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy is a student-run publication that is published twice yearly with special issues occasionally. The Journal analyzes the latest developments in law and public decision-making. It explores areas touching on a number of disciplines and attracts readers from a variety of professional interests.
The Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender, & Social Justice
The Tennessee Journal of Race, Gender & Social Justice (RGSJ) is published twice a year by students of the University of Tennessee College of Law.
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