College of Law

U.S. News rankings: UT Law in top 20 for clinical training, top 25 for legal writing, top 10 for least debt

Posted March 16, 2016

Among all US law schools, the University of Tennessee College of Law ranks in the top 20 for clinical training, top 25 for legal writing, and top 10 for graduating students with the least amount of debt, according to the U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings released today.

UT Law’s Legal Clinic—the longest-running clinic in the nation—ranks 19th among all law schools and 9th among all public schools. The clinic allows students to represent clients in need and help resolve legal disputes under faculty supervision.

The college’s legal writing program ranks 23rd among all law schools and 10th among all public schools.

UT Law also ranks 10th among all law schools for graduating students with the least amount of debt, based on U.S. News average debt load data for 2015 graduates at ranked law schools. The college ranks 7th among public schools for lowest average debt load. Members of UT Law’s Class of 2015 graduated with an average debt load of $66,939.

In the overall ranking of law schools, UT Law ranks 65th among all schools and 36th among all public schools.

“UT Law continues to be one of the best law schools in the country, especially for the experience-focused education offered by our Legal Clinic,” said Melanie D. Wilson, dean of the College of Law. “Our students receive not only a solid foundation of legal knowledge, but also the experience to successfully begin legal practice upon graduation, all at an incredible value.”

U.S. News compared 196 public and private law schools for this year’s rankings. The rankings are based on a variety of factors, including selectivity during admission, career placement, and the opinions of faculty, judges, lawyers, and law school recruiters from throughout the United States.

For the full 2017 graduate rankings, visit the U.S. News and World Report website.