UT Law takes its responsibility to the judicial system seriously. Through its visionary Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution, the college offers an academic concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution designed to prepare students for the rigors of the practice of law. The concentration’s tailored curriculum engages students in experiential learning through simulations and real-world experience, helping them master a variety of lawyering skills. Courses are taught by a highly respected and experienced full-time faculty with diverse backgrounds, as well as adjunct faculty who are members of the state and federal bench and bar. In addition to curricular offerings, the center sponsors frequent multidisciplinary symposia, lectures, and special events on emerging legal issues in which students, lawyers, judges, and other professionals participate. Learn more.
The Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law seeks to improve the training of business lawyers in both transactional and litigation practices through the Concentration in Business Transactions for JD candidates, the LLM program in United States business law, Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, a visiting professor program, faculty and student scholarship, field placement opportunities, the Business Law Clinic, the Trademark Clinic, the Homer A. Jones Jr. Wills Clinic, the Graduate Certificate in Contractual and Legal Affairs in Engineering and Construction (offered in conjunction with the College of Engineering), and presentations for the business bar and community, both regionally and nationwide. Learn more.
The Institute for Professional Leadership helps students develop their leadership skills and professional values through interdisciplinary programming beyond a strictly legal context. The institute hosts courses and practicums in public service and leadership and develops extracurricular programming in leadership and professional development, including collaboration with the college’s Bettye B. Lewis Career Center. Learn more.
Lawyers are professional writers. Whether it be a letter, a motion, a brief, a complaint, a contract, or any of the other multiple documents attorneys are frequently asked to prepare, lawyers spend much of their professional career writing. A lawyer who cannot write effectively is greatly handicapped in his or her ability to represent clients. Through the Legal Writing Program—ranked 23rd among all law schools in the nation—the college takes seriously its role in training students to become effective legal writers. Learn more.
Through this student-driven pro bono program, as well as funding opportunities for students who engage in public interest work, the college is committed to expanding opportunities in public service. This dedication is manifested in UT Pro Bono’s active student involvement, faculty support, and a staff position dedicated to addressing access-to-justice issues. Learn more.
The college’s Mentoring Program offers law students the opportunity to established a mentoring relationship with a professional in the field. Mentors help students identify and fulfill professional goals while fostering the highest levels of ethics and professionalism. Through these interactions, attorney participants can serve the profession and the community. Students gain new perspectives and insights into issues related to civility, ethics, and professionalism. Learn more.