Karen  Britton

Britton Karen
  • Director of Admissions, Financial Aid and Career Services

  • Location: Rooms 161/157
  • Phone Number: 865-974-4131, 865-974-4348
  • Email: britton@utk.edu


Karen R. Britton is the senior administrator overseeing student recruitment, admissions, strategic enrollment planning, diversity recruitment, scholarships, financial aid, and career development at The University of Tennessee College of Law. She has worked with a wide range of audiences in legal education and practice, from undergraduates who are considering law school, candidates for admission evaluating the cost of attendance compared to their salary expectations, with law students exploring career options and employment, and with summer associates and attorneys in their career development.

Britton began her career in legal recruitment and hiring at Bass, Berry & Sims PLC, a large Nashville-based law firm, where her responsibilities included law student recruitment, attorney hiring, and client development. She is a former president of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), where she held numerous leadership roles, including serving on its Board of Directors for five years, as chair of the Nominating Committee, and as a member of Bylaws, Strategic Planning, and Recruitment Practices Committees.  She has served LSAC on Misconduct and Irregularities in the Admission Process, Annual Conference Work Group and the Newcomers Conference Planning committees.   Britton is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and was involved in planning the TBA Diversity Job Fair.

Britton earned a doctorate of education, the masters in higher education and educational psychology, and bachelor’s degree in foreign language education from the University of Tennessee. Her doctoral dissertation explored factors that influence first job choice of private practice among graduates of public law schools in the Southeastern United States.

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