Student employment success helps UT Law rank 41st among all U.S. law schools

The University of Tennessee College of Law has been recognized by one of the legal industry’s leading publications as a top 50 law school.

Above the Law annually ranks law schools’ quality by “how they deliver on the promise of gainful legal employment.”

In regard to those rankings, the publication insists “potential students should prioritize their future employment prospects over all other factors in deciding whether and where to attend law school.”

The University of Tennessee College of Law ranks 41st on the list of all law schools and 19th among public universities. It is the first time the UT College of Law has appeared on the list throughout the publication’s eight-year history of rankings.  

Above the Law heavily weighs quality of employment in the rankings looking at full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage, and more specifically “the schools’ success at placing students on career paths that best enable them to pay off their student debts.”

Among Tennessee’s class of 2019 graduates, 99 of 113 secured full-time, long-term legal jobs within 10 months after graduation.

Bettye B. Lewis Career Center Director Brad Morgan said helping students and graduates secure meaningful employment after graduation remains a top priority.  

“Being recognized on this list speaks to the commitment of our students, graduates, faculty, staff and alumni in working together to ensure that the University of Tennessee College of Law fulfills its mission of preparing its students for the practice of law,” Morgan said.