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You may apply to the University of Tennessee College of Law through either the binding early decision application, regular decision application, or the transfer application. However, before you get started, read detailed information about the application process.
We recommend completing your application as early as possible. File review begins as files are received. We are currently waiving our $35 application fee for the 2020-21 admission cycle.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all materials are received in the Admissions Office.
When you’re ready to apply, be sure to complete all of the following requirements to ensure your application is complete. Please remember that your application will not be reviewed until it is considered complete.
- Admissions Application
- UT Law’s application for admission and instructions are available through the Law School Admission Council. Accuracy and completeness is critical. Please be sure to provide documentation pertaining to character and fitness if relevant. Months may pass between the filing of the application and enrollment in law school, and applicants are required to update the application form if information they have certified as correct changes during the admission process.
- Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
- The LSAT is the entrance exam required for admissions into law school. The test is designed specifically to assess critical reading, analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, and persuasive writing skills — key skills needed for success in law school. Our current LSAT median score is 159. You can find more information about the LSAT and register for the exam at lsac.org/lsat.
- Writing sample: Your personal statement
- The personal statement provides an opportunity for you to present information about your personal background, your motivation to study law, adverse life conditions you have overcome, contributions you could make to the law school community as a result of your life experience, diversity, ties to or specific interest in the University of Tennessee, a description of how you plan to contribute to the legal profession, and/or any information that pertains to the admissions criteria established by the College of Law and evaluated by the Admissions Committee. The personal statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages, and you should compose the statement yourself.
- Please submit all transcripts, undergraduate and graduate (if applicable), as part of your application. Your undergraduate GPA can be a strong indicator of how well you’ll perform in law school. Currently, our median GPA is 3.6
In addition to recruiting students who demonstrate exceptional academic and professional potential, the Admissions Committee purposefully seeks to enrich the classroom and to ensure a superior educational environment through actively recruiting a diverse student body. We encourage you to attach a brief (optional) statement that may be helpful to us in reaching a thoughtful and informed decision on how your personal background will contribute to the diversity at UT Law.
Credential Assembly Service (CAS) Report
This report will be ordered when you apply for admission and will be updated as academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and writing samples are added.
The required recommendations must be submitted through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. Please choose recommenders who have known you long enough and well enough to make a sound evaluation of your abilities.
In accordance with the Clery Act, the university publishes an annual security and fire safety report which contains information on crime prevention, crime reporting, statistics, fire safety and statistics, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters related to security and safety on university owned or controlled property and associated public areas. The security report for the Knoxville area may be found at clery.utk.edu/crime-statistics/. A printed copy of the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at the UT Police Department, 1101 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37996 or you may request a copy by mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Candidates may choose to apply for the TED program if Tennessee Law is their top choice and they are willing to make an early enrollment commitment. A successful candidate may be admitted under this early decision program because they either have an LSAT score or a GPA that is significantly below the current medians, but are otherwise very qualified. A scholarship is not associated with this program, but one may be offered if available. Candidates accepted through this program must pay their enrollment deposit within 10 business of an offer of admission.
This program is appropriate for candidates who have considered their law school options carefully, are prepared to move forward with the application and their law school commitment, and are confident that the University of Tennessee College of Law is their clear first choice. Candidates admitted under this program agrees not to apply to other law schools’ early decision programs and agrees to withdraw other law school applications and attend the University of Tennessee College of Law in the fall. Admitted candidates must also pay the full $500 deposit within 10 business days of notification of admission. Failure to honor these commitments will result in revocation of the offer of admission.
Timetable for the Applicant
All components of the application, including recommendations, the LSAC Law School Report, and required documentation related to character and fitness inquiries, must be received by the Office of Admissions by Dec. 15 in order for the candidate to be considered for the TED program. TED candidates should take the LSAT no later than the September/October test administration.
Timetable for the College of Law
The College of Law will communicate decisions to TED candidates by Jan. 1. Candidates admitted through the TED program must pay the $500 seat deposit 10 days after notification of admission.
Candidates who are not selected under this program will either be referred for consideration in the regular admissions program, which if admitted later, will not be binding or they will be informed that their application for admission has been denied.
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