Mandatory Mean

Effective in the fall of 2016, all required courses shall have a mean of 3.1, plus or minus 0.04. The mean shall be calculated after all adjustments for class participation, attendance, etc., have been made. A grade of incomplete shall not count toward calculation of the mean. A faculty member wishing to submit grades in which the mean is outside the designated range must submit a written justification to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and obtain written permission from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Special Topics Courses (Law 990)

The college offers a staggering variety of courses in special topics that run the gamut of the study of law. Falling under course number Law 990, some of our special topics courses have included the following:

  • American Jurisprudence
  • Animal Ethics and the Law
  • Children, Parents, and the State
  • Commercial Leasing
  • Energy Law
  • Internet and Information Privacy Law Seminar
  • Legal Crisis Communications
  • The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Sex, Gender, and Justice
  • Seminar in Psychiatry and the Law
  • Software Licensing
  • State and Local Government
  • State and Local Taxation

Non-Law Elective Courses

Eligible law students may receive credit toward the JD for acceptable performance in a maximum of 6 semester hours in graduate-level courses taken in other departments at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, that materially contribute to the study of law. Course selection and registration are subject to guidelines approved by the law faculty. These guidelines include the requirement that any such course be acceptable for credit towards a graduate degree in the department offering the course. Courses in which the primary content consists of substantive law will not be accepted for JD credit under this option. Prior approval of the associate dean for academic affairs is required.

Non-law courses will be credited on a Satisfactory/No Credit basis and a grade of B or better is required in order to receive a Satisfactory. Students enrolled in dual-degree programs may not receive credit toward the JD for courses taken in other university departments except for those taken in conjunction with the dual degree.