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Ready to apply to UT Law?

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.


Regular Admission Process

We recommend completing your application as early as possible. File review begins as files are received.

The $35 application fee will be waived for applications completed by March 1 and your submission will receive priority consideration. Qualified applicants will have completed the LSAT before February, or be planning to complete the LSAT in June.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to make sure all materials are received in the Admissions Office.

Check your application status

Once you’ve applied, you can check the status of your application on the LSAC website.

TED – Tennessee Early Decision Program

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.

Binding Nature. 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. 1 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 Dec. 15. 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.

Security report

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, publishes an annual security and fire safety report.  The report contains information on crime prevention, crime reporting, law enforcement policies and procedures, fire safety and statistics, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters related to security and safety on campus.  Clery reportable statistics for the three previous calendar years are included in the report. These statistics include crimes reported on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UT; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

The security report for the Knoxville Area (including the Knoxville campus, the Institute for Public Service, the Institute of Agriculture and the UT System Administration) may be found at clery.utk.edu/crime-statistics.

If you would like a copy of the combined Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, you may visit the University of Tennessee Police Department at 1101 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37996 or you may send a request for a copy by mail to clery@utk.edu.


Questions?

Contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid at 865-974-4131 or lawadmit@utk.edu, and our staff will be glad to answer any questions you may have during the application process.

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