College of Law


Every law student needs a great teacher, or in our case, a building full of them. The professors of UT Law possess a trio of attributes that set them apart from faculty anywhere else:

Our faculty are influential.

Five professors are Fulbright Scholars, and the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) regularly ranks UT Law among the top US law schools based on total downloads per paper and new downloads per paper by our faculty. This means that not only are our faculty prolific, but also their research and scholarly work resonate throughout the legal community and beyond. Head over to SSRN and read some of the fascinating scholarship written by UT Law faculty.

Our faculty have relevant practical experience.

You would expect, in a school that puts so much emphasis on teaching by doing, that our faculty have actually practiced what they are teaching, right? It’s true. The majority of our professors have five or more years of experience in their fields before joining academia, some many more. What does that mean for our law students? It means irreplaceable first-person knowledge of the law. When Associate Professor Paula Schaefer teaches pre-trial litigation, you aren’t just getting what’s in the textbook—you’re getting her background from seven years in commercial litigation law. And when you take a course with Professor Penny White, you’re learning from a former Tennessee Supreme Court justice.

Our faculty are excellent teachers.

A background in the law and a strong ability to write sweeten the deal, but UT Law prides itself on professors who love to teach—teachers who have open office hours, who don’t complain when students drop by to ask questions, who will stand in the halls long after class has ended to finish a discussion or explain a point more clearly. Those are the teachers we hire. Those are the professors whom you will not only remember years from now, but also drop by to see whenever you are in town to say thank you, or call on the phone to get their opinion after you’re out in practice. Professor Penny White, for example, has been recognized as often for her outstanding teaching as she has for her distinguished scholarship.