Meet the Staff

Admissions

Begin your legal education journey with UT Law.

Admissions

Begin your legal education journey with UT Law.

Admissions Staff

Sarah Busse

Director

E-mail: sbusse@utk.edu
Phone: 865-974-4131

Sarah Busse joined UT Law in July 2016. As director of admissions and financial aid, she is responsible for the planning, management, and implementation of law student recruitment, admissions, and financial aid. She reports directly to the dean and is responsible for the supervision of the admissions staff. She also frequently coordinates and communicates with the Admissions Committee.

Busse formerly served as the director of admissions programs and recruitment for Cornell University Law School, where she had been a member of the admissions team since 2004. Prior to that, Busse worked in recruitment for Cornell Law’s Career Services Office and in communications for Cornell’s Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management.

Frances Nash

Associate Director

E-mail: frances.nash@utk.edu
Phone: 865-974-4131

Frances Nash joined the University of Tennessee in 2010. Before moving to the College of Law, she was the associate director at UT’s One Stop Student Services and also served as assistant to the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Prior to moving to Knoxville, she lived in Austin, Texas, where she worked in the registrar’s office at the University of Texas and was a student services representative at the University of Texas System’s UT TeleCampus. 

Celisse Lambert

Assistant Director

E-mail: clambert@utk.edu
Phone: 865-974-4131

Celisse Lambert joined UT Law in February 2018. As assistant director of admissions, she recruits, counsels, and advises potential students on the application process, the basics of financial aid, and the benefits of attending UT Law. Additionally, she oversees the recruiting plan to attract a diverse student body nationally and locally, while also finding new ways to reach applicants digitally with the use of social media and/or on-line marketing.

Before joining UT, Celisse was in general practice at a law firm outside of Philadelphia. She also worked at HSBC Bank as an anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing investigator.

Carolyn Dossett

Senior Admissions Specialist, Recruiting Coordinator

E-mail: cdossett@utk.edu
Phone: 865-974-4131