Our College

The University of Tennessee College of Law, located in Knoxville, enjoys a rich tradition of providing sound legal education and boasts the longest-running legal clinical program in the country. Founded in 1890, the college prepares tomorrow’s lawyers through clinical and skills training, innovative classroom teaching, legal writing, and professional values. UT Law is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools.

Degree Programs

The Juris Doctor (JD) degree is your ultimate goal as a law student. In your pursuit of a JD, you can choose from one of our two concentrations and earn a second graduate degree through one of our joint-degree programs.

If you’re interested in earning your JD in less than three years, you have a few options to consider at UT Law. These options will allow you to graduate by the fall of your third year—one semester earlier than usual. View two of our sample accelerated curricula.

Students may choose to specialize in either in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution or Business Transactions.

J.D./MBA – Business
J.D./MA – Philosophy
J.D./MPH – Public Health
J.D./MPPA – Public Policy & Admin.

This program allows flexibility for students who cannot commit to full-time study. While the traditional course load for first-year law students is between 14 and 16 hours of class credit per semester over three years, the flexible schedule option allows students to take a reduced load of 10 credit hours their first semester, and 11 hours during their second.

UT 3+3 is an accelerated dual-degree program offered by the College of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences, which saves students an entire year of tuition and related costs, without sacrificing quality of education. In the program, students complete three years of approved undergraduate coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences. Following their third year, participating students admitted to the College of Law become full-time, first-year law students. The first year of law study will count toward a student’s law degree and also toward the completion of his or her bachelor’s degree. Two additional years of law study follow, after which a student earns a juris doctor degree.

The Master of Laws (LLM) in United States business law is an advanced law degree for practicing lawyers with a Juris Doctor (JD) or its foreign equivalent (for example, a Bachelor of Law degree). UT Law’s LLM program brings non-US lawyers together for a one-year program that will enhance their ability to practice in a global marketplace by providing specialized knowledge in United States business law.

Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare students for the practice of law by integrating theory and practice across the curriculum. We do so with emphasis on clinical and skills training, innovative classroom teaching, legal writing, and professional values We endeavor to produce high-quality scholarship that examines, explains, critiques, and improves the law and the legal system. We strive to serve the university, the profession, and the public by developing and sharing our talents and expertise. Learn more about our strategic initiatives.

Accreditation

The University of Tennessee College of Law is fully approved by the American Bar Association. As part of the law school accreditation process, the Accreditation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar requires accredited law schools to complete a relevant to continued compliance with the accreditation standards, including data regarding curriculum, faculty, facilities, fiscal and administrative capacity, student retention, bar passage rates, and student placement. Information obtained is reviewed by the Accreditation Committee in accordance with Rule 6 on Interim Monitoring.

Fully approved law schools undergo a full site evaluation every seven years. The next site visit for the University of Tennessee College of Law will take place during the 2022-23 academic year.