College of Law


Welcome to Tennessee Law.


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. This picture of two Tennessee Law students in the courtroom? It’s worth an entire career.

That’s because Tennessee Law students begin their careers while they’re in law school. Before graduating, you’ll have the opportunity to learn while practicing the law and solving real-world problems. You’ll help others in need, fight for justice, and negotiate disputes or business transactions, all with the support of expert faculty with significant legal experience.

Welcome to the University of Tennessee College of Law. Your life as a lawyer starts here, from day one.

Welcome to your future.

Student walking at Tennessee Supreme Court.

Going to law school is an investment, but it’s one well within reach. U.S. News ranks UT Law among all public law schools for graduating students with the least debt, which means you can reach your financial and personal goals more quickly after graduation.

Your investment in law school will afford you countless career opportunities. Our staff in the Bettye B. Lewis Career Center will help you market your unique skills, prepare for your career, and network with employers nationwide—including the immense family of UT alumni eager to work with fellow Vols in the legal profession. Even if you decide to pursue a career outside the law, you can be sure the skills you gain at UT Law will be in high demand everywhere, from Wall Street to the White House.

Welcome to the law.

Professor Penny White teaching.

Whether your passion lies in advocacy and dispute resolution, business law, or a specialty field like environmental law or intellectual property, you’ll find your perfect path among our variety of academic programs and offerings.

You’ll learn from our expert faculty, which includes a former Tennessee Supreme Court justice, a USA Today columnist, and two Oxford-published authors. Five professors are Fulbright Scholars, and nearly all of our faculty have law firm or government experience.

And you’ll work in the field—and even the courtroom—with professional attorneys while changing lives through the nation’s longest-running legal clinic.

Welcome to the experience.

Student at podium speaking.

We give you multiple opportunities to practice the law with faculty help. That means you’ll have plenty of actual experience by the time you graduate, which will allow you to jumpstart your legal career. You’ll gain professional skills in legal writing, leadership, trial practice, moot court competitions, externships, and more. Plus, you’ll have the chance to learn while living the Volunteer spirit by helping others through our Legal Clinic and pro bono program.

What is the Volunteer spirit?

“One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others.”

Tennessee is known as the “Volunteer State,” a nickname earned in the Mexican–American War, when Governor Aaron Brown issued a call for 2,800 soldiers—and 30,000 Tennesseans volunteered.

As Tennessee’s flagship institution of higher education, UT not only claims the state’s Volunteer nickname for its athletic teams, but also makes the concept of volunteerism—initiative, selfishness, compassion, collaboration, civic responsibility, and leadership—a central part of the university’s identity. A true Vol follows the Volunteer Creed: One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others.

That’s the Volunteer spirit, and it’s something we take seriously at UT Law. The best lawyers, the best leaders—the best people—possess this Volunteer spirit deep down, whether or not they realize it. Vols stand up for what’s right, help others, and improve the world in big, small, and meaningful ways.

Welcome to the family.

Students on patio conversing.

The legal profession is highly competitive, so it’s nice to know UT Law offers a true family atmosphere with a diverse group of supportive classmates, faculty, and staff. Our small, close-knit community allows you to meet lifelong friends and future colleagues and gives you the chance to work closely with faculty who become involved in your professional development. And when our students graduate, they’re still family. You’ll have access to UT’s vast alumni network for mentoring opportunities and career connections.

A historical commitment to diversity and inclusion.

We’re also proud of our historical commitment to diversity and inclusion, which has allowed generations of students from different backgrounds to foster positive connections and broaden their horizons in preparation for an increasingly global legal market.

  • Maude Riseden Hughett in 1909 was the first woman to earn a law degree at UT and the first woman to earn a law degree in the South. Women nationwide would not be granted the right to vote until a decade later.
  • Lincoln Anderson Blakeney was UT Law’s first black law student, following a successful 1951 suit to open graduate admission at UT to persons of color—just a few years before the Brown v. Board of Education ruling ended racial segregation in public schools nationwide.
  • Marilyn Virginia Yarbrough was UT Law’s first female dean and the first person of color to lead the college. She was one of the first female law deans and was the first black woman to serve as dean of a Southern law school.

Welcome home.

Knoxville skyline.

The University of Tennessee College of Law calls Knoxville its home. And what a great home it is.

Knoxville boasts plenty of Southern charm, with live music, eclectic restaurants, cultural attractions, and a low cost of living. In fact, Forbes ranks Knoxville 2nd on its list of the Most Affordable Cities in America.

You can also lose yourself outdoors in our urban wilderness, with eighty-six miles of greenways and nature trails. And in our backyard, you’ll find the Great Smoky Mountains, the country’s most visited national park, perfect for a weekend hike or scenic drive.

No wonder, then, that The Huffington Post says Knoxville is one of the 10 best cities to relocate to in the nation and is ranked in the top 10 of Travel + Leisure’s list of America’s favorite cities.

Visit and apply!

Law library interior.

Ready to join the UT Law family? Take these steps to get started:

Visit UT Law and Knoxville.

We would love to welcome you to the College of Law. Your visit will be tailored to your interests, needs, and schedule. Take a tour of the college. Talk with a student. Sit in on a class. Meet the dean or a professor. Speak with an admissions, financial aid, or career advisor.

And while you’re in town, make sure you take a look around Knoxville. Savor a unique meal at a downtown restaurant. Enjoy a play or concert at one of our historic theaters. Cheer on the Vols at Neyland Stadium or the Lady Vols at Thompson-Boling Arena. We’re glad to recommend activities and help you make the most of your visit.

Visits are available year-round, but the most beneficial time to visit is during the fall or spring semesters, when the most students and faculty are on campus.

Apply online.

Visit our website to complete your application. There is no application fee. You can also visit to complete UT’s application and to subscribe to the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service.

Talk to us.

If you have questions about UT Law or the application process, contact us and we’ll be glad to help.