University of Tennessee College of Law

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University of Tennessee College of Law
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Established 1890
School type Public
Parent endowment $1.072 billion (2014) [1]
Dean Melanie D. Wilson
Location Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
Enrollment 460
Faculty 43
USNWR ranking 52 [2]
Website www.law.utk.edu
ABA profile UT ABA profile

The University of Tennessee College of Law is the law school of the University of Tennessee located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Founded in 1890, the school is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools.

According to the University of Tennessee College of Law's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 61.7% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo practitioners.[1]

Notable Events[edit]

Clarence Thomas - On September 17, 2010, Justice Thomas visited the College of Law and judged the College's moot court competition. In addition, he spoke to the law students and attended the University of Tennessee - Florida football game.[2]

Elena Kagan - On October 19, 2012, Justice Kagan visited the College of Law. During her visit, she judged the College's moot court competition and gave the inaugural Rose Lecture at the University of Tennessee.[3]

Antonin Scalia - On April 15, 2014, Justice Scalia gave a Rose Lecture sponsored by the College of Law. During the lecture, in response to a student question about income tax, Scalia famously remarked, "[I]f [it] reaches [a] certain point, perhaps you should revolt.”[4]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Victor Henderson Ashe II (born January 1, 1945) is the former United States Ambassador to Poland. From 1987 to 2003, he was mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee. Ambassador Ashe concluded his service as Ambassador to Poland on September 26, 2009.[5]

Howard Henry Baker Jr. (November 15, 1925 – June 26, 2014) was an American politician and diplomat who served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Tennessee and Senate Majority Leader. Baker later served as White House Chief of Staff for President Ronald Reagan, and a United States Ambassador to Japan. Known in Washington, D.C., as the "Great Conciliator", Baker was often regarded as one of the most successful senators in terms of brokering compromises, enacting legislation and maintaining civility. Baker was a moderate conservative who was also respected enormously by most of his Democratic colleagues.[6] Baker is famous for having asked aloud, "What did the President know and when did he know it?" during the Watergate scandal.[7]

Clifton B. Cates (August 31, 1893 – June 4, 1970) was an American general who served as the 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps (1948–1951). He was honored for his heroism during World War I at Belleau Wood and in World War II for inspired combat leadership at Iwo Jima. He is considered one of the most distinguished young officers of the first world War.[8] He was one of the few officers from any branch of service to have commanded a platoon, a company, a battalion, a regiment, and a division each in combat.[9][10][11][12]

• Joel A. Katz is Billboard magazines number-one ranked entertainment attorney. His lengthy client list includes artists like Kenny Chesney, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffett and Willie Nelson.[13]

Ronald Lewis Schlicher (born September 16, 1956) is an American diplomat and career foreign service officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor in the Department of State. He served as the Deputy Chief of Mission in Lebanon (chargé d'affaires) 1994–96 and US Consul-General in Jerusalem in 2000-2002. He also served ambassador to Cyprus in 2006–08. On September 2, 2008, he assumed the position of Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator for Counterterrorism.[14]

John Ward is the former radio play-by-play broadcaster for the University of Tennessee, primarily from 1965 until 1999, and was known as "The Voice of the Volunteers". One of his most well known calls was his introduction to each game, "It's football time in Tennessee!"[15]

• Mason Jones is the founder and owner of Volunteer Traditions, Inc., which is well-known for its University of Tennessee and tri-star apparel. Indeed, celebrities from Reese Witherspoon to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam have been spotted wearing Volunteer Traditions apparel.[16][17] Mason started Volunteer Traditions as a side venture while a student at the College of Law.[18][19]

Notable Faculty[edit]

Glenn Harlan Reynolds (born August 27, 1960) is Beauchamp Brogan Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, and is best known for his weblog, Instapundit, a widely read American political weblog.[20]

The Law Center and the Joel A. Katz Law Library[edit]

The 110,000-square-foot George C. Taylor Law Center completed in 1997 is located on Cumberland Avenue, four blocks from downtown Knoxville.

Curriculum[edit]

The University of Tennessee College of Law curriculum includes the Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) which offers academic concentrations in two areas, Advocacy and Dispute Resolution[21] and Business Transactions.[22]

The College also offers dual degree programs in law and business, law and philosophy, law and public health, and law and public administration.

The Haslam College of Business and the College of Law offer a credit-sharing program leading to the conferral of both the Doctor of Jurisprudence and the Master of Business Administration degrees.[23]

The Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Law offer a credit-sharing program leading to the conferral of both the Master of Arts in Philosophy and the Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees.[24]

The Department of Public Health in the College of Education, Health & Human Sciences and the College of Law offer a credit-sharing program leading to the conferral of both the Master of Public Health and the Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees.[25]

The Department of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Law offer a credit-sharing program leading to the conferral of both the Master of Public Administration and the Doctor of Jurisprudence degrees.[26]

Clinical programs[edit]

The College's Advocacy Clinic is the longest continuously operating for-credit clinic in the country. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked Tennessee's clinical programs 12th nationally among the more than 180 clinical programs considered, and sixth among public institutions.

Admissions statistics[edit]

For the 2013 entering class, the College of Law had 806 applications, out of which 413 were admitted, of whom 158 matriculated. The median LSAT score was 157, and the median GPA was 3.54. The 75% to 25% ranges for LSAT and GPA were 160 to 153 and 3.75 to 3.28.[27]

Post-graduation employment[edit]

According to the College of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 61.7% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation, excluding solo-practitioners.[1] The school ranked 48th out of the 201 ABA-approved law schools in terms of the percentage of 2013 graduates with non-school-funded, full-time, long-term, bar passage required jobs nine months after graduation.[28]

The University of Tennessee College of Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 17.4%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[29] 89.8% of the Class of 2013 was employed in some capacity while 1.2% were pursuing graduate degrees and 6.6% were unemployed nine months graduation.[1]

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at the College of Law for the 2015-2016 academic year is $40,328 for Tennessee residents and $59,002 for non-residents.[30]

The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $155,308.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Section of Legal Education, Employment Summary Report". American Bar Association. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Lakin, Matt (2010). Knoxville News Sentinel. "UT hosts U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas".
  3. ^ Boehnke, Megan (2012). Knoxville News Sentinel. "Justice Elena Kagan admits gender likely helped land job".
  4. ^ Reilly, Mollie (2014). The Huffington Post. Scalia Suggests Students ‘Revolt’ If Taxes Get Too High.
  5. ^ U.S. Embassy in Warsaw
  6. ^ Hunt, Albert R. (1 July 2014). "Howard Baker, Senate prince showed great statesmanship". The Olympian. Retrieved 5 July 2014.
  7. ^ Grier, Peter. The Christian Science Monitor (2014). Howard Baker: the real story of his famous Watergate question. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Board of Trustees of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (January 17, 1920). The Phi Gamma Delta 45. Knoxville Sentinel. p. 612. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  9. ^ United States Marine Corps History Division. "General Clifton B Cates, USMC (Deceased)". Who's Who. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Harwood, Richard (1994). A Close Encounter: The Marine Landing on Tinian. Marines in World War II Commemorative Series. Transcribed and formatted by Jerry Holden for the HyperWar Foundation. Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC: Marine Corps Historical Center. p. 5.
  11. ^ Alexander, Col. Joseph H., UMC (Ret) (1994). "The Assault Commanders at Iwo Jima". Closing In: Marines in the Seizure of Iwo Jima. Marines in World War II Commemorative Series. Transcribed and formatted by Emily Brickhouse for the HyperWar Foundation. Washington Navy Yard, Washington, DC: Marine Corps Historical Center. p. 10.
  12. ^ Flowers, Mark (2004). "The Dress Blue Uniform Image Gallery". World War II Gyrene. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  13. ^ Billboard Power 100: Joel Katz. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  14. ^ U.S. Dep’t of State: Biography of Ronald L. Schlicher
  15. ^ Tennessee Traditions
  16. ^ Mason Jones: Volunteer Traditions. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  17. ^ Batiwalla, Nevin. "Politicians and frat boys help grow Volunteer Traditions clothing company". Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  18. ^ Mason Jones: Volunteer Traditions. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  19. ^ Batiwalla, Nevin. "Politicians and frat boys help grow Volunteer Traditions clothing company". Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  20. ^ James O'Toole (December 12, 2011). "Constitutional convention call gains traction". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  21. ^ "Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution". 
  22. ^ "Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law". 
  23. ^ "JD + MBA Details". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  24. ^ "JD + MA Details". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  25. ^ "JD + MPH Details". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  26. ^ "JD + MPPA Details". Retrieved 2015-09-15. 
  27. ^ "The University of Tennessee College of Law Standard 509" (PDF). Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  28. ^ Leichter, Matt. "Class of 2013 Employment Report". The Law School Tuition Bubble. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  29. ^ "University of Tennessee Profile". Law School Transparency. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 
  30. ^ "Tuition and Fees". University of Tennessee College of Law. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  31. ^ "University of Tennessee Profile, Cost". Law School Transparency. Retrieved 20 July 2014. 

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