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2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

opportunities for practical application of theory through competitions and pro bono activities; Socratic method in about 50% of the classes; class size from 14 to 50; collegiate atmosphere.

Quality of Life

very low cost of living; beautiful campus facilities; close to downtown; great weather.

Admissions

Apply through LSAC: application form, LSAT, resume, essay, and personal statement. You are considered for merit-based financial aid (grants, scholarships) automatically. You can apply for assistantships/fellowships separately.

Level

1L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

I believe UT Law is an incredible value for prospective law students wishing to practice in Tennessee and the Southeast. The education is top-notch and I think the quality of the faculty is excellent. I think that UT Law's ranking will continue to improve as people realize the efforts of Dean Doug Blaze. He is an incredible promoter for the law school and a charismatic individual.

UT Law focuses more on practice than theory (unlike Vanderbilt) and has a very strong clinical program. Class sizes are relatively small, around 150 for each incoming class of students. There are three 1L sections of about 50 students each. Upper-level classes range from 10 to 70.

Quality of Life

Living in Knoxville is very affordable. Although Knoxville may not feature the attractions of a larger city, I find what it does have to offer to be perfect for a law student that won't have time to go out that much anyway.

Level

3L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Incredible quality of classes, mostly theory during the first year. Excellent clinical opportunities during 2L and 3L (6+ clinicals, many externships). Class size is good, about 55 per section in the first year; interesting blend, most professors use Socratic method, but not all. Grades are done on 0.0-4.3 basis, class is competitive but not cutthroat. Workload is what you would imagine for a 1L at most law schools.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is really low. Campus isn't the greatest but the law school facility is terrific; we have a great library and excellent, court-style classrooms. The area around the law school has plenty of dining and housing options (although most students commute to class).

Admissions

Two 500-word essays, one about a significant event in your life and one about why you want to go to law school. Plus LSAT, grades, etc.--standard application. Lots of scholarship opportunities; instead of giving out lots of money to a few people, they spread out the money and do a good job helping most students.

Level

1L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Standard

Level

1L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Mix of Socratic method and undergrad-style teaching. Large focus on clinics and pro bono.

Admissions

Very normal process.

Level

1L

2011VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Good mix of Socratic method, volunteering. Intro classes are approximately 60 students so able to participate if desired. 1L (obviously) is litigation-centric but 2L/3L years allow for students interested in business transactions to explore those interests.

Quality of Life

Library - clean, quiet; common areas - well lit; sometimes worry about being robbed in the parking lot; cost of living in Knoxville is inexpensive; classrooms are state-of-the-art

Admissions

Personal statement, another essay, LSAT score, UGPA, FAFSA

Level

1L

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

cheap, lots of fun

Admissions

Nothing special. not much in way of scholarship opportunities for non-minorities.

Graduation Year

2009

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Classes are very good. Like at all schools some professors shine and some don't, but overall the faculty is very talented and good at teaching. The Socratic method is used a lot in the first year, but very little in the second or third. Even the first year the level of Socratic method used varies among professors. The school offers a very good balance between theory and practical study in the second and third year. The class sizes are good, and in the last two years there are oppertunities to take a lot of classes with ten or fewer students. The atmosphere is not over all competitive, but individual students can be as competitive as they want to be. There are lots of research oppotunities and independent study opportunities. The workload is heavey, but that's true for all law schools.

Admissions

Admissions process is fairly standard, a few personal essays the uniform application, and LSAT. There are a lot of finanical aid and scholarship opportunities available. I was able to get two scholarships out of the normal admissions application without having to fill out any seperate scholarship applications.

Graduation Year

2009

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Quality of classes and professors are superb. Theory and practical study are both very important in various classes. Socratic method is applied in most classes with a few exceptions. Class sizes are noticeably smaller than most other schools. Grading is strict, but fair.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is low, campus is great, facilities are great, library and computer labs are wonderful along with moot courtrooms. Neighborhoods are safe. Overall happiness is high.

Admissions

Unique application questions and essays, high LSAT score requirements, many financial aid/scholarship opportunities.

Level

3

Graduation Year

2010

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Academics prove excellent because they blend black-letter law with opportunities to develop practice skills, both in advocacy and transactional settings.

Quality of Life

Tennessee really excels in this area because the students get along, making the environment a positive one throughout the three years. Certainly there's a lot of competitiveness, but I made lifelong friendships with a lot of classmates and am really proud of how we treated each other respectfully and encouragingly during our time in the College.

Admissions

LSAT, application essays, short answer questions, various data. A good balance of requiring some specialized information, but not requesting hours and hours of unique work.

Graduation Year

2009

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