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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
Academics

A good mix of theory and practice. The school is really strong in the business area, particularly tax, real estate, and corporate law.

Graduation Year

2009

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Quality of classes were excellent. Nice balance of theory vs. practical study. Little use of the Socratic method. Very little academic advising. Small class sizes past the first year. Not very competitive. Academic programs seemed pretty standard for a law school. Few research opportunities. Fair grading. Notable factory. Study abroad opportunities. Heavy workload.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is low. Campus is spread out with an illogical bus system and building design. Law school facilities were new and modern while rest of campus was outdated and building layout was not convenient. Law library was comprehensive and well-designed. Computer lab in library was useful and well-stocked. Dining facilities were expensive and did not have good choices. Campus focused on safety. Overall happiness was not the best.

Admissions

LSAT. Waiting List. Phone call asking if I would accept a spot in the upcoming class. Acceptance over phone call.

Graduation Year

2009

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

The facilities are nice. The law school building has an excellent library and modern classrooms. Housing in Knoxville is affordable, generally, but living any place near school is impractical and undesireable.

Graduation Year

2009

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

Knoxville is a great and cheap place to live. Neighborhood immediately surrounding the law school keeps getting worse and worse, though!

Admissions

Application was similar to most law schools.

Graduation Year

2009

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