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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

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

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Admissions

Unique essay required.

Level

2

Graduation Year

2011

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

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

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

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Quality of Life

Reasonable cost of living; medium-size city with lots to offer. Nice campus and facilities. Some crime in the area surrounding the law school. Parking situation is poor, but that's typical on most campuses.

Graduation Year

2009

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

Classes are geared toward training lawyers, not professors. While there are theory type classes available, an abundance of practical training classes exist. The externship programs and the legal clinics are excellent and much sought after.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is inexpensive (my rent was ~400/month). The law school facilities are excellent and fairly new. All-in-all a great campus.

Admissions

Two essays: One a general personal essay and a University specific one. There were many scholarship opportunities as well as plenty of student loans and work-studies available. The college was significantly cheaper than other law schools in the same range though, so it wasn't as necessary as for a private law school (I didn't need to take any private loans).

Graduation Year

2009

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

The classes are typically very well attended, relatively small, and taught by highly competent professors. The most attractive features of the academic program are the opportunities for specialized study (in advocacy, transacitonal, and tax law) and the balance between academic courses and tremendously edifying practical, clinical experiences. The most impressive feauture of the academic program was that, with direction and encouragement from the faculty, the highly competitive students universally maintained a deeply collegial attitude. Upshot: good times were had by all, and I can't think of anything more fun to do with seventy thousand dollars.

Quality of Life

The law school facility is fabulous, the students are amazing, the city is inexpensive and teaming with activities for young folks.

Graduation Year

2009

2010VERIFIED STUDENT
Academics

I found the professors to be outstanding in terms of insisting on practical applications and personal attention, I liked practical programs such as clinic and judicial externship program. Classes were generally 50 people, which made them more workable than most programs.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is very low; overall campus is horrible- congested, crowded and difficult to get around in, but the law school itself is very nice- contained in one very nice, user friendly building.

Admissions

Personal statement, LSAT, application, financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

Graduation Year

2009

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