College of Law News

National Jurist Ranks UT College of Law among 20 Best Value Schools

UT Knoxville’s College of Law is one of the nation’s Best Value Law Schools, according to “National Jurist” magazine. The magazine annually ranks schools by weighing bar passage rates and job placement figures with tuition and average indebtedness upon graduation. The UT College of Law is ranked fourteenth on the 2011 list.

Honoring Veterans: Time in Iraq Fueled UT Student’s Desire to Study Law

When Michael Steidl was in the US Army, he spent a considerable amount of time in Iraq—doing routine military work, overseeing construction projects, and eventually, advising senior Iraqi military officers. What Steidl saw in Iraq fueled his desire to study law with the hopes of becoming a state prosecutor. He is now working on his law degree at UT Knoxville.

UT to Host Order of Protection Day on Thursday

The Fourth Circuit Court for Knox County will hold Order of Protection Day, an effort to raise awareness about domestic violence, on Thursday, October 27, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Law. Judge Bill Swann and two Special Masters will be at UT all day hearing requests for orders of protection in cases alleging domestic violence and related problems.

UT Law Lecture to Feature Expert on Women’s Rights and Islam

Azizah al-Hibri, a professor at the T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, Virginia, an expert on women’s rights and Islam, will speak at UT Knoxville on September 21 and 22. Wednesday’s lecture, “Arabic Civilization and the Founding Fathers: A Fresh Examination,” is free and open to the public. Thursday’s lecture, “Islam, Liberty, and the Rule of Law,” is open to faculty, students, and staff.

UT College of Law Welcomes Diverse First-Year Class

The University of Tennessee College of Law has welcomed its most diverse class in the college’s history. Of the 160 students enrolled for the Class of 2014, 46 of them, or 29 percent, are students of color. Class members range in age from 21 to 65. Approximately 42 percent of the class is female and 58 percent is male, tracking the national applicant pool that is predominantly male this year. The Class of 2014, one of the college’s largest, was selected from nearly 1,300 applicants.

UT College of Law to Host Admissions Workshop on Sept. 7

Potential law school applicants are invited to attend the Law School Admission Workshop and Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Anyone considering law as a career or who is specifically interested in the law school admissions process should plan to attend.

Family Celebrates Three Brothers’ Graduations

Commencement is an exciting time for many families of UT Knoxville students. This year, one family is experiencing that excitement threefold. The McFarland family, from Nashville, has three sons graduating within a two-day span. Brothers Matthew, Patrick, and Thomas are receiving degrees during commencement ceremonies Thursday and today.

Panel Discussion: WikiLeaks, the Espionage Act and the First Amendment

In the wake of WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of the United States’ secret documents, legislation has been submitted to broaden the 1917 Espionage Act to criminalize the possession or dissemination of leaked classified information. A special panel of legal and journalism experts will gather at 7 p.m. Monday, April 4 to discuss the ramifications of such a change. Free and open to the public, the panel discussion will take place in the College of Communication and Information Auditorium (Room 321).

Gift to UT College of Law Benefits Estate Planning at Wills Clinic

A $150,000 gift made by a Bristol, Tenn., native will support community members in need of estate planning through the wills clinic at the UT Knoxville College of Law. The clinic, which gives law students real-world experience in trust and estate matters through their work with economically disadvantaged clients in the area, will be renamed the Homer A. Jones Jr. ACTEC Wills Clinic in honor of Jones’ contribution.

UT Law Raises Money for Diversity Scholarship

The UT Knoxville College of Law raised nearly $7,000 for the Julian Blackshear Jr. Scholarship Fund at the 11th annual Blackshear Gala on Saturday, March 5. The scholarship, named for the college’s third African-American graduate, helps recruit and retain outstanding African-American students. The College of Law also honored its first African American graduate, R.B.J. Campbelle Jr., with a posthumous award for his exemplary service to equity and justice.