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KNOXVILLE — The College of Law at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is one of the nation’s best law schools, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features the school in the new 2010 edition of its book, “The Best 172 Law Schools.” The College of Business Administration’s full-time MBA program recently was listed in The Princeton Review’s 2010 edition of “The Best 301 Business Schools.”

“We are an incredible value and a great institution, and we are pleased to have that recognized by The Princeton Review,” said Doug Blaze, dean of the College of Law. “We are especially pleased the book recognized how good we are at preparing our students to effectively begin practice when they graduate.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the law schools or name one law school best overall. The “best schools” are chosen because of their academic programs and offerings, as well as a review of institutional data collected from the schools. Students also are asked to rate and report on their campus experiences.

UT’s two-page profile in the book says, “Across the board, UT students praise their school’s unequivocal ’emphasis on practical and real lawyering instead of just philosophical theory’ and notes that ‘several classrooms are laid out exactly like courtrooms’ to help students hone their litigation skills.”

It notes that students can augment their coursework through the clinical programs. The college’s Advocacy Clinic is the longest continuously operating for-credit clinic in the country and remains one of the most successful programs of its kind. In 2008 U.S. News and World Report ranked the clinical program 16th nationally, among the more than 180 clinical programs considered, and first in the Southeast.

The Princeton Review also says students benefit from being able to pursue specializations. The college offers specialized programming through its Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and its Center for Entrepreneurial Law.

The book praises faculty for having “impressive real-world credentials,” and quotes students as saying faculty are “willing to meet you after class and help you in any way possible.”

Further, the book quotes students as saying they were well-prepared for the work world upon graduation.

“UT grads are prepared to hit the ground running,” the book said.

The Princeton Review (http://www.PrincetonReview.com) is also known for its guides to colleges and to standardized tests, its test-prep courses, tutoring and other education services. The Princeton Review is based in Framingham, Mass., and its editorial offices are in New York City. The company is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

C O N T A C T :

Amy Blakely, (865-974-5034, ablakely@tennessee.edu)