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UT College of Law is thirty-fourth on the National Law Journal‘s most recent “Go-To Law Schools” list, which ranks the top fifty law schools by the percentage of 2013 graduates who landed jobs at the country’s largest law firms.

Tennessee was among twenty law schools that outperformed their U.S. News and World Report rankings because of their graduates’ success in being hired at one of the country’s 250 top law firms, as ranked by the National Law Journal. UT’s “Go-To” ranking of thirty-fourth outdistanced its most recent U.S. News ranking of sixty-first by twenty-seven places.

“It is great news to learn that our 2013 graduates were so successful in this sector of the employment market,” said Douglas A. Blaze, dean of the College of Law. “UT’s practice-based curriculum has long focused on preparation of its graduates to make an immediate impact at the law firms and organizations they join. It is affirming that employers are hiring our graduates at a high rate in such a competitive market.”

Also, he said, “UT’s tuition is among the lowest of the ranked schools, validating the value proposition of our program in today’s legal education environment.”

UT’s College of Law was among ten schools in the Southeast, both public and private, on a list that was topped by schools in the Northeast and the Midwest, including Columbia, Harvard, New York University, and Pennsylvania. Tennessee was among the first twelve public law schools on the “Go-To Law Schools” top fifty list.

“I have been recruiting at the UT College of Law for twenty-five years,” said George T. “Buck” Lewis III, an alumnus of the college who is now a shareholder in the Memphis office and chair of the Appellate Practice litigation group at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, a National Law Journal Top 250 firm. “Tennessee law graduates have arrived at our firm with excellent research, writing, and advocacy skills. They have worked harmoniously with other lawyers and our staff. And in the long run, they have progressed to partnership and consistently been top performers.”


Amy Blakely (865-974-5034,