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The UT College of Law is now accepting applications for its first advanced law degree, the Master of Laws (LLM) in United States business law.

Students can begin their studies toward the LLM in fall semester 2016.

The LLM program is designed to enhance the ability of internationally trained lawyers to practice in a global marketplace by providing specialized knowledge in US business law. International lawyers with a Juris Doctor or its foreign equivalent (for example, a Bachelor of Law) will be able to complete the full-time 24-credit LLM program in one academic year. Graduates will be eligible to sit for the Tennessee and New York bar exams provided they satisfy each bar’s requirements.

“We’re excited to welcome talented lawyers from around the world to UT, where they will gain new knowledge in the classroom and practical field experience outside the classroom,” said Melanie D. Wilson, dean of the College of Law.

Students will benefit from the resources of the college’s specialized curriculum in transactional law and its reputation for training successful business lawyers in its Clayton Center for Entrepreneurial Law.

“Our LLM program builds on UT Law’s twenty-five years of teaching excellence in our concentration in business transactions,” said George Kuney, director of the Clayton Center. “The program will also offer students an invaluable immersion experience in American culture and dialogue here in the city of Knoxville, an incredibly affordable location to pursue higher education.”

The LLM program was approved by the UT Board of Trustees and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission this fall. The program is pending final approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

U.S. News and World Report this year ranked UT Law among the top ten law schools graduating students with the least debt.

The deadline to apply for fall 2016 admission is May 30, 2016.



Roger Hagy (865-974-6788,