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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville's College of Law is committed to helping students and graduates secure meaningful employment after graduation.

One of the legal industry’s leading publications has ranked the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Law as a top 50 school using its student employment success as a key factor.

Above the Law annually ranks law schools’ quality, advising that “potential students should prioritize their future employment prospects over all other factors in deciding whether and where to attend law school.”

The UT College of Law ranks 41st on the list of all law schools and 19th among public universities. It is the first time UT has appeared on the list during the publication’s eight-year history of rankings.

Above the Law heavily weighs quality of employment in the rankings looking at full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage, and more specifically “the schools’ success at placing students on career paths that best enable them to pay off their student debts.”

Among Tennessee’s class of 2019 graduates, 99 of 113 secured full-time, long-term legal jobs within 10 months after graduation.

Brad Morgan, director of the Bettye B. Lewis Career Center, said helping students and graduates secure meaningful employment after graduation remains a top priority.

“Being recognized on this list speaks to the commitment of our students, graduates, faculty, staff, and alumni in working together to ensure that UT fulfills its mission of preparing its students for the practice of law,” Morgan said.


Rachel McClelland (865-974-6788,