UT Law Graduates Fare Well in ABA Employment Survey

by Jason Collver on April 21, 2014

Recent UT College of Law graduates fare better than law graduates nationwide when it comes to being employed in full-time jobs requiring bar passage.

UT law graduates are also more likely than their counterparts nationwide to be employed in private practice law firms.

Those are among the result in a recent survey of Class of 2013 law school graduates nationwide by the American Bar Association. The report, released earlier this month, looked at employment outcomes for the most recent graduates of ABA-approved law schools as of February 15, 2014, nine months after spring 2013 graduation.

Here’s how UT graduates shape up:

  • 65.3 percent of UT’s 2013 graduates are in long-term, full-time positions which require bar passage. That compares to only 57 percent of law graduates nationwide.
  • 53.3 percent of UT’s 2013 graduates are employed in private practice law firms. That compares to 41.6 percent of recent law graduates nationwide.
  • Only 4.8 percent of UT’s 2013 law graduates are unemployed and seeking employment; 11.2 percent of recent law graduates nationwide are on the job hunt.

“This just goes to show how well UT Law prepares our students to find and secure great jobs right out of law school, especially in private practice where positions are highly competitive,” said Doug Blaze, dean of the UT College of Law. “Our graduates are able to walk away with an excellent legal education and start their careers off on the right foot.”

UT’s College of Law had 167 graduates in 2013. Employment information is known about 97.6 percent of them.

The ABA survey is the latest in a series of positive reports about the College of Law and its graduates.

Last month, UT College of Law ranked 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. UT 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.

The college ranked thirty-second among America’s public universities and sixty-first among all public and private law programs in the “Best Law Schools 2014” list, and its specialty in clinical training is seventh among public universities and seventeenth among all universities by U.S. News and World Report. It also has been named the eighth most efficient law school by U.S. News.

The American Bar Association is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world.

Welcome 2014–2015 Moot Court Executive Board

by Jason Collver on April 21, 2014

Please join us in congratulating the 2014–2015 Moot Court Executive Board Members.

Chair: Liz Anne Bowden
Vice Chair for Jenkins: Stephanie Sparr
Vice Chair for Advocates’ Prize: Tim Jones
Vice Chair for Public Relations: Natalie Greene
Secretary: Miriam Johnson
Treasurer: Eileen Forsythe

Sports and Entertainment Law Society visits Atlanta

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Last Friday, the Sports and Entertainment Law Society took their second annual members trip to Atlanta to meet with TBS entertainment attorneys Mira Koplovsky and Brenton Hund. On the trip, they also met with Atlanta Braves general counsel Greg Heller and Atlanta Hawks general counsel Scott Wilkinson. To wrap it up, they attended the Braves vs. […]

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Aarons interviewed by WBIR

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Dwight Aarons was interviewed recently by WBIR. Aarons spoke about the consequences attorneys face when convicted of crimes. Watch it here.

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Heminway quoted in Knox News; speaks at Financial Executives International meeting

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Joan Heminway was quoted recently in an article in the Knoxville News-Sentinel discussing shareholder voting at the annual meeting of Miller Energy Resources. Subscribers may read the article here. Heminway also spoke at the April meeting of the Knoxville chapter of Financial Executives International on “Crowdfunding as a New Element in U.S. Corporate Finance: The Good, […]

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Leatherman quoted on Treasury regulations

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Don Leatherman was quoted recently in Tax Notes, concerning some problems with Treasury regulations. These regulations treat a stock sale as an asset sale in some ways for federal income tax purposes.

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Stucke on Time Warner–Comcast merger

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Maurice Stucke co-authored an op-ed piece in Roll Call about the proposed merger between Time Warner Cable and Comcast. Read it here.

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Reynolds discusses book; featured in Cato podcast

April 21, 2014

Glenn Reynolds spoke with Alexis Garcia of Reason TV about Reynolds’s recent book, The New School.  Watch the interview here. In addition, a recent speech on education by Reynolds was featured in a Cato Institute podcast.  Listen here.

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White lectures at Yale Law

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Penny White was a guest lecturer at Yale Law School, where she discussed the topic of judicial impartiality, judicial elections, and campaign financing in a class taught by professor Stephen Bright. Bright will be a visiting advocate in residence at the College of Law during the fall 2014 semester, when he will teach a course […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to Visit UT Law on April 15

April 14, 2014

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will be at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, to present the annual Rose Lecture on Tuesday, April 15. The event will take place at noon in the Alumni Memorial Building’s Cox Auditorium, 1408 Middle Drive. Sponsored by UT’s College of Law, the lecture is open to law students, faculty, staff and […]

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Students sought for American Inns of Court

April 14, 2014

The College of Law is seeking applications from students who will be third-year law students in the Fall 2014 and who are interested in becoming members of Knoxville’s chapter of the American Inns of Court. Knoxville is the home of the Hamilton Burnett Chapter of the American Inns of Court, a national organization “designed to […]

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Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution’s Year-End Collaboration Set for April 22

April 14, 2014

Students who are graduating with an emphasis in advocacy and dispute resolution are invited to the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution’s Year-End Collaboration on Tuesday  April 22, at Holiday Inn World’s Fair Park, beginning at 5:30 p.m. At the collaboration, students will receive their concentration certificates, be congratulated by their adjunct professors, and be treated […]

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2014 Mid-South Commercial Law Institute Writing Competition

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Entries are now being accepted for the 2014 Mid-South Commercial Law Institute Writing Competition. The competition offers law students an opportunity to expand their knowledge of commercial and bankruptcy law while creating an opportunity for the top three authors to network and further extend their legal education by attending the Mid-South Commercial Law Institute seminar. Winners […]

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Kemp wins TVC Pitch Competition

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Ryan Kemp (3L) won $30,000 at the Tennessee Venture Challenge Pitch Competition, held by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation. He, alongside inventor and UT Institute of Agriculture associate professor John Sorochan, won both the $25,000 prize for overall winner and the $5,000 prize for crowd favorite. The two beat out nine other potential UT […]

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Goodwin presents on wills at Levin College of Law

April 14, 2014

Professor Iris Goodwin presented her paper, “Access to Justice: What to Do about the Law of Wills,” at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. In the paper, she looks at the particular challenges posed by a complex body of law such as the law of wills (especially the law of future interests) when it […]

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Reyonlds article in Popular Mechanics

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Professor Glenn Reynolds’s article, “Five Privacy Laws I Would Put on the Books Right Now,” appears in Popular Mechanics. Read it here.

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Stucke cited by NY Times on cable merger

April 14, 2014

Two articles co-authored by Professor Maurice Stucke on the proposed merger between Time-Warner Cable and Comcast were cited in a recent New York Times article. The article quotes Stucke’s co-author, Allen P. Grunes, and links to their two articles. Read the Times article here.

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White receives Advancement of Justice Award

April 14, 2014

The National Judicial College (NJC) presented Professor Penny White with its Advancement of Justice Award, following an event hosted by the National Judicial College, the Tennessee Supreme Court, and the Tennessee Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission. The event, “Access to Justice: Tearing Down the Barriers,” held at the Baker Donelson Special Events Center in Nashville, […]

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Give your 3L Class Gift

April 7, 2014

Remember to make your pledges and/or one-time gift to the College of Law 3L Class Gift Endowment. We are over half-way to our goal! The 2014 Class Gift Section Competition ends April 18th, with the winning section getting bragging rights and a Social Hour pizza party at Barley’s Taproom in that section’s honor! Plus, all […]

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Wanted: Student photographer

April 7, 2014

The College of Law Office of Communications is looking for a student photographer to cover events, mainly during the free hour at the law school. This is a paid position. A schedule of upcoming events will be provided at the beginning of the semester, with a few events being added on slightly shorter notice; however, […]

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