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WELCOME TO MEMPHIS LAW Memphis is a city known for doing things its own way. At Memphis Law, we’re driven to do the same. We look at legal education differently to help you learn, grow and find success in your chosen field. Our location in the heart of downtown Memphis drives your education and experience by giving you the opportunity not only to learn at the epicenter of one of the Mid-South’s largest legal communities, but also


to experience the cultural renaissance going on all around downtown. Our commitment to helping you learn, while giving you real-world opportunities to develop the skills necessary to succeed and make a positive impact on the community, sets us apart from other law schools. We’re driven by doing good in our community. From partnerships that allow our students to fight blight, to Alternative Spring Break programs that bring students from across the nation to help Memphians with their legal needs, to our Medical Legal Partnership with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, our students

learn about complex legal issues while

making our community an even better place.

In a city as diverse as Memphis, we boast a student body and faculty that reflects the rich diversity of the city we call home. This is also reflected in the range of careers our students choose upon graduation. Our students go on to impressive careers across the nation, in fields as diverse as bioethics, healthcare, government, the corporate world and immigration, just to name a few. This all drives us towards a brighter future, for both you as a new student and for the City of Memphis that we serve and call home. We’re driven by YOU! Peter V. Letsou Dean

Within blocks of the world headquarters of Baker Donelson and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, two of Fortune’s “Best Companies to Work For”

Mud Island Harbor Town

Baker Donelson Law Firm

Opportunity doesn’t just knock in Memphis: it sets up world headquarters, including FedEx, First Tennessee, AutoZone and International Paper. And there are scores of options for indoor and outdoor recreation, too—Sun Studios, Overton Park, Stax Museum, Tom Lee Park, Shelby Farms Park and Greenline and the Orpheum Theatre are just a few great places to start.



The faculty is young, brilliant and approachable. They are one of the most enjoyable aspects of Memphis Law. When you actually look forward to going to class, you know something special is happening. Christopher Tutor, JD ’14 The Memphis Law academic environment and curriculum are set up to serve both the student who has an interest or passion for a particular specialty, as well as the student who is seeking a more general legal education. Our firstyear curriculum focuses on the core courses that provide the foundation for your success in school and in the legal profession. It includes courses such as torts, contracts and civil procedure, as well as a legal methods course designed to hone your legal writing, research and analysis skills. Our second- and third-year curriculum provides students with greater flexibility and includes a small number of required courses, four courses from our “statutory” and “practice foundation” course menus, as well as special writing and “skills” requirements, but leaves students with ample time to pursue specialized interests. Additionally, students in their second and third years have the opportunity to enroll in one of our innovative clinical courses to gain real-world experience and first-hand knowledge in such areas as urban blight removal, healthcare, housing, and elder and juvenile law. We also pride ourselves on guiding you along the way through the close connections between students, faculty and staff fostered by our small size.


LEARNING Memphis Law offers an outstanding legal education, emphasizing the analytical skills, ethical responsibility, legal doctrine and theory, along with research, writing and oral advocacy skills, needed to craft a successful future attorney. Our curriculum goes beyond a core legal education, with an emphasis on fundamental lawyering skills, hands-on learning opportunities such as advocacy competitions and externship and clinical courses, as well as our community partnerships and programs throughout the city. Dedicated academic advising & a bar exam preparatory course to keep you on the path to success.

Academic Certificates


Tax Business Advocacy


Advocacy Competition Teams Competing in Regional and National Competitions

Dual/Joint Degrees

broaden your horizons: JD/MBA, JD/MA in Political Science, JD/MPH and a Fast Track MPH


Upper Division Courses with Enrollment Under 25 Students


Typical First-Year Section Size


areas of expertise represented by Memphis Law faculty


of our Faculty have Endowed Professorships or Chairs


Faculty to Student Ratio

Healthy Homes Partnership with Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital


law students placed in legal externships last year

Institute for Health Law and Policy

iHeLP Policy Lab: ACE Initiative

Medical-Legal Partnership with Le Bonheur and Memphis Area Legal Services

Green and Healthy Homes Partnership



In the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic, we not only removed blight from neighborhoods across the city, we replaced it with hope—the most powerful community development tool of all. Jarrett Spence, JD ’15

former student enrolled in the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic

We’re not just the University of Memphis, we’re the University FOR Memphis. Our connection with the Mid-South community enables us to help make Memphis an even better place. From students working to remove blighted properties throughout the city, to partnerships that allow children and families to find legal solutions to medical problems, and even to a policy lab where our students can directly examine and influence the law itself, Memphis Law is invested in making Memphis even better.



cases involving blighted buildings throughout Memphis handled by the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic in 2015-16


cases were handled by students in our Housing Adjudication Clinic in 2015-16 A new


Defense Clinic working with Shelby County Juvenile Court and the Shelby County Public Defender’s Office Recently launched

Health Law Policy Lab

focusing on Adverse Childhood Experiences


children represented by our Child & Family Litigation Clinic last year


pro bono service hours completed by Memphis Law students last year


cases handled by students in the Elder Law Clinic in Spring 2016


clients assisted last year by students as part of our Public Action Law Society’s (PALS) Alternative Spring Break program


federal tax returns filed by students in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in 2016 StreetLaw program sends students to


inner-city Memphis schools

Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) Clinic MLP handled 41 cases last year in all five of the IHELP areas identified by the National Center for Medical Legal Partnership

I (income/insurance): 8 H (housing/utilities): 13 E (education/employment): 2 L (legal status): 2 P (personal/family stability): 16



To be in downtown Memphis is to be in the heart of the Memphis legal community. Being so close to firms and both state and federal courts is invaluable—whether it’s quietly observing court proceedings or networking with attorneys while attending workshops at the school. Jennifer Valor, JD ’14

Memphis Law is at the center of an extraordinary renaissance occurring in downtown Memphis. We are located just blocks from state and federal courts and the heart of the region’s most important concentration of law firms, government offices and cultural attractions. Our location in this downtown community enhances our relationship with the legal community and greatly increases the opportunities for externships and clerking experiences, as well as continued learning opportunities and numerous networking events with some of the most prestigious and influential members of the legal community.


COMMUNITY In the middle of the Memphis Legal Community, Memphis Law is within walking distance to state and federal courts and numerous government offices with whom we partner. In an average year, we host more than 50 conferences, professional networking receptions and continuing education seminars — not to mention additional legal forums, panels and job fairs — with our legal community, all open to students.

Methodist Le Bonheur 1.5 mi

And let’s not forget the many opportunities to watch real courts in action in our historic courtroom overlooking Madison Avenue and Front Street. You might even get to catch one of our own in action as five of our adjunct faculty members are state or federal judges. Our partnerships also expand to other disciplines at the University of Memphis as we offer duel/joint degree programs with the School of Public Health, Loewenberg College of Nursing, Fogelman College of Business and Economics, and the College of Arts and Sciences.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 1.0 mi

Shelby County Health Department 1.5 mi

Juvenile Court 1.0 mi

Memphis City Hall 0.4 mi

U.S. District Court 0.6 mi

Environmental Court 0.4 mi

Shelby County Government Services 0.4 mi

Memphis Bar Association 0.3 mi

Memphis Area Legal Services 100 ft

Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Memphis City Court 0.6 mi

Shelby County Courthouse

IRS Offices 0.6 mi

0.4 mi

Memphis Housing Authority 1.2 mi



Memphis is very vibrant and has a diverse culture, just like the law school. I love the way that so many people can come together to work towards having a better city for the future. Jayniece Higgins, JD ’14

Memphis Law has been nationally recognized for its diversity efforts, which is appropriate in a diverse city like Memphis, which has been recognized as having the MOST diverse workforce amongst U.S. cities, in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.



Our students come from


different undergraduate institutions across the nation

Specific Diversity-related Student Organizations Association of Women Attorneys (AWA) Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Christian Legal Society Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA) International Law Students Association (ILSA) OutLaw (focusing on LGBT issues)

Our students come from private undergraduate institutions


76% public undergraduate institutions

Awarded the INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. One of only five law schools in the country to receive this award

Top 5

Best Regional Law Schools for Black Students per Lawyers of Color Magazine

CLEO Award

Memphis Law was recognized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity for access and diversity efforts.

Ranked as a

Best Bargain

Law School for Black Students by Lawyers of Color Magazine Lawyers of Color Magazine recognized Prof. Alena Allen as one of the

50 Under 50

most influential minority law professors in the country National Jurist recognized Memphis Law for significant gains in diversity

TIP Program

Unique admission by performance program for Tennessee and border county residents who are from diverse backgrounds and circumstances


Scholarships with a diversity preference


SUCCESS Rep. Steve Cohen (JD ’73) with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office

I am proud that so many Memphis Law grads have risen to the top of their fields at so many law firms, businesses and government positions across the nation. Jim Strickland, JD ’89

Mayor, City of Memphis and Memphis Law graduate

Our alumni network spreads throughout the country, with successful graduates working in an astonishing number of fields, sectors, concentrations and industries. This network of success is just one of the tools given to Memphis Law students and graduates. We’ve been successfully training new attorneys for over 50 years, and we’re excited to help you on your road to future legal success as well.


SUCCESS Two of the five Justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court are Memphis Law alumni.


average rate at which Memphis Law grads exceed the TN state bar passage over past 15 years


of Memphis Law graduates are employed within 10 months of graduation


of those graduates are employed in the public sector


of those graduates are employed at law firms

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Holly M. Kirby (JD ’82)

The Shelby County District Attorney and Public Defender, as well as the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of TN and the Federal Defender are all Memphis Law alumni The 3 biggest law firms in Memphis have partners/shareholders that are Memphis Law alumni



states with practicing Memphis Law alumni

25% of trial

judges in Tennessee are Memphis Law alumni * Employment statistics are averages from classes from 2015.



Memphis has, in other words, all the amenities that come with being the 20th-largest city in the U.S. but with a cost of living nearly 14 percent below the national average.

We’ve been a tremendous value in legal education for years, but with consistent “Best Value” rankings from preLaw magazine and the National Jurist ever since they have started compiling their rankings, the secret is getting out. One of the most attractive features of life in Memphis is the area’s remarkably low cost of living. From the price of a night out on Beale Street to the low cost of a downtown apartment, daily life in Memphis simply takes a smaller bite out of your wallet.





least expensive law school in all 50 states for non-residents

Listed as a

Best Value

law school by preLaw magazine

Most Affordable

law school in Tennessee


Forbes recognized Memphis as America’s second most affordable city in the U.S.

Memphis has a cost of living that is below the national average


Illinois Missouri Kentucky

The 250-R program will allow students in a 250-mile radius of Memphis Law to pay even less than our already low out-ofstate tuition rate.







Memphis is the global capital of soul. And that soul is not just in the music, it’s in the people. Justin Timberlake Memphis Native

Memphis is authentic. There’s just something about it that draws people in. It’s made up of people who are driven, creative and passionate about the Bluff City itself. Whether it’s the “Grit & Grind” nature of Memphians that our NBA Memphis Grizzlies embody or our thriving historic downtown and resurgent neighborhoods throughout the city, Memphis is quickly being recognized by the rest of the country as the place to be. It’s a place where you can trace the roots of your favorite blues, soul and rock n’ roll songs —and then hear who’s making musical history here today. It’s a city where BBQ is a way of life—and innovative and award winning culinary trends are developed. Memphis is a place where history was made—and where you can stand in the same spots where musical legends and civil rights leaders made their mark. Memphis is like nowhere else.


MEMPHIS Sun Studios

Hattiloo Theatre

Memphis Botanic Garden

for Job Seeking College Grads ranked by Forbes

Music & Arts

Dixon Gallery and Gardens

4th Happiest City

6th Most Affordable City

in America ranked by Forbes

20th largest city

with metro area of 1.13 million Stax Museum Brooks Museum

Playhouse on the Square National Civil Rights Museum

Levitt Shell

The Orpheum

Most Improved

city for cycling by Bicycling Magazine Named in the

Top 50

Most Walkable Cities in America by Redfin

Get Moving The city of Memphis is home to 167 parks totaling 3,219 acres. In Overton Park, in the center of the city, you can golf, walk through the Old Forest, play soccer or football on the giant field or play on the playground. Shelby Farms Park, the second largest urban park in the nation, offers paved and unpaved trails, horseback riding, playgrounds and paddle boats. Downtown at Tom Lee Park, you can work out at the River Fit fitness course and get in shape right on the bluff of Mississippi River. Memphis has over 60 miles of bike lanes across the city. Whether you’re using them for fun or for commuting, we’ve got lanes in five different neighborhoods. The Shelby Farms Greenline is a paved urban trail that transformed an unused railroad into a 6.5 mile cycling and pedestrian trail that connects Midtown Memphis to Shelby Farms Park. The new Big River Crossing is the world’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge connecting downtown Memphis with The Big River Parkway.


MEMPHIS Every great city has a great sports scene as part of its culture, whether it’s professional, collegiate or both. As the rest of the country is being turned on to how amazing Memphis is, they’ll quickly discover the impressive array of sports offered up by the city. From the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, to the St. Louis Cardinal’s Triple A affiliate, the Memphis Redbirds, to the deep-seeded passion for all things related to the University of Memphis Tigers athletics, this is a town that is proud of its sporting tradition and history, and collectively embraces the exciting future our teams have ahead of them.

Grizzlies Basketball

The Next Hot Southern City named by

Professional Sports

Travel+Leisure Magazine Memphis City Football Club Soccer

Memphis Blues Rugby

Redbirds Baseball

RiverKings Ice Hockey Memphis International Raceway Motorsports

15th Emerging Downtowns in U.S. on Forbes

Top 4 Market for Millennials

with the right Live/Work/ Play environment by The Wall Street Journal


Memphis Tigers ended the 2014 season in the AP Top 25 and defeated BYU in a double-overtime thriller to win the Miami Bowl. The 2015 season proved that the Tigers were unstoppable. Our overhauled and energized football program posted the highest AP rankings in University history.



National Championship Appearances

3 NCAA Final Fours 43

Post-season appearances

8 top-ten NBA draft picks

90% games are nationally televised

13 first-round

NBA draft picks


NIT Final Fours



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Institute for Pre-Law (TIP), an

accurately. Include your name

of Memphis School of Law.

“admission by performance”

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to no more than 1,000 words.

and border-county residents from

application deadline is March 15th. Credential Assembly

diverse backgrounds who are Admonitory Action

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admissions process, but who show potential for success in the study of

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Evaluations (Optional)

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recommendation addressing their


receive an original transcript from

potential for academic success.

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every undergraduate institution

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come from professors if you

applying to the University of

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programs. It is the applicant’s

recently graduated. The letters

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a file is complete by March 15th,

of their application. Henceforth,

Personal Statement (Required)

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Each applicant is required to

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circumstances you want the

submit additional information

admissions committee to consider.

about reason(s) for wanting

You should explain your desire to

to attend the University of

study law, why you believe you will

Memphis School of Law.

the application is complete. Once a decision is rendered, the online status will read: decision rendered. Final decisions are mailed to the applicant’s local address. Most decisions are made between January and April.

be a successful law student, and

After admitted, a seat deposit

what you plan to do with your law

of $250 is due by April 11.

degree. You are encouraged to explain your interest in attending our law school and may discuss

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Memphis Law 2016-17  

The 2016-17 viewbook of Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis

Memphis Law 2016-17  

The 2016-17 viewbook of Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis