Telephone: (865) 974-4241



The University of Tennessee College of Law provides a unique environment in which students can live and learn as they prepare for careers in the legal profession. The UT College of Law offers a strong curriculum of fundamental and specialized courses and committed faculty with the expertise to make the curriculum come to life in the classroom and in the context of intensive clinical and moot court programs.


UT’s faculty is an interesting mix of personalities and experiences. The College has professors who have spent most of their careers teaching and engaging in the kinds of scholarly research that characterize a distinguished law faculty. Many have come from notable careers in private practice, government, or corporate law. The College is fortunate to have caring teachers who make themselves available to students both inside and outside the classroom. It is impressive to take a course under a law professor who has  literally -- written the book. Several UT law professors hold the distinction of authorship of legal textbooks, casebooks, and treatises. A commitment to service - to the profession, the University and the community  keeps the faculty in contact with legal problems and issues that reach far beyond the College of Law. While pursuing a J.D. degree, UT law students may choose one of two specialized academic concentrations, either in advocacy and dispute resolution or business transactions. Tennessee’s innovative Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and Center for Entrepreneurial Law are providing cutting-edge leadership in preparing the next generation of America’s attorneys. The UT College of Law has long been a national leader in clinical education, offering third-year students the opportunity to represent clients in real-world situations through the oldest continually operating legal clinic in the United States. Tennessee’s moot court programs are highly regarded nationally as evidenced by back-to-back national evidence championships in 2000 and 2001 and consistently high finishes in other areas, as well. The passage rate for UT graduates who take the Tennessee bar examination has been consistently above the state average for all graduates.


In 1997 the College moved into a new $21.5 law center which provides a state-of-the-art facility for legal education. The center includes a mix of classrooms/courtrooms that are all equipped with computer hookups at each seat and audiovisual equipment that permits teaching and learning in the format most suitable for the instructional methodology of the course. In addition to the technological advances, the new law center contains the largest public library in Tennessee. With its collection of over 450,000 volumes and volume-equivalents, the Joel A. Katz Law Library supports the teaching, research, and public service responsibilities of the College of Law. The Library provides access to legal information to faculty, staff, and students of the University, to members of the bench and practicing bar, and to the general public. The law center also contains space for the Tennessee Law Review, a quarterly law journal published by UT law students, and extended space dedicated to study, student organizations, and relaxation.


The UT College of Law has its own Career Services staff to help students acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful job search and provide them with information on the many professional areas in which a law degree can be used. The Career Services staff is available to students beginning with their first year of law school and continuing through graduation. Employment statistics for UT law graduates have remained consistent over the last decade at or about 90 percent employed within nine months of graduation.


Students who successfully complete a three-year, full-time program are awarded the J.D. degree. The College does not offer part-time or evening programs and students may not work more than 20 hours per week while enrolled as a full-time student. Eighty-nine hours are required for the J.D. degree. A typical class load is approximately 30 hours per academic year, accomplished in two semesters. Limited summer classes are available.


Dean: Douglas A. Blaze (865) 974-2521

Admissions: Karen R. Britton (865) 974-4131

Financial Aid: Janet Hatcher (865) 974-4131

Library: William J. Beintema (865) 974-6733

Placement: Karen R. Britton (865) 974-4348

Development and Alumni Affairs: Howie J. Avery (865) 974-6857




DOUGLAS A. BLAZE, (Law Professor), Education: Dickinson College (B.S., 1976); Georgetown University (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Advocacy Clinic, Civil Procedure, Legal Profession, Case Development, Trial Practice. Email: blaze @


DWIGHT L. AARONS, (Law Professor), Education: University of California (B.A., 1986; J.D., 1989). COURSES:Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Death Penalty, Legislation. Email:aarons @


BENJAMIN A. BARTON, (Law Professor), Education: Haverford College (B.A., 1991); University of Michigan (J.D., 1996). COURSES: Advocacy Clinic. Email:barton @


WILLIAM J. BEINTEMA, (Law Professor), Education: University of Miami (B.B.A., 1963; J.D., 1970); Florida State University (M.S.L.S., 1977). Email:beintema @


REBA A. BEST, (Law Professor), Education: East Carolina University (B.S., 1975); Florida State University (M.L.S., 1979). Email:best @


JERRY P. BLACK, JR., (Law Professor), Education: Southwestern (B.A., 1965); Vanderbilt (J.D., 1968). COURSES:Advocacy Clinic. Email:black @


ROBERT C. BLITT, (Law Professor), born November 6, 1972; Education: McGill University (B.A.); University of Toronto (M.A., J.D., LL.M.). COURSES:International Law, Human Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law. Email:rblitt @


CATHY COHRAN, (Law Professor), Education: University of Tennessee (B.A., 1988; M.S.I.S., 1997). Email:cochran @


JOSEPH G. COOK, (Law Professor), Education: University of Alabama (A.B., 1961; J.D., 1964); Yale University (LL.M., 1965). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Procedure, Jurisprudence. Email:cook @


JUDY M. CORNETT, (Law Professor), born Knoxville, Tennessee, October 10, 1955; Education: University of Tennessee (B.A., 1977; J.D., 1982); University of Virginia (M.A., 1984; Ph.D., 1997). COURSES: Civil Procedures, Law and Literature, Legal Process, Legal Profession. Email:cornett @


THOMAS Y. DAVIS, (Law Professor), born Taylor, Pennsylvania, June, 1946; Education: University of Delaware (B.A., 1969); Northwestern University (M.A., 1975; J.D., 1975; Ph.D., 1980). COURSES:Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Civil Rights Actions &Constitutional History. Email:davies @


IRIS J. GOODWIN, (Law Professor), Education: Barnard College (A.B.); Columbia University (Ph.D., 1988); New York University (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Gratuitous Transfers, Wealth Transfer Tax, Estate Planning. Email: goodwin @


JENNIFER S. HENDRICKS, (Law Professor), born Omaha, Nebraska, February 6, 1971; Education: Swarthmore College (B.A., 1993); Harvard University (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure. Email: JSH @ TENNESSEE.EDU


AMY MORRIS HESS, (Law Professor), Education: Barnard College (B.A., 1968); University of Virginia (J.D., 1971). COURSES: Estate Planning, Property, Taxation. Email:ahess @


MICHAEL J. HIGDON, (Law Professor), born Anderson, South Carolina, February 21, 1973; Education: Erskine College (M.A., 1997); University of Nevada, Las Vegas (M.A., 1997; J.D., 2001). COURSES:Family Law, Legal Process, Pre-Trial Litigation.


BECKY L. JACOBS, (Law Professor), born Grafton, West Virginia, October 4, 1961; Education: Florida Institute of Technology (B.S., 1983); University of Georgia (J.D., 1987). COURSES:Legal Process, International Business Transactions, Environmental Law. Email:Jacobs @


JOSEPH H. KING, JR., (Law Professor), Education: Pennsylvania State University (B.A., 1965); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1970). COURSES:Law & Medicine, Social Legislation, Torts, Workers’ Compensation. Email:king @


GEORGE W. KUNEY, (Law Professor), born San Francisco, California, July 20, 1964; Education: University of California (B.A., 1986); University of San Diego (M.B.A., 1997); University of California, Hastings College of Law (J.D., 1989). COURSES:Contract Drafting, Debtor-Creditor, Property, Representing Enterprises & Workouts & Reorganizations. Email:kuney @


DON LEATHERMAN, (Law Professor), born Ephrata, Pennsylvania, August 30, 1953; Education: Goshen College (B.A., 1975); Dickinson School of Law (J.D., 1981); New York University (LL.M., 1984). COURSES:Fundamentals of Income Taxation, Income Taxation of Business Organizations, Transactional Tax Planning, Economic Principles of Income Taxation, Legal Process. Email:leather @


ROBERT M. LLOYD, (Law Professor), born Lockport, New York, March 21, 1945; Education: Princeton University (B.S.E., 1967); University of Michigan (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Commercial Law, Contracts, Debtor-Creditor Law. Email: Lloyd @


ALEX B. LONG, (Law Professor), COURSES:Torts, Employment Law, Professional Responsibility. Email:along23 @


JOAN MACLEOD HEMINWAY, (Law Professor), born Mineola, New York, 1961; Education: Brown University (A.B., 1982); New York University (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Business Associations, Securities, Regulation, Corporate Finance, Representing Enterprises. Email:jheminwa @


SIBYL MARSHALL, (Law Professor), born Pomona, California, November 4, 1965; Education: Pomona College (B.A., 1987); Loyola Law School (J.D., 1990); University of Tennessee (M.I.S., 1998). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:marshall @


KARLA M. MCKANDERS, (Law Professor), Education: Spelman College (B.A., 2000); Duke University (J.D., 2003). COURSES:Advocacy Clinic.


CAROL MCCREHAN PARKER, (Law Professor), born Oak Park, Illinois, November 12, 1954; Education: Northwestern University (B.S., 1975; M.A., 1977); University of Illinois (J.D., 1984). COURSES:Intellectual Property, Law & Medicine, Legal Process. Email:parker @


D. CHERYN PICQUET, (Law Professor), Education: University of Tennessee (B.A., 1969; M.S.L.S., 1974). Email:picquet @


CARL A. PIERCE, (Law Professor), Education: Yale University (B.A., 1969; J.D., 1972). COURSES:Business Associations, Legal Profession, Professional Responsibility. Email:pierce @


THOMAS E. PLANK, (Law Professor), Education: Princeton University (A.B., 1968); University of Maryland (J.D., 1974). COURSES:Debtor-Creditor, Commercial Law, Property, Representing Enterprises. Email:plank @


NATHAN A. PREUSS, (Law Professor), Education: University of Northern Colorado (B.A., 2002); University of Wyoming (J.D., 2006); Catholic University of America (M.S.L.S.).


LORETTA M. PRICE, (Law Professor), Education: University of Tennessee (B.A., 1969; M.S.L.S., 1994). Email:price @


GARY PULSINELLI, (Law Professor), born Somerville, New Jersey, June 4, 1963; Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1985); University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., 1994); University of California-Berkeley (J.D., 1997). COURSES:Intellectual Property, Law Science, Technology, Patent Law, Legal Process I. Email:pulsinel @


GLENN HARLAN REYNOLDS, (Law Professor), born Birmingham, Alabama, August 27, 1960; Education: University of Tennessee (B.A., 1982); Yale University (J.D., 1985). COURSES:Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Law, Science & Technology, Space Law, Internet Law. Email:reynolds @


DEAN HILL RIVKIN, (Law Professor), born Staten Island, New York, March 22, 1947; Education: Hamilton College (A.B., 1968); Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1971). COURSES:Environmental Law & Policy, Environmental Justice & Community Lawyering, Advocacy for Children &Families, Interviewing, Counseling &Negotiation, Legal Profession, Legal Clinic. Email:drivkin @


PAULA R.H. SCHAEFER, (Law Professor), born Clinton, Missouri, October 7, 1970; Education: University of Missouri-Columbia (B.A., 1993; J.D., 1996). COURSES:Legal Profession, Business Associations.


JOHN L. SOBIESKI, JR., (Law Professor), Education: Loyola University (B.S., 1967); University of Michigan (J.D., 1970). COURSES:Civil Procedure, Civil Rights Actions, Complex Litigation, Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts. Email:jsobiesk @


GREGORY M. STEIN, (Law Professor), born Far Rockaway, New York, March 21, 1961; Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1983); Columbia University (J.D., 1986). COURSES:Land Acquisition &Development, Land Finance Law, Land Use Law, Law & Economics, Property, Advanced Property. Email:stein @


OTIS H. STEPHENS, (Law Professor), Education: University of Georgia (A.B., 1958; M.A., 1958); Johns Hopkins University (Ph.D., 1963); University of Tennessee (J.D., 1983). COURSES:Advanced Constitutional Law, Public Law, Administrative Law, Supreme Court Decision Making, Jurisprudence. Email:ostephen @


MAURICE E. STUCKE, (Law Professor), born New York, NY., April 23, 1965; Education: Georgetown University (A.B., 1987); Georgetown University (J.D., 1994). COURSES:Evidence, Antitrust. Email:mstucke @


PENNY J. WHITE, (Law Professor), born Kingsport, Tennessee, May 3, 1956; Education: East Tennessee State University (B.S.); University of Tennessee (J.D., 1981); Georgetown University (LL.M., 1987). COURSES:Evidence, Legal Profession, Media Impact on Justice, Pretrial Litigation, Trial Practice. Email: pwhite @


PAULETTE J. WILLIAMS, (Law Professor), Education: Brown University (B.A., 1966); New York University (J.D., 1971). COURSES:Advocacy Clinic, Family Law Seminar, Business Law Clinic. Email:pwilliam @