Tennessee is a great school. I was a little undecided until I visited, but after my visit, I knew UT was for me. Do you know where you ant to practice after graduation? Have you visited either school?
From someone who visited this past week:
Yeah, totally. I probably should have taken some pics of the inside of the building.
But yes, everything was clean, bright and looked brand new. They were really proud to show off the law school and law library. It reminded me a bit of my visit to William & Mary.
The day began at 9:30 with check-in where we got a name badge and some other materials about the law school. At 10am, we gathered into a large classroom where we were welcomed by Dean Sobieski.
Then there was a panel session with several law students. They each had unique backgrounds, career prospects, and insights, and they were a nice "cross-section" of students in various stages of their studies. A lot of great information came out of this session, and was my favorite part of the visit. I was really curious about job prospects in Tennessee and how far a UT degree would travel. The discussion began to move towards a comparison of UT and Vanderbilt grad job prospects, and I was pleased to learn that Nashville firms are more willing to hire from UT than Vandy. There was mention that some firms have been known to require Vandy grads to show proof that they intend to stay in the Nashville area by submitting mortgage documents, etc. I guess some firms out there have been burned before by Vandy grads taking off for larger cities soon after being hired locally. Since I *want* to live and practice in Nashville, it made me feel great to hear that finding work there (hopefully) won't be as difficult as I had envisioned.
After that, there was a panel discussion with four faculty members. The point of the session was for them to discuss what they expected from us as law students and what we should expect from them. They then answered questions from us. There wasn't much new ground covered in this session, but it was still useful nonetheless.
We then had lunch, which was a catered affair with croissant sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit, drinks and dessert. Most everyone ate outside since it was such a beautiful day. I got yellow pollen all over my butt, though.
After lunch, there were individual sessions you could go to. I went to the session for info on registration and orientation week. It was kind of free-form Q&A, and we all basically just talked about what the first week was going to be like.
After that I met with Janet Hatcher, who does financial aid for the law school. I turned in my scholarship acceptance form to her, and just asked her a few questions.
Then we had a tour of the law school and that was the end of the day.
All in all, I'm really glad I traveled out to Knoxville, and most importantly, I'm thrilled that I chose UT Law. Yay!
Here are some pictures taken from a friend's visit to UT's campus: