The University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

The University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

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The University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is not just the only law school in Western Tennessee. Prelaw magazine gave it an A- for Best Value Law School in the nation, and one of only a few in a sizable metropolitan market.

The school's mission is to provide an affordable, intellectually rigourous and practice-oriented legal education.

The school received good marks for its low tuition ($19,198 for residents), weighted employment rate (79.5 percent), and great marks for their diversity.

Some of the school's courses include its experiential learning opportunities, such clinical programs like its partnership (the Neighborhood Preservation Clinic) with the city of Memphis to fight blight in the region and its Medical-Legal Partnership and Clinic with one of the leading Children’s Hospitals in the country in Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

And if that isn't good enough, the University of Memphis has the most beautiful and accessible facilities according to preLaw. The publication looks at aesthetics, technology, libraries and amenities and Memphis Law checked all the boxes in terms of quality.

Dean Katharine T. Schaffzin said Memphis Law is a dynamic law school in a dynamic city.

"Our location in downtown Memphis is one of our greatest strengths. The law school provides a combination of strong academic challenges, development of relevant employable skills and a network of beneficial relationships, while also allowing students the opportunity to participate in numerous unique clinics and externships in law offices, businesses and courtrooms all just steps from our beautiful building," she said. "Being in downtown Memphis also means students are living, working and playing in one of the most exciting emerging downtown communities in the country, with a remarkably low cost of living 15% below the national average. The price of daily life in Memphis makes less of a dent in your disposable income than it would in other cities. Those savings mean even more when you consider our perpetual standing as one of the “Best Value” law schools in the nation, meaning you will likely have much less debt upon graduation than you would elsewhere”

The University of Memphis is one of the smallest law school in the region, with only 310 students. 

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75th Percentile1553.63
25th Percentile1482.93
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$17,170$23,392
Living Expenses
Median grant$7205
Percent receiving grants45.00%
Estimated net tuition[field_estimated_net_tuition]
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 86.90%
NJ Employment[field_nj_employment_rate]
Bar Passage68.67%
Academic Profile
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy