Not exactly Top 25, but we'll take it.
On the "National Law Journal's" newest "Go-To Law Schools" list, UT College of Law is ranked 34th. The list uses the percentage of 2013 graduates who landed jobs at big law firms in order to rank the top 50 law schools in the nation.
UT's ranking exceeded the most recent "U.S. News and World Report" ranking – which had the UT College of Law at 61st – by 27 places.
"It is great news to learn that our 2013 graduates were so successful in this sector of the employment market," Douglas A. Blaze, dean of the College of Law, said in a university press release. "UT's practice-based curriculum has long focused on preparation of its graduates to make an immediate impact at the law firms and organizations they join.
"It is affirming that employers are hiring our graduates at a high rate in such a competitive market."
Blaze also noted in the release that UT's tuition – $18,962 for in-state residents and $37,706 for out-of-state students – is among the lowest of the ranked schools. He said the affordability validates the "value proposition" of UT's program in today's legal education environment.
In total, 11 schools in the Southeast, both public and private, made the list, which was otherwise packed with schools in the Northeast and the Midwest. UT was among the first 10 public law schools in the "Go-To Law Schools" top 50 list.
In the release, one alumnus said that UT students have consistently been top performers at his firm.
"I have been recruiting at the UT College of Law for 25 years," said George T. "Buck" Lewis III, a shareholder in the Memphis office and chair of the Appellate Practice litigation group at Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, a National Law Journal Top 250 firm. "Tennessee law graduates have arrived at our firm with excellent research, writing and advocacy skills. They have worked harmoniously with other lawyers and our staff."