jwaters wrote:Where do most of the law students live? Ive heard West Knoxville is quiet, peaceful, not full of undergrads, etc.
Most people live out in West Knoxville. For those of you not familiar with the area, it's the nicest area of Knoxville, about 10 minutes from campus. People live everywhere from Kingston Pike to West Hills, so the commute can vary from 10 mins to 25. Traffic isn't awful, but during rush hours and gamedays, I-40 can be a pain in the ass.
Students also live in South Knoxville, downtown in Market Square, 4th and Gill and in the Fort. Living in South Knoxville will probably end after this year because they just closed the Henley Street Bridge (main bridge connecting downtown to South Knox) for two years to renovate. People that I know that live downtown and in Market square really like it, it's a great area, but rent is higher. On the bright side, you're close to a lot of restaurants and bars downtown and in Old City. Don't know too much about 4th and Gill, so I won't comment on that. Some people choose to live in the Fort (Fort Sanders, the area immediately around campus). This is nice because you can walk to class, but the Fort does have its sketchy areas, and parking can be a pain. Just depends on your preference.
One more note: parking around campus can be a pain in the ass. If you're not on campus before 9:30, good luck finding a spot or a meter anywhere. However, this probably won't be a problem because as a 1L you will likely have class at 8 or 9.
jwaters wrote:How do the journals work, are they all write-on?
Not exactly sure. I know Tennessee Law Review is completely write-on. You have a bluebook exam, then you have to do some kind of brief (all of this happens the summer after your 1L year), then they judge those and let you know if you made it. Sorry I can't be of more help, if I get more information about it, I will post it here.
The other journals, Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy and Tennessee Journal of Business Law, are also write-on. TJLP has a mandatory meeting and a bluebook exam. Not sure about Transactions, but I can get more info and get back to you. As you can tell, this stuff really comes into play at the end of your 1L year.
jwaters wrote:How is the law building and other facilities?
After visiting 10+ law schools, I can honestly say that Tennessee has a world-class facility. It used to be half of our current building, and I think they expanded in the late 90s. We have excellent classrooms and incredible technology. As a 1L, your main classes (Torts, Contracts, Criminal Law and Contracts) with your entire section will be in the larger classrooms on the 1st and 2nd floors. These classrooms are larger and equipped with lots of technology and comfortable rolly chairs. You'll also take Legal Process in a section of 15-20 students, usually in a smaller classroom on the 3rd floor. The professors are all housed on the other half of the building, and their offices are easily accessible. Our library is very nice. I don't know about the volumes/journals/reporters of other schools, but I imagine they are all similar wherever you go. We have like 300 individual study carrels and two large reading rooms with plenty of natural light (important if you spend a lot of time there).
UT's campus isn't the best and I blame that on the fact that it's more urban. But the law building has a great location, we're right on Cumberland (also known as the Strip), only three blocks away from all the campus bars and restaurants. We're also right across the street from the UC (student center), which includes a bowling alley in the basement, a bookstore and a large food court (Chick-Fil-A, Sbarro, Subway, more). We're also 3 blocks from Neyland Stadium and about a 10-15 minute walk from the TRECS (campus rec center).
jwaters wrote:Are most of your fellow students looking to get jobs in TN?
I would say yes, but I can't speak for everybody. I think the latest stats given to us by Career Services showed that between 60 and 75% stay in Tennessee. With two of the larger markets in the South in TN (Memphis and Nashville), that isn't that surprising.
jwaters wrote:How much time do you (and other students) usually spend studying/reading on the weekends?
It really depends. I used Sundays as my big day to get everything done, and I would usually put in anywhere from 4 to 10 hours, depending on how much I had to get done. Keep in mind this is because I usually did NOTHING on the other weekend days. By Friday, I was so mentally exhausted from the long week that I would take the afternoon off to go to the pool or go for a run. I'm also a huge college football junkie, so UT games and SEC football dominated my Saturdays. I would always get up on Sunday and head to the library.
Hope that helps, let me know if you all have other questions/comments.