h2oplyer7 wrote:I look forward to visiting the school this spring. I too am waiting to hear back from a few schools, but the fact that everyone was so impressed gives me a warm fuzzy. It will be quite the culture shock coming from California, but I have heard a lot of great things. I am really curious to see the city of Knoxville and the university, and to meet some of the students.
Just out of curiosity, I would love to hear from the people who have multiple choices of where they could go to school and why they are choosing UTK. Is it based on UTKs specialties? I understand they have a terrific environmental program.
Also, if anyone has pictures I would love to see them. Especially the law library, since I will be spending the majority of the next three years of my life there. haha
I received full rides to several schools including UTK. I decided to go the UTK instead of other schools for several reasons. The staff there is incredible and they really appear to be dedicated to preparing their students to practice after they graduate. I already feel that I have a personal relationship with at least one person on staff, and I haven't even started yet. Also, all of the students who I have talked to rave about how UTK is such a close-knit community, and since law school is pretty much going to be hell, it would be nice to go to a school where other students don't try to stab you in the back and where professors actually care about you as a person.
Class size is small (150) which is really nice and makes me more than just a number.
A lot of emphasis is put on gaining practical experience through clinics, externships, etc. and there are tons of opportunities to receive class credit for clinics and externships in 2L and 3L years.
They have a mentoring program where they can match you up with a professional in the area of law you want to practice, and it will definitely help having guidance from someone in a position where you want to be.
The Advocacy concentration seems impressive.
UTK has a reputation that reaches far outside of Knoxville. I have no problems living in Knoxville, but if I wanted to live somewhere else, I'm sure that UTK could help me find a job. Of the 3 or 4 3L students that I spoke to about job prospects, all of them either were, or had a friend that was going out of state to work and already had a job lined up.
And Knoxville is relatively close to my family (less than 5 hour drive)
I really feel confident about my decision to go to school here and I don't think I would have felt as confident with another law school choice.