The College of Arts and Sciences offers an accelerated BS/JD program with the University of Tennessee College of Law. For joint BS/JD students, College of Law admissions requirements are higher than those normally expected for JD applicants. Desired College of Law qualifications include at a minimum a cumulative undergraduate GPA and a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score at or above the medians for the entering class.
Students pursing this program complete their first three years of coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences, and their last three years of coursework in the College of Law. During their first three years, students will fulfill all University General Education requirements and all College of Arts and Sciences requirements for a BS degree, will complete a minor in the College of Arts and Sciences, 13 hours of pre-law professional electives, and a total of at least 90 hours of undergraduate coursework.
Students interested in pursuing the accelerated BS/JD program are counseled initially in the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Services (313 Ayres Hall) regarding both College of Law admissions standards and undergraduate degree requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences. If the student is a likely candidate for admission into the JD program, they should consult with the College of Law Admissions Office, take the LSAT, and submit an application to the College of Law.
Upon admission to the joint BS/JD program, a student will begin College of Law coursework in the fourth year and, upon successful completion of 30 hours of College of Law coursework, will be awarded a BS degree in pre-professional programs with a concentration in pre-law at the end of that year. The student will receive the JD degree upon successful completion of the graduation requirements for that degree.
For more information, visit the law school and schedule an advising visit with your advisor. If you are a student in a college other than arts and sciences and want to know more, please call 865-974-4481 to schedule an appointment with an advisor.