May 30, 2024  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Law

Douglas A. Blaze, Dean
Katrice W. Jones Morgan, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Barton, B.H., JD - Michigan
Best, R., MLS - Florida
Blaze, D.A., JD - Georgetown
Cook, J.G., LLM - Yale
Cornett, J.M., JD - Tennessee
Heminway, J.M., JD - New York
Hess, A.M., JD - Virginia
Jacobs, B.L., JD - Georgia
Kuney, G.W., JD - California (Hastings)
Leatherman, D.A., LLM - New York
Long, A.B., JD - William & Mary
Parker, C.M., JD - Illinois
Pierce, C.A., JD - Yale
Plank, T.E., JD - Maryland
Reynolds, G.H., JD - Yale
Rivkin, D.H., JD - Vanderbilt
Sobieski, Jr., J.L., JD - Michigan
Stein, G.M., JD - Columbia
Vojdik, V.K., JD - New York
White, P.J., LLM - Georgetown

Associate Professors
Aarons, D., JD - UCLA
Areheart, B.A., JD - Texas
Bach, WA., JD - New York
Black, Jr., J.P., JD - Vanderbilt
Blitt, R.C., LLM – University of Toronto
Childs, S., JD - Alabama
Cochran, C.R., MS - Tennessee
Collins, C.M., MS - Tennessee
Goodwin, I.J., JD - New York
Higdon, M.J., JD - UNLV
Krumm, B., JD - Tennessee
Kwon, M.M., JD - Texas Tech
Marshall, S.D., JD - Loyola
McKanders, K., JD - Duke
Price, L., MSLS - Tennessee
Preuss, N.A., JD - Wyoming
Pulsinelli, G.A., JD - California (Boalt Hall)
Radice, J., JD - Harvard
Schaefer, P., JD - Missouri
Stucke, M., JD - Georgetown
Tobin, K.A., LLM - William Mitchell
Williams, P.J., JD - New York
Wolitz, D.I., JD - Yale

Law   JD
    Advocacy and dispute resolution concentration    
  Business transactions concentration    


The University of Tennessee, College of Law, commenced operation in 1890 and has continuously sought to provide high quality legal education in a university community.

The principal objective of the college is to prepare students for the practice of law. The college teaches the analytical skills needed to interpret cases and statutes, the ability to communicate effectively, an awareness of the historical growth of the law, a knowledgeable appreciation of the interrelationship of law and society, and the ability to use law as an implement of social change and development. Students are thus equipped to serve their communities not only as advocates and counselors, but as policy makers and active, responsible citizens.

The program of the college has three dimensions – teaching and learning, research into and appraisal of our legal systems and institutions, and service to the community. Each plays a significant role in the college as a modern law center.

The teaching and learning element of legal education at the college involves co-operative classroom interaction between faculty and students in the analytical study of a host of questions and problems found in today’s legal profession. These involve decisional law, statutory interpretation, administrative regulation, techniques of trial and appellate advocacy and dispute resolution, and the roles and responsibilities of the lawyer in advising and representing clients.

The college is also directly involved in providing service to the community. A major element of public service is centered in the Legal Clinic, where students, under the guidance of skilled and experienced licensed practitioners, provide legal services to clients. Additionally, through research, consultation, and other services to legal institutions and groups within the state, the college seeks to participate in the development and improvement of the society in which its students may eventually practice law.

In combination, the direction and objectives of the college lead to the development not of a narrow technician, but of a student of the law with the perspective, breadth, and understanding necessary to accomplish the many tasks assigned by society to the legal profession.

Graduate Programs

The College of Law offers the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree program; a dual degree program with the College of Business Administration leading to the JD and the Master of Business Administration degree; and a dual degree program with the Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences, leading to the JD and the Master of Public Policy and Administration degree. In addition graduate students may be eligible to take a limited number of law courses to count toward a graduate degree.

Current information regarding admission, financial aid, course requirements, academic policies, extracurricular activities, and student services is available from the Admissions Office, The University of Tennessee College of Law, 1505 West Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-1810 and at the college’s webpage Completed application should be received before February 1 of the year of requested admission.

Policy for Graduate Students Taking Law Courses

Students pursuing a graduate degree in another college may, upon approval of the College of Law and the major chairperson, take up to 6 credit hours of law courses and receive credit toward the graduate degree. The graduate student must register for the law course during regular registration at the College of Law requesting an S/NC grade only. If a C or above is earned in a law course, an S will be recorded on the transcript. If a student earns below a C, an NC will be recorded, and the course cannot be used toward meeting degree requirements. Grades for law courses will not be reflected in the cumulative average. Law courses may be taken for credit only by students enrolled in a graduate degree program.

Different rules apply to the student enrolled in the Dual JD-Masters Programs. Grades must be earned according to the grading system of the respective college, e.g. numerical grades for law courses, letter grades for graduate courses. Refer to section on Grades for the grading scale acceptable toward meeting degree requirements. Cumulative GPA for law courses only will be carried until graduation, at which time both the graduate and the law cumulatives will be shown on the permanent record.