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About Memphis Law

If you are looking for a law school with challenging academics focused on the practice of law, faculty who emphasize teaching and mentoring, an atmosphere of collegiality, connection to a major research university, strong alumni and legal community ties, and more, Memphis Law has much to offer.

Further, Memphis’ position as a modern center of commerce, education and healthcare will offer unique opportunities to study the practice of law.

Regional Legal, Business and Research Hub
Memphis is currently listed as the largest city in Tennessee and the seventeenth largest city in America. Growing from an important nineteenth century river port, Memphis has become a crossroads with converging highways and railroads, as well as the busiest air cargo airport in North America for the last two decades. The commercial activity creates tremendous opportunities for attorneys in Memphis and the surrounding area.

  • According to the Memphis Bar Association, approximately 3,000 licensed attorneys are employed in Shelby County law firms.
  • Federal and state courts, major law firms, and federal and state agencies provide opportunities for externships and clerkships for law students and employment for graduates.
  • Memphis is home to national/international corporate and biomedical research entities including FedEx, AutoZone, International Paper and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • Memphis recently was ranked third in “Most Affordable College Towns” in Forbes Magazine.

Center of Cultural and Social Dialogue
Memphis’ place in the history of the Civil Rights Movement is well known. That legacy has spawned a culture in which issues of race, immigration, social justice and equality are openly addressed and researched. Myriad organizations are working to ease the consequences of these and other social issues within our growing and increasingly multicultural community. The National Civil Rights Museum is a not-to-miss stop in Memphis.

Memphis Law students have the opportunity to engage with the community through law school programs such as our clinical program, the Public Action Law Society (PALS) and other extracurricular involvement.

The University of Memphis is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30030-4097, telephone number 404-679-4501) to award bachelor's, first professional, master's, educational specialist's, and doctoral degrees. Individual colleges, schools, and departments are accredited by the appropriate agencies.

In 1965, shortly after its formation, the law school was accredited by the American Bar Association, the official accrediting agency for American law schools.  The law school has maintained its accreditation. Law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) provide a legal education which meets a minimum set of standards as promulgated by the ABA. Every jurisdiction in the United States has determined that graduates of ABA-approved law schools are able to sit for the bar in their respective jurisdictions.

The law school is also accredited by the Association of American Law Schools.  The AALS is a non-profit association of 166 law schools.  The purpose of the association is “the improvement of the legal profession through legal education.”  It serves as the learned society for law teachers and is legal education’s principal representative to the federal government and to other national higher education organizations and learned societies.

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The ABA may be contacted at: Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, 321 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654-7598, telephone 312.988.6738. The AALS may be contacted at 1201 Connecticut Ave, N.W. Suite 800, Washington, DC 20036-2717, telephone 202.296.8851; http://www.aals.org/.

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