For release: August 19, 2011
Contact: Chelsea Dubey, (901) 678-1562
The 2011-2012 academic year commence on Monday, August 22 at The University of Memphis
Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Memphis Law welcomes 145 first-year students and
The reported LSAT median for the entering class was a 155 and the median undergraduate
grade point average was 3.41, while the 25%/75% of the LSAT was 153/158 and the undergraduate
grade point average 25%/75% was 3.08/3.62 respectively.
The majority of the new students call Tennessee home, but non-residents represent
11 different states. The other states represented include Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana,
Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Virginia.
The average age of the entering class is 25, while the range is 21 to 46. The majority of the students graduated from a Tennessee state-assisted university. The University of Memphis remains the number one undergraduate feeder institution
followed closely by the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and Middle Tennessee
State University. Slightly more than half of the class (57%) graduated from one of the state-assisted
universities in Tennessee. Eleven of Tennessee’s private colleges and universities are represented, including
Belmont University, Bethel University, Carson Newman College, Christian Brothers University,
David Lipscomb University, Freed Hardeman University, Lambuth University, Milligan
College, Rhodes College, Union University, and Vanderbilt University.
Rhodes College is the most represented among the Tennessee private schools with six
students, followed closely by Christian Brothers University with five students. One historically black university, Tennessee State University, is also represented. While most of our students were educated in Tennessee, fifty-four different colleges
and universities are represented from seventeen different states.
Females represent 39% of the entering class while the males compose 61%. The student of color enrollment is 14%. Of diverse students, the majority is African-American. Also represented are Hispanic, Asian, and American-Indian students.
Memphis Law students’ academic training varied with academic majors ranging from Accounting
to Sociology. All together there are thirty-six different undergraduate majors represented. The most popular major continues to be Political Science, followed closely by Psychology,
and a two-way tie between Business Administration and English. Twelve percent of the entering students have advanced degrees. The most common advanced
degree is a Master of Business Administration.
In addition to the diverse majors, Memphis Law students have had various career and
life experiences prior to enrolling in law school. Some were teachers at the elementary and college level, government employees, nurses,
city planners, businessmen and women, military officers and a civil rights advocate.
Several students are children of immigrants and first in their families to earn a
college degree. Eleven students have legacy connections to Memphis Law.
First-year orientation was held August 17-19 and covered life at law school, introductions
of the faculty and staff, downtown and student organization fairs and their first
legal methods class. Official orientation concluded with a Swearing-In Ceremony and
the inaugural signing of the honor code by all first-year students. Friday evening
the class was invited to attend a reception at the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
in downtown Memphis where they were able to network with members of the legal community,
bench and bar, law alumni, faculty and staff. The reception was generously supported
by Mr. Jack Belz, Belz Enterprises, and the law firm of Glassman, Edwards, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, P. C.
Memphis Law is celebrating 50 years as the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law this academic
Photo caption: The Honorable Robert L. Childers (JD 76) conducted the Swearing-In
Ceremony on Friday, August 19.Photo courtesy of Chelsea Dubey.