Memphis Law School

General Info

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The Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law is an American Bar Association accredited law school and is the only law school in Memphis, Tennessee. The school has been associated with the University of Memphis since the law school's formation in 1962. The school was named in honor of former University president Cecil C. Humphreys. The law school has graduated more than 4,500 students since its inception, and it currently has approximately 460 students and twenty-three full time professors. It is consistently named an "excellent value" in legal education by National Jurist Magazine. The law school also has had the highest bar passage rate in the State of Tennessee over the last 15 years surpassing both Vanderbilt University Law School and the University of Tennessee College of Law. Additionally, for the last two years, it has a top law school job placement rate in the state with over 98% of graduates being employed within nine months of graduation. Many students participate on moot court or mock trial teams or are involved with one of the school's law journals, the University of Memphis Law Review and the Tennessee Journal of Practice and Procedure. Last year's Moot Court team placed second in the nation, behind only Duke. A member of the Memphis team was named "Best Oral Advocate." Also, the school's Moot Court/Mock Trial program has sent seven teams in ten years to the national competitions.

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Memphis Law School Admissions

Memphis Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 63% of its applicants. Comparatively, Memphis is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 556 345 (62.05%) 116 (20.9%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.89 3.20 3.41
LSAT 149 152 156

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $18,387 $26,247
Part Time $16,447 $22,670

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $17,171
  • Living off-campus: $17,171
  • Living at home: $11,189

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Memphis Law School Community

Memphis Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Memphis is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 19
  • Part Time: 38


  • # Female Faculty: 19
  • # Minority Faculty: 7


17.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Memphis Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Memphis Law School 1L section size is 19% larger than law schools in Tennessee and 38% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Memphis Law School: 96
Tennessee Average: 78
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 262
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 60

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 107
  • Law Journals: 82
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 10.2%
  • Second Year: 0.8%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Memphis Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Memphis Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 80% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 92.7%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 52.0%
  • Business: 18.0%
  • Government: 13.0%
  • Public Interest: 1.0%
  • Academia: 4.0%
  • Tennessee: 70%
  • Arkansas: 3%
  • Texas: 2%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 92.7%
  • First Time Takers: 123
  • Average School: 71.9%
  • Average State: 74.5%
  • Pass Difference: -2.6%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Tennessee: 74.5%
  • Passed: 82 of 114 (71.9%)
  • State Average: 74.5%
  • Difference: -2.6%