We define diversity broadly to include several aspects of human differences that contribute to the intellectual discourse and inclusive environment at the University of Memphis School of Law.
The Student Affairs Office of Diversity collaborates with a variety of law school offices and community groups to ensure a diverse and inclusive law school environment. These collaborations allow us to develop and implement initiatives that increase the access, admission, retention, and graduation of diverse students. Upon admission to law school, the Office of Diversity offers one-on-one counseling and support for students and student organizations and encourages each student to take advantage of available University services.
Our access initiatives and recruiting efforts work to ensure prospective students from historically underrepresented populations have access to information regarding the legal profession, the law school admission process, and financial aid opportunities.
Access initiatives include:
- Summer Law Intern Program (SLIP) in partnership with the Memphis Bar Association;
- Diversity & Pre-Law Day;
- Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law (TIP) Program; and a
- FREE 2-day Access & Diversity LSAT Prep Course
A number of scholarships are available to entering students, including diversity awards, academic merit awards, and awards for students with demonstrated financial need. Through state appropriations and the generous donations of law school alumni and friends, over $600,000 in scholarship assistance has traditionally been awarded in previous academic years. Awards range from $1,000 to full in-state tuition.
Many of our students participate in Student Organizations with diversity related missions, such as the:
- Association of Women Attorneys (AWA)
- Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
- Christian Legal Society
- Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA)
- International Law Students Association (ILSA)
- Recognized in 2017 by Pre-law magazine as a "Most Diverse Law School" earning a B+ in diversity
- Awarded the INSIGHT into Diversity Magazine 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award. Memphis Law was one of five law schools in the country to receive this award.
- Ranked one of the Top 5 Best Regional Law Schools for Black Students and a Best Bargain Law School for Black Students by Lawyers of Color Magazine.
- In 2014, Memphis Law was recognized by The National Jurist for significant gains in our diversity ranking.
- In 2013, Memphis Law was recognized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) at its 45th Anniversary Celebration and honored as a member of the inaugural group of "William A. Blakey Diversity Pipeline Architects" for its access and diversity efforts.
For more information on diversity at the University of Memphis School of Law, please contact the Student Affairs Office of Diversity at 901.678.2528.