The Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law (TIP) program is an "admission by performance" program for Tennessee and border county residents who are not admitted through the regular admissions process, but who show potential for academic success in the study of law and bring diversity to the class. TIP seeks to matriculate students from diverse backgrounds and circumstances who are capable of successfully participating in law school curricular and co-curricular programs.

The TIP program is a five-week program of classroom instruction that simulates the first-year law school curriculum. The program is held at the University of Memphis School of Law beginning in mid-June and ending in late July. Please note: If you are taking the June 2018 LSAT, you cannot be considered for the Summer 2018 TIP class.  TIP classes begin prior to the release of June test results.

Applicants who are admitted into TIP and successfully complete the summer program will be eligible for Fall 2018 admission to the University of Memphis School of Law.


The Applicant must be:

  • A Tennessee or Border County Resident (Crittenden County in Arkansas and De Soto, Marshall, Tate & Tunica Counties in Mississippi);
  • A graduating college senior or applicant who will have obtained a baccalaureate degree prior to program commencement; and
  • Able to demonstrate diversity.

Interested Applicants must submit the following by March 15th:

  • University of Memphis School of Law Application for Admission;
  • The TIP portion of the Application for Admission; and
  • The required TIP supplemental statement.

The TIP portion of the Application for Admission requests whether an applicant is:

  • A first-generation college graduate;
  • Foreign-born, or a first-generation U.S. citizen;
  • A graduate of a historically minority undergraduate institution;
  • Economically disadvantaged;
  • Disabled; or
  • Racially or ethnically underrepresented.

The required TIP Supplemental Statement asks the applicant to discuss any circumstances (financial, personal, family, health-related, etc.) that have impacted his or her educational opportunities. Applicants may also discuss the way in which he or she might contribute to diversity in the law school.

Application to TIP is optional, and admission to TIP is competitive. Only a limited number of seats are available.


There is no fee to participate in this program. Outside employment and concurrent enrollment in an academic program is prohibited. Therefore, program participants are provided the following for the duration of the program:

  • A $1,000 stipend.
  • Law school textbooks.
  • Free parking.
  • Free WIFI, printing, and e-mail access.
  • Main Campus housing for non-Shelby County residents.

Notification of the TIP decision will be given in mid to late April. Please contact Alena Allen, Associate Professor and Director of Law School Diversity, at (901) 678-3227 or via email if you have any questions.

To view a comprehensive brochure about TIP, please click here.