Our challenging curriculum reflects the goal of the school — to prepare students to
become practice-ready attorneys. And Memphis Law has been ranked by our students as
providing an exceptionally high quality of life because of our focus on individual
success and extensive contact with professors outside the classroom.
Beginning Your Legal Education
Before classes begin, all first-year (1L) students participate in an orientation program to ease the transition into law school. With upper-class students as orientation leaders,
the incoming class is divided into small groups of 10-12 to discuss essential study
skills, workload, school policies, community involvement opportunities, and other
topics of interest.
A student panel discussion about life at Memphis Law will be held, and you will have
numerous opportunities to interact with professors and fellow students, receive a full orientation to our excellent facility, and obtain information about
our downtown location, housing, and parking. Finally, you will attend your first Legal Methods class of the year, breaking the
ice for your legal education.
First-Year Curriculum Focuses on Core Legal Doctrines and Basic Legal Skills
An important aspect of the first-year curriculum is Legal Methods, a course that focuses on the skills required to practice law, including
legal analysis, legal research, and legal writing. First-year students also have the
opportunity to participate in a moot court competition.
Curriculum Options Expand in Upper Levels
The upper-level curriculum offers a wide range of elective courses which permit students
to develop either broad-based or focused legal knowledge. Courses in trial advocacy,
mediation, and alternative dispute resolution also are offered. In addition, upper-level
students are required to take Professional Responsibility, and an advanced writing
and research class, as well as fulfill a skills requirement by taking a skills-oriented
class, clinic or externship, or by earning Moot Court credit.
The curriculum also includes externships, allowing students to work in administrative
agencies, judicial offices, and other governmental departments with faculty and on-site
supervision. A judicial externship, a criminal justice externship, or an externship
with Memphis Area Legal Services are some of the options 3L students have to earn