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TN INSTITUTE FOR PRE-LAW

The Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law (TIP) program is an admission-by-performance program for Tennessee and border county residents that show potential for law school academic success and bring diversity to the next entering class. 

The TIP program is four weeks of classroom instruction, taught by UM Law professors, that simulates the first-year law school curriculum. Applicants who are invited to enroll in TIP, and successfully complete program requirements will be eligible for Fall 2019 admission to the University of Memphis School of Law. 

The Summer TIP 2019 Program will begin Monday, June 3, 2019 at the University of Memphis School of Law, and candidates will be notified of admission decision on July 19, 2019. 

Please note: If you are taking the June 2019 LSAT, you cannot be considered for the Summer 2019 TIP class. TIP classes begin prior to the release of June test results. 

TIP ELIGIBILITY:

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 by one of the following: 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.

By March 15th interested Applicants must submit a: University of Memphis School of Law Application for Admission; including the portion of the application related to TIP. Applicants must also provide a TIP supplemental statement, which asks the applicant to discuss any circumstance (e.g., financial, personal, family, health-related, etc.) that have impacted his or her educational opportunities, and how 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.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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

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

Notification of TIP decisions will be provided in mid to late April. Please contact Demetria Frank, Law Professor and Director of Law School Diversity and Inclusion, at (901) 678-4948 or at lawdiversity@memphis.edu, if you have any questions.