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. Diversity may include, but is not limited to, socioeconomic status,
race, ethnicity, disability, and more.
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 Student Affairs
Office of Diversity offers one-on-one counseling and support for students and student
organizations and encourages each student to take advantage of available academic
support and 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 collaboration with the Memphis Bar Association in coordinating
the Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP). Memphis Law also coordinates an annual
Diversity & Pre-Law Day each February and offers the Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law
(TIP) Program each summer. TIP is the state of Tennessee's only admission by performance
program for diverse Tennessee or border county residents who show potential for law
school success and bring diversity to the class.
In 2013, Memphis Law initiated the Law Student Diversity Committee in an effort to increase awareness of diversity related legal issues, encourage community
engagement, and cultivate a diverse and inclusive law school environment. This Committee
provides an opportunity for students to engage in diversity training and coordinate
diversity related programming throughout the year. Students also receive Pro Bono
service hours for their participation.
Many of our students also participate in student organizations with diversity related
missions, such as:
- Association of Women Attorneys (AWA)
- Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
- Christian Legal Society
- Hispanic Law Student Association (HLSA)
- International Law Students Association (ILSA)
As a result of our diversity efforts, we have garnered praise and recognition on a
variety of fronts. In recent years Memphis Law has ranked as one of the Top 5 Best Regional Law Schools for Black Students and as a Best Bargain Law School for Black Students by Lawyers of Color Magazine. 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
In 2014 we were recognized by The National Jurist magazine for significant gains in our diversity ranking. For ranking details click
HERE. In addition, Lawyers of Color Magazine recognized our very own Prof. Alena Allen as one of the "50 Under 50" most influential
minority law professors in the country. Click HERE to learn more about Prof. Allen and her accomplishments.
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 or visit the links
Tennessee Institute for Pre-Law