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Schools Offering Law Programs in Tennessee

Each year, roughly 1.2% of Tennessee students graduate with degrees in law. That means an estimated 1,833 law professionals graduate from Tennessee's 54 law schools each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Tennessee that has a law program is Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt University, which was ranked 11th in the country in 2010, is located in Nashville. In 2010, Vanderbilt University graduated 232 students from its law program. Vanderbilt University charged in-state students $39,930 in tuition fees per year.

The second-ranked school in Tennessee with a law program is Martin Methodist College, which is located in Pulaski. In 2010, it was ranked 38th nationwide. 19 students graduated with degree in law from Martin Methodist College in 2010. The tuition rate at Martin Methodist College was $19,518 per year.

University of Memphis, which was ranked 38th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Tennessee that has a law program. It is located in Memphis. 202 students graduated with degree in law from University of Memphis in 2010. University of Memphis charged in-state students $6,780 in tuition fees per year.


Tuition at Tennessee's law schools ranges from $39,930 per year to $3,057 per year. But, the average tuition is $11,311 per year. The Tennessee law schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Vanderbilt University - located in Nashville, students are charged $39,930 per year
  2. King College - located in Bristol, students are charged $22,908 per year
  3. Lipscomb University - located in Nashville, students are charged $21,790 per year

The following Tennessee law schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Nashville State Community College - located in Nashville, students are charged $3,057 per year
  2. Columbia State Community College - located in Columbia, students are charged $3,073 per year
  3. Walters State Community College - located in Morristown, students are charged $3,101 per year

A law degree from a Tennessee school... what next?

law graduates in Tennessee can go into a variety of professions such as law clerk, administrative judge, police officer, court clerk, and paralegal. If you decide to work as a law professional in Tennessee, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 33,320 Tennessee law professional as of 2010. This number includes 6,700 lawyers, 250 law clerks, and 360 administrative judges. The Tennessee counties with the largest populations of law professional are:

  1. Cannon County - 7,920 law professionals
  2. Crittenden County - 7,920 law professionals
  3. Anderson County - 3,750 law professionals

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of law professionals is expected to grow by 10% by 2018. There are projected to be 39,550 law professionals working in Tennessee then. Of these 39,550 law professionals, the government predicts that 9,160 will be lawyers, an unknown number will be law clerks, and 320 will be administrative judges.


On average, law professionals earn $56,273 per year. In 2010, however, some Tennessee law professional earned as little as less than $15,640 per year or as much as more than $163,020 per year. The following counties in Tennessee have the highest average salaries for law professionals:

  1. Cannon County - $62,299 per year
  2. Crittenden County - $59,018 per year
  3. Anderson County - $52,167 per year

The Tennessee counties with the lowest average salary for law professionals are:

  1. Bradley County - $36,710 per year
  2. Campbell County - $40,005 per year
  3. Carter County - $41,856 per year

The law professionals with highest average salaries in Tennessee were:

  1. Judge - $123,100 per year
  2. Lawyer - $113,540 per year
  3. Administrative Judge - $81,080 per year

On average, the lowest paid law professionals in Tennessee were:

  1. Court Clerk - $32,890 per year
  2. Bailiff - $28,140 per year

More Information

Take a look at the graphs and charts below for additional Tennessee statistics regarding a career in law and to compare salaries with a variety of related fields such as forensic accounting or public administration.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Law in Tennessee
  • Bachelor's Degree in Law in Tennessee
  • Master's Degree in Law in Tennessee
  • Doctoral Degree in Law in Tennessee
  • Certificate in Law in Tennessee

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 13,440 $41,050 28.1%
Lawyers 6,700 $113,540 9.7%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 4,000 $39,350 1.5%
Court, Municipal, and License Clerks 2,390 $32,890 21.9%
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 1,850 $35,800 -11.1%
Legal Secretaries 1,770 $35,880 -51.9%
Detectives and Criminal Investigators 1,570 $58,730 -32.0%
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers 360 $81,080 20.0%
Fish and Game Wardens 360 $48,260 0.0%
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates 350 $123,100 20.7%
Bailiffs 280 $28,140 -33.3%
Judicial Law Clerks 250 $37,450

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