The College of Law offers students the opportunity to work at two field placements that are supervised on-site by licensed attorneys. These field placements expose students to the actual practice of law, while allowing them to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom. The College of Law is presently exploring other field placement opportunities for students.
As the state's chief legal officer, the Tennessee Attorney General represents state officials, departments, boards, agencies, and commissions in matters arising from their public duties. The Consumer Advocate and Protection Division protects consumers and businesses from unfair and deceptive trade practices, enforces state and federal antitrust laws, and enforces the unauthorized practice of law statutes. That division also represents the interest of consumers in utility ratemaking proceedings before the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. A student’s duties in the field placement include drafting memoranda, briefs, and motions, and researching statutory and case law on specific consumer protection related topics. Among other things, students will have the opportunity to learn about the investigation process, including the pre-filing subpoena process and the relationship between state and federal consumer enforcement authorities, and will likely assist with cases in active litigation. Students are supervised on-site by deputy and assistant attorneys general. Students must apply to and be accepted into the field placement. The field placement application and instructions are available in the Dean’s office. To earn two academic credits, students must successfully complete 100 hours at the field placement and complete the field placement’s classroom component.
Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts (“TVLPA”) offers pro-bono legal services to low-income artists of all disciplines, as well as legal and business assistance to emerging nonprofit arts organizations. The field placement allows students to apply the skills learned in the core curriculum and the entertainment law curriculum to live-client situations. The TVPLA is located in the Baskin Center. Students are supervised on-site by a licensed attorney. Students must apply to and be accepted into the field placement. The field placement application and instructions are available in the office of Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts, which is located in Room 154 of the Baskin Center. To earn two academic credits, students must successfully complete 100 hours at the field placement and complete the field placement’s classroom component.