With a population of more than 180,000, Knoxville has the amenities of a big city and the soul of a small town. You’ll find a variety of unique stores, restaurants, bars, and coffee shops sprinkled throughout the historic downtown, just steps from LMU Law. Hundreds of miles of trails beckon in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a short drive from Knoxville. Plenty of agencies offer public service opportunities, including the renowned Highlander Research and Education Center, a social justice training center with a long history of involvement in civil rights, labor activism, youth leadership, and immigration reform. Knoxville is also a short drive from several major cities including Nashville, Asheville, Atlanta, and Louisville.
CNN/Money Magazine has kept Knoxville on its list of the Top 10 fastest growing cities, citing a 33% growth in population between 2000 and 2010. Forbes Magazine has also named Knoxville one of America’s most affordable cities in 2015.