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The Baker Living Learning Community (BLLC) provides first-year students interested in politics and public service with an instant community that will enrich their undergraduate experience. The BLLC is designed for first-year students who want to improve their understanding of our system of governance and public policy within an established mentored student support network. Students accepted into the BLLC live together in a university residence hall and take courses together their first year, which also fulfills Volunteer Core requirements for many majors.

Named after former US Senator from Tennessee and US Ambassador to Japan, Howard H. Baker, Jr., the Howard H. Baker Jr. School of Public Policy & Public Affairs serves as a place for engaged learning. This close association with the Baker School gives students access to the research, programs, conferences, and events in various policy areas such as leadership and governance, energy and environment, and global security.

The BLLC has monthly socials and bi-weekly professional development events focused on teaching students about careers and opportunities in public policy. Join us and share your passion for public service as you learn more about government and policy and how you can make an impact.

The Baker LLC will be located in Clement Hall for 2024-2025. All LLC locations are subject to change

Live With Us

Clement Hall serves as home base for all Baker LLC students. The traditional suite-style rooms are double-occupancy rooms connected with a semi-private bathroom. In addition to student rooms, Clement Hall has a variety of shared spaces for residents. Its newly remodeled basement is complete with TV’s, lounge areas, and game tables, making it one of the most popular spaces in the building.

The Baker School building is conveniently located just a short walk away from the residence hall.

Learn With Us

Baker LLC students develop strong bonds while taking common courses, forming study groups, participating in tutoring sessions, building teamwork skills, and building connections within the Baker School community. Students are encouraged to participate regardless of their major.

Fall Semester:

  • FYS 101 – The UT Experience (1 hour)
  • IAC 101 – Engaging Civically (3 hours) – Global Citizenship US Requirement

Spring Semester:

  • HBS 102 – Freshman Seminar (1 hour)

Lead With Us

BLLC students will be provided with opportunities to attend professional development workshops, network with individuals that have careers in public policy and public service, participate in civic engagement initiatives (i.e. Vols Vote), and take on leadership opportunities within the Baker School that will help build the skills and knowledge necessary to become future community leaders.


Lindsay Herrell, Student Programs Coordinator
Howard H. Baker Jr. School of Public Policy & Public Affairs
1640 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, TN 37996
Telephone: 865-974-0931