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WELCOME TO BELMONT LAW Lawyers are a tremendous force for good. At Belmont Law we believe lawyers have a special responsibility in American society. We value public service, and our goal is to produce leaders in the bar and in our community. We incorporate ethics, professionalism and integrity into everything we do. We believe law students become professionals on the day they enter law school, rather than on the day they graduate. During my career as a lawyer I have witnessed numerous changes in our profession. For one, law firms today expect new lawyers to “hit the ground running.” Consequently, the Belmont Law faculty of experienced teachers, scholars and practicing attorneys integrate traditional legal analysis and practical legal skills, with the goal of graduating practice-ready attorneys for today’s global market. Additionally, today it is more common for someone with a law degree to have multiple careers with different employers. A quality legal education is the foundation that provides the flexibility to pursue one’s dreams. We take seriously our obligation to help prepare our students to make the choices that will lead to a more productive and satisfying life. We hope you will take the opportunity to review our website and learn more. We also invite you to visit us in the vibrant city of Nashville. It would be my pleasure to meet with you personally to explore how Belmont Law can prepare you to become a successful attorney, as well as the many opportunities to serve others with a law degree. Hope to see you soon,

Alberto R. Gonzales Dean and Doyle Rogers Distinguished Professor of Law 1


STUDENT EXPERIENCES

“I chose Belmont Law because its sincere culture and challenging curriculum are perfectly suited for grooming ambitious law students into confident legal professionals.”

Joseph North

“Belmont made my decision easy. Everyone at the school was incredibly hospitable, and the stats on bar passage rate assured me not only would I learn, but I would be prepared to test and practice law.”

UNDERGRADUATE:

Marisa Garcia

Emory University, Business Administration

National University, Pre-Law

UNDERGRADUATE:

“I chose Belmont College of Law because it allows me to be close to Music Row and the entertainment industry. I’m now able to pursue a J.D. with an entertainment law certificate, which supports the music career I have worked so hard to develop over the past fifteen years.”

Aaron Winters UNDERGRADUATE: Belmont University, Music Business

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ADMISSIONS PROFILE

52%

109

ACCEPTANCE RATE

MATRICULANTS, FALL 2018

50TH PERCENTILE 25TH PERCENTILE

153

75TH PERCENTILE

155

LSAT

157 SCORES

50TH PERCENTILE 25TH PERCENTILE

3.31

75TH PERCENTILE

3.50

UNDERGRADUATE

3.70

GPA

THE CLASS ENTERING IN FALL 2018 WAS REPRESENTED BY

26

STATES

67

COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

40

UNDERGRADUATE MAJORS

All data reflects class entering Fall 2018

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ALUMNI REFLECTIONS “Belmont Law prepared me in many ways for life as a corporate associate. Not only did the law school allow me access to great faculty and student mentors who provided valuable advice and resources, it also exposed me to a wide array of internship and externship opportunities that allowed me to learn about the role of a transactional attorney. Faculty and student mentors at Belmont suggested I use externships and internships as a way to explore a transactional practice. That advice led me to my externship with the Nashville Predators and internships at a local law firm and Bridgestone Americas. These opportunities provided me with valuable insight, and I was able to discover my love of transactional work.”

Pirjin Tayip Laser ATTORNEY AT WALLER LANSDEN DORTCH & DAVIS, LLP Class of 2016

“Belmont Law provided me not only with the legal knowledge needed to succeed but also how to practically apply that knowledge so that I was able to start my legal career with hundreds of hours of legal experience. While at Belmont, I had the privilege to travel around the country with Professor Charles Trost to numerous Uniform Law Commission meetings. I was able to apply my legal training to help craft new uniform laws that have since been adopted in various states. Belmont allowed me to get my hands dirty and actually participate in the discussion rather than simply reading a textbook and testing me on what I learned from the reading. I strongly advise anyone who not only wants a great education but who also wants a successful career to attend Belmont.”

Taylor Wilkins ASSOCIATE AT RIGGS DAVIE PLC Class of 2017

“The faculty at Belmont Law is outstanding. I felt a sense of comfort knowing that I was always welcome to walk into any one of their offices to discuss school, career goals, or even life in general. It is truly a one-of-a-kind support staff you have at your fingertips. Further, Belmont promised to have me practice-ready coming out of school, and it followed through on that promise. Through its field placement program, I was able to gain a great deal of practical legal experience from working at a local, non-profit organization to interning with the Tennessee Attorney General’s office to eventually clerking at a U.S. Attorney’s Office, all while in school. Thanks in large part to Belmont Law, I am confident that when my time comes, I will serve my country and my Marines in an exceptional manner.”

Joe Stovall MARINE CORPS JUDGE ADVOCATE (JAG) Class of 2018

“The individualized coaching that I received through Moot Court and my professors’ determined dedication to my legal education not only gave me the skills I needed to feel confident and prepared to seamlessly begin arguing motions and conducting bench trials, but also gave me the confidence I needed to patiently and earnestly attain my dream job. Even in just a few months of practice, I have been fortunate to achieve many of the goals I set for myself while in law school, and for that, I can’t thank Belmont enough!”

Emmie Futrell ASSOCIATE AT ORTALE KELLEY Class of 2019

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MENTORSHIP Attorney Mentor: Belmont Law’s Chapter of the American Inn of Court The opportunity to connect with judges and attorneys in a structured format on a monthly basis is an invaluable benefit offered to first-year Belmont Law students. xx Match with your attorney mentor

xx Join a team

xx Create a program

xx Present your program to the chapter

Peer Mentor New to Nashville? Concerned about the transition to law school? Every first-year student will match with a 2L or 3L through our Peer Mentor Program for advice on: • • • • •

Class preparation Exams Outlining Summer internships Networking within the student body

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OFFICE OF CAREER & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

1 L T O L AW YE R : YOUR PROFE SSIONAL DE VE L OPM E N T JOURNE Y

FALL

1L

Professional Development Week Apply for summer legal positions or field placements

FALL

2L

Meet your Attorney Mentor Monthly American Inn of Court meetings begin Meet individually with the Office of Career & Professional Development

1L

SPRING

Begin student membership in the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) Continue & strengthen relationship with Inn of Court Attorney Mentor On-Campus Interviews (OCI’s)

Professional Development Week Network through special-interest student organizations Apply for summer legal positions or field placements

FALL

3L

Professional Development Week Bar Refresher Course Finalize after-grad employment

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2L

SPRING

Renew your student membership in the TBA Check Symplicity bi-weekly for job postings

3L

SPRING


ONGOING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Lisa Doster DIRECTOR OF CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT lisa.doster@belmont.edu

Concetta Smith CAREER ADVISOR & PROGRAM ASSISTANT concetta.smith@belmont.edu

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Resume writing
 Career advising Personalized employer communication strategies Job search strategies

WH E RE OUR AT T ORNE YS PR AC T ICE Classes of 2014–2018

WA

NH

MN SD

WI

MA

NY

PA OH

IN CO

CA

MD KS

VA

MO KY

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

NC TN AR AL

GA

TX

FL AK

STATES WHERE OUR GRADUATES ARE LICENSED OR WORKING

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NASHVILLE IS OUR LEGAL CLINIC Nashville combines big-city charisma with small-town charm to create an enriching experience for Belmont Law students. As Tennessee’s capitol city, Nashville is a major urban, government and not-for-profit center. Nashville is music, sports, and culture; quiet parks and rowdy festivals; cowboy boots and business suits. Welcome to Music City.

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BMI CMA CMT Eventbrite The Nashville Predators The Tennessee Titans

Industries in the “It” City • • • • • • • •

Government Non-profit Printing and publishing Health care management Insurance Tourism Banking Advertising and media

Nashville Images Courtesy of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

Belmont Law students have held summer and/or full-time positions with:


BELMONT LAW IN THE LEGAL COMMUNITY “I was a partner for many years at Waller Lansden. Over the last several years, I’ve been involved in helping Belmont Law students get placed in different positions; a number have gone to work for Waller. They are a very selective firm, and the partners there are very pleased with the students they’ve hired from Belmont. The Belmont Law students are prepared go to work right away.”

Charles A. Trost OF COUNSEL, WALLER LANSDEN DORTCH & DAVIS, LLP PAST COMMISSIONER OF REVENUE, STATE OF TENNESSEE PROFESSOR, BELMONT LAW

“I have had the pleasure to work with several Belmont College of Law students as interns and three graduates as law clerks in my chambers. I am consistently impressed with their commitment to the profession and ability to quickly learn how to accomplish the task at hand. I can say confidently that the Belmont grads who have worked in my chambers are prepared to excel in the legal profession.”

Frank G. Clement Jr. TENNESSEE COURT OF APPEALS

“The caliber of the Belmont Law students joining our office is impressive. They share a commitment to high standards and help drive our mission to provide principled, independent and excellent counsel.”

Herbert H. Slatery II TENNESSEE ATTORNEY GENERAL

“I have had the pleasure of mentoring students through the Belmont Law Inn of Court. Through one on one mentorship and working on legal education presentations, I have been impressed with the students’ intellectual curiosity, dedication to studies, professionalism and ability to interact with attorneys, judges and fellow law students on a high level.”

Sherie Edwards VICE PRESIDENT, CORPORATE & LEGAL, SVMIC VICE PRESIDENT, TENNESSEE BAR ASSOCIATION

93%

EMPLOYMENT RATE (Classes of 2017–2018/reporting 10 months after graduation)

93.5%

2-Year Bar Passage Rate (2017–2018/first-time test takers, TN) 9


FACULTY  DR. TRACEY CARTER Former Chief Diversity Officer, Tennessee State University

BELMONT LAW’S FACULTY IS HIGHLY EXPERIENCED AND WELL-CREDENTIALED. Composed of experienced teachers, scholars and practicing attorneys, our faculty members integrate traditional legal analysis and practical legal skills.

 DEAN ALBERTO R. GONZALES 80th Attorney General of the United States

 PROFESSOR HAROLD SEE Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice

 PROFESSOR TORRY JOHNSON Former District Attorney General of Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County

 PROFESSOR LUCIAN DERVAN Current Chair of the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 10

 PROFESSOR LOREN MULRAINE Counsel for Grammy and Dove Award-winning artists

 DEAN TIM CHINARIS Former Ethics Director of the Florida Bar


EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING: FIELD PLACEMENTS Belmont students have completed field placements with over 130 different organizations, including: • • • • • •

U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office Nashville Predators Federal and State Judges Tennessee Department of Health Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Continuing Field Placements Dean Ellen Black, Director of Field Placements

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Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts Tennessee Attorney General – Consumer Advocate and Protection Division

EARN CREDIT-HOURS working in live-client situations, under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney.

A minimum of

100 HOURS of work is required to successfully complete a field placement.

A CLASSROOM COMPONENT is also required.

Field Placement with Attorney General Slatery


CURRICULUM

First Year (Fundamental Year) FALL SEMESTER

SPRING SEMESTER

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

Civil Procedure I: Mechanics Contracts & Sales

3

Civil Procedure II: Jurisdiction

3

4

Constitutional Law I: Powers & Structures

3

Practicum – Legal Information & Communication I Torts

3

Criminal Law

3

4

Practicum – Legal Information & Communication II

3

Total Credits

Property

3

14

Total Credits

15

Second Year (Expertise Year) FALL SEMESTER

SPRING SEMESTER

Course

Credits

Course

Credits

Constitutional Law II: Individual Rights

3

Business Associations

4

Criminal Constitutional Law

3

Elective Evidence

4

Elective

Wills & Trusts

3

Professional Responsibility

2

Total Credits

15

Total Credits

16

Practicum

Practicum

Third Year (Capstone Year) FALL SEMESTER Course

SPRING SEMESTER Course

Credits

Elective

Credits

Bar Refresher Course

5

Elective

Elective

Practicum

Elective

Elective

Practicum

Secured Transactions

2

Total Credits

14

Students must complete a rigorous writing requirement during their 2L or 3L year. Total Credits Required to Graduate: 88

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Total Credits

14


CURRICULUM, continued Practicum Options One practicum course is required each semester. Practicum courses are typically smaller classes (20 students or less) to allow students to dive into the practical aspects of the law. 

Advanced Trial Advocacy

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Negotiations

Family Law Practicum

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Board of Advocates Competition

¢

Non-Profit Organizations

Field Placement


Criminal Procedure

¢

Health Law Blog

Governmental Relations Law

Practical Issues in Criminal Law

¢

Health Law Practicum

Law Office Management

¢

Medical Malpractice

Legal Globalization and Comparative Law: Australia


  Sentencing Law 

Trial Advocacy

Advanced Legal Research

¢ q

Contract Drafting

Applied Legal Ethics

q

Entertainment Law Practicum

q

Film and Television Transactional Law

Client Interviewing, Counseling & Communication

Mediation

Pretrial Litigation

Real Estate Transactions

Estate Planning

Elective Options 

Belmont Criminal Law Journal

q

Intellectual Property


¢

Mental Health Law

Immigration Law

q

International Business Transactions

¢

Products Liability

Juvenile Law

Law & Economics


¢

Public Health Law

National Security Law

q Mass

¢

Workers Compensation

State Constitutional Law

¢ q Mediation

Conflict of Laws

¢ 

White Collar Crimes

q

Sports Law

Education Law

q

Trademark Law

Environmental Law

¢

Administrative Law


Estate & Gift Taxation

¢

Belmont Health Law Journal


Family Law


¢

Biomedical Ethics

Federal Courts


¢

Disability Law

First Amendment

¢

Health Care Blog

Land Use

¢

Health Care Business and Finance

Law Review


¢

Health Care Fraud and Abuse Regulation

Local Government Law


¢

Health Law


Remedies

¢

Insurance Law


Sales

 W  rongful

Convictions: Reasons & Remedies


q

Belmont Entertainment Law Journal

q

Copyright Law

q

Cyber Law

q

Debtor-Creditor Law

¢ q

Employment Discrimination

q

Employment Law

q

Entertainment Law

q

Federal Income Taxation


q

Franchising Law

q

Media Law


Separation of Powers

Key 

Criminal Law Certificate & Music Business Law Certificate Health Law Certificate

q Entertainment ¢

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CERTIFICATES Criminal Law Professor Lucian Dervan, Director of Criminal Justice Studies Requirement One: Students must earn 3.0 cumulative GPA in: 1. Criminal Law 2. Criminal Constitutional Law 3. Evidence Requirement Two: Students must successfully complete: 1. Criminal Procedure 2. Trial Advocacy 3. Sentencing Law or Wrongful Convictions: Reasons and Remedies

Requirement Three: Students must successfully complete at least eight additional credit hours of Criminal Law electives. Qualifying electives will be announced prior to registration each semester. Requirement Four: Students must complete an upper-level rigorous writing requirement on a criminal law topic in connection with one of the courses listed in requirement two or requirement three, or a note on a criminal law topic written for a Belmont University College of Law approved journal. Students may alternatively complete the writing requirement through another course, not listed above, if the topic is approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Entertainment & Music Business Law Professor Loren Mulraine, Director of Music and Entertainment Law Studies Requirement One: Students must earn 3.0 cumulative GPA in: 1. Contracts and Sales 2. Business Associations 3. Intellectual Property, Copyright Law or Trademark Law Requirement Two: Students must successfully complete: 1. Entertainment Law 2. Entertainment Law Practicum 3. Intellectual Property, Copyright Law or Trademark Law

Requirement Three: Students must successfully complete at least eight additional credit hours of Entertainment and Music Business Law electives. Qualifying electives will be announced prior to registration each semester. Requirement Four: Students must successfully complete an upper-level rigorous writing requirement, or a note on an entertainment and music business law topic written for a Belmont University College of Law approved journal.

Health Law Professor Deborah Farringer, Director of Health Law Studies Requirement One: Students must earn 3.0 cumulative GPA in: 1. Contracts and Sales 2. Torts 3. Business Associations Requirement Two: Students must successfully complete: 1. Health Law 2. Health Law Practicum 3. Health Care Business and Finance, or Health Care Fraud and Abuse Regulation

Requirement Three: Students must successfully complete at least eight additional credit hours of Health Law electives. Qualifying electives will be announced prior to registration each semester. Requirement Four: Students must complete an upper-level rigorous writing requirement on a health law topic in connection with one of the courses listed in requirement two or requirement three, or a note on a health law topic written for a Belmont University College of Law approved journal. Students may alternatively complete the writing requirement through another course, not listed above, if the topic is approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

JD/MBA The JD/MBA is a dual degree program offered cooperatively by Belmont University College of Law and The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business. Graduates of the program are prepared for roles as practitioners, executives, managers and entrepreneurs in the legal and business industries.

With Belmont’s JD/MBA, students can: 1. Complete all the requirements for both degrees within three years. 2. Complete both degrees at a significant tuition savings. 3. Benefit from Belmont’s signature personal interaction with experienced, premier faculty in both programs. For more information, visit: belmont.edu/law/academics/jd-mba

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Professor Deborah Farringer

Professor Loren Mulraine

John Gonas, Associate Professor of Finance, teaches in the trading room of the Jack C. Massey School of Business

Professor Lucian Dervan


STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS & JOURNALS Belmont Law Review The Law Review publishes an annual journal, consisting of articles written by attorneys, professors and scholars, and notes written by Law Review members.

Health Law Journal Criminal Law Journal Board of Advocates Students have the opportunity to practice trial advocacy, appellate advocacy and arbitration. • Mock Trial (AAJ) • Moot Court (NAAC) • Transactional Team (Health Law)

American Constitution Society Black Law Student Association Christian Legal Society Criminal Law Society Entertainment Law Society Family Law Society Federalist Society Health Law Student Association Law & Entrepreneurship Society Legal Aid Society Student Bar Association Women’s Law Student Organization

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito speaks at a Belmont Law Commencement

OUR MISSION The mission of Belmont University College of Law is to prepare qualified students with an excellent understanding of the law that will equip them to become professional counselors, advocates and judges; researchers, teachers and philosophers of the law; entrepreneurs; and engaged citizens. Belmont University College of Law is committed to the Christian tradition. We believe that instilling the highest standards of personal and professional conduct is our ethical and communal responsibility. We seek to ensure that the knowledge and values that we transmit to our students serve the ends of justice.

Congressman Jim Cooper speaks at a Belmont Law Symposium


TUITION & FEES – ACADEMIC YEAR 2019–2020

Cost of Attendance Academic Year 2019–2020 Books & Supplies

$3,000

Loan Origination Fee

$1,100

Personal Expenses

$2,645

Rent/Housing

$15,900

Tuition & Fees

$46,220

Transportation

$3,590

Total Budget

Military Benefits Belmont University College of Law is committed to extend Yellow Ribbon Program and Post-9/11 GI-Bill funds to qualified veterans. View the complete listing at belmont.edu/veterans

Merit Scholarships The College of Law offers merit-based scholarships to qualified entering students. Every admitted applicant is automatically under scholarship consideration; there is no separate application process. Cumulative undergraduate GPA and LSAT score are the criteria used in the evaluation process.

$72,455

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BELMONT LAW STUDENTS HAVE RECEIVED VETERAN BENEFITS* *Fall 2015–Spring 2019

49%

STUDENTS RECEIVING SCHOLARSHIPS† †Median merit scholarship of $32,572 for 2018–2019 academic year


CONTACT OUR ADMISSIONS TEAM

An applicant to Belmont College of Law must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution and a satisfactory undergraduate record. A prospective student may apply and be admitted while undergraduate studies are in progress, provided the bachelor’s degree is completed prior to matriculation. Furthermore, an applicant must present a satisfactory score from the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). For information regarding the application process and procedures, please visit our website at belmont.edu/law.

Elizabeth Stermer

Abby Ford

RECRUITING COORDINATOR

ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR

elizabeth.stermer@belmont.edu

abby.ford@belmont.edu

Mallory Blake

Andy Matthews

ADMISSIONS ADVISOR & PROGRAM ASSISTANT

ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR STUDENT SERVICES

mallory.blake@belmont.edu

andy.matthews@belmont.edu

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