Belmont University College of Law, located in the booming city of Nashville, TN, prepares qualified students with an excellent understanding of the law to equip them to become professional counselors, advocates, and judges ; researchers, teachers, and philosophers of the law ; entrepreneurs ; and engaged citizens. Belmont University is a student-centered, Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage, and faith.

Practice-Ready Alumni

Belmont Law alums are making a national impact as members of the bar in Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. Impressively, Belmont Law graduates from 2015 and 2016 boast a first-time bar pass rate of 91%. For bar pass rate, Belmont Law ranks in the top 8% nationally. Furthermore, Belmont Law Class of 2016 boasts an unprecedented 94% employment rate.

Practical Curriculum

The College of Law curriculum focuses on creating practice-ready attorneys by integrating legal analysis, practical legal skills, and professionalism. A unique aspect of the College of Law's curriculum is the practicum requirement in each semester, which helps students become proficient in the “practice” of law. Students receive instruction in all aspects of the practice of law, such as legal writing, legal research, client interviewing and counseling, litigation, negotiation, and other specialized areas. In addition to the required practicum courses, Belmont Law's curriculum emphasizes bar readiness by requiring students to appropriately balance required courses with electives in addition to the required Bar Refresher course taken during their final semester. As an optional part of the curriculum, Belmont College of Law offers three certificate programs in Criminal Law, Entertainment and Music Business Law, and Health Law, for our students to choose to pursue during their law school careers. These programs touch on a few of the top industries in the Nashville area, as well as the expertise of our faculty.

Practical Opportunities

At Belmont Law, students have numerous ways outside of the classroom to gain practical experience whether it's through Field Placements, Board of Advocates, or pro-bono work. Field Placements not only provide on-site training, but, by being external, they allow students to further build their professional network. Through the Board of Advocates program, which includes, mock trial, moot court and transactional teams, students can hone their oral and written advocacy skills while competing on the national level. Public service is at the heart of Belmont Law and through numerous partnerships, Belmont Law students give back to the community while also sharpening their legal skills.

Industry Experienced Faculty

The College of Law boasts an impressive faculty. They have served as state supreme court justices, practiced in large law firms in major US cities, represented music and health care industry clients, and prosecuted high-profile criminal cases. Additionally, Dean Alberto R. Gonzales, who teaches each semester, served as the 80th Attorney General of the United States of America and Counsel to the President of the United States. In addition to their astounding practice and judicial experience, Belmont Law faculty are excellent classroom teachers and impressive scholars who provide personalized attention to law students with an open-door policy.

Professional Development

At the College of Law, preparing for a career in law begins as soon as a student matriculates. The Office of Career and Professional Development is resolute about connecting with first-year students. With its personalized approach, we provide one-on-one counseling to assess a student's individual goals and priorities and determine how to emphasize their skills and accomplishments to potential employers. The office provides workshops and events covering interviewing, networking, and professionalism. Further each entering student is assigned an attorney mentor who is an experienced practitioner or judge in the Nashville legal community. Attorney mentors introduce students to their areas of practice and help students begin the transition from student to professional.

Belmont University College of Law
Nashville, TN