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The Nashville School of Law is an independent, night law school specializing in legal education for non-traditional and part-time students. The student body includes teachers, police officers, paralegals, insurance agents, doctors, business owners, factory workers, real estate agents, and other professionals. The school's faculty members are practicing lawyers and judges, including retired Justice Adolpho Birch and current Justice William C. Koch, Jr. of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Adolpho A. Birch, Jr. ... The Tennessee Supreme Court is the highest appellate court of the State of Tennessee. ...


The school is located in a 33,000 square foot building at 4013 Armory Oaks Drive, just south of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Classes are held each evening Monday to Thursday and on Saturday morning. Students admitted for the Fall term typically attend on Monday and Thursday nights, while students admitted for the Spring term attend on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Students must attend at least two sessions each week in order to complete the course of study in four years. All students must complete 48 credit hours with a GPA of at least 2.25 to graduate. The top ten percent of each graduating class is inducted into Cooper's Inn, the school honor society, and recognized at graduation. The student who graduates at the top of the class is awarded the Founder's Award and receives a set of the Tennessee Code Annotated. For other cities named Nashville, see Nashville (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ...

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History

In the fall of 1911, Morton B. Adams, William P. Cooper, Lee Douglas, and Robert Selph Henry, then recent graduates of Vanderbilt University Law School, opened night law classes at the Y.M.C.A. for the benefit of those unable to attend law classes during the day. The law school has been in continual operation since that time. It was incorporated under the laws of the State of Tennessee in January 19, 1927. Since that date, the law school has conferred the Juris Doctor or Doctor of Jurisprudence degree on over 2,970 graduates. Until November, 1986, the school operated as the Nashville Y.M.C.A. Night Law School, leasing its classroom space from the Downtown Y.M.C.A. On November 24, 1986, the school officially changed its name to Nashville School of Law. In 1990 the school moved to 2934 Sidco Drive, and in Fall 2005 the school moved into its new state of the art facility at 4013 Armory Oaks Drive. The Vanderbilt University Law School (VULS) is the law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Alternate meaning: YMCA (song) The YMCA (or Young Mens Christian Association) is an ecumenical Christian organization seeking to provide support for young people and their activities. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... “J.D.” redirects here. ...


The late James Gilbert Lackey, Jr. (1915-1987) served as Dean of the Law School and instructor in Contracts from 1946-1986. Upon his retirement, the faculty elected Honorable Joe C. Loser, Jr., Dean of the school. Judge Loser then retired from the Third Circuit Court of Davidson County, Tennessee after twenty years on the bench to become the fourth Dean in the school's history, accepting the duties and responsibilities of such office on August 23, 1986. Davidson County is the name of several counties in the United States: Davidson County, North Carolina Davidson County, Tennessee This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ...


Several members of the Tennessee judiciary received their legal training at the school. Notable examples who also serve at the school include Judge Loser, the current Dean; Judge Steve R. Dozier, who recently presided over the nationally televised Perry March murder trial;[1][2] and Judge Frank G. Clement, Jr., a member of Nashville School of Law's Board of Trustees who also serves on the Tennessee Court of Appeals.[3]


Admissions

Nashville School of Law enters two terms each year, in February and August, and operates on a "rolling admissions" basis, which means applications are processed at the time they are received. Applicants must have received, or will receive prior to matriculation, a Bachelor's Degree from a college or university on the approved list of the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges, or the equivalent regional accrediting association.


The admissions process includes an admissions index computed as follows: Multiply the applicant's cumulative GPA--as determined by LSDAS[4]--by ten, then add 80% of the applicant's LSAT score. Applicants with an index score below 140 are not accepted. The applicant must also submit three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from someone in the legal field, and should describe any extracurricular activities during their undergraduate career or business accomplishments since college graduation. Applicants must also include an explanation of any prior arrests and/or any disciplinary action received from an educational institution. Nashville School of Law maintains a strict anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policy, and provides assistance for disabled students. The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a standardized test used for admission to law schools in the United States of America and Canada that are members of the Law School Admissions Council. ...


In 2006-2007, NSL received 430 applicants. For the Fall 2006 term, 90 were enrolled for their first year class, the Median LSAT was 148, the Median GPA was 3.28, 5% of the applicants were minorities, 48% of the applicants were women, and 40 undergraduate schools were represented. For the Spring 2007 term, 86 were enrolled in the first year class, the Median LSAT was 146, the Median GPA was 3.15, 13% of the applicants were minorities, 45% were women, and 42 undergraduate schools were represented. The total enrollment for the year was 640 students.[5] The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a standardized test used for admission to law schools in the United States of America and Canada that are members of the Law School Admissions Council. ... The Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) is a standardized test used for admission to law schools in the United States of America and Canada that are members of the Law School Admissions Council. ...


Tuition and financial aid

Nashville School of Law's tuition is among the lowest of private law schools in the United States. For the 2007-2008 school year the tuition is $388.00 per credit hour. For the first year student taking the required 12 hours, this amounts to $4,656.00. Students may pay their tuition in full at registration for a 5% discount, or in monthly installments with no interest or additional charges. Also included in annual expenses is a $60.00 registration fee, a $60.00 Westlaw fee, and all other books and materials. As a private institution, NSL students are not eligible for government loans, although low interest loans are often available through banks, as well as a limited number of partial and full scholarships for second, third, and fourth year students, based on need and scholarship. Students seeking VA assistance must be enrolled 18 clock hours per week to be considered full time. No on-campus living facilities are available. The examples and perspective in this article do not represent a worldwide view. ... The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a government-run military veteran benefit system with Cabinet-level status. ...


Academics

The law school provides a broad curriculum that challenges and develops students' analytical, communication and lawyering skills. The 48 credit hours required for the J.D. degree requires four years to complete, and several of the courses are designed to focus on practice in Tennessee. First Year students are required to take classes in Contracts and Sales, Introduction to Law and Legal Writing, Torts, Crimes, Constitutional Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure. Second Year students are required to take Evidence, Civil Procedure, Restitution and Remedies, and Property. Third and Fourth Year students take Wills, Estate Planning, Business Associations, Taxation, Advanced Legal Writing, Third and Fourth Year Moot Court, Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions, Constitutional Law, Conflicts of Law, Mortgages, and Domestic Relations. For 2006-2007 entering first year students, five elective credits, which vary from year to year, must be earned to complete the degree requirements.


The Nashville School of Law Library consists of 15,727 hard copy volumes and 2,171 volumes on CD ROM. All students have access to Westlaw research in the library at the computer lab, from any location in the facility through a wireless-enabled laptop, and from any other location with Internet access.


Nashville School of Law also sponsors mock trial tournament teams which participate in national moot court trial competitions. Students can also participate in the NSL Student Chapter of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), which meets on a regular basis. The American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) is the leading organization for lawyers representing plaintiffs in the United States. ...


Criticisms of the School

Most criticisms of the school center around its non-accredited status. The average bar passage rate for graduates of NSL lags behind that of accredited Tennessee schools (58% vs. 80% in 2006),[6] and several of the larger firms in Nashville refuse to hire students from unaccredited schools like NSL.[7] These unaccredited schools typically accept non-traditional students whose grades and/or LSAT score are too low to enter an accredited school.[7] The median LSAT score of the 2006 entering class was barely in the 30th percentile of the national average.[8]


In the employment context, very few of NSL's students go on to jobs with law firms within the state. It is also widely suspected that NSL's self-reported employment statistics are inflated and grossly misleading. For example, NSL statistics include graduates who are currently working as paralegals, runners, and support staff as "employed in the legal field". The bulk of NSL students who eventually pass the bar go on to work in lower paying government jobs or as divorce, bankruptcy, or personal injury sole practitioners. [citation needed]


According to independent journalist C. D. "Sonny Boy" Norman, "Because they cannot practice outside Tennessee, and because private law firms have no desire to take on under-qualified attorneys, the Nashville School of Law's graduates invariably enter public service."[9]


Certain of these criticisms may be applicable to any law school that is not similarly recognized by the American Bar Association. For instance, students attending most unaccredited schools may face certain disabilities which may prevent the transfer of course credits to other law schools.[10] In addition, while some states recognize unaccredited schools such as Nashville School of Law under specific and exacting conditions,[11] it is often the requirement in many jurisdictions, including Tennessee, that law students graduate from an ABA-accredited school in order to sit for that state's bar exam, and also to be admitted to the bar of another state upon motion.[12] American Bar Associations Washington, DC office The American Bar Association (ABA) is a voluntary bar association of lawyers and law students, which is not specific to any jurisdiction in the United States. ...


Notes

  1. ^ Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Steve R. Dozier's biography page
  2. ^ Court TV. Archive of Perry March murder trial
  3. ^ Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts. Court of Appeals biography page
  4. ^ LSDAS is an acronym for the Law School Data Assembly Service, a division of the Law School Admissions Council. For more information, go to www.lsac.org/LSAC.asp?url=/lsac/lsdas-general-information.asp. To submit a LSDAS report to Nashville School of Law, use school code 1974.
  5. ^ http://www.nashvilleschooloflaw.net/NSL%20Catalog%202006-2007%20Insert.pdf
  6. ^ National Conference of Bar Examiners. Bar Admission Statistics By Jurisdiction (2006 report)
  7. ^ a b Griffith, Amy. "Law school on the cheap", Nashville City Paper, 2007-06-18. Retrieved on 2007-09-06. 
  8. ^ See LSAT Scaled Score Table
  9. ^ Norman, C. D. "Herald-Citizen should have asked the ABA about the Nashville School of Law, not Bill Gibson", The Putnam Pit. Retrieved on 2007-06-21. 
  10. ^ See, e.g., Wayne State University Law School, (Transfer Applicants), as a typical example.
  11. ^ In Tennessee, acceptance of schools not accredited by the ABA are governed under Supreme Court Rule 7, and more particularly, section 2.03.
  12. ^ National Conference of Bar Examiners. Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements

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External links

  • Nashville School of Law Homepage
  • Nightlaw.com (an independent forum for Nashville School of Law students)
  • Interview with Dean Loser in the Nashville City Paper

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