Program’s string of successes include strong bar passage, career placement rates
Belmont Law was granted full approval by the American Bar Association (ABA) on Saturday, June 4. The College of Law, which enrolled its first cohort in Fall 2011, achieved full accreditation in the earliest possible timeframe and represents the first fully accredited law school in Tennessee in more than 50 years. Achieving full accreditation comes after the College of Law produced the highest bar passage rate in Tennessee in 2015, and the school continues to garner strong employment rates for its graduates.
Moreover, the law school has attracted locally and nationally recognized faculty who are experts in their field. Belmont Law is led by Dean Alberto Gonzales, the former U.S. attorney general and a frequent national media expert on constitutional law and politics. He said, “Receiving word from the ABA that we have now achieved full accreditation signifies reaching another important benchmark in this program’s brief but impressive history. I am proud of our faculty, staff and students. We have built a first-class law school with a focus on practical skills and the ethics and professionalism expected of all lawyers. I am honored to have a role in the development of the next generation of leaders.”
With more than 500 applications for admission this coming year, Belmont Law will welcome another excellent and diverse class of first-year students in Fall 2016.
Travis Brown, a 2015 Belmont Law graduate currently working at the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, said, “Belmont Law not only equipped me to sit for the bar exam, but instilled in me the values that the public is looking for in attorneys.”
A few other highlights for Belmont Law include:
- Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito speaks at charter commencement
- National Health Law Moot Court Team brings home national championship
- Belmont Law’s Sara Page receives “Law Student Volunteer of the Year” award from Tennessee Bar Association and “Outstanding Law Student” from the National Association of Women Lawyers
- Law building, Baskin Center, awarded LEED Gold certification