TaxProf Blog has ranked the Belmont University College of Law as the No. 5 private law school in the mid-South trailing Duke, Vanderbilt, Emory and Wake Forest universities.
“We are very proud of the progress we’ve made in our first three years. We could not have accomplished so much without a first-rate faculty, staff and student body,” said College of Law Dean and Professor Jeffrey S. Kinsler.
In its overall ranking of the 202 American Bar Association-accredited law schools by student selectivity weighted by LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs using the U.S. News methodology, Belmont placed in the top half of the list at No. 95. At that level, Belmont is ranked higher than every new private law school to open in the country in the past 35 years.
Since enrolling its charter class in 2011, Belmont’s College of Law is the first law school in Nashville to be accredited by the ABA since 1925. Its inaugural commencement is scheduled for May 10, 2014 for approximately 120 graduates from the three-year program; the commencement speaker will be U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. The College of Law provides a natural extension of the University’s mission and vision, which emphasize challenging academics, a service-minded approach, real-world experience and community leadership. The College of Law is housed in the Randall and Sadie Baskin Center, which is Gold LEED-certified and and includes a state-of-the-art Law Library. It is integrated into Belmont’s main campus and offers specialties in areas that complement the university’s nationally-known undergraduate program offerings, including healthcare and entertainment/music business.