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Nashville School of Law

The Nashville School of Law, (formerly known as the "Nashville Y.M.C.A. Night Law School"), is a private, night law school specializing in legal education for non-traditional, part-time, working professionals and others seeking a legal education. The student body has included business owners, doctors, dentists, business sales professionals, real estate agents, insurance agents, teachers, police officers, paralegals, and other professionals. The school's faculty members are some prominent practicing lawyers and judges from across the state of Tennessee; including retired Justice Adolpho Birch, and current Justice William C. Koch, Jr. of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The school is located in a 33,000-square-foot (3,100 m2) 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.

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Faculty

They have degrees from Vanderbilt, Harvard, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Emory, Tennessee, Howard, Memphis, North Carolina, St. Mary's, Duke, Samford, Tulane, Georgetown, as well as the NSL. Faculty members have extensive legal experience in private practice and public service. A number of faculty members have achieved national and international prominence in such areas as litigation, entertainment law, evidence, real estate, mediation and arbitration, criminal law, social security law, medical malpractice, products liability, employment and labor law, contracts, taxation, immigration and environmental law.

Because Nashville is the center of the state's legal community and the seat of state and local governments, many members of the faculty are judges from various courts, including the Tennessee Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, federal district court, and county courts.

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 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.

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

The Nashville School of Law

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.

In 2006-2007, NSL received 430 applicants. For the Fall 2006 term, 90 were enrolled for their first year class, the Median LSAT was 152, 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 148, 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 average bar passage rate for NSL students graduating between 1996 and 2006 is 90%.[6] This average passage rate is a few percentage points higher than the six year average of the other Tennessee law schools.[7]

Tuition and financial aid

Nashville School of Law's tuition is among the lowest of private law schools in the United States. For the 2008-2009 school year the tuition is $400.00 per credit hour. For the first year student taking the required 12 hours, this amounts to $4,800.00. 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.

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 Ethics and Professionalism, Wills, Estate Planning, Business Associations, Advanced Legal Writing, Third and Fourth Year Moot Court, Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions, Constitutional Law, Conflicts of Law, Mortgages, and Domestic Relations. For 2008-2009 entering first year students, seven 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 LexisNexis and Westlaw research services 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.

Accreditation

Nashville School of Law is approved by the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners and graduates may take the bar examination and practice law in the State of Tennessee; in order to continue to fulfill its mission of providing an accredited high quality legal education, Nashville School of Law maintains its value with affordable tuition. The School is not, however, accredited by the American Bar Association. This limits the ability of graduates to practice law in states other than Tennessee.

Admissions Policy

In recent years the number of applicants for admission to the School has far exceeded the accommodations available, thus causing the School to limit its first year enrollment.

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 undergraduate GPA will be considered along with the LSAT score. The admissions process includes an admissions index computed as follows by LSDAS: multiply the applicant's cumulative GPA, as determined by LSDAS, times ten plus 80% of the applicant's LSAT score. Applicants with an index score below 140 are not accepted.

Applicants must register with the LSDAS service, as well as take the LSAT. Each applicant should describe any extracurricular activities of the applicant during his/her undergraduate college career and any business accomplishments since college graduation.

The applicant must submit three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from someone in the legal field. The letters of recommendation may be sent to LSDAS or directly to the NSL Admissions Committee.

The Nashville School of Law Instructor Listing

L. Mabel Arroyo - Instructor in Immigration Law

She is a graduate of Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1991. Ms. Arroyo has been with the school since 2005.

John M. Baird - Instructor in Property

He is a graduate of Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at the University of Memphis and was admitted to the bar in 1977. Mr. Baird has been with the school since 2005

C. Dewees Berry, IV - Instructor in Property and Advanced Property

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1976. Mr. Berry has been with the school since 1998.

Honorable Joe B. Brown - Instructor in Federal Crimes

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1965. He is currently a United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Tennessee. Mr. Brown has been with the school since 1999.

Jack A. Butler - Instructor, Fourth Year Moot Court and Civil Litigation Skills and Values Protection

He is a graduate of this School and was admitted to the bar in 1962. Mr. Butler has been with the school since 1978.

Donald Capparella - Instructor in Introduction to Law and Legal Writing.

He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1985. Mr. Capparella has been with the school since 2005.

Thomas I. Carlton - Instructor, Third Year Moot Court

He is a graduate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 1965. Mr. Carlton has been with the school since 1978.

Laura L. Chastain - Instructor in Ethics and Professionalism

She is a graduate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 1986. She is presently Deputy Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Ms. Chastain has been with the school since 2003.

Honorable Robert E. Corlew, III - Instructor in Negotiable Instruments, Secured Transactions, and Restitution and Remedies

He is a graduate of St. Mary's University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1978. He is currently Chancellor for the Sixteenth Judicial District. Chancellor Corlew has been with the school since 1999.

Nancy Krider Corley - Instructor in Workers' Compensation

She is a graduate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 1970. Ms. Corley has been with the school since 1985.

Jim G. Creecy - Instructor in State and Local Taxation and Accounting for Lawyers

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1974. He is presently the Associate Chief Deputy Attorney General of the State of Tennessee. Mr. Creecy has been with the school since 1976.

Honorable J. S. 'Steve' Daniel - Instructor in Conflicts of Law

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1971. He is currently Judge of the Circuit Court for the Sixteenth Judicial District of Tennessee. Judge Daniel has been with the school since 1996.

Marshall L. Davidson, III - Instructor in Torts, Advanced Torts and Introduction to Law

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1989. Mr. Davidson has been with the school since 1992.

Honorable R.E. Lee Davies - Instructor in Domestic Relations

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1982. He is currently Circuit Court Judge for the Twenty-First Judicial District. Judge Davies has been with the school since 2005.

George Dean - Instructor in Land Use Planning

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1979. Mr. Dean has been with the school since 1987.

K. Harlan Dodson, III - Instructor in Estate Planning and Administration of Decedents' Estates

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1969. Mr. Dodson has been with the school since 1975.

Honorable Steve R. Dozier - Instructor in Evidence

He is a graduate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 1984. He is currently Judge of the Criminal Court, Division I, for the Twentieth Judicial District of Tennessee. Judge Dozier has been with the school since 2001.

Laura Dykes - Instructor in Crimes, Constitutional Criminal Law, and Criminal Procedure

She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1986. Ms. Dykes has been with the school since 2003.

Kathryn Reed Edge - Instructor in Banking Law

She is a graduate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 1983. Ms. Edge has been with the school since 1993.

Honorable Daniel B. Eisenstein - Instructor in Mental Health Law

He is a graduate of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1977. He is currently a judge in the General Sessions Court, Division 2. Judge Eisenstein has been with the school since 2005.

Mark T. Fraley - Instructor in Social Security Disability Law and Practice

He is a graduate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 1983. Mr. Fraley has been with the school since 1996.

Charles K. Grant - Instructor in Civil Procedure

He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1991. Mr. Grant has been with the school since 2005.

William I. Harbison - Instructor in Contracts and Sales

He is a graduate of Harvard University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1980. Mr. Harbison has been with the school since 2005.

Kal W. Helou - Instructor in Negotiating and Counseling

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1990. Mr. Helou has been with the school since 1993.

Amy Hennemann - Instructor in Advanced Legal Writing

She is a graduate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 1999. Ms. Hennemann has been with the school since 2002.

Henry E. Hildebrand, III - Instructor in Bankruptcy Practice and Procedure

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1976. Mr. Hildebrand has been with the school since 2001.

Trevor W. Howell - Instructor in Employment and Labor Law

He is a graduate of Cumberland School of Law of Samford University and was admitted to the bar in 1981. Mr. Howell has been with the school since 1988.

David L. Hudson, Jr. - Instructor in Introduction To Law, Advanced Legal Writing and First Amendment Law

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1994. Mr. Hudson has been with the school since 2005.

Honorable David Randall Kennedy, Sr. - Instructor in Wills

He is a grauate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 1977. He is currently Judge for the Twentieth Judicial District, Division 7. Judge Kennedy has been with the school since 2005.

John D. Kitch - Instructor in Law Office Management

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1976. Mr. Kitch has been with the school since 1999.

Justice William C. Koch, Jr. - Instructor in Constitutional Law

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School with an LL.M. degree from the University of Virginia and was admitted to the bar in 1972. He is presently justice of the Supreme Court of Tennessee. Judge Koch has been with the school since 1996.

Carlton M. Lewis - Instructor in Juvenile Practice and Procedure

He is a graduate of this School and was admitted to the bar in 1986. He is currently Administrative Judge/Referee for the Davidson County Juvenile Court. Judge Lewis has been with the school since 2002.

John Lewis - Instructor in Contracts

He is a graduate of Georgetown University and was admitted to the bar in 1972. He is a former interim judge of the Second Circuit Court for the Twentieth Judicial District of Tennessee. Mr. Lewis has been with the school since 1986.

William L. Penny - Instructor in Environmental Law

He is a graduate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 1981. Mr. Penny has been with the school since 1998.

Kimberley L. Reed-Bracey - Instructor in Business Associations

She is a graduate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 2000. Ms. Reed-Bracey has been with the school since 2007.

Anne L. Russell - Instructor in Wills

She is a graduate of NSL and was admitted to the bar in 1984. Ms. Russell has been with the school since 1995.

Honorable Jerry L. Smith - Instructor in Crimes

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1978. He is currently Judge on the Criminal Court of Appeals of the State of Tennessee. Judge Smith has been with the school since 2002.

M. Clark Spoden - Instructor in Restitution & Remedies

He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1980. Mr. Spoden has been with the school since 2003.

Robert L. Sullivan - Instructor in Entertainment Law

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1977. Mr. Sullivan has been with the schoo since 2004.

Honorable Matthew J. Sweeney - Instructor in Civil Procedure

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1976. Mr. Sweeney has been with the school since 2003.

David J. Tarpley - Instructor in Consumer Protection Law

He is graduate of Vanderbilt University and was admitted to the bar in 1971. He has been with the school since 2007.

Wesley D. Turner - Instructor in Mortgages and Advanced Property

He is a graduate of Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law at University of Memphis and was admitted to the bar in 1978. Mr. Turner has been with the school since 2001.

Mark H. Westlake - Instructor in Tennessee and Federal Taxation of Lifetime Gifts and Transfers at Death, Introduction to Federal Income Taxation of Individuals and Introduction to Tennessee and Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities and Trusts

He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School and was admitted to the Ohio bar in 1977 and the Tennessee bar in 1978. Mr. Westlake has been with the school since 1984.

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, see About the LSDAS (LSAC). 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. ^ Nashville School of Law - About the School
  7. ^ Average Raw Data Law School Rankings : State (Ascending)

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