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Alternative Academic Evaluation for Belmont Undergraduates 

Belmont University College of Law implements an Alternative Academic Evaluation (“AAE”) for Belmont undergraduates applying for admission to the College of Law. The AAE is based on American Bar Association Standard 503 and Interpretation 503-3 whereby a law school is permitted to admit applicants from its home institution without the LSAT. Specifically, Belmont undergraduates seeking admission through the AAE must have scored at or above the 85th percentile on the ACT or SAT; must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above through six semesters of academic work; and must not have taken the LSAT. 

Standard 503 and Interpretation 503-3 prohibit the College of Law from admitting more than 10% of an entering class without requiring the LSAT. Therefore, once the College of Law has determined it has reached this limit during each application cycle, the AAE process will close. 

Students admitted through the AAE process may be eligible for the Bell Tower Scholars Program.

If an AAE applicant takes the LSAT post-admission, then the offer of admission is automatically rescinded and the applicant is reevaluated using the LSAT. 

Bell Tower Scholars Program

The Bell Tower Scholars Program is a merit-based, half tuition remission scholarship program for a select number of qualified applicants who have been admitted through the AAE process. Bell Tower Scholars receive the half tuition remission award for all three years of enrollment, provided they remain in good standing with the College of Law.  Determining factors of merit include cumulative undergraduate GPA and course of study or major. Ancillary factors impacting merit include public service, employment while completing undergraduate degree, and significant personal hardships.

To be eligible, a prospective Bell Tower Scholar must apply, include a letter of interest in the Bell Tower Scholars Program with their online application, and be admitted through the AAE application process

3 + 3 Applicants

A 3+3 applicant to Belmont Law must be enrolled in the 3+3 program at Belmont University and posses a satisfactory undergraduate record. The two principal factors are the applicant’s cumulative GPA in their first five semesters of undergraduate coursework and LSAT score. Other factors that may be considered include: activities in school and professional organizations; community service, and employment experiences.

An applicant must present a satisfactory score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). If taken multiple times, the College of Law will consider all scores present on the CAS report, but will not average the scores. Belmont 3+3 students with a competitive GPA and LSAT score may submit their application after the end of their first semester junior year. Applications must be completed no later than March 1, 2020.

  • Belmont University College of Law is committed to the principle of equal opportunity for all applicants for admission without regard to race, color, veteran status, religion, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability in the administration of educational policies, admission policies or financial aid. Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of these policies to students should be directed to the Associate Dean for Student Services, 2nd floor Baskin Center, or 615.460.8400.