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Frequently Asked Questions

Curriculum and Programs

What degrees are offered at Belmont University College of Law?
Answer:  We offer a Juris Doctor degree.

How many credit hours does a law student need to complete the Juris Doctor?
Answer:  A law student must complete 88 credit hours to earn the Juris Doctor.  Included in this total hour requirement is a rigorous writing component that is completed during the second or third academic year.  It takes three academic years to complete the Juris Doctor degree.

Does Belmont Law offer any specialty or certificate programs?
Answer:  We offer three certificate programs in Criminal Law, Entertainment and Music Business Law, and Health Law.

Does Belmont Law offer online courses?
Answer:  The College of Law offers courses in traditional classroom settings.  No online courses are offered at this time.

Does Belmont Law offer summer courses?
Answer: The College of Law does not offer summer courses.  We encourage students to find employment in the legal profession during this period of time.  During the summer, there are many opportunities for students to make professional contacts in the legal community and gain valuable work experience.

Does Belmont Law offer a part-time evening program?
Answer:  We offer a full-time program of study.  There are no plans to implement a part-time evening program.

When do I begin my law study at Belmont?
Answer:  First-year law students matriculate in August.  There is no spring or summer enrollment for first-year law students.

What are the qualifications for admission to the Bar? 
Answer: In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. The governing body in Tennesee is the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners.

Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The National Conference of Bar Examiners also has helpful information regarding the Uniform Bar Examination.

Admissions and Financial Aid

When is the application deadline?
Answer:  June 30, 2020.  The application for those wishing to matriculate in Fall 2020 will open on September 1, 2019.

What is the application fee?
Answer:  $50. 

What are the basic requirements for applicants to Belmont University College of Law?
Answer:  A bachelor’s degree earned prior to the beginning of the first law school semester from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and a valid LSAT score. Furthermore, an applicant must register with the Law School Admission Council’s Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and submit a personal statement. Letters of recommendation are welcome but not required.

If I have taken the LSAT more than once, will Belmont Law use the highest score?
Answer: If taken multiple times, the College of Law will consider all scores present on the CAS report, but will not average the scores. 

What is a competitive LSAT score at Belmont Law?
Answer:  The median LSAT for the Fall 2019 entering class was 156 and the median undergraduate GPA was 3.63. Detailed enrollment statistics can be found on our ABA Required Disclosures web page.

Can AAE students apply Early Decision?
Answer: No, AAE students cannot apply via the Early Decision process; Early Decision applicants must supply an LSAT score, and AAE applicants must not have taken the LSAT.

Can 3+3 students apply Early Decision?
Answer: No, 3+3 students may not apply through the Early Decision process. The 3+3 application is available 1/1/20 through 3/1/20.

Do AAE applicants need an LSAT score?
Answer: No. The AAE application process stipulates that AAE applicants must not have taken the LSAT.

Do 3+3 applicants need an LSAT score?
Answer: If a 3+3 applicant does not meet the AAE requirements, then yes, applicants applying via the 3+3 application, which is available 1/1/20 through 3/1/20, need to supply an LSAT score in order for their application to be complete.

What is the tuition amount for entering law students?
Answer:Tuition for the 2019-20 academic year is $45,140.  The total cost of attendance is $72,455 - this amount includes tuition and fees, rent/housing, transportation costs, books and supplies, and personal expenses. Please note the total cost of attendance is a maximum figure and is set by the University each year.  It represents the amount a student is eligible to borrow in Federal educational loans. Furthermore, the cost of attendance varies from student to student depending on personal needs. A breakdown of the cost of attendance can be found on our ABA Required Disclosures page.

What scholarships are available to law students?
Answer: We offer merit-based Bruin scholarships to qualified entering students and awards range from 25% to 100% tuition remission. Every admitted applicant is automatically under merit scholarship consideration and there is no scholarship application process. The cumulative undergraduate GPA and LSAT score are the criteria used in the evaluation process.

What scholarships are AAE applicants eligible for?
Answer: Students admitted through the AAE process may be eligible for the Bell Tower Scholars Program. The Bell Tower Scholars Program is a merit-based, half tuition remission scholarship.

What scholarships are 3+3 applicants eligible for?
Answer: Students admitted to Belmont Law through the 3+3 application are eligible for merit-based scholarships.

What scholarships are Early Decision applicants eligible for?
Answer: Admitted Early Decision candidates may be eligible for the Dean’s Scholars Program. They are also eligible for merit-based Bruin scholarships.

What financial aid (grants, loans, veteran’s benefits) are available to law students?
Answer: Pell grants are not available to law students; however, law students may apply for Federal Loans (Direct and Direct PLUS). A maximum of $20,500 is available in Direct loans, and students may fund the remaining cost of attendance with Direct PLUS loans.

Qualifying veterans may be eligible for the GI Bill or the Yellow Ribbon Program.