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. In addition to the total hour requirement, a law student must complete an upper-level rigorous writing requirement 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 two certificate programs in Entertainment and Music Business Law and Health Law.
Does Belmont Law offer online courses?
Answer: Under current American Bar Association rules, a law student may earn no more than 12 semester credit hours from online courses. As a consequence, the bulk of a law student’s coursework must take place in live, in-person classes. The College of Law may offer a few online courses, but most courses are offered in traditional classroom settings.
Does Belmont Law offer summer courses?
Answer: A few elective courses may be offered during the summer; however, 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.
ADMISSIONS AND FINANCIAL AID
When is the application deadline?
Answer: July 31, 2013
What is the application fee?
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 an 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: We use the highest score. We do not average multiple scores.
What is a competitive LSAT score at Belmont Law?
Answer: The median LSAT for the fall 2012 entering class was 154 and the median undergraduate GPA was 3.3. Detailed enrollment statistics can be found on our Consumer Information web page.
What is the tuition amount for entering law students?
Answer: Tuition for the 2013-14 academic year is
$34,800. The total cost of attendance is $59,055. This amount includes tuition and fees, room and board, 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 Consumer Information web page.
What financial aid (scholarships, grants, loans, veteran’s benefits) is available to law students?
Answer: We offer merit-based scholarships to qualified entering students and awards range from 25% to 100% tuition remission. Every admitted applicant is automatically under scholarship consideration and there is no scholarship application process. The cumulative undergraduate GPA and LSAT score are the criteria used in the evaluation process. Pell grants are not available to law students; however, law students may apply for Federal Stafford Loans and Grad-PLUS loans. A maximum of $20,500 is available in Stafford loans, and students may fund the remaining cost of attendance with Grad-PLUS loans. Veterans are eligible to use the GI Bill or the Yellow Ribbon Program.
What is Belmont University College of Law’s accreditation timetable?
Answer: Click here to find out more about accreditation.