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Application Process

Application Checklist 

 

Regular Decision 

For Regular Decision applicants, the College of Law conducts a rolling admissions process, September 1, 2020 - June 1, 2021. All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the admission cycle. Applications will be accepted through June 1, 2021 and will be considered as long as there are still seats available in the class. 

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Early Binding Decision 

Applicants who have concluded that Belmont is their first choice for law school can select an Early Binding Decision option. The Early Binding Decision option requires candidates to complete the online application no later than December 1, 2020 and submit all additional application materials by January 15, 2021. Early Decision candidates will be notified of their admittance, denial, or deferral for further review with the Regular Decision applicants within two weeks of successfully submitting all required application materials. 
 
Early Decision candidates may apply to other law schools, but are not permitted to apply to other binding early decision programs. Admitted Early Decision candidates agree to immediately withdraw their applications at other law schools, refrain from submitting new applications, submit a non-refundable seat deposit of $500 (which will be applied to your fall semester tuition), and matriculate to Belmont University’s College of Law. 
 
Early Decision candidates who are deferred for further review to the Regular Decision cycle will no longer be bound by the terms of the Early Decision agreement. The College of Law reserves the right to provide other law schools with the names of candidates admitted through the binding Early Decision program.  

Admitted Early Decision candidates may be eligible for the Dean’s Scholars Program. 

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JD/MBA Program

JD/MBA applicants, please visit this page to learn about your application process. Please follow the instructions carefully.

 

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. 

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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. Belmont 3+3 students with a competitive GPA and LSAT score may submit their application after the end of their first semester junior year. The 3+3 Application opens November 24, 2020. Applications must be completed no later than March 1, 2021. 

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Transfer Applicants 

A student who wishes to transfer to Belmont University College of Law must be in good standing at his or her law school in order to apply as a transfer student. The student must also be in good standing at the time of transferring to the College of Law. 
 
A transfer applicant must complete the College of Law's application for admission, submit a personal statement including why you wish to transfer, and register with LSAC's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Furthermore, a transfer applicant must furnish a letter of good standing with class rank from the law school of present or previous enrollment as well as an official transcript reflecting all academic credit earned at that institution. 

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Transfer Credit 
All academic credits accepted for transfer must have been completed at an ABA-approved law school. No more than one-third of academic credits required for graduation at the College of Law shall be accepted for transfer (maximum of 29 credit hours). The College of Law shall accept transfer credit only for courses in which the grade received is equal to or higher than the grade point average required for graduation at the College of Law. 
Credit for any course required for graduation from the College of Law shall be accepted for transfer only when the course matches College of Law courses in both content and credit hours. For example, the College of Law requires all first-year students to successfully complete six credit hours in Civil Procedure I and II. A four-credit-hour Civil Procedure course from another law school would not match these credit hour requirements and would likely result in a transfer student having to take one of the College of Law’s Civil Procedure courses in order to graduate. Additionally, a transfer student may lose credit hours in the transfer process. For example, the College of Law requires all first-year students to successfully complete three credit hours in Property. A four-credit-hour Property course from another law school would satisfy the College of Law’s three-credit-hour Property course; however, credit hours are awarded toward the College of Law’s course credits, which would result in a loss of one credit hour for the Property course. 
 
All grades for which credit is transferred shall be entered as "Pass" on the student's records and shall not affect the student's cumulative grade point average. 
 
A transfer student shall receive a class rank once he or she completes one semester of study at the College of Law. A transfer student's class rank shall not displace any continuously enrolled student's class rank. 

International Applicants 

For general international student information click here. For immigration information for admitted international students, click here. 

International applicants whose native foreign language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting an official copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores. A minimum score of 550 is required (213 CBT or 80iBT).