American Inn of Court

Beginning the first day of law school, Belmont law students are provided a unique mentoring and learning opportunity through participation in Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court.  The Inn is an association of federal and state judges, lawyers in private practice, corporate counsel, government lawyers, and law professors drawn from all segments of Middle Tennessee’s legal community.

Patterned after the English Inns of Court that began in 1292, an American Inn of Court is a group of judges, attorneys, professors of law, and law students who meet periodically to discuss issues of interest to the legal community.  The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills in the practice of law.  The organization dates back to 1980, when Chief Justice Warren E. Burger, former Solicitor General Rex Lee, and Senior United States District Judge A. Sherman Christiansen founded the first American Inn of Court in Salt Lake City/Provo, Utah.  The Inn was affiliated with the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University.  Today, the American Inns of Court is the fastest growing legal organization in the country.  Belmont’s affiliation with the organization demonstrates an important part of the College’s emphasis on practical skills, ethics, and professionalism. 

The Inn holds seven meetings throughout the school year beginning in September.  In addition to attending the monthly meetings, each member serves as a mentor to one or two first-year law students to help introduce them to the practice of law by:

  • Helping mentees make the transition into law school;
  • Assisting with the future success of mentees by helping them make connections within the local legal community;
  • Serving as a role-model for mentees;
  • Meeting mentees during a kick-off reception held during first-year orientation;
  • Communicating with mentees by email, phone or one-on-one meetings;
  • Sharing any tips or general advice with mentees about what to do during law school to be successful after graduation;
  • Assisting mentees with practice-related questions; and
  • Advising mentees to the practice of law by asking them to attend trials, client interviews, depositions, closings, mediations, etc.

 

We are pleased to offer this unique opportunity for our students to interact with many well-respected members of our legal community.  To learn more about Belmont University College of Law American Inn of Court, please contact us at (615) 460-8400 or view the chapter webpage at www.innsofcourt.org.