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The College of Law’s admissions policies are consistent with the objectives of its educational program and are designed to enroll the most qualified applicants and a diverse student body. The College of Law will not admit applicants who do not appear capable of satisfactorily completing its legal education program.

Regular Decision

For Regular Decision applicants, the College of Law conducts a rolling admissions process (September 1, 2018 - July 15, 2019) and applicants are notified of their admission status once their application files are complete. All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the admission cycle. Applications will be accepted through July 15, 2019 and will be considered as long as there are still seats available in the class.

Early Binding Decision

Applicants who have concluded that Belmont is their first choice for law school can select an Early Decision option. The Early Decision option requires candidates to apply no later than December 1, 2018 and complete all application materials by January 15, 2019. Within two weeks of the time their applications are complete, Early Decision candidates will be notified of their admittance, denial, or deferral for further review with the Regular Decision applicants.

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.

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.

AAE applicants must complete the following steps: 

1. Complete a regular decision online application through LSAC. 

2. Complete a Personal Statement. 

3. Register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service. 

4. Submit an official Belmont transcript and authorize the College of Law to access all records held by Belmont University. 

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. 

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 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 from the law school of present or previous enrollment as well as an official transcript reflecting all academic credit earned at that institution.

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.  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 other law school.  Credit for any course required for graduation from the College of Law shall be accepted for transfer only when the course was comparable to a course offered at the College of Law.

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

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). For additional information for the admission of international students, click here.

  • 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, law@belmont.edu or 615.460.8400.