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October 18, 2010
Yet Another New Law School
Belmont College broke ground last Thursday on a new law school in Nashville, Tennessee. This comes four days after the announcement that a law school was in the offing. The plan is to begin classes in the fall of 2011 and enroll 350 students. Belmont is capitalizing the new law school with a $25 million building (75,000 square feet) housing classrooms and a law library (and, one assumes, law librarian jobs). Belmont President Bob Fisher is quoted as saying "We've done a lot of research and Tennessee as a state is underserved by attorneys, believe it or not, it really is, and we see a great opportunity." There you have it, recent law graduates. All of you are apparently looking for jobs in all the wrong places. The Volunteer State beckons.
Belmont had at least one other moment of distinction when it hosted one of the Presidential Debates between Senators John McCain and Barack Obama on October 7, 2008. The video of that debate is here. Good luck to Belmont on their new program. [MG]
The question is,how is Tennessee under-served? Is it the middle and lower classes? People in the criminal justice system? If so, how many of Belmont's grads will be able to afford to serve such populations? I tend to doubt that the Nashville blue-bloods and other moneyed interests of Tennessee are under-served by attorneys... We keep reading that new law grads need to earn *at least* 65K for law school to be a worthwhile investment. So, if the under-served populations of TN are those that can't afford to pay much for legal services, is Belmont going to price their legal education offering to make it worthwhile for grads to make a lot less than 65k? With a new building and expensive law professors to pay for, I highly doubt it.
Posted by: Matt Morrison | Oct 20, 2010 7:40:10 AM
The groundbreaking is news. The plan to start a law school isn't. Belmont's law school plans were announced in October 2009: http://www.belmont.edu/law/
Posted by: Details | Oct 19, 2010 4:38:11 AM