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Friday, August 26, 2011

New Nashville Law School Opens With 30% More Students Than Expected

Belmont Logo National Law Journal, New Law School Opens on Schedule in Nashville, by Karen Sloan:

The nation's newest law school opened its doors on Aug. 25 to welcome its first class.

The Belmont University College of Law in Nashville has an incoming class of 130 students — 30 more than a feasibility study predicted, said Dean Jeff Kinsler. "We had a much higher yield on our offers than we thought we would," he said.

That same feasibility study predicted that the class' median score on the LSAT would be 152, but it ended up at 154.

That Belmont opened at all is remarkable, considering that two other new law schools that were scheduled to open this year — Concordia University Law School in Boise, Idaho, and the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law — have delayed their plans.

Belmont's law school is slated to have about 325 students once it is fully ramped up, Kinsler said. It has nine faculty members.

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I assume a "feasibility study" meant they determined they could fill the class -- not that it was feasible to actually place any of the graduates of this institution a job.

This just means in 3 years there will be 30% more unemployed Belmont graduates than expected.

Anyone opening a new law school today deserves universal scorn.

Posted by: JD | Aug 26, 2011 7:47:14 AM

Borrowing $200,000 of government guaranteed money, to get a roof over your head for three years and to have a small chance a good job upon graduation isn't a bad option, at least when compared to the other options available in the economy. Thanks boomers.

Posted by: anon | Aug 26, 2011 7:52:26 AM

Fascinating. I guess no one's getting the memo about law school being a terrible investment.

Posted by: Scipio | Aug 26, 2011 7:59:37 AM

They could have cured this defect (and it is a defect) by staggering acceptances if that's what they wanted; there is always a surplus of poorly credentialled students applying to any school (look how many Cooley can enroll), so it's not really any sort of accomplishment.

Posted by: Ugh | Aug 26, 2011 8:57:31 PM