On June 11, 2013 the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (that is a mouthful) granted Belmont University School of Law provisional accreditation.
A law school cannot apply for ABA accreditation until it has been in operation for one year. Belmont announced its intention to create a new law school on October 7, 2009, and it seated its first entering class in the fall of 2011. With a site evaluation, the law school must establish that it "is in substantial compliance with each of the Standards" set by the ABA, and it must present "a reliable plan for bringing the school into full compliance with the Standards within three year afer receiving provisional approval." A provisionally approved law school is entitled to the same recognition that is accorded graduates of fully approved schools. Belmont must remain on provisional approval for three years before it can be granted full approved.
Regardless of the road ahead, provisional approval on the first try is a substantial achievement.
Belmont is the largest Christian university in the State of Tennessee and the second largest private university behind Vanderbilt in the state. The university is well respected and is closely associated with the music industry in Nashville. For example, Belmont is the home of the only Association of Advance Collegiate School of Business (AACSB) accredited Music Business program. Its College of Entertainment & Music Business (CEMB) consists of a number of current and former authors, performers, artist, record label executives, songwriters and lawyers who are renown in the music industry.
Belmont is intent on utilizing its law school to play to the university's strengths.
Like Vanderbilt, the tuition at Belmont is rich. For the 2013-14 school year it is $34,800.00, with an estimated cost of attendance at $59,055.