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Field Placements: Experiential Learning

Nashville is Our Legal Clinic

The field placement program offers students the opportunity to earn academic credit while gaining practical legal experience working in live-client situations. Students may work in courts, government entities, public service agencies, non-profit organizations or corporate legal departments.   


Belmont Law students have completed field placements with over 130 different organizations, including:

U.S. Department of Justice

Nashville Predators  

U.S. Attorney’s Office  

Federal and State Judges  

Tennessee Department of Health

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation


 

 
Charmarcus Floyd

Marcus Floyd
Class of 2015

My field placement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office solidified my desire to practice criminal law after obtaining my degree.  It was also an invaluable experience because it taught me that law school only shows you the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the actual practice of law.  Although I gained a great deal of knowledge in my first year by taking both criminal law and criminal procedure, it was only through my field placement that I learned the true complexities of federal prosecution.  In addition to the knowledge and experience gained, my field placement gave me the opportunity to make lifelong connections with established professionals in my desired field.

Catherine Knight

Bianca Catherine Knight
Class of 2014

Participating in the field placement program at Belmont College of Law was an invaluable piece of the law school experience. Learning the details about the area of law I felt drawn to practice as well as the professionals therein has built a strong foundation for my future. I discovered how fulfilling it is to apply classroom curriculum to client needs, enriching their lives and mine. The field placement program helped me find my exact place in Nashville’s legal community, right where my interests and aptitudes converged.

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Joe Stovall
Class of 2018

Belmont promised to have me practice-ready coming out of school, and it followed through on that promise. Through its field placement program, I was able to gain a great deal of practical legal experience from working at a local, non-profit organization to interning with the Tennessee Attorney General’s office to eventually clerking at a U.S. Attorney’s Office, all while in school. 
 

Continuing Field Placements

Each semester, select Belmont Law students work with the following organizations to gain real life experience:

 

Field Placement Requirements 

Students must successfully complete one academic year of legal education prior to participation in the field placement program. Students may engage in field placements during the school year or during the summer. A student may apply a maximum of six academic credits for field placements (i.e., up to three field placements) toward the credits required for graduation. For a field placement, a student must work 100 hours on the job and complete the two classroom components that are offered in the respective semester. Students must be supervised at the organization by a licensed attorney. The organization must be governmental, non-profit, or an in-house counsel’s office. Students may not be paid for work performed during the field placement.  

Students interested in a field placement must: 
  • Select a field placement site, which may involve meeting and interviewing with the prospective organization. Please view Symplicity for field placement listings or see the Director of Field Placements, Ellen Black, if you need assistance in finding a field placement. 
  • Complete the field placement application 
  • Gain approval through the application process from Ellen Black for the field placement. 
  • Register for the field placement class during normal registration. 
  • Attend the two mandatory classroom components held during the respective semester. 

 

Contact the Director of Field Placements

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    Ellen Black
    Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Law Director of Field Placements
    B.A., Mississippi University for Women; J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law