Nashville School of Law

2018 Commencement Information

TO:                 2018 Cooper Term Graduates

FROM:           Dean Koch

Commencement ceremonies provide an occasion to celebrate significant achievements and to set the stage for the next chapter in a student’s life.  The commencement ceremony for the 2018 Cooper Term class will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018, at the Renaissance Hotel/Nashville Convention Center located at 601 Commerce Street, Nashville, 37203.  I look forward to seeing you and your family and friends there.

The ceremony itself will begin at 11:00 a.m.  In order to stay on schedule, please plan to arrive no later than 10:00 a.m.  Your family and friends should plan to be seated between 10:15 and 10:30 a.m.  The seating is first-come, first-served.  The faculty and the graduating class will line up for the procession at 10:30 a.m.  A photographer will be present before, during, and after the ceremony.  Public parking is available at several nearby parking garages and surface parking lots.  Convenient parking places can fill up quickly.

Dressing rooms will be provided for you to change into your tam and gown.  Please follow the signs to these rooms.  You are responsible for returning your tam, gown, and hood to the school within one week following the ceremony.  For your convenience, staff members will be available following the ceremony, and you may return your tam, gown, and hood to them at that time.  It is your responsibility to make sure that one of the staff members marks down that your tam, gown, and hood have been returned.

If you are NOT planning to attend the ceremony, please notify Beth McDonald at or 615.780.2241.

If you are planning to take the bar examination in July 2018, please make sure that you have visited the Board of Law Examiners website and that you have noted the deadlines for submitting your application.  The deadline for applications is May 20 and if you have not begun for application, you are in danger of not completing it in time.

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions about the upcoming commencement ceremony or your bar application or if we can be of any other assistance to you.

Nashville School of Law Celebrates 25 Years of Recognition Dinner, Honors Alumnus Niewold & Faculty Member Hudson

For the 25th time, the Nashville School of Law will recognize leaders in the legal community as it celebrates the silver anniversary of the Recognition Dinner, the state’s largest gathering of attorneys in Tennessee each year.

The event will honor Charles R. Niewold, a 1984 alumnus of the School, and faculty member David L. Hudson, Jr. Festivities will take place Friday, June 8 in the newly renovated Renaissance Nashville Hotel ballroom.

Scholarship Available for Rising 3Ls and 4Ls

The East Tennessee Foundation, which oversees the Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation Scholarship, has established a fund to recognize advanced law students who have demonstrated community involvement and/or a commitment to public service and who have a financial need.  This foundation will be awarding two (2) one-time scholarship grants, one in the amount of $3,000 and one in the amount of $1,500 to NSL third- and fourth-year students.

A scholarship committee will select the NSL representative from the qualified applicants.  The recipient may be required to attend and participate in the annual Tennessee Judicial Conference.  The Tennessee Judicial Conference Foundation provides the cost of travel, meals, and lodging.

If you are interested in being considered, please apply by letter to Dean William C. Koch, Jr. at 4013 Armory Oaks Drive, Nashville, TN 37204 no later than Thursday, May 17, 2018.  Your letter of application should explain your qualifications and interests and should be accompanied by a current resume.


Nashville School of Law has launched this new website that adds more functionality for students, faculty, alumni, and the community.

Features include:

  • Better navigation for those seeking information as a student, alumni, or faculty member.
  • A calendar of events that users can filter to see just those activities that interest them.
  • A class notes page that shares the news of the School’s alumni and allows users to submit their own professional news.
  • More photos and information provided in a display that is easy to follow.
  • Access to all areas of the site – passwords are required only for the student information system for enrolled students and applicants.
  • A convenient method for donations to the School.

We invite you to let us know what you think.