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NSL Holds Orientation for the Class of 2026

NSL Holds Orientation for the Class of 2026

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A total of 110 new students filled the auditorium at NSL, this week, for a two-day orientation.

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Sarah Campbell administered the Oath of Professionalism, a requirement of all new NSL students.

Murfreesboro high school history teacher, Nancy Baxley knows it is normal for students to feel first day jitters, however it has been a while since she was the new student.

“I had a bit of anxiety and thought, I am not sure if I can do all this. Then I talked myself down and thought, it is only four classes, two days a week – four classes, two days a week,” said Baxley.

While she continues to teach high school during the day, she will attend evening classes at Nashville School of Law with quite a few new friends.

“It was encouraging to see other folks my age at orientation.  I am still unsure about what I am going to do with my law degree, but I am excited for the possibilities,” said Baxley.

A professional panel, led by 1980 NSL grad, Marlene Eskind Moses, talked about the importance of being an honest lawyer and how these new students should create friendships with fellow classmates.

Orientation speakers included: Chuck Shonholtz, Dr. Thorunn McCoy, and David Hudson.

Another panel, comprised of current NSL upperclassmen and women, led by 4L student Mitzi Dorris, provided insight and advice for a successful law school experience.

“I enjoyed the student panel.  No one else in my family has been to law school.  So, to hear from current students about what they’ve experienced, was very valuable.  I spent my evening looking up different devices and things they talked about that we will need for class,” said Nashville law office manager, Jasmine Patton.

The Tennessee State University graduate was the first student to show up for this year’s orientation and looks forward to August 11, 2022, her first night of law school.

“When I left the first day of orientation, I thought, this is where I need to be.  The organizational skills and time management a student needs made me think, I can absolutely do this.”

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