Law Student Outreach

The Tennessee Bar Association welcomes law student involvement and has a number of special programs to help law students enhance their education, get real-life experience in the legal profession and network with established attorneys. In addition, each law school campus in Tennessee has a TBA student representative to help provide access to TBA events and activities. Watch for information about all these opportunities from your campus liaison or career services department.


Programs for Law Students


Diversity Leadership Institute

The Diversity Leadership Institute is a six-month leadership and diversity program for law students designed to:

* Develop the skills necessary to succeed as a law student and attorney;
• Empower law students to make greater contributions to the legal community;
• Match students to mentors in a diverse variety of practice areas; and
• Build relationships among students of diverse backgrounds

Second-, third- and fourth-year students studying at Tennessee law schools are eligible to apply. Applications are available in the fall for the program, which begins each January.

Judicial Internship Program

The TBA YLD's Judicial Internship Program matches first and second year law students (including third year students at the Duncan and Nashville schools of law) with judges across the state for summer internships. Applications are available in the fall each year for the upcoming summer.

Environmental Law Writing Competition

The TBA Environmental Law Section sponsors the annual Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award writing competition to recognize the best legal writing by a Tennessee law student on a topic of state or federal environmental law. The juried competition is held in memory of Jon Hastings, one of the section’s founding members, and has a cash prize pool of $1,200. The winning article also will be published in an upcoming edition of the TBA Environmental Law Section's newsletter. Students must be enrolled in a Tennessee law school during the current academic year to be eligible. The 8th Annual competition is now open. Submissions are due by May 1, 2015. Download the announcement and rules. Contact TBA staff member Jenny Jones for more information. Read winning articles from 2014 and 2013.

High School Mock Trial Competition

Tennessee law students have a unique opportunity to volunteer at the State High School Mock Trial Competition each March as bailiffs. The competition spans two days (Friday and Saturday) and includes four trial rounds. For each round, bailiffs are needed in each courtroom. This is a great opportunity to meet practicing lawyers, who score the trial rounds, and sitting judges in the state, who preside over the rounds.

Public Education & Access to Justice

The TBA’s Public Education Committee and Access to Justice Committee are very active and provide a range of opportunities for law students to get involved in committee work, special projects and community events. Learn more by contacting TBA staff member Liz Todaro.

Solo in A Box Toolkit

If you think you may “hang out your own shingle” after graduating from law school, you are in good company! Now, more than ever, Tennessee attorneys – especially new lawyers – are deciding to set up their own firms. To help you anticipate some of the key issues you will face, the TBA has developed the Solo in a Box Toolkit. The toolkit offers solo and small firm attorneys – and those thinking about taking the plunge – a user-friendly way to access useful information in one place. The toolkit includes information on choosing a business entity, choosing office space, choosing professional services, understanding insurance needs, handling finances and budgeting, hiring administrative staff, marketing your services and finding mentors.


TBA Law Student Representatives


We have student representatives on the campuses of all Tennessee law schools to keep law student members up to date on upcoming programs and opportunities available through the TBA. In addition, these campus liaisons are available to hear your concerns and suggestions and communicate those to us, so we can adjust our programs to better meet your needs. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the liaisons are as follows.

Belmont University College of Law
Nashville

Andrew Wood (3L)

University of Memphis School of Law
Memphis
Jentri Nelson (2L)

LMU Duncan School of Law
Knoxville
Sarah Booher
Molly Hardin

University of Tennessee College of Law
Knoxville

Brady Cody (2L)

Nashville School of Law
Nashville

Cooper Term (August-May):
Carlos Lara (3L)
Bridgit Barnes (2L)

Henry Term (February-December):
J.T. “Trey” Hannah (4L)
Daniel Newbern (4L)

Vanderbilt University Law School
Nashville
Laura Feezor (3L)
Amanda Brannigan (2L)


Law Student Membership Package


The TBA has a special membership package that makes joining affordable and beneficial for law students. For just $50 a year, law students have full access to TBA programs and resources, including:

• free membership in the Young Lawyers Division

• free subscription to the YLD's monthly electronic newsletter E-DICT, which contains information about activities and events for young lawyers and law students in the state

• free access to all continuing legal education seminars (a savings of several hundred dollars)

• free membership in a TBA specialized section (a savings of up to $30)

• free subscriptions to the Tennessee Bar Journal monthly magazine, the TBA Today electronic newsletter and other TBA publications

• free access to TBA Joblink, an online career site where you can post your resume or search for jobs

• free access to networking events

• free access to discounts with companies such as Office Depot, UPS and Geico

JOIN TODAY!

Questions, Comments?

Feel free to contact the TBA YLD's Law School Outreach Committee Chair, listed below, or a campus representative.

Nathan Shelby, Vice Chair
Rainey Kizer Reviere & Bell PLC
105 S. Highland Ave.
PO Box 1147
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 423-2414
nshelby@raineykizer.com

Useful Links, Web Resources

Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts

Tennessee Board of Law Examiners

Belmont University College of Law

Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law

Nashville School of Law

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

University of Tennessee College of Law

Vanderbilt University Law School