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.


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.

Diversity Job Fair

The TBA's  Diversity Job Fair is an initiative of the Committee on Racial & Ethnic Diversity (CRED), whose mission is to enhance racial and ethnic diversity within the profession and the justice system in Tennessee. This job fair will provide an opportunity for employers to interview diverse law students from law schools in Tennessee and the surrounding states with a goal of making the profession and the justice system more reflective of the racial and ethnic diversity in Tennessee.

Access TBA YLD Publications

The Tennessee Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division provides a number of resources to lawyers who are just beginning the practice of law. Access to these can be a big help to law students.

• Access the Tennessee Young Lawyer, the division's quarterly print magazine.

• Access E-DICT, the division's monthly electronic newsletter.

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 2013-2014 academic year, the liaisons are as follows. Liaisons for the 2014-2015 year are currently being identified.

Belmont University College of Law

Laurie A. Parker (3L)

University of Memphis School of Law
Corey Strong (3L)

Duncan School of Law
Aisha DeBerry (3L)

University of Tennessee College of Law

Sam Lewis (3L)

Nashville School of Law

Cooper Term (August-May):
Jacques Cabell (4L)
Carlos Lara (2L)

Henry Term (February-December):
Leighton Linning
J.T. “Trey” Hannah

Vanderbilt University Law School
Michael Snow (3L)

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 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 $25)

• 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

• free access to networking events

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


Useful Links and 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

Contact Us

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

Phone: (731) 423-2414