Nashville School of Law

NSL Reinstitutes Mask Mandate; Students Required to Report Vaccine Status

The most recent increase in the number of cases has prompted the School to institute a mandatory indoor mask policy for all visitors to campus, regardless of vaccination status, effective immediately. The best protection against COVID 19 remains vaccination, and we strongly encourage all members of the NSL community members to do so.

The School does not take this decision lightly and this mandate will be in place until vaccine rates go up and transmission rates go down to acceptable levels.

In addition, Nashville School of Law will require all students to report their COVID-19 vaccination status to the School. The information will be kept strictly confidential. The School will reference the information for contact tracing and quarantine should either of those actions become necessary. Students should check their email for information about how to report their status.

The vaccination rate will continue to guide the School in future decisions regarding mask mandates, remote learning, and other COVID-related policies.

Measures still in place at this time:

  • Eating on campus is limited to the outside courtyard and will not be permitted inside the building for all individuals.
  • Social distancing will remain in effect in classrooms for summer courses.

As the seasons progress, vaccination rates improve, and the spread of the disease weakens, the School expects to loosen restrictions in accordance with health care guidance.

From the Dean: 2021 Annual Recognition Dinner

From President & Dean William C. Koch, Jr.:

            The good news is that the clouds of the pandemic that have interfered with our lives since March 2000 are lifting.  The bad news is that they have not lifted enough to enable Nashville School of Law to hold our Annual Recognition Dinner this year. Current health and safety concerns outweigh our growing, collective desire to see each other in person again. 

NSL Celebrates the Class of 2021

Law school is a game of endurance. Survive four years of classes, reading, case briefs, study groups, and tests and you are rewarded with a law degree. For the Nashville School of Law class of 2021, life threw in a global pandemic to keep things even more interesting.

So, it is easy to see why there was a special measure of joy in the room as the class of 2021 crossed the stage and received their diplomas in front of a ballroom full of socially distanced friends and family, the first such gathering the School has had in two years.

Former Federal Judge and NSL Faculty member Todd Campbell dies at 64

Judge Todd J. Campbell

Judge Todd Campbell, who taught a Federal Courts class at Nashville School of Law from 2006 to 2015, died Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Judge Campbell served in the U.S District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee from 1995-2016. Dozens of Nashville School of Law students have benefitted from the Todd J. Campbell/Middle District Court scholarship, which is given each year to deserving students.

A Nashville native, Campbell was a graduate of McGavock High School, Vanderbilt, and earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. He stepped down from the bench amid his battle with multiple system atrophy. in 2016.

The Tennessean has more details about his life and career.