Nashville School of Law

Zoom Instructions for Students

If you are participating in a class via Zoom, you are expected to participate to the same extent as any in-person attendee. To that end, the following is required of remote learners:

            1.         The video on your computer must be turned on for the entire class period with a live shot of you facing the camera with your face clearly visible in the video.

            2.         You must be prepared to unmute your audio when you are called upon by the professor to answer a question or for any other purpose.

            3.         You must use your full name as your Zoom screen name.  You may not use nicknames, telephone numbers, or other designations unless you have the School’s written approval.

            4.         You may step away from the video for a brief period to use the restroom, just as you can if you were attending class in person. However, the video must remain on when you step away.

            5.         The School will be monitoring your compliance with these requirements.  Failure to adhere to them will result in your being marked absent from the class.

            6.         Links to the Zoom session for each class will be posted on TWEN under ‟Weblinks.” Most class sessions are set up as recurring meetings, and the link will be the same from week to week.

            7.         Your audio should remain muted during the class unless the professor instructs you otherwise.

            8.         If you are in the NSL building but participating in a class being taught remotely, you must participate using your own device with headphones.  You can go to any place in the building where you can socially distance – a classroom, the library, etc.

            9.         Your professors will provide you instructions about how they desire to communicate for questions, etc. This may include using Zoom’s chat function, designating a student to field questions on chat, or using the ‟raise a hand” feature on Zoom.

            10.       Recordings of classes offered on Zoom will be available for students to review and download. They should be posted approximately one week following the class and will be available for up to two weeks. Do not contact the School regarding when a Zoom session will be posted unless a week has passed since the class.

            11.        If you have selected in-person learning for a class that for any reason is being taught remotely, you may switch your attendance to remote for these class sessions without notifying the School.

Other questions about the School’s procedures during the pandemic?  Check out the School’s COVID Resources Page.


Student Attendance Submissions

Use these links to record attendance for NSL classes each week. Students may complete the entire form once each week, or complete sections throughout the week. All attendance records for each week are due by 8:30 a.m. Friday.

1L Class Attendance

2L Class Attendance

3L Class Attendance

4L Class Attendance

Electives Attendance


Do not mark any attendance for a class you are not enrolled in.

Attendance Reminders:

  • All attendance questions must be emailed to Failure to do so will delay any response or action.
  • Do not email the office if you did not submit your attendance by the deadline unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances.
  • Attendance must be submitted online using the form no later than 8:30 a.m. each Friday for that week. Students may not enter attendance prior to the completion of any class.
  • Any discrepancy between SONIS attendance records and what you believe your attendance should be must be supported by a confirmation email from your online attendance submission. Include your full name, year in school, and specific classes with course numbers you wish to clarify. Allow at least 10 days for SONIS records to reflect attendance submissions.
  • You may enter all your attendance for the week at one time, or do each class or night individually. A confirmation reply email will be sent immediately for each submission and any attendance questions must be accompanied by the confirmation email. If you have any problems with the submission form or confirmation email, they must be emailed to PRIOR to 8:30 a.m. on Friday for that week’s attendance.
  • Students have reported that some phones do not support the attendance submission form. If you do not get a confirmation email, try another device.
  • There is a spot to indicate “did not attend” for each class. While it is not required, the School recommends you make a selection for each class to be sure you did not omit any attendance records. Do not fill out any attendance for any class that you are not enrolled in.
  • Any class that does not have an attendance indicated will be considered an absence.
  • Students must complete their own attendance records.
  • Failure to abide by any of the attendance rules is subject to review under the Honor Code.
  • There is a separate link for the elective classes. If you are taking any elective, you will fill out two attendance forms each week.

Equal Justice University Scholarship

The Tennessee Bar Association is sponsoring three scholarships to law students to attend the virtual Equal Justice University Conference on September 9 – 10. EJU 2020 includes a combination of on-demand and live sessions (see agenda). Even though it’s virtual, there will be opportunities for engagement via Trivia Night and a leaderboard where attendees gain points for completing various activities for a chance to win a Dell laptop.

The application is available here. The deadline is August 26.

Book Lists for 2020-21

You can access book lists for each of the classes by year, including electives, via the links below.

If you wish to purchase any books from NSL, select the titles, choose a date to pick up books, then submit the form. NSL will package your books together and send you an email confirming they are ready to pick up on your chosen date. You will pay for the books at the time you pick them up.

All incoming 1L students will pick up books at orientation on July 29.

1L Book List

2L Book List

3L Book List

4L Book List