Scholarship Honors Students’ Pro Bono Work

Nashville School of Law is the recipient of a reoccurring gift that will fund three annual $2,000 scholarships for students who are members of the School’s chapter of the Legal Aid Society.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, hopes to promote more pro bono work among students. The scholarship will be awarded annually to one student in each of the rising 2L, 3L, and 4L classes.

“Becoming a lawyer is about serving the community in a special way. The law is difficult to navigate and future lawyers should be helping those most vulnerable in the communities they will serve. The NSL Legal Aid Society prepares the hearts of future lawyers to be ready to serve pro bono upon passing the bar,” the donor said. “It is my hope that this scholarship promotes service in this organization and provides more students the opportunity to have their hearts prepared for the service lawyers are ethically bound to provide.”

Each winner is selected based on the total number of pro bono hours served in the community during the previous academic year. The first scholarships will be awarded at the beginning of the 2022-23 academic year.

“Pro bono work not only serves a great need in our community, it also provides students with valuable experience in the legal field,” said President & Dean William C. Koch, Jr. “We are grateful to the donor for recognizing the importance of this work and encouraging students to give back.”

Nashville School of Law’s Legal Aid Society was founded in 2017 and students have contributed thousands of hours of pro bono service in just a few years. The group participates in legal clinics and other events, partnering with groups such as Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, and the Tennessee Innocence Project, among others.

In addition, several students each year are named “Law Students for Justice” by the Tennessee Supreme Court for providing more than 50 hours of pro bono over the course of their law school career. The pro bono hours for students are tracked and calculated by the NSL Legal Aid Society.