Class of 2020:

In light of changing information, the School has developed this Q&A to assist the class of 2020.

Congratulations on your accomplishments!

As you near your graduation from NSL, there are several tasks associated with graduation, your class composite photo, and preparation for taking the bar to complete. Please review the following information carefully and take the appropriate action. We will send reminders, but ultimately it is up to you to ensure you have completed the necessary steps for each item.

Graduation is 11 a.m. Saturday, August 29 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel Ballroom, 611 Commerce St, Nashville, TN 37203. There are no tickets – everyone is welcome and the ballroom is theater-style open seating.  Students must arrive one hour before the ceremony starts. We ask that all guests are seated by 10:30.

  • Parking is available in lots and garages near the hotel.
  • The ceremony lasts approximately one hour.
  • If you do NOT plan to participate in the graduation ceremony, please email Beth McDonald.


Graduates will rent gown, tam, and hood for the graduation ceremony from Herff Jones online here. Announcements are available for purchase from the company as well. Order by Friday, May 20, 2020 to avoid additional charges. If you need to cancel an order, call 615-329-2504.

The regalia will be delivered to the School the week of August 17, and you will receive an email letting you know when it’s available for pickup. You are responsible for picking up your gown and tam from the NSL office. You will receive your hood as part of the commencement ceremony.

Please be advised that the garments must be returned to the Nashville School of Law within one week after graduation. You may return them to NSL staff at the hotel following the ceremony, or you may keep them that day and drop them off at the school later in the week.


In order to be considered to take the Bar Exam, you must complete a law degree verification form, found on the Board of Law Examiners’ website.

Fill out the top of each page, have it notarized, and return the original to Susan Dulin, who will file it with the Board of Law Examiners. Please allow enough time for the School to process it before returning it to the Board of Law Examiners by the deadline.


Professional photographers will be at the event to take several photos of every graduate as they cross the stage. Photographers also will take candid shots throughout the day and be available to take group photos of students, your family, etc. after the ceremony. All photos will be available for purchase on the photographer’s website.

A professional videographer will record the ceremony and videos will be available for purchase as well.


Graduation Resources

Uchida Photography

900 Harpeth Valley Place
Nashville, TN 37221
Phone: 615-662-0706

Herff Jones (Tam & Gown)

Mike Smiley
Phone: 615-329-2504
Fax: 615-329-1827

Board of Law Examiners

511 Union Street, Suite 525
Nashville, TN 37219
Phone: (615) 741-3234