Tennessee college students, except law students, may apply to serve on the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Nominating Commission will recommend seven nominees to the Governor of TISL, who will appoint five to the next Court.
Justices may serve up to three one-year terms, and incumbent justices who want to serve another term are automatically among the seven. The term begins at the adjournment of the TISL General Assembly in November; justices will serve at the following year's General Assembly.
How to Apply 2018
Download the application packet [ Click Here ]
The application packet includes:
Deadline: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018
Two provisions of the Tennessee Constitution contradict each other.
"That no political or religious test, other than an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and of this State, shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under this state.” — Article I, Section 4
"No person who denies the being of God, or a future state of rewards and punishments, shall hold any office in the civil department of this State.” — Article IX, Section 2
How should the Tennessee Supreme Court resolve this constitutional contradiction?
An outstanding essay will identify case precedents and state and federal constitutional provisions that provide a path to a resolution. (Suggested maximum length: 500 words)
Letter of Recommendation
Please submit a letter of recommendation from at least one faculty member in a relevant discipline. Each faculty member should place his/her letter in an envelope, seal it and sign the flap. The professor may return the envelope to you to include with your application package or may mail it directly to TISL (address below).
Letters of recommendation should also include the faculty member’s opinion of the applicant’s academic ability, ability to work with others, communication skills and critical-thinking skills.
Where to Submit
Put your completed application form, your answers to the essay question and the sealed letter of recommendation* in one large envelope and send to:
TISC Nominating Commission
*The letter of recommendation may also arrive directly from the writer.
TISL State Office