J.D. PreVU: A Pre-Law Summer Experience
Is law school the right choice for you?
- Have you ever wondered what it would be like to attend law school?
- Would you like a preview of the law school experience, the core first-year subjects, and the things you can do to succeed as a law student?
- Would you like a chance to interact with law school faculty, deans, and admissions officers?
- Would you appreciate the opportunity to meet with practicing lawyers to learn more about their lives and careers?
If your answer to any of these questions is “yes,” Vanderbilt Law School’s J.D. PreVU is for you.
J.D. PreVU offers talented undergraduate students who are thinking about law as a career an opportunity to determine whether investing in law school makes sense, and, if so, how to make the most of the law school experience.
Vanderbilt law faculty, alumni, students, and staff provide challenging and engaging curricular and co-curricular experiences, candid information on the admissions process, and a look at the reality of the legal profession and the legal market.
J.D. PreVU classes will be held at Vanderbilt Law School. Class size is limited.
Will a law degree serve you well?
J.D. PreVU provides insights and strategies to help you answer this question and make an informed decision about whether to attend law school as an investment in your future. An informed choice requires a broad knowledge of the law school experience, including an understanding of:
- how to present your strongest case in the admission process.
- how to choose a law school that best fits your individual needs and interests.
- how to succeed academically and professionally.
- and how to contemplate the finances of law school and a career in law.
J.D. PreVU provides participants with an understanding of each of these critical areas.
2013 J.D. PreVU Program Details
J.D. PreVU is a two-week program scheduled Monday-Friday from June 10-21, 2013. Classes will convene at Vanderbilt Law School.
Program fee: The program fee includes all course work, books, computing access and printing, all meals, use of the Vanderbilt recreation center, and all off-campus programs.
Two options are offered: $4,000 without lodging, or $4,500 with lodging on campus
Limited need-sensitive grant assistance is available: Application for Need-Sensitive Grant Assistance
The academic program combines presentations by distinguished Vanderbilt Law faculty using the interactive Socratic Method, case-study, and classroom activities.
The foundation of the program is the Life of the Law, an actual first-year law school class taught at Vanderbilt and elsewhere. This class introduces students to the study of law and is designed to give students the knowledge and skills that will prepare them to make the most of their law school experience. Topics covered include American history and civics, the place of law among methods of ordering behavior, an overview of the American legal system, legal methodologies, legal concepts, theoretical frameworks for law, and the roles of law students and lawyers.
In addition to the actual Life of the Law course, students receive an introduction to core first-year law school classes like Constitutional Law, Contracts, and Torts. Programming also includes practice-area panels, student panels, an introduction to the profession, an admissions session, a one-on-one interview session, and more.
Vanderbilt owes its reputation as a highly selective law school in large measure to the scholarly productivity of its faculty of nationally and internationally renowned legal scholars. In and out of the classroom, Vanderbilt’s faculty approach the study of law from two essential and mutually supportive perspectives: as an evolving intellectual discipline that demands rigorous scholarly inquiry and reflection, and as a solid preparation for a high-level professional career. As a result, scholarship and teaching go hand in hand at Vanderbilt. All J.D. PreVU courses are taught by full-time Vanderbilt Law School faculty including:
J.D. PreVU is available to a limited number of undergraduates or recent graduates selected on a competitive basis. Students interested in attending J.D. PreVU should complete the online application before the application deadline.
Please note: applications are not reviewed until all requisite information has been received.
Deadline: The application priority deadline for Summer 2013 is March 29, 2013.
Applicants will be notified of their admission no later than two weeks after the priority deadline. Admitted students must submit a $500 non-refundable deposit by April 26, 2013 to hold their seats, with the remaining balance due on May 17, 2013, approximately two weeks prior to arrival.
Applications for 2013 JD PreVU closed March 29.
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