From Vanderbilt in Venice—Vanderbilt’s summer international law immersive experience in Venice, Italy—to extracurricular activities like the Jessup Moot Court team or Vanderbilt Transnational Journal [ranked 4th among International Law journals], the International Legal Studies program gives students room to design their own education in international law. Vanderbilt will help you tailor your professional horizons to align with your experiences, goals, and intellectual interests.
Vanderbilt’s four-week international law summer intensive in Venice, Italy. Vanderbilt in Venice offers students six credits, including two of the six experiential credits required for graduation by the ABA.
A semester-long course focusing
on student projects with real world impact. Past projects have included support for internationalized and ad hoc tribunals, ICC
prosecutions, Iraqi prosecutions of ISIS, various UN agencies and governments, and many more. Students are currently supporting
two different State Department grants, assisting judges and prosecutors in Ukraine, legislators in several countries, litigation in
the International Court of Justice, ongoing treaty discussions, and human rights cases international and domestic forums.
Vanderbilt’s award-winning international moot court team selected to compete with other law schools on a hypothetical problem in international law.
Vanderbilt’s dedicated journal focusing on international and transnational legal scholarship, which serves as one of the world’s most prominent and widely cited legal journals devoted to current and emerging issues of comparative and international law. Our journal is currently the 4th ranked student-led international law journal in the United States.
The Vanderbilt International Legal Studies program's internship and externship programs allow Vanderbilt students to gain substantial experience working alongside legal professionals on a range of important international law projects in organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Coordinated by Professor Michael Newton, the program places students in international courts, international institutions, offices of the U.S. government, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
As part of the International Legal Studies Program, Vanderbilt students frequently participate in opportunities directly related to client support that lead directly to externship opportunities or create contacts that later lead to employment opportunities.
Vanderbilt Law School awards this scholarship to an entering student who shows a demonstrated interest in participating actively in Vanderbilt's International Legal Studies Program. The Raymonde I. Paul Scholar is selected during the admission process from among admitted applicants who apply. The scholarship was established in memory of the late Raymonde I. Paul, who developed a diverse practice in international law and participated extensively in the International Federation of Women Lawyers.
Vanderbilt Law School selects one Helen Strong Curry International Law Scholar each year from among current first-year J.D. students who express a strong interest in studying and practicing international law and apply for this scholarship. Helen Strong Curry International Law Scholars receive supplemental scholarship funds for their second and third years of study at VLS.
This fund provides a stipend of up to $1,500 each year to enable a student in financial need to pursue a summer externship in international law. The fund commemorates Ones W. Polk II, a member of the Vanderbilt Law Class of 1998, and was established through gifts from Mr. Polk's family and the Class of 1998.
The Nichols Humanitarian Fund is provided to both undergraduates and a select few law students at Vanderbilt University every year. Students submit proposals and receive monetary support as they undertake a humanitarian project anywhere in the world that the university will sponsor travel. A competitive fund, our office works to award thirty students per year. Students apply during the academic year and conduct their service in the summer. This past year, thirty-two students completed projects in a variety of locations both locally and globally.
Vanderbilt Law School International Legal Studies Program accepts requests from current students for funding based on their interest in Vanderbilt's International Legal Studies Program. For more information, please contact the director of the International Legal Studies Program, Professor Mike Newton.
Vanderbilt's Public Interest Summer Stipends provides students pursuing public interest work with international organizations financial support.
The Jonathan I. Charney Distinguished Lecture in International Law honors Professor Charney, one of the world's preeminent experts on international law, who held the Lee S. & Charles A. Speir Chair at Vanderbilt Law School until his death in 2002. The series funds academic lectures and other presentations on international law by distinguished figures in the field.
Pramila Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General, the United Nations Office of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, "Evolution and Impact of the Mandate on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence" - November 10, 2022
Paul C. Ney, Jr. '84 (MBA'84), General Counsel at the Department of Defense, "The Rule of Law in International Security Affairs: A U.S. Defense Department Perspective"
Judge Howard Morrison, International Criminal Court based in The Hague, Netherlands, "International Criminal Justice - The Road Less Traveled"
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, "Global Challenges to Human Rights"
Sir Michael Wood, a senior fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and a member of the International Law Commission, London, “International Organizations and Customary Law”
Fatou B. Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, The Hague, "Reflections from the International Criminal Court Prosecutor"