The Program on Law & Innovation offers an innovative curriculum designed to prepare Vanderbilt Law students to thrive in an environment where rapid change will have a profound impact on legal practice, clients’ needs and expectations, and the ways clients access legal services. Beginning with Law Practice 2050, the program’s anchor course, students explore scenarios for future social, economic, technological, and environmental change and learn to anticipate the corresponding impact on legal services.
NOTE: Not all courses listed are offered every semester. Newer courses might not yet be listed above. Please see the semester schedules for more accurate course offerings.
Students can earn credit by participating in a rich variety of supervised externships, not only in Nashville but also in other parts of the country and around the world. The Law & Innovation Program encourages students to seek out externships in areas related to the intersection of law, technology, and social justice. Program faculty are well-situated to help students find suitable placements.
Vanderbilt Law students may take advantage of a variety of opportunities to conduct research with Law & Innovation faculty, either by assisting faculty members with their research or by conducting their own research under faculty supervision.
Students demonstrating an interest in the focal themes of the Program on Law & Innovation and wishing to support PoLI scholarship and activities can apply for a semester-long Student Research Fellowship. One fellowship will be awarded each semester.
Vanderbilt Law School provides financial support to students who work in the summer for non-profit organizations dedicated to developing legal innovations that promote access to legal services for small businesses and low- and moderate-income families.
Email the Program on Law & Innovation coordinator.