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Academic Life Office

Vanderbilt Law School's Academic Life Office provides academic information and policy services to faculty, staff, students, alumni and others. Our policies and processes are designed to ensure the integrity and protection of all academic records in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA: 20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). FERPA requires that schools have written permission from the student or graduate to release any information related to that individual's education record.

The Office of Academic Life is primarily designed to help VLS students from orientation to graduation by supporting the academic aspects of the law school experience. The office provides academic guidance and counseling, programing designed to enrich each student's intellectual and professional development, and acts as a liaison between students and the faculty and law school administration.


Academic Advising

For academic guidance and counseling or questions about the curriculum or graduation requirements, please email the Assistant Dean for Academic Life.



The Academic Life Office does not provide transcripts. Official transcripts for current students and alumni may be obtained free of charge from the Vanderbilt University Registrar. Request a transcript.


Bar Applications

The Academic Life Office at Vanderbilt Law School provides the Dean's Certification for all Bar Applications.

A notarized letter MUST accompany all requests for the release of academic and character & fitness information. Please include the name under which you attended Vanderbilt Law School and your graduation year. If you enclose a form with your request, please complete as much of the form as possible, your name and/or SSN/bar identification number are required.

You may email your request and form to:

You may mail your request and form to:                                                                

Vanderbilt University Law School                                    
Attn: Academic Life Office, Suite 152
131 21st Ave. South
Nashville, TN 37203

To speak with someone in the Academic Life Office, call 615-322-0019 or email us. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time.

NOTE for NY Bar Applicants: The 15 skills credits apply only to applicants who commenced their legal education AFTER August 1,  2016. Vanderbilt Law School follows Pathway Two.

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