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Admission Interview FAQs



J.D. applicants may request an alumni interview by: 1) completing the admission interview section of the application for admission, and 2) submitting the application for admission no later than November 15, 11:59 PM, 

After submitting your application, you will receive an email with further instructions on how to set up a profile and request an interview. You must make the interview request within three days of that message.  

Who can participate in an admission interview?

We encourage each and every applicant to participate in an admission interview with a VLS alum. An interview gives the applicant more information about Vanderbilt Law, and gives the Admissions Office more information about you when we review your application. Alumni interviews provide great opportunities for you to meet individually with a lawyer working in a location of interest to you, to learn more about the legal profession and about law studies at Vanderbilt.

Do I have to come to Nashville to interview?

No. Our interviews are conducted by nearly 900 VLS alumni located in 45 states, DC, and 14 foreign locations. 

I live in Nashville. Should I come to Vanderbilt Law to interview on-campus?

We encourage students who live nearby to participate in an admission interview with a Nashville-area alum and to visit campus to tour VLS and sit in on a first-year class. While visiting, the Admissions Office team will be available to answer any questions you may have.

How do I request an interview?

Submit your completed application for admission by November 15, 11:59 PM, indicating your interview request in the admission interview section. 

What will my interviewer know about me before we meet?

We ask you to provide your resume in advance of your meeting to help form a basis for the conversation. The Admissions Office does not forward any of your application materials to your alumni interviewer. The Admissions Office will share admission decisions with alumni interviewers.

My application is complete. Will participating in an interview cause a delay in my admissions decision?


What will my interviewer ask me?

The questions will be about you - your experiences, your goals, and your interest in the legal profession. Many questions will be about experiences you have listed on your resume.  You do not need any legal expertise or education to answer your interviewer's questions.


Questions? Contact the Admissions Office