Vanderbilt Law School’s Career Services Team provides students with the resources and support they need to achieve their career goals. Career counselors meet individually with students on a regular basis to learn how to develop resumes, emphasize strengths, and identify opportunities that fit their aptitudes and aspirations. The team also connects employers to students through a variety of events.
The results speak for themselves. Each year, employment outcomes for Vanderbilt J.D. graduates consistently stand among the best in the nation for positions requiring bar passage.
2023 Above the Law ranking of the Top 50 law schools based on employment outcomes, cost, and student debt
Number of Vanderbilt Law School Alumni worldwide
Law schools that sent the highest percentage of 2022 graduates to the nation's 100 largest law firms, National Law Journal / Law.com
Vanderbilt J.D. graduates consistently secure top-tier legal employment across the nation and areas of practice.
Vanderbilt LL.M. graduates are employed in firms, government, corporations, non-profits, and more in the U.S. and abroad.
Vanderbilt Law School Career Services supports alumni for life.
Vanderbilt has one of the most successful career services programs among the nation’s leading law schools, providing comprehensive resources to help students explore top-tier career services options and to guide graduates to employment opportunities across the United States and around the world.
Vanderbilt Law School's national reputation means that you can go literally anywhere after graduation. Vanderbilt's far-flung alumni network encompassing every state in the U.S. except North Dakota and several foreign countries. Distinguished alumni include:
Career Services support begins early in your first year.
If you have been accepted to Vanderbilt Law School, we invite you to contact us to discuss your specific career goals. We'll be happy to provide information about our placements in your area of interest, whether you're interested in working with a law firm, in government or public services, in a judicial clerkship, or in other opportunities in the legal field.
Career Services prepares students for on-campus and virtual interviews by reviewing resumes, helping students identify employers who are a good match with their career goals, one-on-one coaching with interviewing skills, coaching regarding ways to gain experiences that will build a strong resume, and providing an array of information resources to students.
You are assigned to a specific counselor in your first year, who works with you to identify your career goals and strategies to achieve them. As specific questions arise, the counselors work together as a team to give you the best advice, and you might speak with additional counselors who can provide expertise in your areas of interest.
Yes. Typically, 10% to 20% of our students obtain judicial clerkships each year. Over the past eight years, Vanderbilt has placed students in all but one of the U.S. Courts of Appeals; three Vanderbilt graduates have also clerked for Supreme Court justices, and a 2005 graduate was named a Bristow Fellow.
Our faculty takes an active leadership role in our judicial clerkship program, working closely with students interested in clerkships. Vanderbilt Law School's clerkship program is directed by Michael Bressman, a member of our clinical faculty. Professor Bressman and other faculty members are committed to working with interested students to identify and secure clerkships that will further their career goals.
In addition to special activities for 1Ls, such as the annual “Business Etiquette Dinner,” your Career Services counselor provides one-on-one coaching and delivers feedback from prospective employers.
Vanderbilt Law School's open-door policy is specifically designed to support mentoring relationships with faculty members. In addition, alumni are encouraged to participate in one-on-one mentoring programs. Alumni who visit the law school to speak and who serve as members of the adjunct faculty also work informally with students as mentors.
Vanderbilt's Clinical Legal Education Program offers students opportunities to represent clients under close supervision by members of the clinical faculty—and to explore the role of attorneys in shaping public policy. Students may choose from several practice areas, including civil, criminal, international, juvenile, domestic violence, business law, and community and economic development. By participating in clinics, students learn basic lawyering skills, such as interviewing, negotiation and case preparation. They also become familiar with the way the legal system works and the various participants in the legal system; and their professional responsibilities as attorneys. Vanderbilt's International Practice Lab allows students to complete two substantive legal research projects that support high-profile clients with pressing needs.
Vanderbilt Law School's Externship Program provides opportunities for students to work under the supervision of faculty mentors and site supervisors in legal venues in Nashville and elsewhere in the U.S., at the International Criminal Tribunal at The Hague, and in other public sectors. Students receive credit for working in judicial chambers, public defenders' and prosecutors' offices, and in other governmental and not-for-profit programs. These experiences allow students to develop their legal skills while gaining an understanding of the work of judges, attorneys and diplomats. Externship programs run throughout the calendar year.
Contact the Career Services team at (615) 322-6192 or the email below.