Vanderbilt Law School offers a rigorous legal education delivered by a world-class faculty in a uniquely collegial and supportive environment.
Law practice is increasingly specialized, and Vanderbilt offers several well-established upper-level tracks that allow students to gain in-depth exposure to fast-evolving technical and complex areas of law.
At Vanderbilt, you will gain the intellectual tools and professional skills to thrive in a fast-changing legal landscape.
Vanderbilt’s Career Services program provides students with the resources and support they need to assess their strengths, explore career options, refine their career goals and launch successful legal careers.
Vanderbilt Law professors are among the nation’s leading legal scholars, taking students to the cutting edge of legal scholarship and preparing them to have national impact.
Most students find it important to balance the demands of legal studies by joining one or more organizations for professional advancement, personal development, community service and professional networking.
Clinical courses offer opportunities to represent clients in state and federal court; to represent clients in transactions; or to complete substantive research in support of international institutions, domestic government agencies or international tribunals.
In externships, students gain valuable professional experience and receive course credit for supervised work experience with faculty-approved employers throughout the nation and abroad. During the academic year, students apply for semester externships in federal and state attorneys’ offices, in judicial chambers, with federal and state agencies in Nashville, and a number of semester externships in other U.S. locations or abroad are available each year through the International Law and Environmental Law externship programs. During the summer, students may propose externships in any location for faculty approval.
Vanderbilt also offers an array of simulation courses that provide substantial experience similar to that of a lawyer advising or representing a client or engaging in other lawyering tasks. While subject to change, examples include:
Extracurricular credits that support development and refinement of lawyering skills include:
Prepare to Practice, an annual lecture and workshop series sponsored by the Alyne Queener Massey Law Library at Vanderbilt Law School, prepares students for the professional challenges of legal practice by highlighting and discussing latest trends and hot topics.
The Program on Law and Innovation offers courses and an array of other opportunities designed to train the next generation of lawyers to thrive in an evolving legal profession.
Our summer stipends and fellowships help defray expenses for students’ volunteer pro bono work anywhere in the world as unpaid interns in judicial chambers, U.S. Attorney offices, governmental agencies, NGOs, non-profit legal aid organizations and federal public defender offices.