Mentoring is a powerful tool that enables law students and new lawyers to gain advice, guidance and opportunity. Vanderbilt Law School has dedicated mentorship and leadership programs that offer resources for personal and professional growth.
1Levate is a highly selective leadership training program for Vanderbilt 1L’s, specifically focused on underrepresented, first-generation, and other law students with unique personal stories and challenges. The program aims to:
Each year, the program selects a cohort of ten first-year students based on their meeting qualifying criteria and how well they demonstrate promise as a future leader. Students are each matched two mentors: a current 2L or 3L student and a prominent local attorney or judge. The program entails:
Interested 1L students may contact the Office of Student Affairs for detailed information. The application will open to students committed to Vanderbilt on June 1.
The VLS Mentorship Program for Underrepresented Students provides eligible 2Ls and 3Ls with a dedicated VLS alumni mentor throughout their time in law school.
Through a long-term partnership between mentor-mentee, we hope that our students will, in due course, grow to serve as mentors to those that follow in their steps.
Students who have questions about the program, may contact the Office of Student Affairs. Alumni who have questions or would like more information may contact Eileen Cunningham.