Excel professionally.

Vanderbilt Law graduates consistently secure top-tier legal employment with employers across the nation and around the world. With more than 75% starting their careers outside Tennessee, Vanderbilt graduates enjoy remarkable geographic mobility, which is supported by the school's longstanding relationships with legal employers coast to coast and its global alumni network.

J.D. Class of 2015


Vanderbilt J.D. Class of 2015 total graduates


Ninety-three percent of 2015 graduates were employed 10 months after graduation.


Seventy-eight percent of employed 2015 graduates started their careers outside Tennessee across 29 states, Washington, D.C., and abroad.


J.D. Class of 2015 average salary across all employment sectors based on the 67% of employed graduates (115 of 172) reporting salaries. Private sector average $130,458 (84 of 111 graduates reporting salaries); Public sector average $55,988 (31 of 61 graduates reporting salaries).


Vanderbilt ranked 10th on the percentage of 2015 graduates employed in federal judicial clerkships (based on ABA data).


Vanderbilt ranked 14th on the percentage of 2015 graduates employed in full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage and were not funded by the school (based on ABA data).


Vanderbilt ranked 9th (tie) on three-year (2013–2015) average federal judicial clerkship placement.

I love that there are lots of career paths you can take with a law degree, and Vanderbilt’s Career Services departments is one of its greatest assets. They were incredibly helpful. Anywhere I wanted to go, they were ready and willing to help.

STEVE BERNEMAN | Class of 2010

Choose your path.

For the Classes of 2011 through 2015, the top eight employment destinations among VLS graduates have been:




New York


Washington, D.C.











The remaining 31% took employment across another 34 states and internationally.

Wherever we travel, employers tell us how highly they regard Vanderbilt graduates. They're well-trained lawyers who are also good people.

ELIZABETH WORKMAN | Assistant Dean for Career Services

Expert advice. Excellent outcomes.

The 2016 Career Services Guide offers extensive information about VLS career planning resources and employment outcomes for the J.D. Class of 2014, including graduates' employers and locations, as well as summary statistics and national benchmarks for employment status, employment type, geographic location, and salaries.

I wanted to make sure I would have the opportunity to go back to the Northeast, and I found plenty of opportunities in Boston. I would encourage anyone not to worry about going back home to work with a Vanderbilt Law degree.

AMIT TANTRI | Class of 2013