Interdisciplinary engagement with the structures of government, allocation of powers, fundamental values of the legal order and the most vexing and interesting issues of our time
Based on ABA data, Vanderbilt consistently ranks among the top dozen law schools on the percentage of graduates securing federal clerkships.
Robust experiential learning options through clinics, externships and student organizations; intensive support for launching PI careers; stipends, fellowships, and LRAP; social justice curriculum
If you regularly encounter legal issues at work, and want to better understand the complexities of the law, make a long-term investment in your career with the 100% online V-Legal Executive Certificate.
Prepare for real-world litigation practice anywhere in the nation through an advanced legal curriculum that develops core competencies essential to succeed as a litigator.
Learn the theory and practice of law in context under faculty supervision. Represent clients in court or transactions, or complete legal research for government and international institutions.
Distinguished criminal law faculty; broad array of courses, seminars, and clinics; upper level courses on specialized areas such as juvenile justice, international criminal law, and mental health
An interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and service in environmental law; extensive curriculum and activities; fellowships & externships; Climate Change Research Network; Annual Review
Combine a VLS JD with a companion graduate degree in economics, business, medicine, divinity, or education policy.
Pursue a Ph.D. in law and economics and a J.D. in a fully integrated curriculum. Students are fully funded by a package of fellowship support covering tuition and stipend for both degrees.
Prepare for practice in a global context by combining substantive classes with practical experience in the International Law Practice Lab, externships, and stipends; study abroad in Venice
An innovative, interdisciplinary upper-level curriculum that builds expertise in business law, corporate management, accounting and finance without extending J.D. studies beyond three years.
Designed to equip students to navigate and influence the rapid social, economic, and technological transformations of the legal industry and to succeed in tomorrow’s legal environment.
During fall 2020, Vanderbilt Law School is following a set of public health protocols developed for all Vanderbilt University schools by experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the School of Nursing in consultation with national, state and local public health officials. Every member of our community must observe these protocols to maintain a safe environment for all.
For law school-specific information including the updated academic calendar, guidelines for returning to campus, classroom and gathering safety protocols, and links to university resources and policies, visit:
2020 RETURN TO CAMPUS AT VLS
Nov. 13, 2020
Professor Meyer’s conversation with Justice Gorsuch was sponsored by the Cecil Sims Lecture Series. Meyer clerked for Gorsuch on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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Oct. 6, 2020
When a doctor breaks the law, who decides whether he can keep his medical license? Rebecca Allensworth's work on how medical licensing boards decide whether to revoke a doctor's license to practice medicine is featured in Act One of the This American Life podcast in a segment titled "Trust Me, I'm a Doctor."
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Sep. 17, 2020
All members of the VLR staff donated the fees they would customarily use to pay for meeting space and supplies to the ABA's Legal Opportunity Scholarship Fund, which provides $15,000 scholarships to up to 20 diverse law students each year.
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Sep. 4, 2020
Vandenbergh's Sept. 4 interview with Kristoffer Tique appears in Inside Climate News.
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Sep. 4, 2020
The report reflects the results of a community-wide survey and input from three anti-racism task forces representing VLS students, faculty and staff. It recommends short- and long-term actions designed to address racial inequities and injustices in the VLS community and beyond.
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Aug. 18, 2020
As the inaugural appointee, Yadav will work with Dean Chris Guthrie and law faculty, students, and staff to support diversity, equity and inclusion at VLS.
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Jul. 10, 2020
Legal historian Sara Mayeux’s book focuses on the legal struggle for due process in twentieth-century America.
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Jun. 11, 2020
Ricks and Giancarlo were among four witnesses whose testimoney addressed “Inclusive Banking during a Pandemic: Using FedAccounts and Digital Tools to Improve Delivery of Stimulus Payments." They testified before the House Financial Service Committee Task Force on Financial Technology during a virtual hearing June 11.
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Jun. 10, 2020
Report by eight prominent criminal justice scholar proposes urgently needed reforms to address enduring problems in American policing.
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2019-21 Clerk, Judge Marcia Morales Howard, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of FloridaLearn More
Clerk, Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Memphis
Attorney at Coronel & Pérez, Guayaquil and Professor of Civil Law at Universidad Espíritu Santo, Samborondón, EcuadorLearn More
Associate, Baker & McKenzie, Brussels, BelgiumLearn More
2020-21 Clerk, Judge Joan L. Larsen, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth CircuitLearn More
Judge Allen Cox Scholar
Raymonde I. Paul ScholarLearn More
Class of 2019 Garrison Social Justice Scholar
Clerk, Judge James K. Bredar, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore
Executive Editor, Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review
Clerk, Judge R. Lanier Anderson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Macon, Georgia
2020-21 Clerk, Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., U.S. District Court for the Western District of KentuckyLearn More
Editor in Chief, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law
Attorney, LMN Consulting, Washington, D.C.Learn More
2019 Peggy Browning Fellow
"Vanderbilt taught me the value of being engaged in your surroundings."Learn More
Law Clerk, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court, 2018-19Learn More
2016-17 Executive Editor, Vanderbilt Law ReviewLearn More
Justice-Moore Family ScholarLearn More
President, Vanderbilt Bar AssociationLearn More
President, Black Law Students AssociationLearn More
“Being a foreign lawyer first and then a law student in the U.S., I felt like I lived the complete American law school experience.”Learn More
2015 Summer Associate, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and Neal & Harwell, NashvilleLearn More
Hired as an international intern by Holland and Knight in Jacksonville, Florida, recruited by partner Ricardo Bedoya, J.D. Class of 2003.Learn More
Associate, Robins Kaplan, MinneapolisLearn More
Helen Strong Curry International Law Scholar
Notes Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
Editor-in-Chief, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law
"I knew my time at Vanderbilt would be worth the investment I was going to make."Learn More
Senior Associate, Veirano Advogados, Rio de JanieroLearn More
Named the Garrison Social Justice Scholar for the Class of 2018Learn More
Associate Lawyer, Castro Advogados Associados, Londrina, BrazilLearn More
2017-18 George Barrett Social Justice Fellow
Garrison Social Justice Scholar for the Class of 2020Learn More
2020-21 Clerk, Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PennsylvaniaLearn More
Symposium Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
2018-19 Executive Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review
John W. Wade Scholar
Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey ScholarLearn More
John Wade Scholar
Helen Strong Curry International Legal Scholar
Associate Attorney, Gustavo Padilha Advogados, Rio de JaneiroLearn More
Winner, 2018 Bass Berry & Sims Moot Court CompetitionLearn More
Law and Business Certificate ProgramLearn More
Law Clerk, Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, Eastern District of KentuckyLearn More
Editor-in-Chief, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law
2017 Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow, Roger Baldwin Foundation, ACLU of IllinoisLearn More
We, at Vanderbilt Law School, mourn the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Daniel Prude, Breonna Taylor and so many other Black people who have been the victims of police brutality and racial injustice. We also condemn the shooting of Jacob Blake. As our nation is gripped by this moment of historic reckoning, we are reminded of its scarred beginnings, the constant struggle for freedom and civil rights for all, and the enormity of the work that remains to be done for our country to truly realize the ideals set out in the Constitution.
As a law school, we resoundingly reject racism and discrimination in all its forms. We strive to create an environment that is welcoming of all, inclusive, and committed to ensuring that every member feels themselves to be a full part of its community. Moreover, we are also deeply mindful of our role in teaching new generations of lawyers whose words and actions will continue the fight for racial justice, civil rights, equality of opportunity, and the rule of law. Put simply, we know that it is our responsibility to foster and maintain an anti-racist environment within our walls, as well as to equip our graduates with the educational and experiential tools they need to become anti-racist and productive members of the legal profession and society at large.
To that end, we are committed to building an engaged and visible program of Diversity, Equity and Community that underscores the significance of anti-racism and anti-discrimination across all aspects of law school life from the curriculum to our engagement with the broader community. Over the summer, we convened student, staff, and faculty task forces to develop a set of actionable recommendations to ensure the School can achieve the highest standards of inclusivity, diversity and community belonging. We are eager to begin this work.
We see that the lived reality of Black people and people of color falls far short of what is promised by our country's founding principles, laws, and guarantees. Looking forward, we are committed to harnessing the power of a legal education to continue the work of generations of Vanderbilt lawyers in the fight for the fullest attainment of the civil rights, equality and justice offered by the Constitution.