At Vanderbilt, we are committed to controlling tuition costs, providing substantial scholarship assistance, and offering strategies and tools for students managing expenses, debt, and personal finances.

  • Vanderbilt Law merit scholarships and need-based grants awarded in the admission process automatically renew each semester the recipient is enrolled in the Law School.
  • Through the generosity of Vanderbilt Law alumni, the Law School provides innovative Access2VLS need-based grants to entering J.D. students with the greatest financial need for tuition funding.
  • Vanderbilt Law does not award conditional scholarships. Students must remain in good academic standing to retain their Law School scholarships or grants. Good academic standing requirements can be found in the Academic Regulations section of the Law School Catalog.
  • Federal Direct Loans are available for tuition costs not covered by scholarships / grants as well as for living expenses.
  • MAX, a comprehensive personal finance program created exclusively for law students by AccessLex, is available to our J.D. students free of charge throughout their time at Vanderbilt Law School. 
  • First-year orientation includes a "Strategies for Smart Borrowers" session with Dr. Jeffrey Hanson of Jeffrey Hanson Education Services.

Admitted Applicants

  • During the J.D. 1L admission process, all admitted applicants are automatically considered for Law School merit scholarships that are awarded in varying amounts based on an individuals' full application for admission in the context of the admitted pool. And in a separate, subsequent process, admitted students may request consideration for Access2VLS need-based grants, which are allocated to those with the greatest need for funds to pay tuition costs not covered by their Vanderbilt Law School merit scholarships.
  • Admitted applicants who submit Law Scholars Merit Award applications by January 10 will be considered for those awards.
  • Admitted applicants who submit applications for the Raymonde Paul Scholarship in International Legal Studies will be considered for that award.
  • Admitted applicants who submit the FAFSA to Vanderbilt University will receive a Financial Aid Award Notice showing federal or other student loans available and any scholarships received. 

Enrolled Students

Current first-year students may apply for the following awards during the second semester:

Enrolled students may receive stipend and fellowship funding for summer pro bono work through a number of sources within the law school.


  • George Barrett Social Justice Fellowship

    The Barrett Social Justice Fellowship honors the legacy of renowned Nashville civil rights attorney George Barrett ’57 by enabling a Vanderbilt Law graduate to carry out a one-year public interest project under the supervision and sponsorship of a host organization. The Law School will provide funding to enable the Fellow to receive a $40,000 salary and health insurance from the host organization.

  • Public Sector Pathways

    Designed for new lawyers pursuing public interest employment, Public Service Pathways (PSP) enables new Vanderbilt Law graduates to gain valuable public-sector work experience as they continue to pursue permanent employment in a location of their choice. Graduating students secure volunteer legal internships with government agencies, in judicial chambers, with public defenders’ or prosecutors’ offices, or with nonprofit advocacy organizations, which are funded by Vanderbilt Law School stipends after graduation. While some graduates have garnered permanent positions at the organizations they originally joined as interns, others have secured full-time legal employment elsewhere. The PSP is reviewed and funded annually and currently provides financial assistance for bar preparation in addition to stipend support for up to six months.

  • Loan Repayment Assistance Program

    Vanderbilt Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Program pays from 20 to 50 percent of annual loan repayment obligations for up to 10 years for graduates in qualifying public service positions.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the Admissions Office at 615-322-6452 or admissions@law.vanderbilt.edu.