Live intelligently.

Perennially listed among America's friendliest cities, Kiplinger has named Nashville "the smartest place to live" for its affordable housing, mild climate and "phenomenal entertainment scene."

Home to world-class Vanderbilt University, Nashville is a vibrant, cosmopolitan place that blends a growing international flavor with traditional Southern hospitality and the laid-back feel of the West Coast. Each year, “Music City” offers thousands of live performances in hundreds of venues; beautiful parks and hundreds of miles of trails and greenways; professional sports and SEC college sports; and all the high culture and culinary diversity of a thriving American city with the natural beauty of Tennessee close at hand.   
Nashville is big enough (about 1.6 million people live in the metro area) to have a robust legal culture with federal, state, and municipal courts, a US Attorney’s Office, the state legislature, a wide range of law firms with diverse practices and clientele, state and federal agencies, and non-profits, but it’s also small enough to allow Vanderbilt students to have an impact through clinics, pro bono work and student organizations.

With Vanderbilt Law situated on a world-class university campus in the heart of a diverse and sophisticated city that supports a balanced lifestyle, it’s hard to imagine a better place to study law.

Vanderbilt attracts people whose priorities extend beyond the classroom—it has a critical mass of people who served in the military or Teach for America, started businesses or did something else that broadened their perspective between college and law school. That community fosters close friendships and helps us maintain balanced lives.

MATTHEW DOWNER | Class of 2014