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  • Based on ABA data, Vanderbilt's tuition ranks 26th among ABA-approved law schools in 2017-18
  • More than 80 percent of Vanderbilt Law students receive merit- or need-based scholarships in varying amounts with a median award of $25,000 (45% tuition) in 2016/2017.
  • All Vanderbilt scholarships awarded in the admission process automatically renew each semester the recipient is enrolled.
  • VLS does not award conditional scholarships. Students must remain in good academic standing to retain their Law School scholarships. Good academic standing requirements can be found in the Academic Regulations section of the Law School Catalog

 

Scholarships Awarded in the Admission Process

Law School Merit Scholarships

All admitted JD applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships provided by the Law School. These scholarships are awarded in varying amounts. Recipients are determined on the basis of information contained in the application for admission, and are notified as scholarship decisions are made.

 

Need-based Scholarships

Some scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need. For consideration, complete both the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). International students who are not eligible to submit the FAFSA may still complete the CSS PROFILE to be considered for need-based scholarship assistance.

When you complete the FAFSA, use Vanderbilt University's Title IV Code, 003535. You may submit an electronic FAFSA or obtain a paper FAFSA form through a financial aid office at a college or university. The FAFSA should be completed as soon as possible after January 1.

When you complete the CSS PROFILE, list Vanderbilt Law School's code 5130. Parental information is required for all applicants age 25 or younger.

February 15 is the priority deadline for consideration for a need-based scholarship. We recommend all forms be submitted by this date to increase the possibility of receiving a need-based scholarship. Forms submitted after the priority deadline will be considered to the extent that funds remain available.

 

Law Scholars Merit Awards 

Each year, Vanderbilt provides several merit awards valued at more than full tuition to admitted applicants through a competitive selection process. To be considered, admitted applicants must complete the Application for Law Scholars Merit Awards contained in the application for admission. This form may be submitted with an application for admission (recommended) or may be sent separately after an application for admission has been filed. In either case, the deadline for submitting Law Scholars applications is January 10.

| Additional information concerning Law Scholars Merit Awards |

 

Raymonde I. Paul Scholarship in International Legal Studies

Vanderbilt's International Legal Studies Program prepares students to practice law in a global environment by combining substantive classroom exposure to cutting-edge international law topics with practical experience through the International Law Practice Lab and ILSP intern/externships  in the U.S. and abroad. The ILSP core faculty includes respected scholars with expertise in key areas of international law..

The Law School awards a scholarship in memory of the late Raymonde I. Paul, who developed a diverse practice in international law and participated extensively in the International Federation of Women Lawyers.

To be considered for the Raymonde Paul Scholarship applicants must complete this form and return it by January 10th and attach an essay (less than 1,000 words) describing: 1) your interest in international legal studies, 2) your international experience, 3) your career goals. Admitted applicants who have submitted these scholarship application materials will be considered.

| Raymonde I. Paul Scholarship in International Legal Studies application form |

See below for information on the Helen Strong Curry International Legal Studies Scholar award for a rising 2L. 

 

Yellow Ribbon Program - U.S. Military Veterans

Vanderbilt Law School participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program through which eligible Veterans in the J.D. program may receive tuition assistance from VLS and the government. MORE...

 

Teach for America Corps Members and Alumni

VLS scholarships commending TFA service for qualified TFA alumni. MORE...

 

Scholarships Awarded to Rising 2Ls

Garrison Social Justice Scholars

Vanderbilt's George Barrett Social Justice Program offers comprehensive, hands-on training and mentoring specifically designed to prepare graduates for work in the public interest, and our Assistant Dean for Public Interest coordinates public interest law opportunities and facilitates public interest law careers for students and recent graduates.

Each year, the Law School selects at least one Garrison Social Justice Scholar from among current first-year J.D. students who apply. This award includes a supplemental scholarship for the second and third years and summer stipend support for the two summers prior to graduation. > Read more...

  

Helen Strong Curry International Legal Studies Scholars

Vanderbilt's International Legal Studies Program prepares students to practice law in a global environment by combining substantive classroom exposure to cutting-edge international law topics with practical experience through the International Law Practice Lab and intern/externships in the U.S. and abroad. The ILSP core faculty includes respected scholars with expertise in key areas of international law.

Each year, the Law School will select one Helen Strong Curry International Law Scholar from among current first-year J.D. students who apply. The Helen Strong Curry Scholar will receive supplemental scholarship funds to support study in the field of international law for each of the second and third years of study at VLS.  > Read more...  

 

External Scholarships

We maintain a listing of external scholarship opportunities that come to our attention. In addition, school counselors, civic associations, local bar associations and other organizations may be helpful to identifying scholarship funds for law school.

    

Questions? Contact the Admissions Office

615-322-6452 | admissions@law.vanderbilt.edu