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Scholarships

  

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  • Based on ABA data, Vanderbilt ranked 25th on tuition 2019-20
  • More than 80 percent of Vanderbilt Law students receive merit- or need-based scholarships in varying amounts with a median award of $27,000 (45% tuition) in 2019/2020.
  • 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 Scholarships

All admitted applicants are automatically considered for Law School scholarships that are awarded in varying amounts based on an individual’s full application for admission in the context of the admitted pool.

In that process, we also consider demonstrated financial need for individuals who submit the CSS Profile. We recommend submitting the Profile as early as possible. Vanderbilt Law School’s code is 5130. Parental information is required for individuals age 25 or younger.

While we provide Law School scholarship decisions as soon as possible following an offer of admission, timing will vary in individual cases.

 

Law Scholars Merit Awards 

Each year, Vanderbilt provides several merit awards valued at 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 VLS Application Status Portal. 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 the form in the VLS Application Status Portal by January 10th.

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