While all admitted applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships provided by the law school, consideration for the following merit awards requires submission of the Application for Law Scholars Merit Awards by January 10. The selection committee reviews candidates' Law Scholar applications along with their applications for admission. All admitted applicants who have submitted timely Law Scholar applications will be considered for all available Law Scholar Awards. Recipients are normally notified in February.
The following Law Scholar Merit Awards include full-tuition scholarships plus a $5,000 annual stipend, making each currently valued at approximately $160,000 over three years of law studies. Scholarships and stipends are renewed annually for recipients in good standing at the law school.
The John W. Wade Scholarship, considered the highest honor provided to incoming students, is awarded to selected candidates who possess superior academic records and personal qualities that reflect potential for outstanding contributions to the legal profession. The selection committee seeks well-balanced individuals whose intellectual capacity, relationships with others and endeavors reflect former Dean John Wade's commitment to scholarship, service and the legal profession. The scholarship includes full tuition plus a $5,000 annual stipend for each of the three years of law studies.
This full-tuition scholarship, sponsored by the law school's Patrick Wilson Scholars, is awarded to selected incoming law students who demonstrate superior academic performance and strong potential for professional and personal leadership. The award includes a $5,000 annual stipend for each of the three years of law studies in addition to full tuition.
The John S. Beasley II Honor Scholarship is awarded to selected incoming law students with the personal qualities, promise and potential to be a leader at the law school and in the legal profession. The scholarship includes full tuition plus a $5,000 annual stipend for each of the three years of law studies.
The Harold S. Vanderbilt (HSV) Scholarship is awarded to selected incoming law students who demonstrate intellectual tenacity, a commitment to service, strong leadership and sound scholarship. The scholarship includes full tuition plus a $5,000 annual stipend for each of the three years of law studies.
In addition to the awards above, Law Scholar applicants are also considered for:
The Elliott Cheatham Scholarship is awarded each year to a member of the incoming law class who demonstrates the combined qualities of scholarship and leadership that Professor Cheatham possessed. The Cheatham stipend of $5,000 is added to all amounts of merit- or need-based scholarship assistance awarded by the law school. Cheatham scholars are selected by the law school's selection committee and the Cheatham Scholarship Trustees.
Submit as a scanned email attachment sent to LawScholars@vanderbilt.edu Please note that January 10 is a soft deadline with a seven to ten day grace period.
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