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Teach for America

In the law school admission process, we are always on the lookout for talented, committed, energetic people working to make a difference in the world, and we recognize those characteristics in Teach for America (TFA) alumni. TFA provides a great opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills that benefit the legal profession, and we encourage prospective students to take full advantage of such opportunities.

In partnership with Teach for America, we offer the following:

  • JD application fee waiver for corps members and alumni (contact mailto:%20admissions@law.vanderbilt.edu)  
  • Vanderbilt Law School scholarships commending TFA service for qualified TFA alumni
  • Two-year deferred enrollment for admitted applicants who choose to join Teach for America prior to commencing law studies at Vanderbilt

Scholarship recipients are identified and notified during the Law School Merit Scholarship awarding process. We hope that these gestures underscore our appreciation of TFA alumni and their commitment to public service.


Wright RIGHT Wendy Wright, Class of 2013, had originally applied to law school during her senior year at LSU, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in sociology. Vanderbilt deferred her admission for two years when she was accepted by Teach for America. She chose Vanderbilt for several reasons, including its challenging academics, location and size. “I wanted to go to a law school where I was truly challenged,” she said. “I earned my undergraduate degree at a big school, and I wanted the small-school experience. I also liked the fact that Vanderbilt is in the South, but it's not a Southern law school. People here are literally from all over the world.” Read Wendy's full profile.