Public Interest

Vanderbilt students may pursue a range of public interest practice opportunities through an array of clinics, practicums, externships, and student-led pro bono programs and projects. 

Within the clinical program, students have the opportunity to represent clients in state and federal court, to represent clients in transactions or to complete substantive research in support of international institutions, domestic government agencies or international tribunals. All students work under the close supervision of a faculty member.  

Seventy-one Students Intern for Government and Nonprofit Legal Employers During Summer 2023

Students worked for legal employers in 15 states, Washington, D.C., and for legal nonprofits in London, U.K., The Hague, Netherlands, and Kyiv, Ukraine. They receive stipend support to help defray their living expenses or earn course credit for their unpaid legal work.

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Judge Jane B. Stranch of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals hosted by VLS ACS chapter

Judge Jane B. Stranch ’78 (BA’75) of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit discussed her career as a labor lawyer and her work as an appellate judge in a Q&A moderated by Joey Vettiankal ’24 and sponsored by the VLS student chapter of the American Constitution Society. 

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VLS Students Work for Three Legal Advocacy Organizations over 2023 Pro Bono Spring Break

Ten VLS students worked for three legal nonprofit organizations to support their missions of providing vital legal services to indigent and low-income clients. Teams worked at North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, the Tennessee Innocence Project, and Free Hearts. 

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