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Summer Stipends & Fellowships

In 2021, 97 law students received stipend awards or course credit for summer pro bono work serving as interns in judicial chambers, U.S. Attorney offices, governmental agencies, NGOs, non-profit legal aid organizations and federal public defender offices. Read more

VLS 2021 Summer Stipends/Externships Information

Garrison Social Justice Scholarship

Amy Price Garrison (BA'79) and Frank M. Garrison Jr., '79 (BA'76) generously established the Amy and Frank Garrison Social Justice Law Fund to support Vanderbilt Law students providing services to or for the general benefit of individuals who may have been disenfranchised, dispossessed, discriminated against, or economically disadvantaged. The Fund also supports students interested in serving the broader public interest in positions such as interns in judicial chambers, U.S. Attorney's Offices, government agencies, or non-governmental organizations. Read more

Class of 2017 Garrison Scholar, Abby Moskowitz

Class of 2018 Garrison Scholar, Alana Seixas

Class of 2019 Garrison Scholar, Wesley Dozier

Class of 2020 Garrison Scholar, Amber Banks

Class of 2021 Garrison Scholars, Annie Capetta and Eileen Bautista

Class of 2022 Garrison Scholar, Kate Uyeda

Class of 2023 Garrison Scholar, Tasia Harris

George Barrett Social Justice Fellowship

The Barrett Social Justice Fellowship honors the legacy of renowned Nashville civil rights attorney George Barrett ’57 by enabling a Vanderbilt Law graduate to carry out a one-year public interest project under the supervision and sponsorship of a host organization. Read more

Class of 2016 George Barrett Fellow, Nathan Walsh

Class of 2017 George Barrett Fellows, Marian Mikhail and Carly Myers

Class of 2018 George Barrett Fellows, Alana Seixas and Lynn Stopher

Class of 2019 George Barrett Fellows, Holly Thompson and Vanessa Zapata

Class of 2020 George Barrett Fellow, Funmi Akinnawonu

Class of 2021 George Barrett Fellow, Allen King and Vel Lewis

Gideon's Promise Law School Partnership Program

In 1963, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Gideon v. Wainright that state courts are required under the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to provide counsel in criminal cases to represent defendants who are unable to afford to pay their own attorneys. That same year, the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom took place in our nation’s capitol. Both occurrences marked a monumental shift towards equality in the justice system and social infrastructure in our country. The Gideon's Promise mission is to transform the criminal justice system by building a movement of public defenders who provide equal justice for marginalized communities. Read more

Class of 2014 Gideon's Promise Fellows, Leo Costales and Will Howell

Class of 2015 Gideon's Promise Fellows, Clarke Agre and Nakeisha Jackson

Class of 2018 Gideon's Promise Fellows, Kevin Coker and Sean Dowling

Class of 2019 Gideon's Promise Fellows, Sam Heller and Jordyn McCarley

Class of 2020 Gideon's Promise Fellows, Joe Sandford and Willoe DeFuccio

Loan Repayment Assistance Program

Public service law is challenging, rewarding, and, all too often, low-paying. Most law graduates need to repay student loans, which can provide an additional challenge to taking public service employment upon graduation. To help ease the burden for graduates who take public interest employment, Vanderbilt Law offers a Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) that pays from 20 to 50 percent of your annual loan repayment obligation for up to ten years. Read more