Located in Nashville, Vanderbilt Law School (also known as VLS) was founded in 1874 and has about 500 students. It is mostly known for its program in environmental law. In addition to environmental law, Vanderbilt Law has programs in dispute resolution, criminal justice, intellectual property, business law, economic law, social justice, and government law. In addition to their main academic programs, this law school offers a large span of elective courses from bioethics to trademark law. Students may take non-law electives for credit.
Students can participate in externships within or outside Nashville. In the International Legal Studies Program, there are a large number of externships to choose from and students can work overseas or the U.S. government. In the Energy, Environment, and Land Use Program, students work in externships, summer fellowships, and assist with research at the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network.
Vanderbilt Law School offers joint-degree programs in association with Vanderbilt neuroscience, Vanderbilt economics, the School of Management, Vanderbilt School of Divinity, Peabody College, and more. In this law school, there is a joint-degree PH.D. Program in Law and Economics. Students can create a custom joint-degree program with a graduate program of their choice. This law school has five journals, such as the Vanderbilt Law Review and Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. Vanderbilt Law School is known for its study abroad program, which is called Vanderbilt in Venice.
Outside of the classroom, students can attend lectures, workshops, and conferences. Every year, the Career Office holds the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair for students and this allows them to be able to interact with different law organizations. Students can become involved in student organizations and clinical programs. Students participate in moot court and mock trial competitions. Vanderbilt Law School has over 8,000 alumni. Many alumni have pursued careers as attorneys, judges, and senators.
Office of Admissions
131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: (615) 322-6452
Number of 2017 applicants: 4,734
Number of 2017 matriculants: 162
LSAT (median): 166
GPA (median): 3.75
LSAT (25 to 75 percentile): 162 to 167
GPA (25 to 75 percentile): 3.50 to 3.87
Tuition (2017-2018): $54,526
Room, board and other: $26,375
Total estimated cost of attendance: $80,901
Students who receive grants: 91%
Median grant amount: $25,000
Vanderbilt Law School does not award conditional scholarships.
Bar passage differential: 20.5%
Transfers out: 3
Net transfers: 5