The Law School at Vanderbilt University

By | March 2, 2019

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Todd Morton
Application deadline March 15
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Law School at Vanderbilt University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 26.4% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.73
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 169

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 26.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 165-170
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.48-3.84
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.73
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 169

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./Ph.D.
J.D./M.T.S. J.D./M.D.
J.D./M.Div J.D./M.P.P.
J.D./M.A.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Specialized programs are offered in Law & Business; Litigation & Dispute Resolution; Intellectual Property; International Law; Environmental Law; Social Justice; Law & Neuroscience; and Law & Government. Seven joint degree programs offered including a JD/PhD program in Law & Economics. Clinics, externships, international practice labs and other experiential learning courses are available.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 141
Seminars 16
Positions available in seminars 285
Positions available in simulation courses 702
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 80
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The collegial atmosphere is enhanced by diverse student organizations that reflect a high level of interest in many areas of the law. Scholarly programs are sponsored by these groups in a stimulating intellectual environment. Four student-edited journals, the Moot Court Board, and the Legal Aid Society offer opportunities for students to earn credit toward their degree.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 96
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 48
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 219
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 647
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 77
Full-time students involved in field placements 146
Full-time students involved in law journals 183
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 11
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 12

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 13.4:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 75
Full-time minority faculty 19.5%
Part-time minority faculty 8.8%
Total faculty 86
Total faculty (men) 62.8%
Total faculty (women) 37.2%
Total faculty (minorities) 12.8%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#16 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#15 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 77
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.9
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 4.2
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.48-3.84
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.73
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 165-170
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 169
Acceptance rate 26.4% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 13.4:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 89.6% – High
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.6% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 90.7% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 586

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 586

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 2.6%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 1.0%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 1.0%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 1.6%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.5%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Richelle Acker
Financial aid phone (615) 322-6452
Financial aid application deadline February 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $46,148 per year
Room and board $12,952
Books $1,788
Miscellaneous expenses $7,116
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 48.0%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 22.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.3%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 3.2%
Median grant amount $20,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $10,000–$24,000
Full-time students receiving grants 74.1%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $114,248
Proportion who borrowed 74.7%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 144,213
Microform titles 25,680
Electronic titles 54,408
Other non-book titles 243
Total titles 224,544
Volumes (excluding microforms) 491,027
Volume equivalent microforms 129,222
Total volumes and volume equivalents 620,249
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 82,927
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 111
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 50
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 55
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 56
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 50
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 18
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 50
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 4

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 5
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 100
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 120
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 50
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 43,287
Total seats available for library users 261
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Gracious spaces and state-of-the-art technology combine to provide a dynamic learning environment in the recently expanded and renovated facility. The Law Library supports the research interests of the School with a collection of over 600,000 volumes and access to hundreds of electronic databases via a wireless network. There are abundant comfortable study spaces in reading rooms and carrels.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 90.7% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 202
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 89.6%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.5%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.5%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 89.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 5.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 1.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 2.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.5%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 5.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 0.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.5%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $105,000
Median private sector starting salary $137,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 72%
Median public service starting salary $55,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.5%
Percent employed in business and industry 6.5%
Percent employed in government 14.6%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 18.4%
Percent employed in law firms 51.4%
Percent employed in public interest 8.6%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 19%
Graduates employed out-of-state 79.5%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 2%
Number of states where graduates are employed 34
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 1.5%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 12.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 8.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 4.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 29.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 25.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 7.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 9.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 3.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Services Office assigns each student a career counselor. Sources of employment include our On Campus Interviewing program, which includes hundreds of employers and locations; nearly 20 job fairs; job postings from hundreds of other employers; resume booklets for interested employers; a strong alumni network all over the country and world; and individual outreach with employers.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 91.4%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 88.2%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 7.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 84.6%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 1.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.5%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A