Vanderbilt University Law School

Vanderbilt University Law School

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Vanderbilt University Law School is the most prestigious and most expensive law program in Tennessee and is ranked 15th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The school is notible in preLaw and National Jurist magazines. That is due to very strong employment and bar pass numbers, and quality of teaching.

With a median LSAT score of 167 and tuition at $57,558, Vanderbilt is both hard to get into and expensive. Its students also has one of the highest average indebtedness in the region.

Vanderbilt is located in the heart of Nashville, which means it has the urban resources to offer a bevy of externships, clinical programs and summer fellowships.

The school claims its challenging and rigorous setting nourishes the skills of lawyers such as analyzing complex issues, asking the right questions, advocating for clients and managing disputes and organizations.

With that in mind, preLaw awarded the school with good marks on their Intellectual property law, trial and advocacy litigation, international law and practical training.

Chris Guthrie, Dean and Professor of Law said Vanderbilt faculty and staff work hard to model best practices in teaching law.

"As a result, our graduates are in high demand, with hundreds of employers visiting Vanderbilt every year to recruit our students for positions through the U.S. and abroad," he said.

The school boasts its alumni network consisting of 9,400 alumni living and practicing in 50 states, Washington, D.C., four U.S. territories and 39 nations around the world.

Admission Profile
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75th Percentile1683.87
25th Percentile1613.61
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$25000
Percent receiving grants92.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 89.80%
NJ Employment89.6
Bar Passage93.89%
Academic Profile
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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy