Law School | Vanderbilt University

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Law practice is increasingly specialized, and Vanderbilt offers several well-established upper-level tracks that allow students to gain in-depth exposure to fast-evolving technical and complex areas of law.Vanderbilt’s Career Services program provides students with the resources and support they need to assess their strengths, explore career options, refine their career goals and launch successful legal careers.Vanderbilt Law professors are among the nation’s leading legal scholars, taking students to the cutting edge of legal scholarship and preparing them to have national impact.Most students find it important to balance the demands of legal studies by joining one or more organizations for professional advancement, personal development, community service and professional networking. InternationalLegal Studies Prepare for practice in a global context by combining substantive classes with practical experience in the International Law Practice Lab, externships, and stipends; study abroad in Venice PublicInterest Robust experiential learning options through clinics, externships and student organizations; intensive support for launching PI careers; stipends, fellowships, and LRAP; social justice curriculum Judicial Clerkship Program Based on ABA data, Vanderbilt consistently ranks among the top dozen law schools on the percentage of graduates securing federal clerkships. CorporateLaw A renowned corporate law faculty offers a broad curriculum covering both litigation and transactional practice; Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program; Law & Business certificate; 3-year JD/MSF; 4-year JD/MBA Law Innovation Designed to equip students to navigate and influence the rapid social, economic, and technological transformations of the legal industry and to succeed in tomorrow’s legal environment. Dual Degree Programs Combine a VLS JD with a companion graduate degree in economics, business, medicine, divinity, or education policy. Clinical LegalEducation Learn the theory and practice of law in context under faculty supervision. Represent clients in court or transactions, or complete legal research for government and international institutions. CriminalJustice Distinguished criminal law faculty; broad array of courses, seminars, and clinics; upper level courses on specialized areas such as juvenile justice, international criminal law, and mental health StudyAbroad Each summer, Vanderbilt in Venice brings together a maximum of 45 students with four professors to study selected topics in international law in the rich cultural center of Venice, Italy. Energy, Environment Land Use An interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research and service in environmental law; extensive curriculum and activities; fellowships externships; Climate Change Research Network; Annual Review SocialJustice Explore equality, access and service in and out of class; courses and clinics address diverse topics; Social Justice Reading Group; externships, stipends, and fellowships Law Business Certificate An innovative, interdisciplinary upper-level curriculum that builds expertise in business law, corporate management, accounting and finance without extending J.D. studies beyond three years. V-Legal Executive Online Certificate If you regularly encounter legal issues at work, and want to better understand the complexities of the law, make a long-term investment in your career with the 100% online V-Legal Executive Certificate. IntellectualProperty Study technology, intellectual property, entertainment, and innovation law with world-class scholars and practitioners; IP journal, clinic, fellowships, and externships Litigation Dispute Resolution Prepare for real-world litigation practice anywhere in the nation through an advanced legal curriculum that develops core competencies essential to succeed as a litigator. Law Government Interdisciplinary engagement with the structures of government, allocation of powers, fundamental values of the legal order and the most vexing and interesting issues of our time Ph.D. Programin Law Economics Pursue a Ph.D. in law and economics and a J.D. in a fully integrated curriculum. Students are fully funded by a package of fellowship support covering tuition and stipend for both degrees. Approximately a third of Vanderbilt’s J.D. class each year earns a second credential through Vanderbilt’s successful Law and Business Program. Read More Morgan Ricks and Chris Giancarlo ’84 testify on inclusive banking before House Financial Services Committee Jun. 11, 2020 Ricks and Giancarlo were among four witnesses whose testimoney addressed “Inclusive Banking during a Pandemic: Using FedAccounts and Digital Tools to Improve Delivery of Stimulus Payments." They testified before the House Financial Service Committee Task Force on Financial Technology during a virtual hearing June 11. Read MoreCriminal justice expert Chris Slobogin joins coalition to propose first steps toward policing reform Jun. 10, 2020 Report by eight prominent criminal justice scholar proposes urgently needed reforms to address enduring problems in American policing. Read More Jun. 5, 2020 The recent killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless others form part of a long and tragic history of racial violence and injustice. It is time for us to act. Read MoreJudge Aleta A. Trauger 76 receives 2020 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Sixth Circuit May. 29, 2020 Judge Trauger was appointed to the Middle District of Tennessee in 1998 after serving as a federal bankruptcy judge. Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw '81 (BA'79), who nominated her for the award together with other Sixth Circuit colleagues, said, "Judge Trauger has demonstrated extraordinary industry, character and intellect in every position she has held in her distinguished career. Even more remarkable is the fact that, throughout her career, she has been the first or one of the first women to hold each position.” Read MoreCort Thompson ’20 wins the American Society of International Law 2020 Richard Baxter Military Prize May. 5, 2020 Thompson’s paper, “Avoiding Pyrrhic Victories in Orbit: A Need for Anti-Satellite Arms Control in the 21st Century,” is forthcoming in the SMU Journal of Air Law and Commerce. Thompson is a Captain in the U.S. Army and will enter the JAG Corps after graduation. Read More Apr. 21, 2020 Dozier is working at Just City as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. He supervised a team of students who worked on expungement cases, participating a Court Watch program, and supported other criminal justice advocacy initiatives. Read MoreJETLaw paper by Ramon Ryan ’21 prompts legislation aimed at creating NEPA review for satellite launches Apr. 21, 2020 Ryan’s paper, “The Fault in Our Stars,” which challenges the FCC’s longstanding policy of excluding commercial satellites from NEPA review, has prompted Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) to ask for a GAO review. Read MoreListen to W. Kip Viscusi interview about the value of reducing risks to life on Top of Mind Apr. 20, 2020 Julie Rose interviews W. Kip Viscusi about balancing the economic toll of sheltering in place with the risk of more coronavirus cases if businesses reopen in this April 8 podcast. Read More EMILY SACHS '20 2020-21 Clerk, Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Learn More RONY YAACOUB, LL.M. '14 Hired as an international intern by Holland and Knight in Jacksonville, Florida, recruited by partner Ricardo Bedoya, J.D. Class of 2003. Learn More BEN RAKER '17 Clerk, Judge James K. Bredar, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore Learn More SUSANNA RYCHLAK '17 Clerk, Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Memphis Learn More RICKY HERNANDEZ '17 2015 Summer Associate, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and Neal Harwell, Nashville Learn More JD FOX '19 2019-21 Clerk, Judge Marcia Morales Howard, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida Learn More Garrison Social Justice Scholar for the Class of 2020 Learn More MARISA PAPENFUSS '20 Executive Editor, Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review Learn More 2016-17 Executive Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review Learn More KYLE LYONS-BURKE '17 Clerk, Judge R. Lanier Anderson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Macon, Georgia Learn More ALANA SEIXAS '18 Named the Garrison Social Justice Scholar for the Class of 2018 Learn More 2018-19 Executive Editor, Vanderbilt Law Review Learn More SEBASTIAN PEPIN LL.M. '16 "Vanderbilt taught me the value of being engaged in your surroundings." Learn More JORGE SAUCEDO LL.M. '15 Being a foreign lawyer first and then a law student in the U.S., I felt like I lived the complete American law school experience. Learn More Helen Strong Curry International Legal Scholar Learn More Associate, Baker McKenzie, Brussels, Belgium Learn More JIN YOSHIKAWA '20 Editor-in-Chief, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law Learn More SAMIYYAH ALI '16 Law Clerk, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court, 2018-19 Learn More THOMAS E. JOHNSON '18 Editor in Chief, Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment Technology Law Learn More PRATIK GHOSH '17 2017 Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow, Roger Baldwin Foundation, ACLU of Illinois Learn More MATTHEW WASHNOCK '19 Editor-in-Chief, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law Learn More

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