4.5 out of 5 Stars
Small collegial classes make for a less competitive environment than is typical of many law schools.Downers
Because of its small class size and dispersed alumni network, one finds that the network benefits are not as strong.Comments
Nashville is obviously a great city. I had never been there before attending, and I found it to be extremely welcoming of out-of-towners.Would You Recommend
I liked the virbant community and great professors we had there. I think Nashville is great!Downers
I think the BL placement could be a bit better but overall i think its worth the money to go hereComments
i think students should visit the schol first before they go ahead an commit to any schoolWould You Recommend
Supportive, engaging faculty; collegial and fun student body; living in Nashville is awesome.Downers
I really have no complaints about my time at Vanderbilt Law.Comments
Vanderbilt has a laid-back and fun student body, but the school still provides an excellent education; I felt very prepared as I entered the practice of law.Would You Recommend
Vanderbilt Law School has provided a plethora of elective courses that attracts my attention and reflects current trends in the legal community and the current market. Excellent professors and guest lecturers have given perfect lectures on various topics.Downers
Vanderbilt is located in not a major job market so, compared with its counterparts located in a big city likc New York,students may have a bit difficulty in securing internships or various hands-on learning opportunities.Comments
However, the name of the Vanderbilt Law School extends globally so everytime I have had an interview with potential employers, they appreciate the rigorous academic environments and reputations that in turn relates to my candidacy.Would You Recommend
Academics at Vanderbilt are awesome. Due to a small class size, the school is able to reduce our class sizes down, and even in our largest classes, some professors have memorized all of our names. The first year has been great and all of our faculty is extremely accessible. Grading is fair and done on a bell curve system. Teachers use the Socratic method in various ways but are usually very gentle if a student does not have the answer correct.Quality of Life
The facilities at Vanderbilt were one major factor in my decision to attend. The classrooms are great and the library has plenty of seating as well as extremely helpful staff. The cost of living is slightly more than my undergraduate city, but it is still much more affordable than a big city would be. Campus is a natural arboretum and is beautiful to walk around during the day.Admissions
I took the LSAT during my finals week at the end of my junior year. I took the LSAT only one time and then submitted my information to Vanderbilt and other schools. Vanderbilt required 3 specialized essays for the potential to earn a full scholarship. I was offered some scholarship money later in the process, 2-3 months after being accepted. There were no unique questions asked of me during my application process that I do not remember. I also had an interview with the admissions staff prior to submitting my applicationLevel
The academics at the school were first rate across the board. I thought that the first year was not nearly as intimidating as advertised and the class sizes were appropriate. I never felt the cut-throat competitiveness that everyone associates with law school and could not imagine a more welcome environment to learn.Quality of Life
The reason why I chose Vanderbilt is because of its reputation for quality of life. I can honestly say that it did not disappoint. From the facilities to the surrounding area, I can't imagine a better place to attend law school. If you can't be happy attending law school at Vanderbilt, then you will not be happy attending at any law school.Admissions
The admissions process is standard for any selective law school and financial aid was available and fair.
Staple classes, including most 1L classes, are generally about 80 students. Specialized classes, including legal writing, are much smaller, anywhere from 10 to 50 students. All of the professors, whether full-time tenured faculty or local practicioners teaching about their specialty, are very accessible and approchable. They not only answer questions about the callses they teach, they also help students find opportunities in their areas of interest.
The Vanderbilt in Venice program is a great opportunity for some extra summer courses in a small setting. Externships are easy to set-up through the school, both for local Nashville positions and abroad.
The student body is generally known for its friendliness. Students encourage each other to do better, rather than trying to beat each other in a comptetive manner. Study groups are common and effective.Quality of Life
Cost of living in Nashville is decent. You can find very cheap or very expensive, all within an easy distance of the law school. Vanderbilt University has several great library facilities and they are all open to all University students. The main library is particularly nice.
The on-campus dining is fabulous, especially at The Commons, a healty, environment-focused dining hall. Law students can purchase meal plans to be able to eat on campus. There's also a number of restaurants within walking distance of the law school, some of which will accept Vandy cash (held on your student id with a meal plan) for payment.
The campus is generally upbeat and never has a stressed-out feel. It's beautiful, and the squirrels are super cute.
The law school building itself is very nice, lots of natural light, including in the classrooms. Furniture is comfortable and there are plenty of power outlets.Admissions
Vanderbilt used the LSAC system so that everything could be submitted together, LSAT score, essay and application. I believe letters of recommendation were sent in separately by the recommenders, though I may not be remembering that correctly.
Classes were very good on the whole. Typical socratic method applied for first-year courses, though some professors would give advance notice to students who were "on-call" for the week. Practical study opportunities were increasing at the time I was there (addition of transactional drafting class stands out). International curriculum and opportunities were particularly excellent (classes at Vandy, study abroad, externship opportunities, and transnational journal). Only real weakness was the legal writing program. My legal writing professor was one-track minded and was a poor teacher and communicator.Quality of Life
Excellent on all counts. Great city, great neighborhood for the school, great school, great facilities, great cost of living. Amazing experience.Admissions
Comparable to other good schools' processes. Interviews have recently been added (I did not conduct one).
The Branstetter program in litigation, especially that program's capstone seminar, allows third year students to sort of "major" in litigation during their third year. I found this program to be invaluable to my later practice as a litigator.Quality of Life
A student body that is happier, and has more fun, that most law students.Admissions
Unlike most schools, VLS interviews potential applicants (a process in which I take part now as interviewer).
Vanderbilt still focuses on the Socratic method, but is integrating new pedagogy to great effect. The adjunct faculty, where used, is excellent, and there are opportunities to study abroad. Also, the school is very good at placing students in government and NGO wrk during the summers. Classes are competative but collegial, and class sizes are generally small. The faculty is top of the line.Quality of Life
Nashville is a great city with a great cost of living. The Vanderbilt campus is safe and beautiful, and centrally located.Admissions
LSAT, new interview process which was not in effect when I attended.