4.5 out of 5 Stars
The collegial atmosphere fostered by both students and faculty is second to none. It makes the experience of law school as enjoyable as it can be.Downers
The school's reach in terms of on campus recruiting in places like Florida and the West coast has room for improvement, but it does very well all major markets on the East coast (NY, DC) and mid-markets in the South and MidwestComments
Visit the school for an admitted students weekend. You will not be disappointed.Would You Recommend
Nice student body
The professors are great
The city is generally affordable for what you getDowners
The cost of Tuition, the lack of affordable parking options. Career services isn't very helpful overall.Comments
Know what you want before you enroll in terms of geographical location for employment. Vandy can put your anywhere but some markets will take a lot of effort to cack outside of the south.Would You Recommend
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
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).
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.
Great - I think a bit more emphasis on practical would have been nice, but from what I hear that's the case at all law schools. There is a wide range of classes offered, the students are all very bright and dedicated; faculty is very good about being accessible to students - Vanderbilt in Venice program was awesomeQuality of Life
cost of living was lower than where I was from; very safe area, great campus and facilities; campus is gorgeous; nice weather; students all very friendly; Nashville has a very unique culture which was a lot of funAdmissions
Difficult to remember - essay question, LSAT scores and GPA taken into account, other involvement; many scholarships offered