Vanderbilt University

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131 21st Avenue S
Nashville, TN 37203

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The Law School at Vanderbilt University has an application deadline of May 1. The full-time program application fee at the Law School at Vanderbilt University is $50. Its tuition is full-time: $48,160 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 12.6:1. The Law School at Vanderbilt University has 76 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

There are about 200 students in each class at Vanderbilt Law School, a private school in Nashville, Tenn. The first year curriculum is composed of mandatory courses; students can elect their own courses or take clinicals in their second and third years. Law students can complete joint degrees through other highly ranked academic schools at Vanderbilt including a J.D./MBA through the Owen Graduate School of Management; a J.D./M.D. through the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine; and a J.D./M.P.P. (Master of Public Policy) through Peabody College.  Vanderbilt also offers a Ph.D. in Law and Economics for students who will pursue a law degree and doctoral degree concurrently.

There are five academic journals for students to get involved with, including the Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. Students can study abroad during the summer through the Vanderbilt in Venice program, led by law faculty.

Notable alumni of Vanderbilt Law School include Robert Hays, Jr., chairman of international law firm King & Spalding; Fred Thompson, a former senator and "Law & Order" actor; and Pauline LaFon Gore, the mother of former Vice President Al Gore.

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Year founded 1874
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline May 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (615) 322-6452
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 76
Student-faculty ratio 12.6:1
Total faculty 89

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 566
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 206


Tuition and fees

full-time: $48,160 per year

Room and board $13,618


Employed at graduation2 67.9%
Median private sector starting salary $130,000
Median public service starting salary $57,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 639,509

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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