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Course Information

The JD program begins with a foundational first-year curriculum, with a broad range of choices for second and third year students. These include clinical courses focusing on civil, criminal and international law. You will be able to hone in on specific areas, and the curriculum is designed to ensure that you develop the knowledge and abilities that legal employers will look for.

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Admissions Statistics & Process

The admissions rate for Vanderbilt law is 24.4%.

You must register with the LSAC, take the LSAT, then register for CAS. You must have a bachelor’s degree in order to apply, or be expecting to receive one in that academic year. You must have two letters of recommendation alongside your resume and personal statement.

Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)
Overall Success Rate (Total Applicants : Total Spaces)

Key Dates

Vanderbilt operates a rolling admissions process. However, you must submit your application no later than 15th November 2022.

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Vanderbilt Law Interview Details

The Vanderbilt interview is designed so that the school can get to ‘know you better as a prospective student’ as well as to allow you to learn more about the university. The interviews are conducted nationwide with VLS alumni.

Previous Questions for Vanderbilt Law Interviews

Motivation and Interest in Law School

  • Why Vanderbilt?
  • Why law?
  • How has your time in the legal field shaped your perspective on law?
  • How do you see a legal education at Vanderbilt helping you achieve your career aspirations?
  • How do you plan to contribute to the Vanderbilt Law community and support your peers?
  • What are your views on the role of social justice in legal practice?
  • Can you discuss a recent legal case or development that you found particularly intriguing?
  • How do you stay informed about current events and legal developments?

Academic and Professional Background

  • Why did you choose this undergraduate school?
  • Talk about the experiences you had after college.
  • Please tell me about this part of your resume.

Career Goals and Future Plans

  • What do you want to do after you graduate from law school?
  • What is your planned career path after law school?
  • What are my future career aspirations?
  • What kind of law are you interested in practising?
  • Where do you want to practise law in the future?
  • How would a law degree help you reach your goals?

Personal Attributes and Qualities

  • What is something that isn’t on your resume that’s interesting about you?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Describe a challenging situation you faced and how you overcame it.
  • How do you handle stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance during demanding periods?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult team member. How did you handle the situation?
  • Describe a time when you had to adapt your strategy or approach due to new information or changing circumstances.
  • What role do you believe ethical considerations should play in legal practice and decision-making?
  • How do you ensure that your actions and decisions align with your ethical and professional principles?
  • Describe a situation where you had to take the initiative to address a problem or seize an opportunity.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously. How did you prioritise your tasks?
  • How do you define success, and what steps do you take to achieve it?

Interests and Passions:

  • What was your most rewarding experience outside the classroom?
  • What do you do with your free time?

Vanderbilt Law School Specific

  • How did you learn about Vanderbilt?
  • What aspects of Vanderbilt’s programs, curriculum, or resources are most appealing to you?
  • How do you plan to engage with the opportunities available at Vanderbilt to further your career objectives?
  • Are there any student organisations, clinics, or research centres at Vanderbilt that you are particularly interested in?

Relocation and Adjustment

  • What has your transition to the South been like (applicant recently relocated to the Deep South for work)?

Other Law Schools

  • What other schools are you applying to?

Additional Information for Admissions Committee

  • What is something you want to convey back to the admissions committee?
  • Tell me something you would like the admissions committee to know about you that doesn’t appear in your application.
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