Vanderbilt Law School

Rank 17 (USNWR 2022)
Median LSAT
Median GPA
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Also known as

  • Vanderbilt Law School
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vandy

Vanderbilt Law School is a law school located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school was ranked 17 in 2022 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for Vanderbilt Law School is approximately 154.

Admissions website: https://law.vanderbilt.edu/prospective-students/admissions/

Admissions email: admissions@law.vanderbilt.edu

Admissions phone: 615-322-6452

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Vanderbilt Law School Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 165 169 170
GPA 3.7 3.89 3.95
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 6884 93
# Admissions offers 981 -
Class size 154 33
% Accepted 14.3% 94
% Yield 15.2% 2

During the 2022 application cycle, 6,884 people applied and 981 were offered admission.

Vanderbilt University has a 1L class size of 154, and yield of 15.19%. 149 out of 981 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 15.19% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at Vanderbilt University has a median LSAT of 169. The 25th percentile LSAT is 165 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 170.

The median GPA is 3.89. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.7 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.95.

Vanderbilt Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2021-2022

LSD has stats for 1,495 applicants for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

The graphs show applicant results plotted against GPA and LSAT. The dotted lines on the graphs represent the 25/50/75th percentiles reported by the school in their ABA 509 report from the previous year.

Each data point represents an LSD user that shared their application results for the benefit of future applicants.

Click on a data point to see that user's profile.

25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class

How much does Vanderbilt Law School cost per year?

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Cost of attending Vanderbilt Law School

In 2022, tuition was $66,342 and the annual cost of attending was $95,286 (tuition plus living expenses).

Cost of Attendance (CoA) is the estimated total amount you will have to spend every year to go to school. Unlike tuition, CoA includes expenses like rent, food, and insurance.

Vanderbilt Law School employment outcomes

JD graduates from Vanderbilt University make $170,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the private sector, a grad can expect to make $64,000.

60.7% of law graduates from Vanderbilt University go directly to work for law firms, while 21.5% clerk for a judge. 4.3% of graduates go into public interest.

92.5% of Vanderbilt University graduates pass the bar on their first try.

Some interesting facts about Vanderbilt Law School

A Balanced Approach

Among the nation’s leading law schools, Vanderbilt Law School stands out as a forward-thinking community of professionals committed to providing tomorrow’s lawyers with the knowledge, skills, and experience they need to tackle difficult problems locally, nationally, and globally in law, public service, business, government, or other areas where law and legal reasoning promote positive outcomes for individuals and society. Scholarship, professional development, and commitment to service for the greater good are integral components of a Vanderbilt legal education.

With about 155 students in each entering JD class, our smaller size allows greater access to an elite faculty in an unusually collegial and rigorous school culture. Drawn from across the nation and abroad, VLS students have remarkably varied backgrounds, experiences, and professional goals, while sharing a common commitment to challenge themselves and each other to excel.

With state-of-the-art facilities situated on a beautiful and vibrant university campus in a sophisticated and livable city, Vanderbilt offers a balanced approach to a productive and rewarding legal education.

Accessible Faculty, Collegial Culture

The central experience of a Vanderbilt legal education is working closely with our faculty of leading experts who approach teaching with the same careful preparation, skill, and enthusiasm they seek to foster in students embarking on professional careers. Lawyers must be team players in difficult circumstances, and Vanderbilt’s well-established active-learning culture promotes collegiality, collaboration, mutual support, and respect for others’ views as integral components of professional practice. Widely respected for their scholarly impact, professors draw on their cutting-edge scholarship to create engaging classroom courses connected to experiential learning opportunities that strengthen core and content legal expertise. Faculty members take an open-door approach, extending their availability to students well beyond class times.

An outstanding classroom curriculum reinforced by experiential and interdisciplinary approaches to advanced training in the second and third years are the hallmarks of a Vanderbilt legal education. Entering students begin their studies with Life of the Law, a course designed to distill the core ideas of legal education and provide tools and information that help beginning law students become productive and effective as quickly as possible. First-year sections of 55 to 60 students study torts, contracts, criminal law, civil procedure, property, and the regulatory state. Legal writing and a spring semester elective course round out the first-year curriculum.

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looks like a lot of nov apps r hearing from vandy rn
Vandy doing WL waves in succession by month. December applicants get WL tomorrow.
do we think that means big R wave coming soon?
Maybe after they're done handing out WL based on month applied
I'm getting WL tomorrow lol
i applied ED and got sent to RD and still haven't heard anything... looks like I will be catching an R soon
might be different for you then
@Kerfuffleuffelous: unironically if they fail to get me a decision before April 1st I am demanding my money back for the application fee
Genuinely curious what the point of me applying early was if it means I get tortured for 5 months whereas I've already heard from other institutions with arguably more applicants in substantially less time
If I missed the Nov WL wave does that mean an R?
@Mimosas-law: either A or R
Check spam tho, someone yesterday said the email went to their spam inbox
I too have missed all the waves so far, nothing in spam either
What time of day are the decisions typically released?
is today december WL wave?
if anything it's a late november wave i think, they only got through half of november yesterday
which is me :)
Are they for sure done w As?
I feel like there may be one more bc I haven't really seen a lot of later applicant As
How do they notify? Email?
Ya email I believe
another day another WL wave
when is vandy's deposit due
@JumpyOceanicBernard: i agree unless they're just not accepting people who applied after jan
@JumpyOceanicBernard: yeah that sounds right now. I was sure I was gonna be waitlisted but I missed yesterday’s December wl
But I’m ready to be rejected lmao
I missed late Nov/early Dec wl wave... praying for another round of As but I don't know how likely that is now :/
Hardly any Rs so far so I'm betting the next set of waves is R waves
When do we think the first R wave will be
Just got my WL from vandy lol. Early nov