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Vanderbilt Law School

Rank 17 (USNWR 2022)
Median LSAT
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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 1,492 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.

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

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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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Does anyone know when the second seat deposit is at Vandy? :)
There is no second seat deposit for Vandy. The deposit date was April 12.
Ohhh interesting
Thank you!
My status checker doesn't appear to have a status note, are we updated exclusively through email?
I think so
how many people do we think Vandy let off the waitlist this year?
*Vandy will
@SwiftSnake7: @sophia123 Vandy had their second seat deposit on May 12th
@fripperyhamster: oh thank you!!
Hopefully they will make some offers from the waitlist now
anyone else get a feeler today?
i got a feeler!
what date did u guys get the feelers?
Any deadline applicants get an initial decision yet?
As in late march to April 1
joining in this vandy convo. anyone know how full the class is looking? i has a WL interview 2 weeks ago and i’m so anxious haha.
From the way my waitlist interview went it doesn’t seem ~super~ full yet! But who knows haha
Are there any admitted students who could say how many people are in the 2026 GroupMe? Should be a good way to see how full the class is
^this would be lovely haha
i got off the wl last week and just declined my offer so they prolly aren't full just yet
@ShadowstrikerNM: did you do a WL interview?
nope i didn’t get an interview just a feeler
Interesting. Did you send a LOCI?
i sent one back in early may!
I sent one too. I had a WL interview today. I wonder how they decide who gets interviews and who gets feelers lol
how was the interview? really hoping to get either haha
The interview was very casual. Didn’t even ask why Vandy. But I sent LOCIs both before and after decision
congrats on the A!!! that's so exciting
also that was so fast!
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