Vanderbilt UniversityVanderbilt University is a private research university located in the southern part of the United States in Nashville, Tennessee. The university was founded in 1873 and is named after shipping and rail magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt.
Today, four undergraduate and six graduate schools comprise Vanderbilt. The university has approximately 12,000 students from all 50 U.S. states and over 90 foreign countries.
Vanderbilt is situated on a campus located in the heart of Nashville. Despite its urban surroundings, the campus itself is a national arboretum and features over 300 different species of trees and shrubs.
The law school
For more than 125 years, Vanderbilt Law School has trained excellent lawyers for careers throughout the United States and around the world. Located on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tennessee, the law school combines the advantages of a stimulating university community, a top-tier faculty, a small, carefully selected student body, and a vibrant, livable city.
Known for offering a rigorous academic program in a collegial, supportive atmosphere, Vanderbilt Law School attracts law students and faculty seeking a first-rate academic institution that also affords an excellent quality of life.
In 2002, the law school completed an extensive renovation and expansion project, and Vanderbilt now offers its students a state-of-the-art facility with wireless internet access throughout, situated on a park-like campus that is a national arboretum.
Tuition is approximately $45,000. Various forms of financial aid are available. Vanderbilt Law School awards merit-based scholarships to LL.M. students each year. Recipients are identified during the selection process and notified after admission to the program. All admitted candidates are considered for scholarship awards.
Prospective students should demonstrate that they have earned a university degree in law (the equivalent of a J.D. or LL.B. degree) from an accredited institution.
Each fall, a select group of foreign attorneys and international students from nations around the world comes to Vanderbilt Law School for a special year of advanced legal study. If you are selected, you will spend a challenging and productive year exploring American legal issues and legal research methods in classes with American law students.
Beyond the law school, you will have access to advice and support from Vanderbilt University's International Students and Scholars Office which serves the university's thriving international student community. More than that, you will experience life at a major American research university located in a sophisticated and and vibrant city.
LL.M. students have the opportunity to focus on specific areas of law and practice by selecting courses offered by the university's academic programs. LL.M. students choose from a broad range of electives, including courses in International Legal Studies, Law & Business, and Intellectual Property.
LL.M. students may choose to complete their degree requirements through either of two options:
Course Track: focus on courses
Students in the Course Track focus exclusively on course work, choosing their courses from the law school's extensive curriculum. You will earn 23 to 27 credits over two semesters, including the required "Introduction to Legal Research and Scholarly Writing" during your first semester. Your faculty adviser or a law school administrator will help you tailor your academic program to your career goals and intellectual interests.
Thesis Track: focus on research
The Thesis Track is for students who wish to complete a substantial research project that culminates in a scholarly paper. You will work closely with a faculty adviser with expertise in your area of study to choose course work that supports your research interests, conduct your research, and write your scholarly paper. Thesis Track students are required to earn 17 to 27 credits over two semesters which must include a substantial research and writing project (4 to 7 credits) and "Introduction to Legal Research and Scholarly Writing."
Only students with strong English language and writing skills who are capable of extended independent research should choose the Thesis Track option. Thesis Track applicants should have a well-developed research focus and indicate their interest in working closely with one or more Vanderbilt law professors in their applications. You may review the faculty profiles to consider whom you would like to pursue an individualized research program at Vanderbilt.