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COLLEGIAL CULTURE, GLOBAL OUTLOOK. CLASSES THAT CONNECT THEORY TO PRACTICE. A CULTURE OF COLLABORATION AND COMPETITION. AN IDEAL PLACE TO STUDY LAW.
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CHRIS GUTHRIE | Dean | John Wade–Kent Syverud Professor of Law
An invitation from Dean Chris Guthrie I invite you to consider pursuing an LL.M. at Vanderbilt Law School for an important reason: the future of U.S. legal education is here. At Vanderbilt, you’ll discover an environment unique among American law schools. Collegial and supportive, challenging and academically rigorous, Vanderbilt offers a community where all of the elements required to create a great law school come together in ways that surpass expectations. Experience it, and you will find compelling reasons to make Vanderbilt your law school. You’ll find a distinguished faculty of internationally renowned experts who are leaders in their fields and a rigorous curriculum—including specialized academic programs in Law and Business, Intellectual Property and International Legal Studies, among other areas—which goes beyond providing outstanding training by connecting legal theory to real-world strategies, knowledge and experience. That approach offers many advantages when you interview for legal positions or continue practicing law. Here, you’ll find a community of talented students from around the globe, studying together in one of the best-designed law school buildings in the United States, situated on a beautiful university campus in a vibrant city. More importantly, you’ll find an extraordinarily collegial and collaborative school culture, the hallmark of a Vanderbilt legal education that our students have treasured for decades. You’ll discover that Vanderbilt truly stands apart from other top law schools for the premium we place on the classroom experience. Our students benefit from close faculty supervision and accessibility, and because of its small size and selectivity, our LL.M. program offers many other advantages. Finally, you’ll find yourself at home in one of America’s most livable cities. Like few other places, Vanderbilt’s location in Nashville, Tennessee, lets you balance the rigors of study with abundant opportunities to enjoy a city that offers a remarkable blend of cosmopolitan sophistication and the feel of a friendly small town. I invite you to discover these things for yourself. Sincerely yours,
CHRIS GUTHRIE Dean and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law J.D., B.A. Stanford University; Ed.M. Harvard University
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One year of intensive study. A lifetime of benefits. Each fall, approximately 60 internationally trained attorneys from all over the world come to Vanderbilt Law School for a year of intensive graduate legal study. Students in our LL.M. program spend a challenging and productive year learning about the American legal system, being trained in American legal research methods, and exploring global legal issues in classes with American law students. As you study alongside students enrolled in Vanderbilt’s three-year Juris Doctor program, you’ll gain valuable insights into how U.S. attorneys are educated as you learn how the American legal system works.
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Annual number of internationally trained lawyers and judges in our LL.M. program who learn alongside J.D. students
My Vanderbilt LL.M. was intellectually challenging, and it will definitely have a positive impact on my future career. I learned new things in every class, even in subjects where I had some prior knowledge. I liked learning about the differences in the U.S. legal system and approach to teaching law, why these differences exist, and what that means for an interconnected world. It was a lot of work, but it felt more like fun. SUSI FĂ–RSCHLER | Class of 2017 | Berlin, Germany Associate, DWF Germany, Berlin Upon graduation in 2017, Susi was an associate with DWF Germany through 2020, when she joined the German Federal Ministry of Finance in Berlin as a desk officer and referentin (consultant).
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A top-tier education in the American legal system
A stimulating and collegial academic culture
A faculty of leading scholars and specialists in every area of law
Courses that connect outstanding theoretical training to 21st century law practice
A community that promotes professional excellence
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Peruvian attorney Alvaro Manrique Barrenechea worked as an arbitral secretary at the Centro de Arbitraje de la Cámara de Comercio de Lima before moving to Nashville in 2015. He decided to earn an LL.M. after joining the staff of Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, a legal nonprofit that represents low-income immigrants. “My experience at JFON revived my passion for the legal profession,” he recalls. Alvaro passed the New York bar exam in February 2020 and now works as a member of TN-JFON’s legal staff.
Vanderbilt puts LL.M. students in the same challenge for students experiencing the you to practice law in an English-speaking
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classroom with J.D. students. This is a class in a foreign language, but it prepares system. ALVARO MANRIQUE BARRENECHEA | Class of 2019 | Lima, Peru
Assistant Director, Education and Outreach, Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors
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Learn from leading legal scholars. Vanderbilt’s faculty ranked 10th among U.S. law schools in a study, “Scholarly Impact of Law Faculties in 2018: Updating Leiter Scores to Rank the Top Third,” conducted by a team led by University of St. Thomas professor Gregory Sisk. The ranking is based on citations of faculty work from 2013 to 2017.
Learning to think like a lawyer remains the bedrock of a sound legal education. Vanderbilt’s faculty is known for teaching students the rigorous analytic and problem-solving skills used by legal professionals. Consistently ranked among the most productive in the nation, Vanderbilt Law professors are known nationally and internationally for their work in such areas as corporate and business law, law and economics, international law, environmental and property law, energy law, intellectual property law, criminal law, complex litigation, constitutional law, law and neuroscience, social justice, health law and policy, and bioethics.
As a result, Vanderbilt students learn about the law from some of the nation’s leading legal scholars. Faculty expertise translates into engaging coursework that takes students to the cutting edge of current legal scholarship. More than that, Vanderbilt faculty are committed teachers and mentors, and our school’s small size allows students to enjoy substantial access to faculty throughout their time in law school. The availability of faculty to work with and come to know students as individuals both in and out of class adds greatly to the value of a Vanderbilt legal education. VANDERBILT LAW | 06
Knowing how the U.S. legal system works will help me understand the concerns that U.S. clients have while doing business in Brazil. MARCELLA CRUZ | Class of 2020 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
As a senior associate with Veirano Advogados, one of Brazil’s leading law firms, Marcella often found herself working with U.S. clients doing business in Brazil. When her firm offered her a scholarship to earn an LL.M. in the U.S., she chose Vanderbilt. “When I researched law schools in the U.S., it was clear that Vanderbilt was top-ranked. I also liked that classes are small and that I would study with J.D. students,” she said. “Studying at Vanderbilt gave me insight into the concerns my American clients have while doing business in Brazil. I gained confidence in the English language and in understanding U.S. law, and my professors and classes truly exceeded my expectations. Civil law is so completely different than common law, so I learned new things in every class.”
I definitely recommend Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program to foreign students who want to go back to their home countries. I gained deeper knowledge of my specialty, corporate law, while learning about another legal system, and my LL.M. classes at Vanderbilt pushed my boundaries intellectually. It was fascinating to learn how similar legal systems are, and Professor Yesha Yadav’s Securities Regulation class opened up an entire new career path for me. SHREEMOYEE BHADURI | Class of 2017 | Pune, India LL.M. Merit Scholar; Research Assistant for Professor Randall Thomas
At Vanderbilt, LL.M. students are fully integrated into the law school. I was able to take the classes I wanted, make friends with American students, and visit professors during office hours. I felt like I truly belonged.
OSCAR DEL BRUTTO | LL.M. Class of 2020 | Guayaquil, Ecuador Coronel & Pérez Abogados
Oscar practices and teaches contract law in Ecuador. He chose Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program because he wanted to learn more about the American legal system and about the Socratic method of teaching. “I learned so much in Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program about the fundamentals of American law and the U.S. legal system— and how they affect American society and its view of the rest of the world. It was an enriching experience on many levels,” he said. “My professors were brilliant scholars whose work moves the frontiers of the law, and they were also good teachers who were willing to help me and guide me.”
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International presence. International reach. Law practice is a global endeavor, and when you graduate, you’ll become part of Vanderbilt’s global alumni community. Vanderbilt attracts highly qualified students and faculty from throughout the U.S. and abroad because of its prestige and because it prepares students to have an international impact. Vanderbilt’s LL.M. graduates include leaders in law, government, academia, business and public service in 45 nations. Vanderbilt Law J.D. graduates are represented in the American judiciary, in almost every branch of the U.S. government, as U.S. attorneys and federal defenders, in the U.S. Congress and state legislatures and government agencies, as managing partners of major international law firms, as corporate officers and counsel, on law faculty, heading influential advocacy groups, and in law offices in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and working with law firms, corporations and NGOs in 40 nations.
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Ray Liu, Class of 2011, is head of the Beijing office of Dorsey & Whitney, where he is a global partner who practices in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Group and U.S.-China Practice Group. Ray joined Dorsey, where he focuses on international commercial litigation and arbitration and cross-border M&A, in 2013 from an in-house position at Bank of China New York Branch. Born and raised in Beijing, Ray earned his LL.B. from China University of Political Science and Law and achieved PRC Legal Professional Qualification. After earning his LL.M. at Vanderbilt, he sat for the New York bar exam and is admitted to practice in the State of New York. He was named to China Business Law Journal’s 2019 A-List of elite China lawyers. VANDERBILT LAW | 08
The reality lawyers now face is that an increasingly important share of the global economy is intangible, and that means a much greater role for intellectual property. In addition, a global economy means a flat world in which international law means at least as much as domestic law for many lawyers. Those are the foundations of Vanderbiltâ€™s Intellectual Property Program. DANIEL GERVAIS | Milton R. Underwood Professor of Law
Faculty Co-Director, LL.M. Program | Director, Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program
Professor Gervais is the author of The TRIPS Agreement: Drafting History and Analysis, the leading treatise on the treaty that governs international intellectual property rights. He is a past president of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) and was the first American law professor admitted to the Academy of Europe. His 2017 book, (Re)Structuring Copyright: A Comprehensive Path to Copyright Reform, proposes a simplified system that would make creative works more accessible and ensure their creators receive adequate payment. In 2019, he developed a new class, Robots, Artificial Intelligence and the Law, to teach students how to navigate evolving areas of the law and their intersections with established law.
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A highly ranked law school Vanderbilt Law School ranked 18th in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 ranking of U.S. law schools, and VLS consistently receives high rankings for classroom experience and quality of life.
Professor Yesha Yadav worked as legal counsel with the World Bank in its finance, private-sector development and infrastructure unit before joining Vanderbilt’s faculty, where she teaches Securities Regulation, Corporate Bankruptcy and Financial Markets. Her current research focuses on evolving regulatory responses to innovations in financial engineering, market microstructure and globalization. She is a member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and has served as honorary adviser to India’s Financial Services Law Reform Commission and on the Atlantic Council’s Task Force on Divergence and the Transatlantic Financial Reform and G-20 Agenda. She is faculty co-director of the LL.M. program, associate dean for equity, diversity and community, and a 2019–21 Chancellor Faculty Fellow.
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Skills that benefit many career paths In your law classes at Vanderbilt, you will gain new intellectual tools that enable you to thrive in the global legal environment as well as a solid understanding of how the American legal system works and how American lawyers practice. These skills increase your value as a legal professional in any field in which you choose to practice.
You will also find courses that allow you to hone your analytical, problem-solving, negotiation, dispute resolution, speaking and writing skills. In fact, the skills you gain through Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program will benefit you in any professional setting or career path.
The most valuable thing I learned is the rigorous analysis method used to figure out complicated legal problems. I liked the small classes, and studying with J.D. students helped me understand how lawyers in America deal with legal issues. KEJIA ZHAO | J.D. Class of 2022 | Shanghai, China Kejia came to Vanderbilt with more than 15 years of legal experience in China, where he worked as a government lawyer in Kunming and as a corporate and civil litigator in Shanghai. While taking his LL.M. classes as a merit scholar, he realized he wanted to take a deeper dive into the study of American law and transferred to Vanderbilt’s three-year J.D. program. “When I began taking classes at Vanderbilt, I saw many things I wanted to learn!” he said.
My career goal is to work in an international law firm specializing in intellectual property and the new technologies. At Vanderbilt, I could earn an LL.M. at a prestigious American law school with a strong IP program and take my classes with J.D. students. MANON GUÉDEU | Class of 2020 | Paris, France Manon received a scholarship to study at Vanderbilt through a program available to law students at the Center for Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg. In addition to her CEIPI master’s degree in European and international intellectual property law, she holds a master’s in intellectual property law from the University of Bordeaux and a B.A. of law from the University of Paris. VANDERBILT LAW | 11
Professor Ganesh Sitaraman, who teaches and writes about constitutional law, economic policy, foreign affairs, democracy and the regulatory state, has emerged as a leading public intellectual of his generation. His 2019 book, The Great Democracy: How to Fix Our Politics, Unrig the Economy and Unite America, offers a bold, transformative agenda for achieving real democracy. He is also the author of The Crisis of the Middle-Class Constitution, which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2017. His 2012 book, The Counterinsurgentâ€™s Constitution: Law in the Age of Small Wars, won the 2013 Palmer Civil Liberties Prize. Professor Sitaraman is a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States and a member of the American Law Institute.
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The Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law was ranked fifth among the 162 international law journals edited and published by students at U.S. law schools for its scholarly impact by the Washington & Lee Law Journal Ranking Project in 2019.
Vanderbilt students are creative, thoughtful and engaged in the classroom. As a faculty, we care deeply about teaching, and we challenge our students to improve and grow. GANESH SITARAMAN | Professor of Law Director, Program in Law and Government
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Learn how the American legal system works. All LL.M. and first-year J.D. students begin their studies with The Life of the Law, an intensive introductory course in which students learn about the structure of American government and the American legal system. They also acquire techniques and strategies for learning the law, such as analytical reasoning, reading like an expert, and briefing cases. Finally, the class introduces the Socratic method of teaching and offers small-group exercises.
Choose Your Course of Study The Vanderbilt faculty’s broad range of expertise allows LL.M. students to study virtually any area of law, including international intellectual property, litigation, constitutional law, criminal justice, health policy and environmental law, through programs that connect rigorous intellectual training in legal theory to 21st century law practice. Students choose one of three tracks within the LL.M. degree program: the Course Track, students focus exclusively on coursework, choosing their courses from the law school’s extensive curriculum. A faculty adviser or a law school administrator will help you tailor your academic program to your career goals and intellectual interests.
Thesis Track is designed for students who have a well-developed research focus and wish to work closely with one or more Vanderbilt law professors to complete a substantial research project that culminates in a scholarly paper. In this track, you will work closely with a faculty adviser with expertise in your area of study while choosing courses that support your research interests, conducting legal research, and writing a scholarly paper.
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is specifically designed for students who seek intensive academic and professional training in corporate law, securities regulation, finance, accounting, and the principles of corporate governance. Students develop an understanding not only of the legal and regulatory environment in which businesses operate, but also of corporate governance, the principles of finance and accounting, and the economic and financial frameworks of transactions.
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I learned a great deal during my LL.M. at Vanderbilt, much more than I’d initially hoped. The courses I took were both practically and theoretically enormously enriching. They gave me insight into matters I did not know enough about, allowing me to go home with a broader and deeper knowledge of many areas of law. CELINE FEYS | Class of 2018 | Ghent, Belgium Associate, Stibbe Belgium, Brussels
LL.M. and J.D. students start their coursework at Vanderbilt with The Life of the Law, an introductory class all entering students take. The course, which provides an introduction to the American legal system and the study of law, was developed by two Vanderbilt Law professors, Tracey George (right) and Suzanna Sherry, and became the basis for their book, What Every Law Student Really Needs to Know. TRACEY E. GEORGE Charles B. Cox III and Lucy D. Cox Family Professor of Law and Liberty Professor of Political Science
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Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program provided me with an invaluable cultural experience and the opportunity to explore the basics of common law. Our American clients like to see that we know where they are coming from when working on cross-border matters. I liked the focus on the practice of law, and Vanderbilt’s faculty is exceptional. SÖREN ALBORN | Class of 2020 | Munich, Germany Associate, Bird & Bird
Sören practiced law at Bird & Bird in Munich before earning his LL.M. at Vanderbilt, which he chose because of its high rankings and strong intellectual property curriculum. “U.S. LL.M. degrees are highly regarded in Germany because it shows employers, both law firms and companies, that you know how to work in an international environment,” he said. “The cultural experience, fluency in English and basic knowledge in a common-law jurisdiction give you a competitive edge.” Sören especially enjoyed his Intellectual Property Survey class with Professor Joseph Fishman. “Professor Fishman is an amazing teacher, and the course gives you an overview of all of the basics of U.S. intellectual property law,” he said. He described his short course in Trademark Law as “very dense and challenging—you learn what you need to know about U.S. trademark law in a single week!”
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LL.M. Tracks Course Track Law and Business Track Thesis Track
Collegial culture, global outlook Law graduates must be team players, and Vanderbilt’s wellestablished culture promotes collaboration in a challenging learning environment. Students choose Vanderbilt for its long-standing reputation for collegiality, professionalism and relationship building, and because they recognize that mutual support, teamwork and respect for others’ views are essential to professional success. In fact, our students and alumni consistently say that the strong sense of community among their colleagues here is one of the most valuable and enduring aspects of a Vanderbilt legal education.
Law practice is increasingly global, and Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program prepares graduates for legal practice in a world in which few lawyers work only with the laws of a single nation. Our LL.M. students benefit from Vanderbilt’s broad curriculum, small-school culture, and interactive classes in which they study alongside J.D. students in an enriched learning environment.
The American legal system is unique—it is fundamentally different from that in any other country. I wanted to better understand the governmental structure that underlies U.S. international decision-making and benefit from a first-rate education in international and foreign affairs matters. SEBASTIEN PEPIN | Class of 2016 | London, U.K. Deputy Counsel, International Chamber of Commerce, Paris, France Sebastien’s desire to pursue international law practice led him to earn an LL.M. at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands before coming to Vanderbilt. He had previously earned law degrees in both the U.K. and France through a program offered by King’s College in London in conjunction with the University of Paris, and he also worked at the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands on the team defending former Côte d’Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo and in the international arbitration departments of three law firms in Paris. VANDERBILT LAW | 17
Benefit from intensive legal English training. Vanderbilt LL.M. students benefit from an intensive program designed to provide the language and academic skills they need to succeed in a demanding educational program at a top U.S. law school. The program begins with a four-week introductory course at the law school during the summer, scheduled before your LL.M. courses begin. Provided in association with the Vanderbilt University English Language Center, Vanderbilt’s Legal English program includes intensive instruction in oral and written
Legal Writing was very challenging in the first semester, but it helped me gain legal writing skills at the early stage of the LL.M. program. There were lots of opportunities to write and revise drafts based on the professor’s comments. MAIKO MIYARA | Class of 2017 | Tokyo, Japan Attorney-at-Law, Nishimura & Asahi
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communication and small-group discussions, legal research and scholarly writing. You’ll also practice responding quickly and concisely in large-group discussions. To enhance your academic training, your classes in Legal English continue throughout your year of study at Vanderbilt. These extra classes increase your exposure to the language of U.S. law while you learn American legal principles and precepts in your law classes.
MAIKO MIYARA earned her bachelor of laws at the University of Tokyo and worked for the Legal Training and Research Institute of the Supreme Court of Japan before earning her Vanderbilt LL.M. Maiko took the Legal English course Vanderbilt offers before LL.M. classes began, and she enjoyed her Legal Writing class in the first semester, which was specifically tailored to LL.M. students. “The teaching style at Vanderbilt was very different from Japan,” she said. “On my first day of Contracts class, Professor Allensworth called on me twice. I was shocked!” However, Contracts became one of Maiko’s favorite classes, in part because of Professor Allensworth’s teaching. “She was very kind and encouraged me,” she said.
Learn to conduct legal research in the U.S. During the fall semester, all LL.M. students take Introduction to Legal Research and Writing in the United States, a course that provides a distinct academic forum in which LL.M. students learn: n
How to conduct legal research in the U.S.;
The fundamental, generally accepted conventions of written legal analysis and citation in the U.S.; and
The basic vocabulary of legal analysis and advocacy in the U.S.
I thought the experience of meeting other lawyers from around the world and experiencing a U.S. college experience would be life-enriching. I was right! The caliber of teaching at Vanderbilt is very high—it’s like being in court every day! You have to go to class really prepared. All of my professors were extremely knowledgeable and approachable— they are all dynamic public speakers, and they use the Socratic teaching method to get the most out of every class. NIKKI CHAMBERLAIN | Class of 2016 | Auckland, New Zealand Senior Associate, MinterEllisonRuddWatts
Nikki sat for the Tennessee bar exam and taught the LL.M. Legal Writing courses at Vanderbilt during 2016–17 before joining the law faculty at the University of Auckland, where she lectured in torts, privacy and the law of family property. She deferred her admission to Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program for a year to accept a promotion to senior associate at MinterEllisonRuddWatts, the Auckland law firm where she had practiced commercial litigation since 2007 and rejoined the firm as a senior associate in 2019. She earned her LL.B. at the University of Auckland with honors.
PREPARE FOR THE NEW YORK BAR EXAM Each year, approximately half of Vanderbilt’s LL.M. graduates choose to sit for the New York state bar examination. Vanderbilt ensures that all LL.M. students who plan to sit for the exam take the courses required by the New York bar. You may also choose to take a summer preparation course at Vanderbilt after graduation, which allows you to remain in Nashville and at Vanderbilt while studying for the New York bar exam. Vanderbilt also assists LL.M. students who wish to fulfill the New York bar’s pro bono service requirement while in Nashville. VANDERBILT LAW | 19
Connect theory to practice. Vanderbilt is a leader in designing innovative academic programs and coursework that connect outstanding theoretical training with 21st-century law practice. LL.M. students join first-year J.D. students during orientation week for The Life of the Law, an intensive one-week class in which students learn core concepts relevant to American
legal education, including the structure of the U.S. government and legal system, cross-cutting legal doctrines, and interdisciplinary approaches to legal analysis. The class prepares you for the rigorous theoretical training you will receive during your LL.M. year.
I wanted to learn more about U.S. law in theory and in practice so I could focus on international transactions. I learned so much at Vanderbilt about the fundamentals of American law and the U.S. legal system—and how they affect American society and its view of the rest of the world. My year at Vanderbilt was an enriching experience on many levels. YASMIM ARAUJO | Class of 2020 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Associate Attorney, Gustavo Padilha Advogados, Rio de Janeiro
Yasmim came to Vanderbilt with five years of civil litigation and arbitration experience at her firm. “I took Corporations because I knew it would be useful to learn the basics of how businesses in the U.S. operate, and Professor [Randall] Thomas made me love corporate law—I would truly anticipate class,” she said. “Even if you do not want to practice corporate law, the class provides relevant basic information for foreign lawyers.” Yasmim also worked as a research assistant for Professor Thomas. “The program is rigorous, but in a good way,” she said. “I felt supported by professors to try my best, so it was never too much.” Chutian Wang, J.D. Class of 2021, entered Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program in fall 2019 after receiving merit scholarships from both the China Scholarship Council and the China University of Political Science and Law, where she earned her LL.B. and B.A. in economics. A native of Beijing, Chutian plans to practice international corporate law. She has transferred to Vanderbilt’s J.D. program, which requires an additional two years of study. “Vanderbilt’s excellent faculty and staff attracted me to stay longer!” she said. “America has the most advanced corporate law system in the world. Lawyers from many countries learn from that system.” As a member of the J.D. Class of 2021, she is earning the J.D. Law and Business Certificate. “I will be proficient in corporate law as a transactional lawyer when I graduate from Vanderbilt,” she said. VANDERBILT LAW | 20
Preconceptions and ideology play far too great a role in environmental law and policy making. I encourage students to question underlying assumptions in ways that will help us draft better laws and make better policies. MICHAEL VANDENBERGH | David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law
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EDWARD CHENG’S search for innovative alternatives that would promote more discussion among scholars of legal evidence law led him to launch a new podcast, Excited Utterance, in fall 2016. The podcast’s name alludes to a wellknown exception to the “hearsay rule” in evidence law, and the format is simple: In each podcast, Professor Cheng interviews another legal scholar about his or her current research. He now has more than 3,500 subscribers, and the more than 90 podcasts produced since he launched the program address such topics as the implications of body cameras worn by police officers, problems with the quality of evidence produced by police laboratories, expert testimony and the use of scientific evidence in court. Professor Cheng hopes the podcast will make scholarship focusing on evidence law more accessible to a wider audience. “A lot of research gets lost in journals because people have to invest the time in finding and reading lengthy articles,” he said. “Our listeners can become exposed to a wide variety of evidence research in 25 minutes a week, perhaps while they’re commuting or doing household chores. It’s a new format through which the ‘evidence community’ can connect.”
Vanderbilt was a natural intellectual fit for me because it has a really amazing concentration of scholars who do interdisciplinary research. EDWARD K. CHENG | Hess Professor in Law Professor Cheng is a co-author of Modern Scientific Evidence, a five-volume treatise that is updated annually. Since joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty, he has earned a Ph.D. in statistics at Columbia University to support his scholarly work on the interaction between law and statistics. He has won Vanderbilt’s student-selected Hall Hartman Award for Outstanding Teaching seven times.
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Number of studentpublished scholarly journals Vanderbilt Law Review – established in 1947 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law – established in 1965 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment & Technology Law – established in 1967 Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review – established in 2007 and produced in conjunction with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.
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During fall 2020, Vanderbilt Law School is following a set of public health protocols developed for all Vanderbilt University schools by experts at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the School of Nursing in consultation with national, state and local public health officials. Every member of our community must observe these protocols to maintain a safe environment for all. We have adapted interior spaces throughout the law school building to allow you to move safely while you are in the building and to enable faculty to safely deliver the outstanding educational experience Vanderbilt is known for.
Vanderbilt Law faculty are members of the American Law Institute, an independent organization of legal scholars, practitioners and judges that promotes the clarification and simplification of U.S. common law.
INGRID BRUNK WUERTH (pictured here), who holds the Helen Strong Curry Chair in International Law and serves as associate dean for academic affairs, was one of six professors honored with 2020 Hall-Hartman Teaching Awards, which are voted on by students. Dean Wuerth was honored for her upper-level Foreign Affairs class. An expert in foreign affairs, public international law and transnational litigation, she directs Vanderbiltâ€™s Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program. She is a member of the American Law Institute and was named a Reporter for the Restatement (Fourth) of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States. VANDERBILT LAW | 24
Classes that connect theory to practice. Law practice is increasingly specialized, and Vanderbilt offers several wellestablished academic programs that allow LL.M. students to gain in-depth exposure to fast-evolving technical and complex areas of law. Law and Business. Build expertise in business law,
Criminal Justice. Focus on international criminal law,
corporate management and commercial transactions through an intensive upper-level curriculum that includes transactional seminars. Faculty include experts in corporate and commercial transactions and litigation, bankruptcy, antitrust, tax, arbitration and economics. A certificate in Law and Business is available.
criminal theory and practice, criminal procedure, juvenile justice, mental health law and other areas through courses taught by noted scholars in fields such as evidence, criminal procedure, human rights, law and neuroscience, the law of war, and juvenile justice. Social Justice. Explore the role of law in creating,
Intellectual Property. Focus on copyright and patent law,
both domestic and international, through an array of courses taught by international intellectual property expert Daniel Gervais, who serves as faculty co-director of the LL.M. program, as well as patent law expert Sean Seymore, copyright law scholar Joseph Fishman and noted practitioners. Energy, Environment and Land Use. Explore energy,
environment and land use regulation through courses taught by regulatory experts. Students may also take advantage of interdisciplinary research opportunities through the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment and the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network, which is a team of faculty and graduate and professional students representing several Vanderbilt University schools and academic departments.
perpetuating and eradicating hierarchies of power and privilege through a curriculum that includes seminars and directed research projects along with ample opportunities for pro bono legal work. Law and Government. Prepare for careers in public
law and policy through a comprehensive curriculum taught by faculty with nationally recognized expertise in constitutional and public law. Law and Innovation. Anticipate the opportunities created by
changes in law and legal practice. Launched in 2015 to train the next generation of lawyers to succeed in tomorrowâ€™s legal environment, this program offers curriculum and activities focused on four related themes: the legal industry, legal technologies, legal innovation and entrepreneurship, and access to legal services.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution. Gain both a practical and
conceptual understanding of the various methods the U.S. justice system employs to resolve disputes through an array of advanced courses taught by leading scholars, practitioners and judges. International Legal Studies. Examine cutting-edge topics
in international law, ranging from international mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions and securities regulations to conflicts of law, criminal law, intellectual property, energy and environmental regulation, human rights and constitutional law. Gain opportunities to work on substantive projects on behalf of governments, international institutions and courts, and NGOs through the International Practice Lab.
Number of short courses taught by judges and highprofile lawyers in 2019â€“20
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A renowned Law and Business Program Drawing its curriculum from Vanderbilt’s outstanding Law and Business J.D. Program, Vanderbilt’s Law and Business LL.M. Track offers intensive academic and professional training in corporate law, securities regulation, finance, accounting and the principles of corporate governance, with the goal of producing lawyers who understand the legal and regulatory environment in which businesses operate. The program includes classes focusing on such topics as corporate governance, the principles of finance and accounting, and the economic and financial frameworks of transactions. Graduates may use their Law and Business training to pursue careers in business law, as government regulators,
or in other international posts that benefit from an excellent understanding of business law and corporate management. Because Law and Business graduates understand how businesses operate, they return to their home countries prepared to work effectively with business executives, managers and directors to navigate laws and regulations governing business activities. Law and Business students take a core curriculum of required courses and may choose their remaining courses from among Vanderbilt’s rich array of electives, including courses in corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, bankruptcy law, antitrust law, and secured and global transactions.
I wanted to learn about corporate law from an American perspective, and Vanderbilt offered the Law and Business Certificate. My Corporations class provided a good overview of how the different legal entities available under American law work. For transactional lawyers, the M&A course with Professor [Randall] Thomas is a must because of his detailed analysis of various transactions from both legal and business perspectives. THOMAS NIETLISPACH | Class of 2020, Law & Business Certificate | Zurich, Switzerland
Thomas applied to Vanderbilt after Meyerlustenberg colleague Ricardo Schlatter ’15 recommended its LL.M. program. “I work in transactional law in Switzerland, and we have lots of U.S. clients,” he said. “The courses required to earn the Law and Business Certificate help you gain a better understanding of the way they think and their needs. You also take Accounting and Finance classes, which you really need to understand when you work as a business lawyer. Those courses were really helpful.”
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Law and business are inextricably linked; lawyers work in teams with executive managers, board members and investment bankers. We foster that relationship with our Law and Business Program. RANDALL S. THOMAS John S. Beasley II Professor of Law and Business Director, Law and Business Program Professor of Management, Owen Graduate School of Management Professor Thomas joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2000 to launch the Law and Business Program. Articles he has authored or co-authored have frequently been selected as among the “Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles” by The Corporate Practice Commentator, an annual compendium of leading scholarship in corporate law.
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I practice corporate law, and I wanted to learn more about how the American legal system works. I chose Vanderbilt because it has a Law and Business Program, and because students here get individual attention from faculty and staff. SUSUMU TANIZAWA | Class of 2012 Associate, Nishimura & Asahi, Tokyo
Susumu earned his LL.B. at the University of Tokyo. He is a co-author, with three other Nishimura & Asahi attorneys, of the Japan chapter of Getting the Deal Through—Banking Regulation 2010, published by Law Business Research. He pursued the Law and Business Track. “In my practice, I often discussed cases with American lawyers and admired their creative thinking,” Susumu said. “I was very impressed with the way American law schools taught case law, and I wanted to get such a background.”
65 students in each IL section
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VLS ranked 11th in Above the Law’s “Top 50 Law Schools 2020,” a ranking based on employment outcomes.
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A strong focus on international law. Vanderbilt’s strength in international law provides our LL.M. students an important advantage: ample opportunities to take courses that will immediately inform your legal practice in your home country. Through our highly regarded International Legal Studies Program, you will have access to courses that allow you to gain expertise in such key areas of international law as corporate law, transactions and finance law, trade policy, intellectual
property law, tax law, foreign relations, comparative constitutional law, litigation, human rights law and criminal law. The program is directed by Timothy Meyer, who studies international lawmaking, trade regulation and financial regulation. In addition to its acclaimed full-time faculty, the program also includes experienced attorneys, judges and policy makers who teach short courses here each year.
Professor Timothy Meyer, who heads Vanderbilt’s International Legal Studies Program, is an expert in international lawmaking and compliance, currently working at the intersection of environmental law and financial regulation. His research examines the interaction of international and local rules on energy subsidies, the role of local governments in free trade agreements, the relationship between international energy institutions and the creation of non-binding “soft law” obligations. He is also the co-author (with Andrew Guzman) of a book on international “soft law” forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Professor Meyer has testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and has served as a consultant and expert on international law issues in litigation in U.S. courts. Early in his career, Professor Meyer represented the U.S. in commercial arbitrations and real property transaction as an attorney for the U.S. Department of State.
Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program far exceeded my expectations—the number of courses, their indepth content and the academic rigor. I acquired a solid foundation in trademark, copyright and international intellectual property law. I was also trained to use the tools needed to meet the challenges posed by artificial intelligence and robots and blockchain and quantum computing. RAPHAËLLE DONNET | Class of 2019 | Paris, France Attorney, Intellectual Property Law, Re:Sources, Paris
Raphaëlle received the Vanderbilt Law School – CEIPI Université de Strasbourg LL.M. Scholarship Award, which includes an opportunity to work as a research assistant to intellectual property expert Daniel Gervais, who is faculty co-director of the LL.M. program.
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Gain concrete experience in Vanderbilt’s International Practice Lab. Students in Vanderbilt’s innovative Practice Lab do substantive legal work under Professor Michael Newton’s direction for such clients as the United Nations; the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, Homeland Security and Defense; the governments of Afghanistan, Kosovo, Israel and Uganda; the Sierra Leone Special Court; and the International Criminal Court. They have also supported
domestic attorneys and judges in Kenya, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Vanderbilt students have supported the investigation and prosecution of human trafficking and acts of terrorism and helped litigate cases on behalf of the American Bar Association’s Justice Defenders Program.
The work my students have done is reflected in treaties, statutes, decisions and negotiating histories across the globe.
MICHAEL A. NEWTON | Professor of the Practice of Law Students in Professor Newton’s International Law Practice Lab have completed legal work supporting the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, Homeland Security and Defense, the International Bar Association, the International Criminal Court, the Iraqi High Tribunal, and a number of United Nations and global human rights organizations.
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A culture of collaboration and competition Even as they challenge one another in an intensive learning environment, Vanderbilt Law students have gained a reputation for collegiality, professionalism and building relationships. That culture permeates every aspect of the law school. In the classroom, professors take a strong interest in students and work closely with them to promote their success. Outside class, students develop as leaders and as team players by engaging in one or more of the 40 student organizations. When you enroll in Vanderbilt Law School, you become a member of the Vanderbilt Bar Association, which manages the law schoolâ€™s
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student organizations and coordinates social activities. For example, the VBA matches incoming LL.M. students with J.D. mentors who share their interests, as well as providing study tips, outlines and advice on summer job interviews and student activities. Vanderbiltâ€™s student organizations serve as a hub for social events, provide co-curricular support for what students are learning in the classroom, and enable students to meet others with similar career interests and cultural backgrounds. Connecting with other students through involvement in professional, social and volunteer organizations also helps students make a healthy adjustment to the rigors of law school.
Number of student organizations
A balanced approach While free time during law school can seem scarce, most students find it important to balance the demands of study by joining one or more organizations for professional advancement, personal development, community service and professional networking. Nonprofessional student organizations devoted to everything from soccer to religious fellowship to knitting are encouraged and supported. Vanderbilt University provides a wide array of services to meet your academic and personal needs. LL.M. students also receive support from a dedicated international student services coordinator.
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A community focused on your success Vanderbilt is, first and foremost, a student-centered law school. Our small size relative to other top law schools affords a more intimate learning environment, and our LL.M. program is founded on a core strength Vanderbilt has maintained for decades—quality teaching.
as well as a café and comfortable student lounges. In the Massey Law Library, you’ll find quiet, comfortable study areas and staff who can help you identify available resources and find information you need in printed or electronic format.
The law school building, which is one of the most modern and well-designed in the United States, offers universitywide Wi-Fi, high-speed networking, well-equipped classrooms, a computer lab and onsite support presence,
Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program director provides year-round, personalized support to individual students, and the university’s Office of International Student and Scholar Services offers a wide array of services to meet your personal needs.
My year at Vanderbilt was one of the most challenging years of my life, and my LL.M. was a turning point in my career—I have job opportunities now that I did not have before. I feel prepared to meet my clients’ needs in a broader way, and I also built a network of international connections. VITTORIA BRUSCHI SPERANDIO | LL.M. 2020 |
Londrina, Brazil Associate Lawyer, Castro Law Firm, Londrina
Vittoria practiced law for three years before earning her LL.M. at Vanderbilt. “I wanted to boost my career, and Vanderbilt’s LL.M. is professionally focused and academically challenging,” she said. “Vanderbilt is also known for offering a healthy environment for students. Students and faculty work together as a community.” She recommends LL.M. students take Civil Procedure. “You must be willing to work hard, but you will acquire a broad notion of American legal procedure you can apply to almost all of your other courses,” she said. “It is an important course if you plan to work in an American jurisdiction and is a heavily tested subject on the New York bar exam.”
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Vanderbilt is a community of students and scholars, all working to understand the law. Our daily interactions with each other make us all better at what we do. CHRISTOPHER SERKIN | Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dean Serkin has received Hall-Hartman Awards for Outstanding Teaching, both for his first-year Property class and his upper-level class in Local Government Law.
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A leading law school at Founded in 1874 in conjunction with Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Law School has trained distinguished and influential lawyers, policy makers and public servants for more than 145 years. Consistently ranked among the top law schools in the United States, Vanderbilt attracts students who seek an intellectually rigorous legal education that also instills the values of leadership, personal integrity, collegiality and teamwork for which Vanderbilt is known. Beyond our challenging curriculum, Vanderbilt offers every LL.M. student ample opportunities to pursue intellectual and professional development outside of the classroom. You may choose to join student organizations that focus on specific areas of law, attend lectures by influential policy makers and legal practitioners, or work directly with law faculty as a research assistant.
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A vibrant international community Each year, the 10 schools that comprise Vanderbilt University attract almost 1,000 international students and post-graduate scholars from more than 90 countries around the world. Vanderbilt University comprises a highly ranked School of Medicine, the School of Nursing, Owen Graduate School of Management, Blair School of Music, Peabody College of education and human development, the School of Engineering and the Graduate School as well as Vanderbilt Law School. In addition to meeting students from many other countries at the law school, youâ€™ll have opportunities to meet students from every part of the world through campus-wide academic and social organizations.
a leading university Where do you go from here? Vanderbilt LL.M. graduates include leaders in law, government, academia, business and public service across 47 nations.
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Interdisciplinary and highly innovative Vanderbilt’s commitment to programs that integrate rigorous training in legal theory with contemporary law practice is reflected by our faculty’s many connections across the university—and in Vanderbilt’s commitment to initiatives that encourage faculty and students from its 10 schools to work together on issues that demand an interdisciplinary approach. The law school’s location on the university’s campus, adjacent to top-ranked graduate schools of medicine, business, engineering and education, makes it an especially vibrant interdisciplinary learning environment.
Number of Vanderbilt Law faculty with joint appointments at Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Vanderbilt University faculty who have joint appointments at the law school
INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS The MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience, a grant-funded program supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is headquartered at Vanderbilt University and directed by Owen Jones, New York Alumni Chancellor’s Chair in Law. The Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network, directed by Michael Vandenbergh, David Daniels Allen Distinguished Chair of Law, integrates faculty and students from six Vanderbilt schools.
Vanderbilt’s Program on Law and Innovation is designed to equip our students to successfully navigate and influence the ways in which law and legal practice are changing. J.B. RUHL | David Daniels Allen Distinguished Professor of Law Professor Ruhl began his blog about the future of legal practice, Law 2050, in 2013—the same year he debuted his Law 2050 class, which focuses on the ways in which delivery of legal services are changing due to technology, client demand, innovation and entrepreneurship. He established and directs the Program on Law & Innovation, launched in 2015.
Robots, AI and the Law is a great class because of Professor [Daniel] Gervais’ exceptional teaching. It touches many topics we will be concerned with in the very near future and poses basic ethical questions, which is exciting and exhausting at the same time. SÖREN ALBORN | Class of 2020 | Munich, Germany
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Vanderbilt Law tenured professors also hold primary or secondary appointments in Vanderbiltâ€™s Owen Graduate School of Management, its School of Medicine, or in its biology, chemistry, economics, history, mathematics, philosophy or political science departments.
complex, and patent law has to respond to eager to join the faculty at a research and law. SEAN B. SEYMORE
| New York Alumni Chancellorâ€™s Professor of Law
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Number of schools that comprise Vanderbilt University
12,300 Number of students in all Vanderbilt schools
Number of J.D. and LL.M. students at Vanderbilt Law School
I loved being in class with the J.D. students. As foreign students, we felt included in class, and we learned a lot about how American lawyers think. The program also provided targeted classes and tools for LL.M.s and helped me build a strong network of classmates all over the world. | | MANON GUĂ‰DEU
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Class of 2020
A vibrant university community Founded in 1873 with a million-dollar endowment from Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, the university that bears his name now comprises 10 colleges and schools, including one of the nation’s top medical schools. Vanderbilt draws its 12,300 students from all 50 states and from dozens of foreign countries around the globe. Approximately 10 percent of Vanderbilt students are international. There’s always something interesting to do or see here—whether it’s Southeastern Conference football, basketball or baseball games (and a host of other sports); the Performances at Vanderbilt series, which brings in top artists; movies at the on-campus Sarratt Cinema or plays in the university theater; free concerts at the Blair School of Music; or lectures by world-renowned scholars and leaders at the law school or elsewhere on campus.
Vanderbilt University comprises 10 schools, all located on the university’s Nashville campus. In addition to Vanderbilt Law School, the university includes:
Blair School of Music
Law students can unwind at the Recreation and Wellness Center, which offers seven acres of outdoor space, including tennis courts and soccer fields, and 130,000 square feet of indoor facilities, including a swimming pool, fitness training facilities, racquetball courts, and classes in weight-training, rock climbing, dance and yoga, among other options.
Owen Graduate School of Management Peabody College of Education and Human Development College of Arts and Science Divinity School School of Engineering
The intramural program includes more than 40 sports, and law students regularly form teams to participate. They also enjoy the camping, rock-climbing, spelunking and kayaking trips sponsored by the Outdoor Recreation Center.
Vanderbilt students enjoy watching their teams compete in the Southeastern Conference, the premier league of collegiate athletics.
School of Medicine School of Nursing Graduate School
All Vanderbilt University schools honor graduates each May with a university-wide ceremony followed by ceremonies held at each graduate and professional school.
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An ideal place to study law. They still call it “Music City,” but Nashville has earned a few other distinctions, too. It’s perennially on the list of America’s friendliest cities. It has been named the nation’s No. 1 smartest place to live. With more than 200 health care companies, it has been called the industry’s “Silicon Valley.” It’s an insurance capital. A publishing capital. A financial capital. A tourist destination. And a dynamic state capital.
at The Station Inn, club shows of every persuasion, or whoever’s playing tonight at the Ryman. Beyond Nashville’s famous hot chicken, there are so many must-try restaurants — representing a broad array of genres, innovations and corners of the world — that The Wall Street Journal calls Nashville “a culinary powerhouse.”
Meanwhile, it’s a vibrant, cosmopolitan place that blends a growing international flavor (more than 80 languages are spoken here) with traditional Southern hospitality and the laid-back feel of the West Coast.
Savor four distinct seasons in Nashville’s beautiful parks and on hundreds of miles of trails and greenways. Take in an NFL game. Or NHL hockey — the Nashville Predators played for the Stanley Cup in 2017 and 2018. Major league soccer. Or minor-league baseball. Or big-time college sports just a stroll across the campus.
All of that helps make Nashville a great place to gain your legal education.
Sure, you can be bored here. But you’ll have to work very, very hard at it.
In Nashville, you always have a banquet of tempting options. Take your pick of buzzing nightspots and incredible live music, from honkytonks downtown to the famous Bluebird Café, a world-class symphony, bluegrass legends
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Nashville is a young, vibrant city that offers amazing artists performing every day throughout the city. There is a lot to see and explore, from museums to outdoor activities with amazing parks and views. And there are sports, too! The Predators (professional hockey) are big, and the Nashville Sounds (baseball) and Nashville Soccer Club offer great outing experiences. ALVARO MANRIQUE BARRENECHEA | Class of 2019 | Lima, Peru, and Nashville, Tennessee
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If you would like to arrange an interview via Skype or schedule an appointment to meet with an admissions representative, please contact us by email:
firstname.lastname@example.org. FAST FACTS ABOUT VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL’S LL.M. PROGRAM n
Length of program: 10 months (2 semesters) of full-time study
Three Tracks: Choose the Course Track, the Thesis Track, or the Law and Business Track.
Language of instruction: English
Pre-orientation program: A four-week course, English for Legal Purposes, begins in July.
Program prerequisite: You must have or expect to receive a university degree in law from an accredited institution outside the United States before enrollment.
Vanderbilt is well-known and impressed me because of its small class size, good ranking and location in Nashville, which has good weather and is a perfect place to study law. I would definitely recommend Vanderbilt’s LL.M. program to other foreign students. SHAOBO (ROBERT) LI | Class of 2017 | Beijing, China
General Manager and Senior Legal Counsel, Bridgestone China, Shanghai
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READY TO APPLY? To apply to Vanderbilt Law Schoolâ€™s LL.M. program, you must hold (or expect to hold) a university degree in law (the equivalent of a J.D. or LL.B. degree) from a university outside the United States.
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WE ARE PLEASED that you are considering Vanderbilt Law School and look forward to working with you throughout the application process. We invite you to contact the Admissions Office by phone at (+1) 615-322-6452 or by email at email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you. I M P O R TA N T DAT E S September 1–April 30
Applications may be submitted
The Admission Process LL.M. PROGRAM You may submit an LL.M. Application between September 1 and April 30. We make decisions on a rolling basis. Apply electronically through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), a link to which you will find on our website. We can consider your application complete when we have received the following: • Your completed Vanderbilt Law electronic application • Your official transcripts submitted through the LL.M. Credential Assembly Service • Two letters of recommendation via the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test score report • Personal statement • Resume/Curriculum Vitae • A $50 nonrefundable application fee
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Financial Assistance MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS 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 automatically considered for scholarship awards. No application form is required to be considered for a scholarship award. In addition, Vanderbilt Law School awards the partnership scholarships below.
FULBRIGHT PARTNERSHIP SCHOLARSHIPS Vanderbilt Law School has partnered with Fulbright Belgium and Fulbright France to offer $35,000 scholarships for eligible students pursuing the LL.M. degree at Vanderbilt Law School. To be eligible, a student must hold a first degree in law from a university outside the United States and Canada and gain admission to the Vanderbilt LL.M. program. For the Belgian program, an eligible student must be a citizen of Belgium or Luxembourg. For France, an eligible student must be a citizen of France. For both programs, Fulbright will also offer a successful candidate a travel stipend, sickness and accident insurance, visa sponsorship and access to global Fulbright programming. VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL—GHENT UNIVERSITY LL.M. SCHOLARSHIP AWARD In conjunction with Ghent University in Belgium, Vanderbilt Law School offers this $30,000 scholarship for a student who has received, or will receive, a degree in law from Ghent University. There is no separate application for this scholarship; admitted applicants from Ghent University will be considered on the basis of their applications for admission to the LL.M. program. Recipients will have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and/or professional experience in law. VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL—CEIPI UNIVERSITÉ DE STRASBOURG LL.M. SCHOLARSHIP AWARD In conjunction with the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies /Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg, France, Vanderbilt Law School offers this $30,000 scholarship for a student who has received, or will receive, a degree in law from CEIPI. There is no separate application for this scholarship; admitted applicants from CEIPI will be considered on the basis of their applications for admission to the LL.M. program. Recipients will have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and/or professional experience in law. A research position working under the supervision of Professor Daniel Gervais, director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program and faculty co-director of the LL.M. Program, may be offered to a scholarship recipient demonstrating a high level of academic achievement and/or professional experience in the intellectual property area. VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL—UNIVERSITÄT MANNHEIM LL.M. SCHOLARSHIP AWARD In conjunction with the University of Mannheim in Germany, Vanderbilt Law School offers a $30,000 scholarship for a student who has received, or will receive, a degree in law from the University of Mannheim. The recipient must demonstrate a high level of academic achievement and/or professional experience in law. A research position working with Professor Randall Thomas, director of Vanderbilt’s Law and Business Program, may be offered to recipients
who demonstrate a high level of academic achievement and/or professional experience in corporate law. Applicants should contact Dr. Thomas Fetzer at the University of Mannheim regarding the application and selection process and must also apply to Vanderbilt through the regular LL.M. program application process. VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL—JINDAL GLOBAL LAW SCHOOL LL.M. SCHOLARSHIP AWARD In conjunction with Jindal Global Law School in Sonipat, India, Vanderbilt Law School offers a $30,000 scholarship for a student who has received, or will receive, a degree in law from JGLS. There is no separate application for this scholarship; all admitted applicants from JGLS will be considered on the basis of their applications for admission to the LL.M. program. Candidates must apply to Vanderbilt through the regular LL.M. program application process. Recipients will have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and/or professional experience in law. VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL—NATIONAL LAW SCHOOL OF INDIA BANGALORE LL.M. SCHOLARSHIP AWARD In conjunction with National Law School of India University in Bangalore, Vanderbilt Law School offers a $30,000 scholarship for a student who has received, or will receive, a degree in law from National Law School of India, Bangalore. There is no separate application for this scholarship; all admitted applicants from NLSIU will be considered on the basis of their applications for admission to the LL.M. program. Candidates must apply to Vanderbilt through the regular LL.M. program application process. Recipients will have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and/or professional experience in law. VANDERBILT LAW SCHOOL—PONTIFICAL CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF RIO DE JANEIRO LL.M. SCHOLARSHIP AWARD In conjunction with Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Vanderbilt Law School offers a $30,000 scholarship for a student who has received, or will receive, a degree in law from PUC-Rio. There is no separate application for this scholarship; admitted applicants from PUC-Rio will be considered on the basis of their applications for admission to the LL.M. program. Recipients will have demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and/or professional experience in law. A research position working under the supervision of Professor Randall Thomas, director of the Vanderbilt Law and Business Program, may be offered to a scholarship recipient demonstrating a high level of academic achievement and/or professional experience in the corporate law area. Candidates not selected for these awards will be automatically considered for other Vanderbilt scholarships. For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Vanderbilt scholarships for LL.M. students and scholarship partnerships, please visit our website: law.vanderbilt.edu.
Questions? Please contact the Office of Admissions at 615-322-6452 or email us at email@example.com if you have questions. We look forward to working with you during the admission process.
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LL.M. Application Instructions Applications for the LL.M. may be submitted from September 1 through April 30. Applicants must have completed (or expect to complete) a law degree outside the United States. We require that you register with the Law School Admission Councilâ€™s LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (CAS). This service will save you time and money if you
intend to apply to a number of U.S. or Canadian graduate law degree programs. You will only need to obtain your transcripts and other required credentials once in order to make them available for all of your applications. LSAC will collect, authenticate and distribute your university records, TOEFL score and letters of recommendation to the law schools to which you apply. You will be able to use this credential-processing service to apply to participating U.S. and Canadian law schools for a period of five years. Five reports to law schools are included in the registration fee.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score reports must be sent electronically to LSAC using the IELTS system. LSAC only accepts scores submitted for electronic download. An institutional code is not required. Submit two letters of recommendation and accompanying forms. Letters of recommendation must be submitted
through the LSAC Letter of Recommendation Service. Letters should be from people who have worked closely with you and know you well. Letters from faculty members who have served as your advisers or research supervisors, or have taught you and are familiar with your work, tend to provide information most relevant to you as a prospective law student and, therefore, most helpful to readers of your application. Recommendations from those familiar with your professional performance are also acceptable. Provide a personal statement that addresses your
Apply online using the LSAC electronic application form.
A link is available on the Vanderbilt Law School website in the Apply Now area.
reasons for seeking the LL.M. degree at Vanderbilt and your qualifications. Thesis Track only: Please provide a legal writing sample.
Submit a copy of official transcripts from all colleges and
universities you have attended. We require that you submit your transcripts through the LSAC LL.M. Credential Assembly Service (as indicated above) and register for the LSAC International Transcript Authentication and Evaluation service. These services summarize courses taken, grades received and degrees conferred, and then translate these academic credentials into English. Submit your TOEFL, IELTS or DET score report. If your
native language is not English and the language of instruction at the school conferring your law degree is not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Duolingo English Test (DET). To submit a TOEFL score through LSAC, please use LSACâ€™s designated institution code 8395, and your score will be reported to us through LSAC with your other credentials.
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Applicants to the Thesis Track must provide a writing sample in English of no fewer than 300 words. Your writing sample may be a legal opinion, a scholarly article or an essay on a legal topic of your choosing. CHARACTER AND FITNESS STANDARDS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners. With an eye toward these professional standards, the Vanderbilt application for admission asks specific questions concerning disciplinary actions in an academic setting as well as criminal charges or convictions. Bar examiners may review your answers to these questions on your law school application as part of a background check conducted when you apply for admission to the bar.
LL.M. Application Checklist
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO COMPLETE YOUR APPLICATION: Application form—Complete as instructed. Résumé—In addition to your employment responses on the application form, we strongly encourage you to attach a résumé. Personal statement Writing Sample (Thesis Track applicants only)—Applicants to the Thesis Track program should also attach a legal writing sample. LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service report (CAS)—We require that all applicants register with LSAC for the LLM Credential Assembly Service at LSAC.org. Your LLM Credential Assembly Service report will include your TOEFL score(s), photocopies of your academic transcripts, and a transcript analysis. Letters of recommendation should be included with your Credential Assembly Service report.
Two letters of recommendation—Letters should be from people who have worked closely with you and who know you well. Letters from faculty members who have taught you tend to provide information most relevant to you as a prospective law student and, therefore, most helpful to readers of your application. Faculty members who have served as your advisers, research supervisors, or have taught you in more than one course are often good choices. Letters from employers who know you well can also provide helpful and relevant information for your law school application. A $50 application fee—The fee is nonrefundable. Filing electronically, you must pay online using a credit card and certify your application electronically.
TOEFL, IELTS or DET report—If English is not your native language and the language of instruction at the foreign institution conferring your bachelor’s degree was not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and have ETS send your scores directly to LSAC. We also accept the IELTS score report and the Duolingo English Test report.
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