INSIDE: – Employment Outcomes – Judicial Clerkships – Public Interest Careers – On-Campus Interviews
Will a Vanderbilt Law Degree Equip You to Achieve Your Career Goals? ELIZABETH WORKMAN
| Assistant Dean, Career Services
One of the most important questions prospective law students ask when choosing a law school is whether their degree will serve them well in pursuing a career after they graduate. It’s a smart question. Law school requires a significant investment of time and money, and it’s important to evaluate law schools based on the quality of the education they offer. But there’s another extremely important consideration: the quality of assistance you will receive as you explore your career options. Our program is designed to provide you with the resources and support you need to achieve your career goals. Beginning in the first year, you will meet individually—and often—with a career counselor dedicated to your success. You will learn how to develop your resumé, emphasize your strengths, and identify opportunities well suited to your aptitudes and goals. You will also have an opportunity to participate in a mock interview conducted by a practicing attorney. Through our comprehensive program of coaching and counseling, you will learn how to think about your job search strategically, pursue summer jobs that will enhance your resumé, and make good long-term career decisions based on your personal situation. Vanderbilt hosts a large On-Campus Interview (OCI) session each fall for second-year students and another session each spring for first-year students. Employers from private firms, public interest organizations, and government departments and agencies value the talent and balance of Vanderbilt Law students, and visit campus in large numbers. We also host interviewing programs in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Washington, D.C., where our students interview with legal employers from those metropolitan areas. This booklet highlights the results of our program, including the employers who attended our OCI and other interview sessions and those who have hired our graduates. I’m proud of the students whose success and hard work are reflected here, and I look forward to having the opportunity to work with you as a Vanderbilt Law student to achieve your career goals.
Dedicated to Your Success Vanderbilt has one of the most successful career services programs among the nation’s leading law schools, providing comprehensive resources to help students explore top-tier career options and to guide graduates to employment opportunities across the United States and around the world. Led by Assistant Dean Elizabeth Workman, our experienced and dedicated counselors work one on one with students starting in the first year. The results speak for themselves. Each year, employment outcomes for new Vanderbilt J.D. graduates consistently stand among the best in the nation for positions requiring bar passage, including coveted federal judicial clerkships and employment in the nation’s largest law firms and in government and public interest positions. Vanderbilt is recognized by a number of entities that examine career prospects for graduates of U.S. law schools in different ways: 7th (score 4.12 out of 5) in 2014 American Lawyer survey asking mid-level associates at private firms to rate their law schools on how well they prepared students for practice 7th, “Best Schools for Public Service,” PreLaw Magazine, Winter 2016
J.D. Class of 2015
Vanderbilt Law graduates launch careers in every law employment sector with employers across the nation.
of 2015 graduates were employed 10 months after graduation. See pages 20–25 for more information.
of employed 2015 graduates started their careers outside of Tennessee in 29 states, Washington, D.C., and abroad. See pages 19 and 21 for more information.
Mean salary across all employment sectors based on the 67% of employed graduates (115 of 172) reporting salaries. Private-sector average $130,458 (84 of 111 graduates reporting salaries); public-sector average $55,986 (31 of 61 graduates reporting salaries). See page 25 for more information.
Vanderbilt J.D. Class of 2015, Based on ABA data
10th, Percentage of 2015 graduates employed in federal judicial clerkships
14th, Percentage of 2015 graduates employed in full-time, long-term jobs that require bar passage
9th, Visualizing Law School Federal Judicial Clerkship Placement, 2013–15, “Excess of Democracy” blog, May 2, 2016 14th, 2016 Above the Law Top 50 Law Schools, limited to national schools “with quality employment prospects both outside of their particular region and/or for graduates who don’t graduate at the top of the class” 15th (tie), Law schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner (in the 250 largest lawfirms) in 2015, National Law Journal 16th, “Does Law School Still Make Economic Sense? An Empirical Analysis of ‘Big’ Law Firm Partnership Prospects and the Relationship to Law School Attended,” by Edward Adams and Samuel Engel in 63 Buffalo Law Review 609 (2015) 19th, Law schools that sent the highest percentage of 2015 graduates to the 100 largest law firms, National Law Journal VANDERBILT LAW | 01
Expert Advice. Excellent Outcomes. Vanderbilt’s Career Services Program has a well-earned reputation for its effectiveness in helping students and graduates to secure top-tier employment and meet individual career goals. • Low ratio of students to employment counselors means a high level of individual support • Expert help developing your professional resumé • Expert help improving your interviewing skills • Workshops and other opportunities to learn how legal employers approach hiring and employment, how firms are financed, how to succeed as a summer associate and beginning lawyer, how to get a public interest job, and other valuable topics. ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS (OCI)
Legal employers representing hundreds of offices located throughout the nation and abroad come to Vanderbilt each fall to interview second- and third-year students for summer and permanent employment. See pages 3–5 for a list of participating employers.
ALUMNI LEADS LIST
VLS hosts interviewing sessions in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Washington, D.C., in which our students interview with select employers in those cities. See page 5 for more information.
The Career Services office supports Vanderbilt graduates for life. Employers around the nation advertise positions for experienced attorneys through our Leads List, which is accessible to our graduates online and updated continuously.
SPRING OCI SESSION
Employers from law firms throughout the Southeast visit Vanderbilt Law each spring to interview first-year students for summer employment. JOB FAIRS
VLS supports second- and third-year students who obtain interviews from job postings or direct applications to employers.
Job fairs nationwide focus on special career interests, minority hiring, public interest employment and regional positions. See pages 6–7 for more information.
JUDICIAL CLERKSHIP PROGRAM
Vanderbilt’s Assistant Dean for Public Interest works intensively with students interested in careers in public interest law and coordinates a full array of curricular and co-curricular public interest opportunities. See pages 16–17 for more information.
Throughout the year, nearly 400 employers solicit resumés from Vanderbilt students and post job listings with the Career Services office.
Vanderbilt offers a successful facultyled judicial clerkship program. See pages 12–15 for more information. PUBLIC INTEREST LAW
Through my work with Deloitte & Touche, I knew the role the SEC plays in the business sector, and I had an opportunity to work on enforcement out of their field office in Atlanta as an intern during summer 2014.
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ANNIE MUSACCHIO CROSLOW, CPA | Class of 2016 Annie interviewed with attorneys from Debevoise & Plimpton at an off-campus interview session, accepted a position at the firm’s Washington, D.C., office in summer 2015, and then joined the firm as an associate in fall 2016. She had spent three years working as an auditor for Deloitte & Touche after earning her master’s in accountancy at Notre Dame, and she earned Vanderbilt’s Law and Business Certificate. “At Vanderbilt, I got more than just an academic workout—I’ve also gained a professional network and personal friends,” she said.
Fall 2016 On-Campus Employers by location of offices:
ALABAMA Birmingham Baker Donelson Balch & Bingham Bradley Burr & Forman Butler Snow Lightfoot Franklin & White Maynard Cooper & Gale Sirote & Permutt Southern Environmental Law Center Huntsville Bradley Montgomery Bradley ARIZONA Phoenix Dickinson Wright Perkins Coie Snell & Wilmer Tucson Snell & Wilmer CALIFORNIA Century City Latham & Watkins Irvine Bryan Cave Jones Day Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Los Angeles Alston & Bird Bryan Cave Foley & Lardner Hogan Lovells US Jones Day Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Latham & Watkins Perkins Coie Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Snell & Wilmer Orange County Latham & Watkins Snell & Wilmer Palo Alto Baker & McKenzie Baker Botts Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Simpson Thacher & Bartlett San Diego Fish & Richardson Foley & Lardner Jones Day Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Latham & Watkins Silicon Valley Fish & Richardson Foley & Lardner Hogan Lovells US Jones Day Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Latham & Watkins
COLORADO Denver Bryan Cave Dinsmore & Shohl Hogan Lovells US Husch Blackwell Snell & Wilmer WASHINGTON, D.C. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Baker & McKenzie Baker Botts Bass Berry & Sims Bryan Cave Dechert DLA Piper US Fish & Richardson Foley & Lardner Harris Wiltshire & Grannis Hogan Lovells US Hunton & Williams Husch Blackwell Jones Day King & Spalding Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Latham & Watkins Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Orrick Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Sutherland U.S. Department of Labor U.S. Treasury Department, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Vinson & Elkins DELAWARE Wilmington Fish & Richardson Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell Richards Layton & Finger FLORIDA Ft. Lauderdale Burr & Forman Jacksonville Burr & Forman Foley & Lardner Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Smith Gambrell & Russell Miami Foley & Lardner Hogan Lovells US Hunton & Williams Orlando Baker Donelson Burr & Forman Foley & Lardner Ninth Judicial Circuit, Office of the Public Defender Tampa Bradley Foley & Lardner Shumaker Loop & Kendrick
GEORGIA Atlanta Alston & Bird Arnall Golden Gregory Baker Donelson Balch & Bingham Bryan Cave Burr & Forman Fish & Richardson Jones Day King & Spalding Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker Smith Gambrell & Russell Southern Environmental Law Center Troutman Sanders ILLINOIS Chicago Bryan Cave Dinsmore & Shohl DLA Piper US Foley & Lardner Husch Blackwell Jones Day Latham & Watkins Perkins Coie Taft Stettinius & Hollister INDIANA Indianapolis Bingham Greenebaum Doll Frost Brown Todd Taft Stettinius & Hollister KENTUCK Y Lexington Bingham Greenebaum Doll Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Stites & Harbison Stoll Keenon Ogden Louisville Bingham Greenebaum Doll Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Stites & Harbison Stoll Keenon Ogden Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LOUISIANA Baton Rouge Baker Donelson New Orleans Baker Donelson MARYLAND Baltimore DLA Piper US Hogan Lovells US MASSACHUSETTS Boston Fish & Richardson Foley & Lardner Jones Day Latham & Watkins Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough VANDERBILT LAW | 03
Fall 2015 On-Campus Employers by location of offices (continued):
MICHIGAN Ann Arbor Dickinson Wright Detroit Dickinson Wright Dinsmore & Shohl Foley & Lardner Grand Rapids Dickinson Wright Lansing Dickinson Wright MINNESOTA Twin Cities Fish & Richardson MISSISSIPPI Jackson Baker Donelson Bradley Arant Burr & Forman Butler Snow Watkins & Eager MISSOURI Kansas City Bryan Cave Husch Blackwell Springfield Husch Blackwell St. Louis Bryan Cave Husch Blackwell Lewis Rice NEBRASK A Omaha Fidelity National Title Group Husch Blackwell NEVADA Las Vegas Snell & Wilmer NEW YORK New York Alston & Bird Baker McKenzie Baker Botts Bryan Cave Dechert Fish & Richardson Foley & Lardner Hogan Lovells US Hunton & Williams Jones Day Latham & Watkins Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy Seward & Kissel Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom Vinson & Elkins NORTH CAROLINA Chapel Hill Southern Environmental Law Center VANDERBILT LAW | 04
Charlotte Alston & Bird Bradley Arant Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft Dechert K&L Gates McGuireWoods Moore & Van Allen Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Parker Poe Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson
Columbia Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Parker Poe Greenville Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Myrtle Beach Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Raleigh K&L Gates Parker Poe
TENNESSEE Chattanooga Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz Husch Blackwell Miller & Martin
Research Triangle Park K&L Gates
Johnson City Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
Winston-Salem Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
Knoxville Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz
OHIO Akron Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease
Memphis Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz Bass Berry & Sims Butler Snow Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox
Cincinnati Bingham Greenebaum Doll Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Taft Stettinius & Hollister Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease Cleveland Jones Day Taft Stettinius & Hollister Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease Columbus Dickinson Wright Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Jones Day Porter Wright Taft Stettinius & Hollister Vorys Sater Seymour & Pease Dayton Dinsmore & Shohl Taft Stettinius & Hollister West Chester Frost Brown Todd OREGON Portland Perkins Coie PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia Dechert Pittsburgh Dinsmore & Shohl Jones Day SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Parker Poe Southern Environmental Law Center
Murfreesboro U.S. Marine Corps JAG Officer Programs Nashville Baker Donelson Bass Berry & Sims Bradley Burr & Forman Butler Snow Cornelius & Collins Dickinson Wright Frost Brown Todd Gideon Cooper & Essary Neal & Harwell Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Riley Warnock & Jacobson Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison Southern Environmental Law Center Stites & Harbison Tennessee Attorney Generalâ€™s Office Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis TEX AS Austin Baker Botts Fish & Richardson Haynes and Boone Husch Blackwell Vinson & Elkins Dallas Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Alston & Bird Baker & McKenzie Baker Botts Fish & Richardson Haynes and Boone Hunton & Williams Husch Blackwell Jones Day Locke Lord Vinson & Elkins Weil Gotshal & Manges
Vanderbilt alumni are founding or managing partners at a number of leading national firms.
Ft. Worth Haynes and Boone
Northern Virginia Hogan Lovells US
Houston Baker McKenzie Baker Botts Baker Donelson Bracewell Fish & Richardson Haynes and Boone Hogan Lovells US Jones Day Kirkland & Ellis Latham & Watkins Locke Lord Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Vinson & Elkins
Richmond Hunton & Williams Vinson & Elkins
Richardson Haynes and Boone San Antonio Haynes and Boone UTAH Salt Lake City Snell & Wilmer VIRGINIA Charlottesville Southern Environmental Law Center
WASHINGTON Seattle Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Perkins Coie WEST VIRGINIA Charleston Dinsmore & Shohl Huntington Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Morgantown Dinsmore & Shohl WISCONSIN Madison Foley & Lardner Milwaukee Foley & Lardner
Ben C. Adams, Class of 1981 Chairman & CEO, Baker Donelson Matthew R. Burnstein, Class of 1996 Chairman, Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis William A. Fenwick, Class of 1967 Founding Partner (emeritus), Fenwick and West Beau Grenier, Class of 1982 Chairman, Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Edward L. Hardin Jr., Class of 1968 Founding Partner, Rogers & Hardin Richard R. Hays, Class of 1986 Managing Partner, Alston & Bird Robert D. Hays Jr., Class of 1983 Chairman, King & Spalding Stephen C. Mahon, Class of 1989 Global Managing Partner, Squire Patton Boggs Darren J. Robbins, Class of 1993 Founding Partner, Robbins Geller Mark Ruehlmann, Class of 1987 Global CEO, Squire Patton Boggs Kenneth L. Stewart, Class of 1979 Global Chair, Norton Rose Fulbright Guilford F. Thornton Jr., Class of 1990 Managing Partner, Adams and Reese
WORLDWIDE U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps U.S. Army Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
2015â€“16 Vanderbilt Law Off-Campus Interview Programs Participating Employers: NEW YORK Advocates for Justice Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Allen & Overy Bronx County District Attorneyâ€™s Office Brooklyn Defender Services Catholic Charities Community Services Debevoise & Plimpton Disability Rights Advocates Fair Housing Justice Center Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto (New York, Washington, D.C., & Costa Mesa, California, offices) Goodwin Procter International Justice Project (Newark, New Jersey) Kings County District Attorney (Brooklyn) Kirkland & Ellis LatinoJustice Legal Aid Society Legal Services New York City-Brooklyn Lowenstein Sandler (Roseland, New Jersey) Nassau County District Attorney New York City Law Department Olshan Frome Wolosky Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison Proskauer Rose Ruskin Moscou Faltischek (Uniondale) Schulte Roth & Zabel Seward & Kissel Shearman & Sterling Sidley Austin
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (New York and Wilmington, Delaware, offices) Success Academy Charter Schools U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Legal Division (Philadelphia) Venable Sullivan & Cromwell Weil Gotshal & Manges White & Case Willkie Farr & Gallagher Wollmuth Maher & Deutsch WASHINGTON, D.C. Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft Cleary Gottlieb Cooley Covington & Burling Debevoise & Plimpton DrinkerBiddle Gibson Dunn Mayer Brown Pillsbury Venable Wiley Rein Williams & Connolly CHICAGO Baker & McKenzie Greenberg Traurig Jenner & Block
Jones Day Kirkland & Ellis Latham & Watkins Mayer Brown Michael Best & Friedrich Sidley Austin Skadden DALLAS Gardere Wynn Hunton & Williams Jackson Walker Jones Day K&L Gates Locke Lord Norton Rose Fulbright Sidley Austin HOUSTON Andrews Kurth Beck Redden Gardere Wynn Jackson Walker Jones Day K&L Gates Kirkland & Ellis Locke Lord Mayer Brown Porter Hedges Sidley Austin Siegmyer Oshman & Bissinger VANDERBILT LAW | 05
You learn something valuable from every pro bono project. PRATIK GHOSH | Class of 2017 Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow, Roger Baldwin Foundation, ACLU of Illinois Pratik plans to join Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago as a litigation associate in fall 2017. But he will first devote 300 hours to supporting senior attorneys at the ACLUâ€™s Chicago office on a variety of projects as a Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow with the Roger Baldwin Foundation of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.
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Off-Campus Job Fairs
Bay Area Diversity Job Fair Boston Lawyers Group Cook County Job Fair Damali Booker 1L Diversity Job Fair Delaware Minority Job Fair Heartland Diversity Legal Job Fair IndyBar Diversity Job Fair Lavender Law Career Fair Loyola Patent Law Interview Program National Black Prosecutors Association Annual Conference and Job Fair Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair St. Louis Diversity Job Fair Tri-State Diversity Recruiting Program Twin Cities Diversity Job Fair
2016 Southeastern Minority Job Fair Participating Employers Alston & Bird, Atlanta Arnall Golden Gregory, Atlanta Baker Botts, all offices Baker Donelson, Birmingham, Alabama Bell Nunnally & Martin, Dallas Bilzin Sumberg, Miami, Florida Bracewell, Houston Bradley, multiple locations Bronx County District Attorney’s Office, New York Bryan Cave, Atlanta Burr & Forman, Birmingham, Alabama Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago Defender Association of Philadelphia Dell Inc., Round Rock Dentons US (includes legacy McKenna Long & Aldridge), Atlanta DLA Piper, Atlanta Drew Eckl & Farnham, Atlanta Environment and Natural Resources Division, Washington, D.C. Federal Reserve System, Board of Governors, Washington, D.C. Fisher & Phillips, Atlanta Ford Harrison, Atlanta Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, New York Gardere Wynne Sewell, Dallas Goodwin Procter, Washington, D.C. Greenberg Traurig, Atlanta Gunster, West Palm Beach, Florida Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston Hedrick Gardner Kincheloe & Garofalo, Charlotte, North Carolina Holland & Knight, Atlanta Hunton & Williams, Washington, D.C. Husch Blackwell, St. Louis, Missouri Jones Day, Atlanta K&L Gates, Charlotte, North Carolina Kean Miller, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Atlanta King & Spalding, Atlanta Kirkland & Ellis, Washington, D.C. Law Offices of Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida, Miami
Littler Mendelson, San Francisco Locke Lord, Austin, Texas Lowndes Drosdick Doster Kantor & Reed, Orlando, Florida Mayer Brown, Charlotte, North Carolina McGuireWoods, Charlotte, North Carolina Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, Charlotte, North Carolina Merchant & Gould, Atlanta Miller & Martin, Chattanooga, Tennessee Moore & Van Allen, Charlotte, North Carolina Morris Manning & Martin, Atlanta Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, multiple offices New York City Law Department, New York Norton Rose Fulbright, Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Los Angeles, New York, D.C. Orleans Public Defenders, New Orleans Parker Poe, Charlotte, North Carolina Parker Hudson Rainer & Dobbs, Atlanta Paul Hastings, Los Angeles Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, Washington, D.C. Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, Ohio Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C. Queens County District Attorney’s Office, Kew Gardens, New York Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, Charlotte, North Carolina Shook Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City, Missouri Shumaker Loop & Kendrick, Toledo, Ohio Sidley Austin, Washington, D.C. Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan, Raleigh, North Carolina Smith Gambrell & Russell, Atlanta State Attorney’s Office 20th Circuit, Fort Myers, Florida Steptoe & Johnson, Morgantown, West Virginia Stites and Harbison, Louisville, Kentucky Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, Atlanta Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers, Atlanta Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, Nashville The Kullman Firm, New Orleans Thompson & Knight, Houston Thompson Coburn, St. Louis, Missouri
Troutman Sanders, Atlanta U.S. Air Force, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Atlanta U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Staff Attorney’s Office, Atlanta U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. U.S. Office of Chief Counsel Internal Revenue Service, Washington, D.C. U.S. Navy, Office of the General Counsel, Washington, D.C U.S. Senate, Office of the Legislative Counsel, Washington, D.C. Venable, Washington, D.C. Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, Nashville Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial, Atlanta
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Career Services is really helpful. They give you strategies and offer insights on the firm before you interview, and they are genuinely interested in helping you achieve your career goals. SAMIYYAH ALI
| Class of 2016
Samiyyah is serving as a law clerk to Judge Amul Thapar of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky during 2016–17 and will clerk for Judge Sri Srinivasan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2017–18.
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Gain Valuable Experience Across the Nation and Around the World Vanderbilt law students can gain valuable experience through summer externships and summer stipend opportunities in a variety of practice settings anywhere in the world. In externships, students receive academic credit for supervised field work at faculty-approved placements, while summer stipends provide financial support for gaining pro bono experience (unpaid work with no academic credit). In recent years, Vanderbilt has expanded its array of externships to include work in
corporate legal departments and also increased funding for summer stipends. During the academic year, students can also complete externships in Nashville for course credit, and academic programs sponsor semester externships in Washington, D.C., and other locations. Vanderbilt also offers two public service summer fellowships. The Environmental Fellowship provides financial support for summer work with environmental agencies or NGOs,
and the Regulatory Fellowship provides funds for summer work with government or nonprofit organizations involved in regulatory matters. The Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program also provides
summer stipends for students to intern in judicial chambers, the offices of public prosecutors and defenders, and other litigation-related settings.
As students in Vanderbilt’s Appellate litigation clinic, 2016 graduates Calvin Cohen, Larry Crane-Moscowitz, Alex Vey and Clayton Wiggins succeeded in their appeal in Luis v. Awareness Technology, a case addressing internet privacy rights. In an opinion issued by a Sixth Circuit panel that included Judges Alice M. Batchelder, Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. ’60 and Ronald L. Gilman, the court ruled 2-1 that a Tampa, Florida, man could sue a company that makes spyware and markets it specifically “to catch a cheating spouse.” A federal district court had dismissed Luis’s suit in 2014, ruling that Awareness Technologies could not be held liable for the “misuse” of its product. “This was a big victory for privacy rights,” said Professor Mark Pickrell, who teaches the clinic.
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Externship and Stipend Placements, Summer 2016
Federal Government Agencies • Residual Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, The Hague, Netherlands • U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. • U.S. Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review, Portland, Oregon • U.S. Department of Justice, Alexandria, Virginia • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Nashville Office • U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Springs, Maryland • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C. • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Atlanta • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Philadelphia • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, Virginia Federal District Courts • Judge G. Michael Harvey, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia • Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California • Judge Peter C. Lewis, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California • Judge Paul G. Byron, U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida • Judge Charles H. Weigle, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia • Judge Leigh Martin May, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia • Judge Robert A. Gordon, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland • Judge James C. Mahan ‘73, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada • Judge Douglas E. Arpert, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey • Judge Esther Salas, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey • Judge Elizabeth T. Hey, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania • Judge Mary Geiger Lewis, U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina • Judge John T. Nixon ‘60, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee • Judge Joe B. Brown ‘65, U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Tennessee • Judge John S. Bryant, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee • Judge Barbara D. Holmes, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee • Senior Judge Hilda G. Tagle, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
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State Courts • Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard, Court of Appeals for the State of Georgia • Appellate Court for the First District of Illinois, Chicago • Judge James R. Lemire, Superior Court of Massachusetts • Justice Jill Konvisor, New York Supreme Court for the First Judicial District of New York • Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, Mental Hygiene Legal Service, Brooklyn • Portland Immigration Court, Executive Office of Immigration Review, Oregon • Chancellor Russell T. Perkins, Davidson County Chancery Court, Part IV, Tennessee • Judge Joseph A. Woodruff, Williamson County Circuit Court, Tennessee • Judge Deborra Garett, Whatcom County Superior Court, Bellingham, Washington State Agencies • Tennessee Department of Children’s Service, Nashville • Tennessee Department of General Services, Central Procurement Office, Nashville U.S. Attorney’s Offices • Eastern District of Louisiana, New Orleans • Western District of Michigan, Grand Rapids • Northern District of New York, Albany • Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville Federal Public Defenders Offices • Central District of California • Middle District of Tennessee State Attorneys General • Office of the Attorney General for the State of Colorado • Office of the Attorney General for the State of Maine • Office of the Attorney General for the State of Tennessee State Public Defenders’ Offices • Pinal County Public Defender’s Office, Florence, Arizona • San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, California • Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, Fort Collins, Colorado • Office of the Metropolitian Public Defender, Nashville, Tennessee • Office of the Dallas County Public Defender, Dallas, Texas
City and District Attorneys Offices • Office of the Worcester County District Attorney, Massachusetts • Metropolitan Government of Nashville Department of Law, Tennessee Advocacy and Nonprofit • Advancement Project, Washington, D.C. • Advocates for Justice, New York • Appalachian Research & Defense Fund of Kentucky, Richmond • Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, Georgia • Disability Rights California, Los Angeles • Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, Berkeley, California • Disability Rights Tennessee, Nashville • DNA People’s Legal Services, Window Rock, Arizona • Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C. • Global Workers Justice Alliance, Brooklyn, New York • Guardianship Project of the Vera Institute of Justice, Brooklyn, New York • Hillary for America, Brooklyn, New York • Immigrant Justice Corps, New York • Legal Aid Society of New York, Queens • National Association of Consumer Advocates, Washington, D.C. • National Women’s Law Center, Washington, D.C. • National Immigrant Justice Center, Chicago • New Leaders, Washington, D.C. • Project Renaissance, Nashville • Tennessee Justice Center, Nashville • Tennessee Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts, Nashville Corporate Legal Departments • Nashville Predators General Counsel, Nashville, Tennessee • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey
2015-16 Semester Externships for Course Credit
Thirty-six students served externships for course credit with the following legal offices in Nashville during the 2015-16 academic year: Judicial Chambers • Senior Judge John T. Nixon ‘60, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee • Magistrate Judge Joe Brown ‘65, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee • Magistrate Judge John Bryant, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee • Magistrate Judge Barbara D. Holmes, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Government Legal Offices • Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Tennessee • Metropolitan Nashville Department of Law • Office of the Public Defender, Metropolitan Nashville and Davidson County • Tennessee Office of the Attorney General • U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, Nashville Area Office
Corporate • Nashville Predators, Office of the General Counsel Nonprofits • Disability Rights Tennessee • Tennessee Justice Center • Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors • Volunteer Lawyers and Professionals for the Arts 2015-16 Semester Externships in other locations VLS students received a semester’s course credit for their work at these locations in 2015-16: • Hillary for America, Brooklyn, New York • Legal Aid Society, New York County Criminal Defense Office • United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Geneva, Switzerland • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Atlanta Regional Office • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, New York Regional Office • World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
Vanderbilt Law students used stipends funded by the law school to support their volunteer legal work during summer 2016 with government agencies; in the chambers of federal, state and municipal judges; with federal and state attorneys and public defenders; and with public interest and advocacy organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Students did pro bono legal work for legal offices and organizations in 21 states, D.C., and in London and The Hague, Netherlands. Each year, the stipends, sponsored by the law school and the Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society, help defray the travel and living expenses of students who serve in unpaid legal internships.
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Visualizing Law School Federal Judicial Clerkship Placement, 2013â€“15, Excess of Democracy blog, May 2, 2016
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Accelerate Your Career with a Judicial Clerkship As first employment out of law school, a judicial clerkship typically accelerates a young lawyer’s career. A judicial clerkship provides an in-depth, contextual understanding of a wide range of legal issues as well as first-hand knowledge of how judges make decisions and how the judicial system works. As a result, experience as a judicial clerk is highly valued by subsequent legal employers in both the private and public sectors. In addition,
the judges with whom clerks serve often become lifelong mentors and advocates for their former clerks. The career value of clerking makes these positions extremely competitive, particularly in the national employment market for federal clerkships. Vanderbilt’s faculty takes an active leadership role in the judicial clerkship program, working closely and VLS Class
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individually with interested students. Professor Michael Bressman heads the program, providing valuable expertise, guidance and support throughout law school and the clerkship application process. In recent years, Vanderbilt Law graduates have clerked for the U.S. Supreme Court, for each of the U.S. Courts of Appeals, and for a variety of U.S. District Courts across the nation.
% of Federal Clerks
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10.3% 11.3% 9.2% 11.7% 10.6%
Rank Among U.S. Law Schools
10th 8th 11th 8th 7th
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Cameron Norris ’14 will serve as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court for the term beginning October 2017. Cameron is an associate at Consovoy McCarthy Park in Arlington, Virginia, which he joined after serving as a law clerk for Judge William H. Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in 2015–16 and for Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2014–15. Cameron also earned his undergraduate degree at Vanderbilt, where he triple-majored in mathematics, philosophy and political science. He was Senior Notes Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review during his 3L year and on the Moot Court Board. He was a second-place award winner of the Food and Drug Law Institute’s 2014 H. Thomas Austern Memorial Writing Competition, an annual competition that honors law students for scholarly writing dealing with areas of law that affect food and drugs.
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Consider a Judicial Clerkship, Continued By June 30, 2016, 45 students and recent graduates—including 21 members of the Class of 2016—had secured 47 clerkships to be served in 2016-17 or future terms. Federal Appellate Courts • Judge Timothy B. Dyk, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2017-18) • Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia • Judge Judith W. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (2018-19) • Judge Srikanth Srinivasan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (2017-18) • Judge Robert L. Wilkins, U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (2017-18) • Judge Kent A. Jordan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Wilmington, Delaware (2018-19) • Judge Jane R. Roth, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Washington, D.C. • Judge Rhesa H. Barksdale, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Jackson, Mississippi • Judge James L. Dennis, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, New Orleans, Louisiana (2017-19) • Judge Carolyn Dineen King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Houston, Texas (2017-18) • Judge Alice M. Batchelder, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Medina, Ohio (2017-18) • Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Memphis, Tennessee • Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Memphis, Tennessee (2017-18) • Judge Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. ’60, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Nashville, Tennessee (2) • Judge Duane Benton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Kansas City, Missouri • Judge R. Lanier Anderson III, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Macon, Georgia (2017-18) • Judge Adalberto J. Jordan, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Miami, Florida
Federal District Courts • Chief Judge Karon O. Bowdre, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Birmingham • Judge G. Murray Snow, U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, Phoenix • Judge Troy L. Nunley, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (2016-18) • Judge Anthony J. Battaglia, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, San Diego (2018-19) • Judge Richard J. Leon, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia • Judge Marcia Morales Howard, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville • Judge M. Stephen Hyles, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Columbus • Judge Eleanor L. Ross, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta (2017-18) • Judge Theresa L. Springmann, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne • Judge Joseph M. Hood, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Lexington (2017-18) • Judge Amul R. Thapar, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Covington • Judge Thomas B. Russell, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Western District of Kentucky, Paducah (2017-19) • Judge David J. Hale, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, Louisville • Judge James K. Bredar, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Baltimore (2017-18) • Judge James C. Mahan ’73, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas • Judge James C. Mahan ’73, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas (2017-18) • Judge Juan R. Sanchez, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania (2017-19)
Federal Bankruptcy Courts • Judge Roberta A. Colton, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando • Judge Bill G. Parker, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler State Courts • Judge Margaret H. Downie, Arizona Court of Appeals, Phoenix • Judge Robert D. Hawthorne, Colorado Court of Appeals, Denver • Judges Jeffrey M. Atherton and Pamela A. Fleenor, Tennessee Chancery Court, 11th District, Chattanooga • Judge Kelvin D. Jones, Tennessee Circuit Court, 20th District, Nashville • Judge J. Randall Wyatt , Tennessee Criminal Court, 20th District, Nashville
Clerking is an amazing opportunity to witness the American justice system in action.
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• Judge Travis R. McDonough ’97, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Chattanooga (2016-18) • Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw Jr. ’81, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville • Judge John T. Nixon ’60, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville • Judge Sheryl H. Lipman, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee, Memphis • Judge Wilma A. Lewis. U.S. District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix (2016-18)
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Class of 2012 Jenna was a clerk for Judges Ronald M. Gould and Richard C. Tallman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2012–14 before joining Susman Godfrey as an associate based in Seattle.
A clerkship is an apprenticeship with a master of the craft. You receive wisdom at a very junior level about what kinds of advocacy are persuasive to judges and what kinds are not. EDWARD P. BOYLE | Class of 1992 Chair, Litigation Practice Group, Venable, New York Clerk for Judge Joseph M. McLaughlin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1993â€“95
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Prepare for Work in the Public Interest Vanderbilt provides extensive resources to prepare for and launch a public interest law career in government service, criminal defense, nonprofit advocacy, legal aid, NGOs, or your own brand of public interest entrepreneurship. Spring Miller, Vanderbilt’s assistant dean for public interest, coordinates public interest law opportunities and facilitates public interest law careers for students and recent graduates, and Vanderbilt’s George Barrett Social Justice Program offers comprehensive, hands-on training and mentoring specifically designed to prepare graduates for work in the public interest. Curricular offerings
• Upper-level classes and seminars. Take advantage of a robust curriculum addressing a wide range of public interest law topics, including equality, access to justice and human rights. • Social Justice and Criminal Justice Programs. Both programs offer an array of courses, research opportunities, and access to faculty and alumni mentors Practice opportunities
• Clinics. Learn the theory and practice of law in context, under the guidance of expert attorneys, through our extensive array of clinical legal courses. • Externships. Gain valuable professional experience for academic credit by engaging in our individualized Externship Program placements in Nashville, across the nation or abroad.
• Vanderbilt Legal Aid Society. Participate in pro bono legal projects or community legal education programs during the academic year through the student-run Legal Aid Society. • Summer stipends. Engage in pro bono legal work over the summer with the support of a public interest stipend. (Students cannot earn academic credit for positions for which they receive financial support). • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. Volunteer at community legal clinics hosted by Middle Tennessee’s Legal Aid Society. • Pro Bono Pledge. Commit to donate 75 pro bono legal service hours over the course of your three years in law school. • Law Students for Social Justice. Join a student organization that sponsors speakers, events and pro bono service opportunities.
Vanderbilt offers an array of summer stipends and student fellowships that support pro bono service work (not for academic credit). First-year students may apply in the spring semester for Garrison Social Justice Scholar Awards, which provide summer stipends and scholarship support during the second and third years of law school for students committed to or exploring social justice and public interest careers. Specialized career advising
Our Assistant Dean for Public Interest works one-on-one with students seeking public interest careers. The annual Government/Public Interest Information Exchange Day allows students to network with government and nonprofit employers. Students may also attend the Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair with support from Vanderbilt.
Learn more about Vanderbilt’s Public Interest Program.
Learn more about George Barrett Social Justice Program.
Vanderbilt students who want to work in the public interest have some terrific role models in the Vanderbilt community, and these attorneys have found their callings in many different ways. One of my goals is to create networking opportunities for our students and show them the many different paths to public interest legal work.
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| Assistant Dean for Public Interest
Support for Launching Public Interest Careers Launching a public interest career is challenging, particularly for new law school graduates entering the legal employment market. Many public interest employers do not have the resources to do significant entry-level hiring. By starting early and taking full advantage of the resources offered by the Assistant Dean for Public Interest and the Office of Career Services, students can position themselves as effectively as possible to land an entry-level job and embark on a satisfying public interest career. Fellowships
Post-graduation fellowships are timelimited employment opportunities that provide pathways into the public interest legal sector for new law graduates. Some fellowships include
funding for innovative legal advocacy projects; others are essentially endowed entry-level attorney positions at nonprofit organizations. All fellowships accelerate new lawyers’ careers by providing valuable professional experience, access to professional networks, and the distinction of having secured a coveted opportunity to work in the public interest. Vanderbilt Law’s recently endowed George Barrett Social Justice Fellowship is awarded by competitive application to a graduating student to carry out a one-year public interest project under the supervision and sponsorship of a host organization. Vanderbilt is one of 19 law schools nationally participating in the Gideon’s Promise partnership that provides initial fellowship support for graduates to work in public defenders’ offices located in underserved areas, after which the graduates transition to full-time positions as public defenders. And in recent years, a number of VLS graduates have secured external fellowships, including highly coveted Skadden Fellowships, White House Fellowships and the Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellowship.
VLS Public Service Pathways Designed for new lawyers pursuing public interest employment, Public Service Pathways enables new VLS graduates to gain valuable public-sector work experience as they continue to pursue permanent employment in a location of their choice. Graduating students secure volunteer legal internships with government agencies, in judicial chambers, with public defenders’ or prosecutors’ offices, or with nonprofit advocacy organizations, which are funded by VLS stipends after graduation. While some graduates have garnered permanent positions at the organizations they originally joined as interns, others have secured full-time legal employment elsewhere. The PSP is reviewed and funded annually and currently provides financial assistance for bar preparation in addition to stipend support for up to six months. VLS Loan Repayment Assistance This program pays from 20 to 50 percent of annual loan repayment obligations for up to 10 years for graduates in qualifying public service positions. More information is available on the VLS website.
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Where Do You Go From Here? With nearly 80 percent of each graduating class taking employment out of state, Vanderbilt Law graduates enjoy national geographic mobility, supported by the schoolâ€™s global alumni network and longstanding relationships with legal employers coast to coast.
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Average number of states in which new Vanderbilt Law graduates have taken employment each year, 2011 to 2015
J.D. Employment Destinations—Classes of 2011–2015 MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS, CLASSES 2011–2015 Washington 7 Montana 2
Nevada 9 California 49
New Hampshire 2 Michigan 6
New Mexico 2
Pennsylvania New Jersey 6 18 Maryland 8 Indiana Ohio 22 Delaware 9 8 Illinois West Washington, DC 70 40 Virginia Virginia 1 Missouri 11 Kentucky 16 5 North Carolina 19 Tennessee 209 Arkansas South 6 Carolina 7 Mississippi Georgia 2 61 Alabama International: 21 24 China (5) Dubai (2) Louisiana England (2) 10 Germany (2) Republic of Korea (2) U.S. Virgin Islands (1) Florida
Nebraska 9 Colorado 11
New York 100
Kansas 2 Oklahoma 4
Texas 60 Alaska 1
Tennessee New York Washington, D.C. Georgia Texas California Florida Illinois
23% 11% 8% 7% 7% 5% 4% 4%
The remaining 31% took employment in 34 additional states and internationally.
U.S. Military JAG: 7
DOMESTIC GRADUATES AT A GLANCE
Class: 2011 2012 2013 2014 Tennessee 43 40 44 44 New York 14 26 24 15 Washington, D.C. 10 14 18 18 Georgia 12 16 8 13 Texas 10 10 12 14 California 10 11 15 4 Illinois 7 7 9 8 Florida 6 6 9 11 Alabama 5 5 4 7 Ohio 6 3 4 5 North Carolina 6 2 6 4 Pennsylvania 1 7 4 2 Kentucky 6 3 4 1 Colorado 1 2 5 Massachusetts 1 2 3 3 Virginia 3 1 4 Louisiana 3 1 2 1 Delaware 6 2 Nebraska 3 2 Nevada 1 2 1 2 Indiana 2 3 2 Maryland 3 1 1 2
2015 Total 38 209 21 100 10 70 12 61 14 60 9 49 9 40 6 38 3 24 4 22 1 19 4 18 2 16 3 11 2 11 3 11 3 10 1 9 4 9 3 9 1 8 1 8
Class: 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 Total South Carolina 1 1 2 3 7 Washington 2 2 1 2 7 Arkansas 1 2 3 6 Michigan 2 2 2 6 New Jersey 1 3 1 1 6 Minnesota 2 1 1 1 5 Missouri 3 1 1 5 Oklahoma 1 3 4 Oregon 2 2 4 Arizona 1 1 2 Connecticut 2 2 Kansas 1 1 2 Mississippi 1 1 2 Montana 1 1 2 New Hampshire 2 2 New Mexico 2 2 Utah 1 1 2 Alaska 1 1 Idaho 1 1 Iowa 1 1 West Virginia 1 1
INTERNATIONAL / U.S. MILITARY WORLDWIDE / U.S. TERRITORIES GRADUATES AT A GLANCE
2011 2012 China Dubai (2) England U.S. Army JAG Republic of Korea U.S. Navy JAG U.S. Virgin Islands
2013 2014 Germany (2) China China U.S. Army JAG (2) Republic of Korea U.S. Air Force JAG (2) U.S. Army JAG
2015 China (2) England
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Class of 2015 Employers by State ALABAMA (3) Birmingham Bradley Burr & Forman Maynard Cooper & Gale CALIFORNIA (8) Berkeley California Lawyers for the Arts Palo Alto Junhe Law Law Offices Simpson Thacher & Bartlett Sacramento California Department of Business Oversight San Diego Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Latham & Watkins San Francisco Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area McKesson San Jose Magdalena Law Group COLORADO (3) Denver Judge Rebecca Freyre, Colorado Court of Appeals Office of the Colorado State Public Defender Glenwood Springs District Attorney, 9th District of Colorado DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (10) Washington Arent Fox Davis & Harman Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Latham & Watkins McDermott Will & Emery National Association of Manufacturers Sheppard Mullin Richter Hampton U.S. House of Representatives Steve Fincher
GEORGIA (11) Atlanta Alston & Bird Arnall Golden Gregory (2) Jones Day (2) King & Spalding U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Augusta Judge Brian K. Epps, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia Bremen Murphy & Garner Norcross Engineering Systems Inc. Savannah Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout IOWA (1) Des Moines Judge Steven M. Colloton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ILLINOIS (11) Berwyn Del Galdo Law Group Chicago Cabrini Green Legal Aid FAST Global Marketing K&L Gates Mayer Brown Michael Best & Friedrich Schiff Hardin Sidley Austin SMS Assist Webster Powell Springfield Office of the Illinois Attorney General INDIANA (2) Bloomington Judge David Hamilton, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit South Bend Judge Kenneth F. Ripple, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
DELAWARE (1) Wilmington Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
KANSAS (1) Overland Park UnitedLex
FLORIDA (5) Fort Myers Florida Rural Legal Services Jacksonville Holland & Knight Orlando Office of the Public Defender Ninth Judicial Circuit Tallahassee Judge Timothy D. Osterhaus, Florida First District Court of Appeal Tampa Hill Ward & Henderson
KENTUCKY (3) Lexington Judge John M. Rogers, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Chief Judge Karen K. Caldwell, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky Judge Robert E. Wier, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
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LOUISIANA (3) Covington St. Tamany’s Public Defender’s Office New Orleans McGlinchey Stafford Judge Stephen A. Higginson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
MASSACHUSETTS (2) Boston Proskauer Rose Sullivan and Worcester MARYLAND (1) Rockville U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission MICHIGAN (2) Farmington Hills Zausmer August & Caldwell Grand Rapids Chief Judge Robert J. Jonker, U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan MISSOURI (1) Kansas City Bryan Cave MISSISSIPPI (1) Jackson Mississippi Center for Justice NEBRASKA (4) Omaha Fidelity National Title Group (4) NEVADA (3) Las Vegas Judge James Mahan ‘73, U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada (2) Reno Judge Janet Berry, Second Judicial District Court of Nevada NEW JERSEY (1) Florham Park Bressler Amery & Ross NORTH CAROLINA (1) Raleigh Credit Suisse NEW YORK (21) Bronx Bronx County District Attorney’s Office Buffalo Hodgson Russ (2) Flushing Kevin Kerveng Tung New York Allen & Overy Cahill Gordon & Reindel Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Jones Day Latham & Watkins Luke’s Lobster Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy National Urban League Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe OurComm.org Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom (4) Sullivan & Cromwell Weil Gotshal & Manges Schenectady GE Renewable Energy OHIO (2) Cincinnati Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease Cleveland Baker & Hostetler OKLAHOMA (2) Oklahoma City Judge Robert E. Bacharach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit Tulsa Conner & Winters PENNSYLVANIA (4) Harrisburg Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel Lancaster Judge David Workman, Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas Philadelphia Judge Gene Pratter, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel SOUTH CAROLINA (2) Columbia Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Myrtle Beach Mullen Wylie SOUTH DAKOTA (1) Sioux Falls Lindquist & Vennum TENNESSEE (36) Chattanooga Spears Moore Rebman & Williams Judge Shelley D. Rucker, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Tennessee
Clarksville Olson & Olson Franklin Travelers Indemnity Company Knoxville Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office Judge Thomas A. Varlan ‘81, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee Memphis Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr., U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee Nashville Administrative Office of the Courts Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz (3) Bass Berry & Sims (4) Beacon Hill Staffing Agency Dickinson Wright (2) Elizabeth Suzann Judge J. Randall Wyatt ’66, Tennessee Criminal Court, Division II Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands Lewis Thomason King Krieg & Waldrop Meharry Medical College Office of General Counsel Metropolitan Nashville Government Department of Law Metropolitan Nashville Public Defender’s Office Metropolitan Nashville Office of the District Attorney General (3) Sherrard & Roe Tennessee Justice Center Judge Kelvin D. Jones, Eighth Circuit Court, 20th Judicial District of Tennessee Judge Richard H. Dinkins ‘77, Tennessee Court of Appeals U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper Judge Gilbert S. Merritt Jr. ’60, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee Vanderbilt University Office of General Counsel Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis
TEXAS (14) Dallas Dallas County District Attorney Haynes and Boone K&L Gates Locke Lord Weil Gotshal & Manges Galveston University of Texas Medical Branch Houston Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld Andrews Kurth Latham & Watkins Locke Lord (2) Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker Porter Hedges Judge Carolyn Dineen King, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit UTAH (1) Salt Lake City Judge Evelyn J. Furse, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah VIRGINIA (4) Alexandria PCIA - The Wireless Infrastructure Association Charlottesville Southern Environmental Law Center Fairfax Cameron McEvoy Glen Allen Capital Center INTERNATIONAL (3) China Post Group Corporation, Beijing Paul Hastings, Shangahi, China NBC Universal, London, United Kingdom
2015 Employment by Geographic Location: Vanderbilt Compared to All ABA Graduates 171 Vanderbilt Graduates Employed New England CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT Mid-Atlantic NJ, NY, PA East North Central IL, IN, MI, OH, WI West North Central IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD South Atlantic DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV East South Central AL, KY, MS, TN West South Central AR, LA, OK, TX Mountain AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY Pacific AK, CA, HI, OR, WA International Total
% of Vanderbilt Graduates
% of All ABA Graduates
2 26 16 8 36 44 20 7 9 3 171
1.2% 15.2% 9.4% 4.7% 21.1% 25.7% 11.7% 4.1% 5.3% 1.8% 100.0%
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Prepare to Thrive in an Evolving Legal Profession The way lawyers practice law is changing at a pace far greater than ever before. Legal clients increasingly demand more efficiency, lower costs and better results. Technological advancements in data computation have disrupted settled ways of managing legal practices and cases. And law itself is evolving rapidly. Now, more than ever, lawyers must also be innovators.
Vanderbilt’s Program on Law and Innovation offers courses, including Law 2050, Legal Project Management, and Information Governance and Technology in Legal Practice, and an array of extracurricular opportunities specifically designed to train the next generation of lawyers to succeed in today’s legal environment by anticipating the opportunities arising from changes in law and legal practice. Perry Brandt ’77, managing partner of Bryan Cave’s Kansas City office, is one of dozens of alumni who visit Vanderbilt Law School each year to deliver talks on such topics as how to succeed in job interviews and as a summer associate.
Today’s lawyers will need to be innovators throughout their careers. Our goal is to equip Vanderbilt graduates to navigate these changes and, more importantly, to influence the directions in which they take law and the legal industry. J.B. RUHL
| David Daniels Allen Chair of Law Director, Program on Law & Innovation
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Wherever we travel, employers tell us how highly they regard Vanderbilt graduates. They’re well-educated lawyers who are also good people. ELIZABETH WORKMAN
| Assistant Dean for Career Services
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Vanderbilt J.D. Class of 2015 Employment Summary The American Bar Association (ABA) requires each ABA-approved law school to disclose employment information in a standard format ABA Employment Summary Report. To facilitate comparison of Vanderbilt and other law schools’ employment outcomes, we provide below Vanderbilt’s Class of 2015 Summary Report, to which we have added benchmark statistics describing employment outcomes for 2015 graduates of all ABA-approved law schools nationally.
ABA Standard 509(b) Employment Summary for 2015 Graduates with the Addition of Benchmark Percentages for All 2015 ABA Graduates Employment Summary for 2015 Graduates Full Time Full Time Part Time Part Time Employment Status Long Term Short Term Long Term Short Term Number
Employed – Bar Passage Required 145 1 0 1 Employed – JD Advantage 9 1 0 0 Employed – Professional Position 1 0 0 0 Employed – Non-Professional Position 0 1 0 0 Employed – Law School/University Funded 0 13 0 0 Employed – Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time Unemployed – Start Date Deferred Unemployed – Not Seeking Unemployed – Seeking Employment Status Unknown Total Graduates Employment Type
147 10 1 1 13 0 1 3 0 6 3 185
Employed – Bar Passage Required Employed – J.D. Advantage Employed – Professional Position Employed – Non-Professional Position Total Employed by Law School/University
0 0 0 0 0
13 0 0 0 13
0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0
13 0 0 0 13
62.1% 13.9% 4.6% 1.4% 2.5% 0.1% 1.6% 0.7% 1.3% 9.8% 1.9% 100.0%
0.0% 4.3% 1.6% 2.7% 2.2% 8.1% 6.5% 22.7% 0.5% 11.4% 9.7% 7.6% 10.3% 4.3% 0.5% 0.5% 0.0% 93.0%
1.8% 17.1% 4.4% 2.4% 2.0% 2.4% 2.6% 9.8% 0.6% 14.9% 11.6% 4.7% 3.0% 5.1% 0.3% 1.6% 0.3% 84.5%
7.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 7.0%
2.0% 0.5% 0.0% 0.0% 2.5%
State – Largest Employment Tennessee State – 2nd Largest Employment New York State – 3rd Largest Employment Texas
37 21 14
Employed in Foreign Countries
Class of 2015 Employment Summary Report: https://law.vanderbilt.edu/2015-EmploymentSummary.pdf
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79.5% 5.4% 0.5% 0.5% 7.0% 0.0% 0.5% 1.6% 0.0% 3.2% 1.6% 100.0%
Full Time Full Time Part Time Part Time Long Term Short Term Long Term Short Term Number
% All ABA ‘15 Graduates (38,627)
Full Time Full Time Part Time Part Time Long Term Short Term Long Term Short Term Number
Law Firms Solo 0 0 0 0 0 2 – 10 8 0 0 0 8 11 – 25 3 0 0 0 3 26 – 50 5 0 0 0 5 51 – 100 4 0 0 0 4 101 – 250 15 0 0 0 15 251 – 500 12 0 0 0 12 501 + 42 0 0 0 42 Unknown Size 1 0 0 0 1 Business & Industry 18 2 0 1 21 Government 14 4 0 0 18 Public Interest 7 7 0 0 14 Clerkships – Federal 18 1 0 0 19 Clerkships – State & Local 7 1 0 0 8 Clerkships – Other 1 0 0 0 1 Education 0 1 0 0 1 Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 Total Employed 155 16 0 1 172 Law School/University Funded Positions
% All Vanderbilt ’15 Graduates (185)
21.5% 12.2% 8.1% 1.7%
Class of 2015 Salaries Across All Employment Categories
Vanderbilt National Vanderbilt Salaries By Employment Categories
# of Jobs Reported
# With Salary
25th Percentile Median
# of Jobs Reported
# With Salary
25th Percentile Median
Less than 5 5
Less than 5
More information on Vanderbilt Class of 2015 salaries is available from the Vanderbilt Law School Class of 2015 NALP Summary Report on our website: https://law.vanderbilt.edu/NALPSummaryReportClassof2015.pdf
Employed – Bar Passage Required A position in this category requires the graduate to pass a bar exam and to be licensed to practice law in one or more jurisdictions. Notwithstanding the preceding sentence, any position that is a Law School/University Funded position as that term is defined below must be classified as “Employed – Law School/ University Funded” rather than Employed – Bar Passage Required. The positions that have such a requirement are varied and include, for example, positions in law firms, business or government. However, not all positions in law firms, business or government require bar passage; for example, a paralegal position would not. Positions that require the graduate to pass a bar exam and be licensed after beginning employment in order to retain the position are included in this category. Judicial clerkships are also included in this category. Employed – J.D. Advantage A position in this category is one for which the employer sought an individual with a J.D., and perhaps even required a J.D., or for which the J.D. provided a demonstrable advantage in obtaining or performing the job, but which does not itself require bar passage or an active law license or involve practicing law. Examples of positions for which a J.D. is an advantage include a corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI agent, and accountant. Also included might be jobs in personnel or human resources, jobs with investment banks, jobs with consulting firms, jobs doing compliance work in business and industry, jobs in law firm professional
development, and jobs in law school career services offices, admissions offices, or other law school administrative offices. Doctors or nurses who plan to work in a litigation, insurance, or risk management setting, or as expert witnesses, would fall into this category, as would journalists and teachers (in a higher education setting) of law and law-related topics. It is an indicator that a position does not fall into this category if a J.D. is uncommon among persons holding such a position. Employed – Professional Position A position in this category is one that requires professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither required nor a demonstrable advantage. Examples of positions in this category include a math or science teacher, business manager, or performing arts specialist. Other examples include professions such as doctors, nurses, engineers or architects, if a J.D. was not demonstrably advantageous in obtaining the position or in performing the duties of the position. Employed – Non-Professional Position A position in this category is one that does not require any special professional skills or training. Short-term A short-term position is one that has a definite term of less than one year. Thus, a clerkship that has a definite term of one year or more is not a short-term position. It also includes a position that is of an indefinite length, if that position is not reasonably expected to last for one year or more.
Long-term A long-term position is one that does not have a definite or indefinite term of less than one year. It may have a definite length of time, as long as the time is one year or longer. It may also have an indefinite length as long as it is expected to last one year or more. The possibility that a short-term position may evolve into a long-term position does not make the position a long-term position. A position that is envisioned by the graduate and the employer to extend for one year or more is not a short-term position even though it is conditioned on bar passage and licensure. Thus, a long-term position that is conditioned on passing the bar exam by a certain date does not become a short-term position because of the condition. Full-time A full-time position is one in which the graduate works a minimum of 35 hours per week. A full-time position may be either short-term or long-term. Part-time A part-time position is one in which the graduate works less than 35 hours per week. A part-time position may be either short-term or long-term.
1 Benchmark statistics and Vanderbilt rank standings are based on the ABA Law School Employment Database, Compilation – All Schools Data, available at:
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When you get in the real world and practice at a law firm, you work together in groups representing clients. Vanderbilt does a good job of preparing people to work together. HARRISON J. FRAHN IV | Class of 1996 Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Palo Alto, California.
(score 4.12 out of 5) in 2014 American Lawyer survey asking mid-level associates at private firms to rate their law schools on how well they prepared students for practice
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TH 15 (tie)
Law schools that saw the most alumni promoted to partner (in the 250 largest law firms) in 2014, National Law Journal
Vanderbilt stands apart not only for the quality of the legal training we deliver, but also for the support youâ€™ll receive from one of the nationâ€™s best Career Services departments.
| Dean | John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law
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Standard of Living: Sometimes Less Is More Salaries vary by location, as does the cost of living, but the two do not always go hand in hand. Suppose two new graduates take jobs in law firms that pay $160,000, one in Washington, D.C., the other in New York. Although these might appear to be equal outcomes, a $160,000 salary in Washington, D.C., offers about 55.7% more buying power than the identical salary in New York due to the relative cost of living (source: Buying Power Index Class of 2012, September 2013, containing Buying Power Indexes for each of 84 American cities at www.nalp.org). Sometimes less is more. A new graduate taking employment with an Atlanta firm paying $135,000 might appear to have done less well than the two graduates above, but $135,000 in Atlanta offers about 36% more buying power than $160,000 in Washington, D.C., and 91% more buying power than $160,000 in New York. To read â€œNALP Buying Power Index Class of 2012: How much buying power did salaries offer?â€?, scan the QR code at the left with your smartphone or visit: www.nalp.org/buying_power_index_class_of_2012
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