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Career Services 2024 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 mock interviews conducted by practicing attorneys. 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 session each August that begins with a virtual interview program for select legal employers in major legal markets, including New York, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Houston, and Chicago. We also host fall and spring career fairs and a smaller spring OCI session for students seeking summer employment. Participating employers include law firms located throughout the nation, government departments and agencies, federal and state prosecutors and defenders, and legal nonprofits. This guide highlights the results of our program, including legal employers who interviewed our students during OCI and other interview sessions in recent years and those who hired our graduates. I’m proud of the students and graduates whose success and hard work are reflected here, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you as a Vanderbilt Law student to achieve your career goals.

Elizabeth Workman Assistant Dean, Career Services


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.

J.D. Class of 2022

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.

Class of 2022 most popular destinations: New York, 17%; Tennessee, 15%; Texas, 11%; Washington, D.C., 10%; Georgia, 8%

Vanderbilt Law graduates launch careers in every employment sector and consistently secure top-tier legal employment across the nation and around the world.

178

Total graduates

94%

of 2022 graduates were employed 10 months after graduation.

92%

of 2022 graduates took employment outside Tennessee across 27 states, Washington, D.C., and abroad (85% of 2018–22 graduates took employment outside Tennessee across 40 states, D.C., and abroad).

$205,000

J.D. Class of 2022 private sector median salary; average salary $192,041 (based on 109 of 122 graduates reporting salaries). Public sector median salary $67,000; average salary $67,714 (based on 41 of 45 graduates reporting salaries).

Vanderbilt J.D. Class of 2022

Vanderbilt is recognized by a number of entities that examine career prospects for graduates of U.S. law schools in different ways:

The ABA does not rank schools based on employment outcomes. We have determined Vanderbilt’s rank based on public ABA data available at abarequireddisclosures.org/EmploymentOutcomes.aspx.

7th, Above the Law Top 50 Law Schools 2023 based on employment outcomes, cost, and student debt 7th, Best for Federal Clerkships, The Princeton Review 2023, based on student surveys 11th, Federal Judicial Clerkship Report of Recent Law School Graduates, 2020 Edition (based on ABA data), Derek T. Muller, excessofdemocracy.com 13th, National Law Journal/Law.com, ranking of law schools based on percentage of 2019 graduates working as federal judicial clerks or at law firms of 100 or more lawyers 13th, Law schools that sent the highest percentage of 2021 graduates to the nation’s 100 largest law firms, National Law Journal/Law.com

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Percentage of 2022 graduates employed in full-time, longterm positions as lawyers (91.0%, based on ABA data)

Percentage of 2022 graduates employed as full-time, longterm federal judicial clerks (10.7%, based on ABA data)

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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.

1L Job Fairs

VLS hosts career fairs for 1Ls seeking summer employment attended by law firms with offices throughout the nation, where students can meet potential employers in an informal setting. See page 6 for more information.

Spring OCI Session

Employers from law firms throughout the Southeast typically visit Vanderbilt Law each spring to interview first-year students for summer employment.

Job Fairs

Students may attend job fairs nationwide that focus on special career interests, minority hiring, public interest employment and regional positions.

Resumé Forwarding

Throughout the year, nearly 400 employers solicit resumés from Vanderbilt students and post job listings with the Career Services office.

Alumni Leads List

The Career Services office supports Vanderbilt Law 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.

Travel Fund

VLS supports travel for second- and third-year students who obtain interviews from job postings or direct applications to employers.

My Career Services counselor was an incredible resource throughout law school. She helped me prepare for interviews and navigate the complicated waters of OCI to successfully find 1L and 2L positions. I secured my 2L summer associate position, which turned into a postgrad offer, through OCI. ESTHER LEE | Class of 2021 Associate, Fox Rothschild, New York

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Judicial Clerkship Program

Vanderbilt offers a faculty-led judicial clerkship program that helps students apply for competitive clerkships. See pages 9–10 for more information.

Public Interest Law

Vanderbilt’s assistant dean for public interest works intensively with students interested in careers in public interest law and coordinates a broad array of curricular and co-curricular public interest opportunities. See pages 7–8 for more information.


On-Campus and Virtual OCI by location of offices: Vanderbilt hosts a large On-Campus Interview session each fall for second-year students and a shorter spring session for first-year summer positions. The following list shows all employers who participated in Vanderbilt’s OCI fall program by conducting in-person and virtual interviews with students during the past three OCI seasons (2020, 2021 and 2022) by the office locations for which they were hiring associates. ALABAMA Birmingham Baker Donelson Bradley Burr & Forman Lightfoot Franklin & White Maynard Cooper & Gale Waller Huntsville Bradley Mobile Burr & Forman Montgomery Bradley ARIZONA Phoenix Husch Blackwell Perkins Coie Polsinelli Snell & Wilmer CALIFORNIA Century City O’Melveny & Myers Irvine Jones Day Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Los Angeles Alston & Bird Dechert Foley & Lardner Fox Rothschild Husch Blackwell Jones Day Kilpatrick Townsend King & Spalding Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear McDermott Will & Emery McGuireWoods Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Norton Rose Fulbright O’Melveny & Myers Paul Hastings Perkins Coie Reed Smith Simpson Thacher Newport Beach O’Melveny & Myers Oakland Husch Blackwell Orange County Paul Hastings Snell & Wilmer Thompson Hine Vorys Sater Sey More & Pease Palo Alto Alston & Bird Baker Botts Paul Hastings Simpson Thacher

San Diego Foley & Lardner Jones Day Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Paul Hastings Perkins Coie Ropes & Gray San Francisco Alston & Bird Arnall Golden Gregory Baker Botts Dechert Foley & Lardner Fox Rothschild Goodwin Proctor Hunton Andrews Kurth Jones Day Kilpatrick Townsend King & Spalding Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Lieff Cabraser Manatt Phelps & Phillips McDermott Will & Emery McGuireWoods O’Melveny & Myers Paul Hastings Reed Smith Ropes & Gray Snell & Wilmer Silicon Valley Alston & Bird Foley & Lardner Goodwin Procter Jones Day Kilpatrick Townsend O’Melveny & Myers Walnut Creek Kilpatrick Townsend COLORADO Denver Dinsmore & Shohl Foley Lardner Husch Blackwell Kilpatrick Townsend Merchant & Gould Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Polsinelli Snell & Wilmer CONNECTICUT Groton Dinsmore & Shohl DELAWARE Wilmington Fox Rothschild Reed Smith Richards Layton & Finger Skadden WASHINGTON, D.C. Alston & Bird Baker Botts Baker Donelson Bradley Carlton Fields Dechert Dinsmore & Shohl Foley & Lardner Fox Rothschild Fried Frank Goodwin Procter Holtzman Vogel Hunton Andrews Kurth Husch Blackwell Ice Miller Internal Revenue Service Jones Day Kilpatrick Townsend Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Manatt Phelps & Phillips McDermott Will & Emery McGuireWoods Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

Norton Rose Fulbright O’Melveny & Myers Paul Hastings Perkins Coie Polsinelli Reed Smith Ropes & Gray Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton Simpson Thacher Steptoe & Johnson Venable Vinson & Elkins FLORIDA Boca Raton Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Fort Lauderdale Baker Donelson Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Office of the Public Defender Jacksonville Ansbacher Law Foley & Lardner Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Office of the Public Defender Miami Carlton Fields Foley & Lardner Fox Rothschild Hunton Andrews Kurth Jones Day Kirkland & Ellis McDermott Will & Emery Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Polsinelli Reed Smith Orlando Baker Donelson Foley & Lardner Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Tallahassee Baker Donelson Foley & Lardner Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Tampa Bradley Dinsmore & Shohl Foley & Lardner Hill Ward & Henderson West Palm Beach Fox Rothschild GEORGIA Atlanta Alston & Bird Arnall Golden Gregoru Arora Law Firm Baker Donelson Bryan Cave Burr & Forman Eversheds Sutherland Foley & Lardner Fox Rothschild Jones Day Kilpatrick Townsend King & Spalding McDermott Will & Emery McGuireWoods Merchant & Gould Miller Martin Morris Manning & Martin Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Parker Hudson Polsinelli Smith Gambrill & Russell Stites & Harbison Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders U.S. Department of Labor Macon Baker Donelson VANDERBILT LAW | 03


On-Campus and Virtual OCI by location of offices (continued): IDAHO Boise Perkins Coie ILLINOIS Chicago Foley & Lardner Husch Blackwell Ice Miller Jones Day McDermott Will & Emery McGuireWoods Paul Hastings Perkins Coie Polsinelli INDIANA Evanston Dinsmore & Shohl Indianapolis Dentons Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Ice Miller Stites & Harbison KENTUCKY Lexington Dickinson Wright Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Stites & Harbison Louisville Dentons Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Stites & Harbison LOUISIANA Baton Rouge Baker Donelson Mandeville Baker Donelson New Orleans Baker Donelson MARYLAND Baltimore Baker Donelson McGuireWoods Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough MASSACHUSETTS Boston Dechert Foley & Lardner Goodwin Procter Hunton Andrews Karth Husch Blackwell Jones Day Manatt Phelps & Phillips McDermott Will & Emery Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Ropes & Gray MICHIGAN Ann Arbor Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Broomfield Hills Dickinson Wright Dinsmore & Shohl Detroit Dickinson Wright Dinsmore & Shohl Foley & Lardner Jones Day

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M I N N E S OTA Minneapolis Fox Rothschild Jones Day Merchant & Gould MISSISSIPPI Jackson Baker Donelson Bradley MISSOURI Kansas City Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Husch Blackwell Polsinelli Springfield Husch Blackwell St. Louis Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Husch Blackwell Norton Rose Fulbright Polsinelli NEBRASKA Omaha Husch Blackwell NEVADA Las Vegas Snell & Wilmer NEW JERSEY Atlantic City Fox Rothschild Morristown Fox Rothschild Princeton Fox Rothschild NEW YORK Albany Phillips Lytle Bronx Office of the District Attorney Buffalo Phillips Lytle New York Alston & Bird Baker Botts Dechert Foley & Lardner Fox Rothschild Hunton Andrews Kurth Jones Day Kilpatrick Townsend Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Manatt Phelps & Phillips McDermott Will & Emery McGuireWoods Merchant & Gould Milbank Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Norton Rose Fulbright O’Melveny & Myers Paul Hastings Phillips Lytle Reed Smith Ropes & Gray Simpson Thacher Vinson & Elkins Rochester Phillips Lytle NORTH CAROLINA Charlotte Alston & Bird Bradley Cadwallader Wickersham & Taft

Dechert Fox Rothschild K&L Gates McGuireWoods Moore & Van Allen Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Parker Poe Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson Greensboro Fox Rothschild Raleigh Baker Donelson Fox Rothschild Kilpatrick Townsend McGuireWoods Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Parker Poe Winston-Salem Kilpatrick Townsend Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough OHIO Akron Vorys Sater Sey More & Pease Cincinnati Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Thompson Hine Vorys Sater Seymore & Pease Cleveland Benesch Friedlander Caplan & Aronoff Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Jones Day Thompson Hine Vorys Sater Seymore & Pease Columbus Benesch Friedlander Caplan & Aronoff Dickinson Wright Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Ice Miller Jones Day Thompson Hine Vorys Sater Seymore & Pease Dayton Dinsmore & Shohl Thompson Hine West Chester Frost Brown Todd OREGON Portland Perkins Coie PE NNSY LVA NIA Blue Bell Fox Rothschild Exton Fox Rothschild Philadelphia Dechert Fox Rothschild Pittsburgh Dinsmore & Shohl Fox Rothschild Frost Brown Todd Jones Day McGuireWoods Reed Smith Simpson Thacher Warrington Fox Rothschild


SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Columbia Baker Donelson Burr & Forman Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Greenville Burr & Forman Fox Rothschild Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Myrtle Beach Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough TENNESSEE Chattanooga Baker Donelson Husch Blackwell Miller Martin Franklin Baker Donelson Johnson City Thompson Burton Knoxville Baker Donelson Merchant & Gould Memphis Baker Donelson Bass Berry & Sims Martin Tate Morrow & Marston Nashville Adams and Reese Baker Donelson Bass Berry & Sims Bradley Brewer Krause Burr & Forman Butler Snow Burr & Forman Dickinson Wright Frost Brown Todd Gideon Essary Tardio & Carter K&L Gates Lieff Cabreser Maynard Cooper & Gale Neal & Harwell Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Polsinelli Riley Warnock & Jacobson Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison Sims Funk Stites & Harbison Swafford Law Tennessee Attorney General Waller

TEXAS Austin Baker Botts Foley & Lardner Gjerset & Lorenz Husch Blackwell K&L Gates Kirkland & Ellis Norton Rose Fulbright O’Melveny & Myers Perkins Coie Reed Smith Vinson & Elkins Waller

McGuireWoods Norton Rose Fulbright Paul Hastings Reed Smith Schiffer Hicks Johnson Thompson & Knight Vorys Sater Seymore & Pease

Dallas Akin Gump Alston & Bird Baker & McKenzie Baker Botts Bradley Foley & Lardner Frost Brown Todd Hunton Andrews Kurth Husch Blackwell Jones Day Kirkland & Ellis Locke Lord McDermott Will & Emery McGuireWoods Norton Rose Fulbright O’Melveny & Myers Perkins Coie Polsinelli Sidley Austin Thompson & Knight Weil Gotshal

VIRGINIA Alexandria Merchant & Gould

Houston Akin Gump Baker & McKenzie Baker Botts Baker Donelson Bradley Foley & Lardner Frost Brown Todd Hunton Andrews Kurth Husch Blackwell Jones Day Kirkland & Ellis Locke Lord

San Antonio Norton Rose Fulbright UTA H Salt Lake City Snell & Wilmer

Richmond Hunton Andrews Kurth McGuireWoods WASHINGTON Seattle Fox Rothschild Kilpatrick Townsend Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear Perkins Coie WEST VIRGINIA Charleston Dinsmore & Shohl Frost Brown Todd Huntington Dinsmore & Shohl Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Morgantown Dinsmore & Shohl WISCONSIN Madison Foley & Lardner Husch Blackwell Milwaukee Foley & Lardner Husch Blackwell

Vanderbilt students have opportunities to interview virtually each year with global law firms in New York, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Washington, D.C., and other major markets.

I found my 2L summer associate position through Vanderbilt’s OCI program. I could find a VLS student or graduate who worked at many firms I interviewed with who could tell me about their experiences and offer advice. KYLE BRINKER | Class of 2022 2022–23 Clerk, Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky

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Meet Legal Employers at 1L Career Fairs

Career Services launched a new career fair program in fall 2022 for 1Ls seeking summer employment. More than 80 percent of 1Ls attended the 2022 Fall Firm Mingle, and Career Services will host career fairs where first-year students can connect with summer employers each fall and spring semester going forward. 2023 1L Fall Firm Mingle Employers Adams and Reese Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld Allen & Overy Alston & Bird Arnall Golden Gregory Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer Baker & McKenzie Baker Botts Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Bass, Berry & Sims Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff Bracewell

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Burr & Forman Butler Snow Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton Cooley Dentons Bingham Greenebaum Dickinson Wright Eversheds Sutherland Foley & Lardner Fox Rothschild Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Fried, Frank Frost Brown Todd Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Goodwin Haynes and Boone, LLP (Dallas, TX) Husch Blackwell Jackson Walker L.L.P. (Dallas, TX) Jones Day (Atlanta, GA) Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP (Atlanta, GA) King & Spalding Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Dallas, TX) Latham & Watkins LLP (San Diego, CA)

Lightfoot, Franklin & White, LLC (Birmingham, AL) Locke Lord LLP (Chicago, IL) Maynard Nexsen PC (Birmingham, AL) McGuireWoods LLP Milbank LLP (New York, NY) Neal & Harwell Norton Rose Fulbright Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Polsinelli Riley & Jacobson Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison Sidley Austin LLP Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom Starnes Davis Florie Sullivan & Cromwell LLP Taft Stettinius & Hollister Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders Vinson & Elkins Weil, Gotshal & Manges Williams & Connolly Willkie Farr & Gallagher Winston & Strawn

I really appreciated the mock interviews that Career Services offered during my 1L first semester. That experience helped me feel more prepared for my firm interviews the following semester. SAMANTHA FURMAN | Class of 2021

Associate, Venable, New York

Samantha worked as a paralegal at Venable in Washington, D.C., before law school. She was selected by Venable as a Leadership Council on Diversity Scholar as a 1L and worked for the firm’s New York office for both summers during law school.

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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 and 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.

Career Services masterfully guided me through the recruiting process where I had numerous callback interviews and received an offer from my top choice firm, which I accepted. ALON SUGARMAN | Class of 2021 Law and Business Certificate Associate, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, New York

I secured my first summer position by applying for a Keith Wetmore Fellowship with Morrison & Foerster. My Career Services adviser helped me revise my resume, read many revisions of my cover letters, and always was available to answer quick questions I had through a call, meeting or email. I worked for the same firm for 2L summer and accepted an offer to work in their San Francisco office after graduation. JOLINE DESRUISSEAUX | Class of 2020 Associate, Morrison & Foerster, San Francisco 2022–23 Clerk, Judge William H. Alsup, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California VANDERBILT LAW | 07


Gain Valuable Legal Experience through Externships During summer 2023, 71 Vanderbilt Law students worked for legal employers in 15 states, Washington, D.C., and in London, U.K., The Hague, Netherlands, and Kyiv, Ukraine, receiving either stipend support or course credit for their work. Federal District Courts

• Judge William M. Ray, Northern District of Georgia • Judge John Kness, Northern District of Illinois • Chief Judge Sara L. Darrow, Central District of Illinois • Judge Edmond E. Chang, Northern District of Illinois • Judge Sheila Finnegan, Northern District of Illinois • Northern District of Illinois • Southern District of New York • Judge Curtis Collier, Eastern District of Tennessee • Judge Alistair Newbern, Middle District of Tennessee • Judge Eli Richardson ’92, Middle District of Tennessee

Federal Bankruptcy Courts

• U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California

U.S. Attorneys’ Offices

• District of South Carolina • Eastern District of Tennessee • Middle District of Tennessee

Federal Agencies

• Federal Communications Commission, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, Policy & Licensing Division, Washington, D.C. • Federal Communication Commission, Public Safety & Homeland Security Bureau, Office of the Bureau Chief, Washington, D.C. • Federal Communication Commission, Washington, D.C. • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the General Counsel, Juneau, Alaska • U.S. Department of Agriculture, San Francisco • U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Maryland • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Nashville

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• U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Immigrant and Employee Rights Section, Washington, D.C. • U.S. Department of Justice, Public Integrity Section, Washington, D.C. • U.S. Department of State, Office of Legal Advisor, Washington, D.C.

Federal Defenders

• Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender, Nashville • Nashville Defenders, Tennessee • Dallas County Public Defenders, Texas

Municipal Law Departments

• Metro Nashville Law Department, Tennessee

• Federal Public Defender, Capital Habeas Unit, Nashville • Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville

Corporate Law Offices

U.S. Senate

Nonprofit Legal Organizations

• Alex Padilla, Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington, D.C. State Agencies • Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Nashville • Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, Williamson County • Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Nashville

State Attorneys General

• California Office of the Attorney General, San Francisco

State Attorneys

• Cook County Department of Corrections, Chicago

State Courts

• Tennessee Supreme Court, Memphis • North Carolina Court of Appeals, Raleigh • Cobb County State Court, Marietta, Georgia • Judge Leslie C. Shively, Vanderburgh Superior Court, Evanston, Indiana • Judge Stanley Kweller, 20th Judicial District Court, Nashville

District Attorneys

• Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office, California • Office of the District Attorney, Nashville

Public Defenders

• Office of the Public Defender, Sixth Judicial District of Arkansas, Little Rock • Georgia Public Defender Council, Atlanta • Allegheny County Public Defender, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

• Porsche Cars North America, Atlanta • Vanderbilt University Office of the General Counsel

• American Bar Association Center for Human Rights • CASA Immigration of Maryland, Baltimore • Choosing Justice Initiative, Nashville • Disability Rights Tennessee, Nashville • Harpeth Conservancy, Nashville • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Cambridge, Massachusetts • Legal Services Alabama, Montgomery • Nashville Conflict Resolution Center, Tennessee • Queens Legal Services, New York • Tennessee Justice Center

International

• Global Rights Compliance, The Hague, Netherlands • Guernica 37 Chambers, London, U.K. • Hellen Duffey Law Firm, The Hague, Netherlands • U.S. Agency for International Development, Kyiv, Ukraine


2021–22 Semester Externships for Course Credit Fall 2022 • American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Nashville (2) • Choosing Justice Initiative, Nashville • Clarity Value, New York • Davidson County Eighth Circuit Court of Nashville, Judge Lynn Ingram • Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, Washington, D.C. • Disability Rights Tennessee, Nashville • Earthjustice, Washington, D.C. • Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C. • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington, D.C. • Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Tennessee, Capital Habeas Unit • Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville • Global Labor Justice, Washington, D.C. • Immigration Equality, Brooklyn, New York • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Murfreesboro (2) • Nashville Defenders • Nashville Predators, Nashville (2) • National Center for Youth Law, Oakland, California • Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, Newark, Judge Lisa Firko • Tennessee Innocence Project, Nashville • Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, Nashville • Tennessee Supreme Court, Justice Sarah K. Campbell • United Soccer League, Tampa, Florida • U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Tennessee, Judge Eli Richardson ‘92 • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Magistrate Judge Chip Frensley (2) • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville • Vanderbilt Office of General Counsel, Nashville

Spring 2022

• Choosing Justice Initiative, Nashville • Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, Nashville • Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, Nashville (2) • Department of Homeland Security, Human Rights Violator Law Division, Washington, D.C.

• Environmental Defense Center, Santa Barbara, California • Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C. • Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Tennessee • FLOW (For Love of Water), Traverse City, Michigan • Illinois Prison Project, Chicago • Nashville Defenders (5) • National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C. • Office of the Post-Conviction Defender, Nashville • Office of Staff Judge Advocate, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky • Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta • Special Olympics International, Washington, D.C • Tennessee Public Charter School Commission, Nashville • Tennessee Supreme Court, Justice Sarah K. Campbell • U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville (4) • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Magistrate Judge Chip Frensley • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee, Judge Eli Richardson • Vanderbilt Athletics Compliance, Nashville • Vanderbilt Office of General Counsel (2)

Fall 2021

• American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, Nashville (3) • American Civil Liberties Union, Racial Justice Program, New York • American Civil Liberties Union, Washington, D.C. • Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, Nashville (2) • Department of Homeland Security, Human Rights Violator Law Division, Washington, D.C. • Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Washington, D.C. • Disabilities Rights Tennessee, Nashville • Federal Public Defender, Middle District of Tennessee • Federal Public Defender, Capital Habeas Unit, Nashville (2) • Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Washington, D.C. • Insight Partners, New York

• Jacksonville Public Defender’s Office, Juvenile Division, Florida • Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands, Murfreesboro (2) • Nashville Defenders (3) • New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, Division of Civil Rights, Newark • Office of Staff Judge Advocate, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky • Sixth Amendment Center, Boston • Southern Environmental Law Center, Nashville (2) • Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Nashville • U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Tennessee, Nashville (3) • Vanderbilt Office of General Counsel, Nashville (2) • Viacom CBS Paramount Pictures, Hollywood, California

Full-Semester Externships VLS students served full-time externships with these legal employers for course credit in 2021 and 2022: • City Bar Justice Center, New York

(Spring 2022) • Global Rights Compliance, The Hague, Netherlands (Fall 2022) • Indiana Department of Education, Indianapolis (Spring 2022) • Kosovo Specialist Chambers, The Hague, Netherlands (Fall 2022) • U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resource Division, Washington, D.C. (Fall 2021)

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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. The Public Interest Office coordinates pro bono service opportunities and facilitates law careers for students and recent graduates seeking to work in the public interest, 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.

Supplemental Scholarships and Stipends

First-year students committed to social justice and public interest legal careers may apply in the spring semester for Garrison Social Justice Scholar awards, which provide supplemental scholarships for the second and third years of law school and summer support stipends to allow students to accept unpaid summer internships with legal nonprofits and public defender’s offices. Academic programs also provide summer stipend support for unpaid work with government law offices and legal nonprofits.

Specialized Career Advising

Our assistant dean for public interest works one-on-one with students seeking public interest careers. The annual Government and Public Interest Day allows students to network with government and nonprofit employers. Students may also attend the annual Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair with support from Vanderbilt.

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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 work 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.

VLS Public Service Pathways Vanderbilt’s Public Service Pathways program enables new VLS graduates to gain valuable public-sector work experience by supporting them as they 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. Some graduates have garnered permanent positions at the organizations they first joined as interns; others have secured full-time legal employment elsewhere. The program currently provides financial assistance for bar preparation and stipend support for up to six months. VLS Loan Repayment Assistance This program pays from 20 percent to 50 percent of annual loan repayment obligations for up to 10 years for eligible graduates in qualifying public service positions.

Learn more about Public Interest at Vanderbilt Law.


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 Public Interest and Career Services offices, 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 entrylevel 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 School’s endowed George Barrett Social Justice Fellowship is awarded by competitive application to a graduating student to carry out a oneyear public interest project under the supervision and sponsorship of a host organization. Vanderbilt participates in the

Gideon’s Promise Law School Partnership, which provides financial support and training to graduates committed to indigent defense careers. After an initial fellowship period, the graduates transition to full-time public defender positions in participating offices. And in recent years, a number of VLS graduates have secured external fellowships, including highly coveted Skadden and Equal Justice Works fellowships.

More information is available in “Launching Your Public Interest Career: A Vanderbilt Student’s Guide to Fellowships.

The Vanderbilt Law community provided me with the support to begin and sustain a meaningful career in public interest law. I am honored by the opportunity to utilize my expertise to foster the ongoing growth of a vibrant culture of public service at Vanderbilt Law School. BETH CRUZ | Assistant Dean & Martha Craig Daughtrey Director for Public Interest

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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 Graduates Taking Federal Clerkships, 2018–22 The ABA does not rank schools based on employment outcomes. We have determined Vanderbilt’s rank based on public ABA data available at www.abarequireddisclosures.org/EmploymentOutcomes.aspx.

VLS Class Total Graduates % Federal Clerks

2022

Rank Among U.S. Law Schools

178

10.7%

9th

2021 192

8.9%

13th

2020 180

16.1%

5th

2019 209

7.7%

17th

2018 176

9.5%

10th

I can’t imagine a better transition from student to lawyer than a clerkship. Helping my judge resolve actual cases brought everything I learned in law school to life and gave me invaluable insight into how cases get decided and what it takes to persuade judges— my target audience in the next phase of my career. CAMERON NORRIS | Class of 2014

Partner, Consovoy McCarthy Park 2017–18 Clerk, Justice Clarence Thomas, U.S. Supreme Court

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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.


Consider a Judicial Clerkship Recent Vanderbilt Law graduates have clerked for the following U.S. Supreme Court justices: Justice Sonia Sotomayor (2018–19) Justice Clarence Thomas (2017–18) Members of the classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 have already served, are currently serving or plan to serve clerkships with the following judges: Class of 2020 Federal Appellate Courts

• Judge Joseph A. Greenaway Jr., Third Circuit • Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt, Fifth Circuit • Judge Andrew S. Oldham, Fifth Circuit • Judge Priscilla R. Owen, Fifth Circuit • Judge James E. Graves Jr., Fifth Circuit • Judge John K. Bush, Sixth Circuit • Judge Joan L. Larsen, Sixth Circuit • Judge John B. Nalbandian, Sixth Circuit • Judge Eugene E. Siler Jr. Sixth Circuit • Judge Amul R. Thapar, Sixth Circuit • Judge Duane Benton, Eighth Circuit • Judge Andrew L. Brasher, Eleventh Circuit • Judge Adalberto J. Jordan, Eleventh Circuit

Federal District Courts

• Judge Richard J. Leon, District of Columbia • Judge Emily Coody Marks, Middle District of Alabama • Judge Jerome T. Kearney ’81, Eastern District of Arkansas • Judge Brian S. Miller ’95, Eastern District of Arkansas • Judge William H. Alsup, Northern District of California • Judge Edward M. Chen, Northern District of California • Judge John A. Houston, Southern District of California • Judge Paul G. Bryon, Middle District of Florida • Judge William F. Jung, Middle District of Florida • Judge Thomas W. Thrash Jr., Northern District of Georgia • Judge Danny C. Reeves, Eastern District of Kentucky • Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove, Eastern District of Kentucky • Judge Benjamin J. Beaton, Western District of Kentucky • Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., Western District of Kentucky • Judge Eldon E. Fallon, Eastern District of Louisiana • Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr., Western District of Louisiana • Judge Paul D. Borman, Eastern District of Michigan • Judge James C. Mahan ’73, District of Nevada • Judge Gabriel W. Gorenstein, Southern District of New York

• Judge David L. Russell, Western District of Oklahoma • Judge Eduardo C. Robreno, Eastern District of Pennsylvania • Judge Eli J. Richardson ’92, Middle District of Tennessee • Judge Jane J. Boyle, Northern District of Texas • Judge Mark T. Pittman, Northern District of Texas • Judge David A. Ezra, District of Hawaii (sitting in the Western District of Texas)

Federal Bankruptcy Courts • Judge Neil W. Bason, Central District of California • Judge Jacqueline P. Cox, Northern District of Illinois • Judge Russ Kendig, North District of Ohio • Judge Louis A. Scarcella, Eastern District of New York

Federal Bankruptcy Courts

Class of 2022 Federal Appellate Courts

• Judge Stacey G. C. Jernigan, Northern District of Texas

State Courts

• Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III, Delaware Court of Chancery • Vice Chancellor Morgan T. Zurn, Delaware Court of Chancery • Master in Chancery Patricia W. Griffin, Delaware Court of Chancery • Judges John R. Grise and Steve A. Wilson, Warren County Circuit Court, Kentucky • Judge J. Steven Stafford, Tennessee Court of Appeals • Judge Thomas W. Brothers ’77, Tennessee Circuit Court, 20th District

Class of 2021 Federal Appellate Courts

• Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, D.C. Circuit (2) • Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg, D.C. Circuit • Judge Richard A. Hertling, Federal Circuit • Judge Todd Hughes, Federal Circuit • Judge Kent A. Jordan, Third Circuit • Judge A. Marvin Quattlebaum, Fourth Circuit • Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, Sixth Circuit • Judge Joan L. Larson, Sixth Circuit • Judge Elizabeth Branch, Eleventh Circuit Federal District Courts • Judge Paul G. Byron, Middle District of Florida • Judge Claria Horn Boom ’94, Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky • Judge Danny Reeves, Eastern District of Kentucky • Judge David J. Hale, Western District of Kentucky • Judge James C. Mahan ’73, District of Nevada • Judge Bridget M. Brennan, Northern District of Ohio • Judge Edmund A. Sargus Jr., Southern District of Ohio • Judge Gene E.K. Pratter, Eastern District of Pennsylvania • Judge Charles E. Atchley Jr., Eastern District of Tennessee • Judge Travis R. McDonough ’97, Eastern District of Tennessee

State Courts • Justice Michel P. Boggs, Georgia Supreme Court

• Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson, D.C. Circuit • Judge Justin R. Walker, D.C. Circuit • Judge Kent A. Jordan, Third Circuit • Judge Julius N. Richardson, Fourth Circuit • Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod, Fifth Circuit • Judge Andrew S. Oldham, Fifth Circuit • Judge Julia Smith Gibbons, Sixth Circuit • Judge Chad A. Readler, Sixth Circuit • Judge Jay Bybee, Ninth Circuit • Judge Elizabeth L. Branch, Eleventh Circuit (2)

Federal District Courts

• Judge R. David Proctor, Northern District of Alabama • Judge Lee P. Rudofsky, Eastern District of Arkansas • Judge Andre Birotte Jr., Central District of California • Judge Paul G. Byron, Middle District of Florida • Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove, Eastern District of Kentucky • Judge Benjamin J. Beaton, Western District of Kentucky • Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., Western District of Kentucky • Judge Lance M. Africk, Eastern District of Louisiana • Judge Keith Starrett, Southern District of Mississippi • Judge James C. Mahan ’73, District of Nevada (2) • Judge Travis R. McDonough ’97, Eastern District of Tennessee • Judge David J. Novak, Eastern District of Virginia (2)

State Courts

• Judge Alan O. Forst, Florida Fourth District Court of Appeals • Judge Barry R. Tidwell, Tennessee Circuit Court, 16th District

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Where Do You Go From Here? With more than 80 percent of each graduating class taking employment out of state, Vanderbilt Law graduates enjoy geographic mobility nationally, supported by the school’s global alumni network and longstanding relationships with legal employers coast to coast.

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29

Average number of states in which new Vanderbilt Law graduates have taken employment each year, 2018–22.


True Nationwide Employment J.D. Employment Destinations—Classes of 2018–2022 MOST POPULAR DESTINATIONS CLASSES 2018–2022

WA5 ME1

MT1

OR4

MN5 WI1 NV6 UT3

CA46 AZ2

MI6

PA19

NE6 IL31

CO15

KS3 OK4

NM1

NY149

MO8

IN2

MD2

WV1

VA7

KY21

LA6

NH1 MA5 CT1 NJ11

DE6 DC84

NC18

TN129

AR6 MS3

TX99

OH21

New York 17% Tennessee 15% Texas 11% Washington, D.C. 10% Georgia 8% California 5% Florida 4% Illinois 4% The remaining 26% took employment across another 34 states and internationally.

SC5 AL19

GA66

FL32

AK2

International: 14 Bahrain (1) Belgium (1) China (9) Nepal (1) Switzerland (1) United Kingdom (1) U.S. Military JAG: 13

DOMESTIC GRADUATES AT A GLANCE

Class: New York Tennessee Texas Washington, DC Georgia California Florida Illinois Kentucky Ohio Alabama Pennsylvania North Carolina Colorado New Jersey Missouri Virginia Arkansas Delaware Louisiana Michigan

2018 30 29 15 13 15 5 5 8 6 4 7 2 5 1 3 2 – 2 1 – 1

2019 26 34 19 22 9 16 13 3 3 4 2 8 4 2 4 1 1 1 2 2 1

2020 23 23 29 5 14 10 3 8 5 6 5 4 3 2 1 1 – 2 3 3 2

2021 34 28 19 25 16 5 8 6 4 5 3 3 4 2 2 – – – – – 1

2022 Total 36 149 15 129 17 99 19 84 12 66 10 46 3 32 6 31 3 21 2 21 2 19 2 19 2 18 8 15 1 11 4 8 6 7 1 6 – 6 1 6 1 6

Nebraska Nevada Massachusetts Minnesota South Carolina Washington Oklahoma Oregon Kansas Mississippi Utah Alaska Arizona Indiana Maryland Connecticut Maine New Hampshire New Mexico West Virginia Wisconsin

2 – – 2 – – – 1 1 – – – 1 1 – – 1 – – 1 1

1 1 2 2 3 2 1 1 1 – – – 1 1 1 – – – – – –

1 1 – – – – 1 1 1 1 – – – – 1 1 – – 1 – –

2 1 – – 2 1 1 – – 1 1 1 – – – – – 1 – – –

– 3 3 1 – 2 1 1 – 1 2 1 – – – – – – – – –

6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1

INTERNATIONAL / U.S. MILITARY WORLDWIDE / U.S. TERRITORIES GRADUATES AT A GLANCE

2018 2019 2020 China (2) Bahrain (1) China (2) U.S. Air Force JAG (1) Nepal (1) U.S. Army JAG (3) U.S. Army JAG (1) U.S. Army JAG (2) U.S. Navy JAG (1)

2021 China (3) Belgium (1) London, U.K. (1) U.S. Army JAG (3) U.S. Air Force (1)

2022 Switzerland (1) U.S. Army JAG (4) U.S. Marine Corps JAG (1)

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Class of 2022 Employers by State ALABAMA (2) Birmingham Bradley U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama ALASKA (1) Anchorage Holland & Hart ARKANSAS (1) Little Rock U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas CALIFORNIA (9) Irvine K&L Gates LLP Payne & Fears LLP Los Angeles Morrison Foerster O’Melveny & Myers LLP Seyfarth Shaw Palo Alto Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP San Diego Latham & Watkins LLP San Francisco Knobbe Martens Ropes & Gray LLP COLORADO (8) Brighton Adams County District Attorney’s Office Centennial Office of the District Attorney, 18th Judicial District Denver Colorado Center on Law and Policy Colorado State Public Defender Office of the Colorado State Public Defender (3) Powell Project WASHINGTON, D.C. (18) Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP Campaign Legal Center Cooley LLP Fisch Sigler Foley & Lardner LLP Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

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NEW ORLEANS (1) U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana

Latham & Watkins LLP Mooney, Green, Saindon, Murphy & Welch, P.C. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Sidley Austin LLP Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett (2) Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of the General Counsel U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division United States Senate Wiley Rein LLP

MASSACHUSETTS (3) Boston Goodwin Procter LLP Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. Ropes & Gray LLP

FLORIDA (3) Miami Akerman Senterfitt

MINNESOTA (1) Minneapolis Jones Day

Orlando U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

MISSISSIPPI (1) Hattiesburg U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi

West Palm Beach 4th District Court of Appeals GEORGIA (11) Atlanta Alston & Bird LLP (2) Ballard Spahr LLP Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP Jones Day King & Spalding LLP Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, L.L.P. Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP (2) United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Fort Benning U.S. Army JAG Corps ILLINOIS (5) Chicago King & Spalding LLP Kirkland & Ellis LLP (2) Mayer Brown LLP Winston & Strawn LLP KENTUCKY (3) Lexington U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky Louisville Dentons Bingham Greenebaum U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky

MICHIGAN (1) Grand Rapids Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt & Howlett

MISSOURI (2) St. Louis Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP (2) NEVADA (3) Las Vegas U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit U.S. District Court, District of Nevada (2) NEW YORK (33) New York Alston & Bird LLP (2) Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP Chaffetz Lindsey LLP Davis Polk & Wardwell (2) Fox Rothschild LLP (2) Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (3) Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP Katten Muchin Rosenman Kirkland & Ellis LLP (3) Latham & Watkins LLP Milbank LLP (4) Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (2) Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP Ropes & Gray LLP (2) Shearman & Sterling LLP (2) Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP White & Case LLP


Queens Queens District Attorney’s Office The Bronx Office of the District Attorney, Bronx County NORTH CAROLINA (2) Charlotte K&L Gates LLP Moore & Van Allen, PLLC OHIO (2) Cincinnati U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit Cleveland Jones Day OREGON (1) Beaverton Nike, Inc. PENNSYLVANIA (2) Pittsburgh Cohen & Grigsby, PC McGuireWoods LLP TENNESSEE (14) Chattanooga U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Tennessee (2)

Memphis Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz Black McLaren Jones Ryland & Griffee, P.C. DeWitt Law Nashville Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz (2) Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC (2) Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Neal & Harwell (2) Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP TEXAS (15) Dallas Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. Baker Botts L.L.P. Bradley Norton Rose Fulbright Reed Smith LLP Sidley Austin LLP Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. (2) Houston Haynes and Boone, LLP Locke Lord LLP (3) U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit Vinson & Elkins L.L.P. (2)

UTAH (2) Brigham City Box Elder County Attorney Office Salt Lake City Kirkland & Ellis VIRGINIA (5) Fort Belvoir U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps (2) Richmond District Court for the Eastern District of VA (2) U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit WASHINGTON (2) Seattle Keller Rohrback, LLP King County Department of Public Defense INTERNATIONAL (3) Switzerland, Geneva World Intellectual Prop Org Worldwide U.S. Army, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (2)

Franklin The Swafford Law Firm

2022 Employment by Geographic Region: Vanderbilt versus All ABA Graduates Region

New England CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT Mid-Atlantic NJ, NY, PA E. 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 Non-U.S. locations Total

Number Reported

% of Reported

NALP 2022 % of Reported

3 39 9 5 42 21 20 13 14 1 167

1.8% 23.4% 5.4% 3.0% 25.1% 12.6% 12.0% 7.8% 8.4% 0.5% 100.0%

5.4% 21.0% 11.5% 4.9% 22.1% 3.6% 9.8% 5.8% 14.9% 1.0% 100.0%

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Vanderbilt J.D. Class of 2022 Employment Summary The American Bar Association 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 2022 Summary Report, to which we have added benchmark statistics describing employment outcomes for 2022 graduates of all ABA-approved law schools nationally.

ABA Standard 509(b) Employment Summary for 2022 Graduates with the Addition of Benchmark Percentages for All 2022 ABA Graduates Employment Summary for 2022 Graduates Full Time Full Time Part Time Part Time Employment Status Long Term Short Term Long Term Short Term Number

% All Vanderbilt ’22 Graduates (167)

Employed - Bar Passage Required 162 0 0 0 Employed - JD Advantage 2 0 0 0 Employed - Professional Position 0 0 0 0 Employed - Other Position 0 0 1 0 Employed - Law School / University Funded 2 0 0 0 Employed - Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 Enrolled in Graduate Studies Employed - Start Date Deferred Unemployed - Not Seeking Unemployed - Seeking Employment Status Unknown Total Graduates

91.0% 1.1% 0.0% 0.6% 1.1% 0.0% 1.1% 0.6% 1.1% 0.6% 2.8% 100.0%

Employment Type

Full Time Long Term

Full Time Short Term

Part Time Long Term

162 2 0 1 2 0 2 1 2 1 5 178

% All ABA ’22 Graduates (36,078)

77.8% 9.0% 1.0% 1.3% 5.3% 1.0%

Part Time Short Term Number

Law Firms Solo 1 0 0 0 1 0.6% 1-10 3 0 0 0 3 1.7% 11 - 25 6 0 0 0 6 3.4% 26 - 50 5 0 0 0 5 2.8% 51 - 100 1 0 0 0 1 0.6% 101 - 250 11 0 0 0 11 6.2% 251 - 500 8 0 0 0 8 4.5% 501+ 85 0 0 0 85 47.8% Unknown Size 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% Business & Industry 1 0 1 0 2 1.1% Government 15 0 0 0 15 8.4% Public Interest 10 0 0 0 10 5.6% Clerkships - Federal 19 0 0 0 19 10.7% Clerkships - State, Local, and Territorial 1 0 0 0 1 0.6% Clerkships - Tribal 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% Clerkships - International 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% Education 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0 0.0% Total Employed 166 0 1 0 167 93.8% Full Time Full Time Part Time Part Time Law School/University Funded Positions Long Term Short Term Long Term Short Term Number

Employed - Bar Passage Required Employed - J.D. Advantage Employed - Professional Position Employed - Non-Professional Position Total Employed by Law School/University

2 0 0 0 2

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 0 0

2 0 0 0 2

1.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.1%

Employment Location State Number

State - Largest Employment New York State - 2nd Largest Employment District of Columbia State - 3rd Largest Employment Texas Employed in Foreign Countries VANDERBILT LAW | 19

36 19 17 1

20.2% 10.7% 9.6% 0.6%


Class of 2022 Salaries 75th Percentile

Mean

Private Sector Vanderbilt 122 73.1% 109 $ 185,000 $ 205,000 National 21,911 67.8% 14,693 $ 80,000 $ 125,000

$ 215,000 $ 215,000

$ 192,401 $ 140,893

Public Sector Vanderbilt 45 26.9% 41 $ 64,000 $ 67,000 National 10,370 32.1% 7,085 $ 55,000 $ 65,000

$ 71,000 $ 73,000

$ $

Vanderbilt Salaries by Employment Categories

75th Percentile

Employment by Sector

Education Business Judicial Clerk Private Practice Government Public Interest

# of Jobs Reported

# of Jobs Reported

0 2 20 120 15 10 167

Employed – Bar Passage Required. The position in fact requires or, from the perspective of the employer does or will require, the graduate to pass a bar exam or be authorized to practice law in one or more jurisdictions. Positions that require a graduate to pass a bar exam or be authorized to practice law in a jurisdiction after beginning employment in order to retain the position are included in this category. Examples of positions presumed to be Bar Passage Required include public defender, district attorney, judge advocate general (JAG), judicial law clerk, lawyer/attorney, and associate attorney. Employed – J.D. Advantage. The position is one in which the possession of a J.D. by the graduate was sought by the employer, required by the employer, or provided a demonstrable advantage in either obtaining or performing the duties of the position from the perspective of the employer. The duties of the position do not require passage of the bar exam or authorization to practice law or involve practicing law. Examples of positions presumed to be J.D. Advantage include landman, tax associate, regulatory analyst, patent agent, FBI agent, paralegal/legal assistant, and compliance manager/specialist. Employed – Professional Position. The position requires professional skills or training, managerial or supervisory responsibilities, or the

% of Jobs Reported

% of Jobs Reported

# With Salary

# With Salary

25th Percentile Median

25th Percentile Median

67,714 65,675

Mean

0.0% – – – – – 1.2% – – – – – 12.0% 18 $ 66,000 $ 67,000 $ 68,000 $ 65,781 71.9% 108 $ 185,000 $ 205,000 $ 215,000 $ 191,921 9.0% 14 $ 67,000 $ 74,000 $ 89,000 $ 75,140 6.0% 9 $ 59,000 $ 64,000 $ 64,500 $ 60,029 100.0%

regular use of professional judgment from the perspective of the employer. The possession of a J.D. was neither required nor a demonstrable advantage in obtaining or performing the role from the perspective of the employer. Examples of positions presumed to be Professional Position include bailiff, police officer, nurse, doctor, teacher, or probation officer. Employed – Other Position. The position does not require any special professional skills or training from the perspective of the employer. Examples of positions presumed to be Other Position include barista, receptionist/ administrative assistant/secretary, restaurant server, and retail sales person. Employed – Law School/University Funded. The position has a salary that is funded directly or indirectly by the school or its parent institution; in whole or in part by the school or its parent institution; or through donations solicited by or on behalf of the school or its parent institution. Any position meeting this definition is included in this category; the position is not counted in any of the other categories. Note: A Law School/University Funded position is not counted as such if the following sets of requirements apply: 1) From the perspective of the law school or university, the position is expected to last for a term of one calendar year

or more; 2) the salary the graduate receives is equal to or exceeds $42,500 per year; and 3) the position, and its funding, are open to qualified graduates from all ABA-approved law schools; OR 1) the graduate was employed by the law school or parent institution before starting law school; and 2) the graduate continues to be employed in the same or a similar position as of the Graduate Employment Status Date. Long-Term vs. Short Term. The position is Long-Term if, from the perspective of the employer, it is expected to last for one calendar year or more from the graduation date or Start Date, whichever is later. The position is ShortTerm if, from the perspective of the employer, it has a definite term of less than one calendar year from the graduation date or Start Date, whichever is later, or an indefinite length and the employer does not reasonably expect that the position will last for one calendar year or more from the graduation date or the Start Date, whichever is later. Full-Time vs. Part-Time. The position is fulltime if it is one in which the graduate typically works a minimum of 35 hours per week or parttime if it is one in which the graduate typically works less than 35 hours per week.

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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. For example, suppose that in the same year, two new law graduates take jobs that pay $205,000, one in Houston, the other in Los Angeles. Although these might appear to be equal financial outcomes, a $205,000 salary in Houston offers about 64 percent more buying power than the same salary in Los Angeles due to the relative costs of living in these cities.” Sometimes less is more. A new law graduate taking employment in Nashville with a salary of $165,000 may appear to have done less well than a graduate making $215,000 in New York. But, although the Nashville salary is about 77% of the New York salary, it provides about 79% more buying power. The source of the information above is an article, “Class of 2022 Buying Power Index,” posted on the National Association for Law Placement website at nalp.org. The article includes a table that shows a calculated Buying Power Index for 102 cities for which at least 10 law firm salaries were reported for law graduates in the Class of 2022 and for which cost-of-living information was available.

To read the NALP article, scan the QR code at the left with your smartphone or visit: https://www.nalp.org/class_of_2022_buying_power_index

Career Services guided me through the 2L OCI process to find my 2L summer job, which led to an offer for a full-time position. Everyone in Career Services works extremely hard to find opportunities for every student and ensure students are wellprepared for interviews and understand the interview process. CHANDLER RAY | Class of 2021 2022–23 Clerk, Judge Elizabeth L. Branch, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 2021–22 Clerk, Justice Michael P. Boggs, Georgia Supreme Court

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