Vanderbilt LLM


Vanderbilt Law School LLM Program

The Master of Laws (LLM) program at the Vanderbilt University is exclusively tailored to suit the needs and interests of international students.

The Vanderbilt University LLM program is comprised of foreign attorneys and international students who attend the school with the assistance of the school’s International Students and Scholars Services program. The LLM program focuses on American legal issues and research methods and begins with an intensive English language course that takes place the summer before the program formally begins. The language course is offered in association with the Vanderbilt University English Language Center, and is designed to ensure that students are comfortable speaking and writing in English, and that they can participate effectively in group discussions. The courses Introduction to Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis in the United States and Life of the Law are required for all LLM students. Students can also take Legal English non-credit.

Aside from the main focus, Vanderbilt University LLM program offers three “degree tracks:”

  • Vanderbilt University LLM Course Track: In the Vanderbilt LLM course track, a student designs their own program from the law school’s available courses. An adviser taken from the faculty or administrative offices will be made available to help guide the student in designing a program that will suit his or her interests and career goals. A total of 24-28 credits is required to graduate.
  • Vanderbilt University LLM Law and Business Track: In the Vanderbilt LLM in Law and Business track, students focus on matters of corporate law, including securities regulation, finance, accounting, and corporate governance. This track is tailored to attorneys who will work primarily with corporate clients, who expect to practice in-house at a business organization, or who intend to pursue corporate regulatory work. Between 27 and 30 credits are required for the completion of the track, and six courses make up the core curriculum: Introduction to Legal Research, Writing and Analysis in the United States, Corporations, Federal Tax Law or Corporate Taxation, Introduction to Corporate Finance for Lawyers, Introduction to Accounting, and Securities Regulation. The rest of the credits can be taken from electives in areas as diverse as corporate voting, antitrust law, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy.
  • Vanderbilt University LLM Thesis Track: In the Vanderbilt LLM thesis track, a student delves deeply into a particular area of interest, conducting research and producing a scholarly paper, working closely with a member of the faculty whose specialty coincides with the student’s intended focus area. Extraordinarily strong English skills are required for this track. A total of 24-28 credits are required to complete the degree, 7 of which can be taken from the research and writing.
  • Vanderbilt University LLM / MA in Latin American Studies: The Vanderbilt LLM/MA in Latin American Studies program is not a “track” as the others described above, but is an alternate joint-degree awarded by the law school, as well as the graduate school. Students who wish to pursue this degree must gain acceptance to both schools. The coursework is comprised of roughly one-third law school classes, two-thirds Latin American Studies classes, and a six-credit thesis.

Vanderbilt Law School LLM Student Body

The Vanderbilt LLM program class of 2013 is comprised of 44 students from 15 countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Nigeria, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Japan, and China. Out of the class, 52% are women, and notable members include a Belgian Fulbright scholar, an Austrian basketball player, a Nigerian Federal High Court Judge clerk, a Swedish Court of Appeals judge, 11 law master’s degree holders, one law Ph.D. holder, and bar members of 13 countries.

Vanderbilt Law School LLM Admission

Applications may be submitted as early as September 1st, but are due by April 30th. Applications should be submitted well in advance of the final due date, as they are considered on a rolling basis.

  • Vanderbilt LLM application
  • Official transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • TOEFL score
  • Personal statement of interest
  • $50 application fee
  • LLM Financial Statement
  • Legal writing sample (thesis track only)
  • Statement of which faculty member the student would like to supervise his/her work (thesis track)

Admissions are based on several factors, including previous legal experience, areas of interest, academic work, letters of reference, scholarly publications, writing samples, and proficiency in the English language.

For international students, the last factor must be demonstrated on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), unless the applicant’s native language is English, or the language of instruction at the institution granting the student’s law degree was English.

Vanderbilt Law School LLM Tuition

To see exact, updated figures for each academic year for Vanderbilt LLM tuition, check the law school website. International students must also complete an Affidavit of Support certifying ability to pay educational expenses. The Affidavit of Support must also be signed by a guarantor who will be liable for these expenses in addition to the student.

Vanderbilt Law School LLM Financial Aid

In order to defray the costs of attendance, merit-based scholarships are awarded to certain students that are selected by the school during the admission process. All candidates are evaluated to determine whether an award of aid is appropriate. Students that have been selected to receive such aid are notified after admission. For more information on scholarships for LLM students, check out our scholarships page.

Vanderbilt Law School LLM Employment

Vanderbilt Law School international graduates have found employment in Chile, China, Ethiopia, Germany, the Hague, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Somalia, and the United Arab Emirates. View full Vanderbilt Law School employment statistics. International employers include the law firms Allen & Overy (Hong Kong, London) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer (Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, London), the Supreme Court of Korea, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General Corps, and the U.S. Army, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.

Vanderbilt Law School participates in the NYU LLM Job Fair, also known as the International Student Interview Program, one of the major LLM recruitment events in the U.S., and the Equal Justice Works Job Fair and Conference in Washington, D.C. Vanderbilt Law Career Services forwards student resumes to employers and maintains an online leads list for alumni, participates in job fairs and on- and off-campus recruiting events, and assists in finding students clerkships and externships. Vanderbilt LLM Career Services helps students with resumes and cover letters, interview practice, and provides a Resource Center which allows students faxing, copying, and printing services, as well as online and hard copy resources. Vanderbilt LLM students have found employment both abroad and in the U.S., in private firms and corporations, nonprofit organizations and thegovernment, and academia.

Vanderbilt Law School LLM Contact

Vanderbilt University Law School Admissions Office
131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203
Phone: +001 (615) 322-6452