About us

Vanderbilt Law School, located on the beautiful Vanderbilt University campus set in the urban heart of Nashville, Tennessee, combines the advantages of a stimulating university community, a top-tier faculty, a small, carefully selected student body, and a sophisticated, vibrant city.

Known for offering a rigorous academic program in a collegial, supportive atmosphere, Vanderbilt Law School attracts law students seeking a first-rate academic institution that also affords an excellent quality of life.

Vanderbilt LL.M. students choose their courses from the law school’ s extensive curriculum to concentrate in areas including Law & BusinessLaw & Innovation, Litigation & Dispute ResolutionIntellectual PropertyInternational Legal StudiesEnergy, Environment and Land Use; and Criminal Justice.

Students interested in focusing on Corporate Law have the opportunity to earn the LL.M. degree with a certificate of specialization in Law & Business.

LL.M. Program for International Students

Each fall, a select group of foreign attorneys and international students from nations around the world comes to Vanderbilt Law School for a special academic year of advanced legal study of American legal issues and legal research methods in classes with American law students. Beyond the law school, LL.M. students have access to advice and support from Vanderbilt University’s International Students and Scholars Services which serves the university’s thriving international student community. More than that, LL.M. students experience life at a major American research university located in a sophisticated and and vibrant city.

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Scholarships / Financial Aid Information

Vanderbilt Law School awards merit-based scholarships to LL.M. students each year. Recipients are identified during the selection process and notified after admission to the program. All admitted candidates are considered for scholarship awards.

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Application requirements

LL.M. Application Basics

  • Applications for the LL.M. may be submitted from September 1 through April 30.
  • Applicants must have completed (or expect to complete) a law degree from a university outside the United States. Correspondence course degrees will not be considered for admission to the LL.M. program.
  • If your native language is not English, you must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the IELTS.
  • LL.M. students begin their studies in the fall semester.
  • The application fee is $50.00 (US).
  • Apply online between September 1 and April 30.
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