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Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:16 pm
by Thomas Hagan, ESQ.
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*Important Dates and Information*

Admitted Students Programs: March 17 / April 7

Visit Vanderbilt! Provided that you obtain pre-approval from our office, we will reimburse up to $400 of the cost of round-trip transportation for admitted students attending an ASP or on a scheduled individual visit. Information on reimbursement pre-approval, travel booking requirements, and much more at the following link.

The deadline for submitting applications for the Law Scholars Merit Awards and the Raymonde I. Paul Scholarship in International Legal Studies has been extended to January 16.

To be considered for need-based scholarships, you must submit the CSS PROFILE form for which the priority deadline is February 15.

Vanderbilt Law School Class of 2020 Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1615805938673024/

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 3:42 pm
by rachel3636
Anyone have any ideas where they're living? Trying to scope out some potentials to check out during Admitted Students Weekend.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 9:01 pm
by Chipotle85
Do we think next week is the week for scholarship info?

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:08 pm
by RedPurpleBlue
Chipotle85 wrote:Do we think next week is the week for scholarship info?


I think it was mentioned in the c/o 2020 applicants thread that scholarship info would go out in the last week of February or the first week of March, depending on where the financial aid/admissions offices are with evaluating files.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 10:10 pm
by arklaw13
Guess I'll tag this thread.

Recent grad here, available to answer any questions.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:20 pm
by lfk43
Current 3L. Happy to answer questions or at least give it a shot.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:01 pm
by imtca
lfk43 wrote:Current 3L. Happy to answer questions or at least give it a shot.



You may have no idea, but are CA big law firms decently represented for the small percentage of people from there? Thank you!

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 6:06 pm
by lfk43
imtca wrote:
lfk43 wrote:Current 3L. Happy to answer questions or at least give it a shot.



You may have no idea, but are CA big law firms decently represented for the small percentage of people from there? Thank you!


I believe that we have around 4 people in my class that will be going to big law in CA. I think CA big law is doable from VLS, but ties are going to be extremely helpful, if not necessary. VLS doesn't send many students to CA big law every year, but I think a lot of that is self-selection. I don't remember how many students we have from CA, but it isn't a ton. Some of those students come here because they want to work their way east and have no desire to go back to CA. Just some reasons for the low numbers. However, the students that have CA ties, get good enough grades, and desire to return to CA for big law are quite successful from what I have seen.

All things even (i.e. $$$), if you absolutely know that you want CA big law, UC Berkley/UCLA/USC might be better options. If you don't know for sure that you want CA big law, and think maybe you'd like to be elsewhere, VLS could be a more attractive option.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:09 pm
by Tazewell
lfk43 wrote:
imtca wrote:
lfk43 wrote:Current 3L. Happy to answer questions or at least give it a shot.



You may have no idea, but are CA big law firms decently represented for the small percentage of people from there? Thank you!


I believe that we have around 4 people in my class that will be going to big law in CA. I think CA big law is doable from VLS, but ties are going to be extremely helpful, if not necessary. VLS doesn't send many students to CA big law every year, but I think a lot of that is self-selection. I don't remember how many students we have from CA, but it isn't a ton. Some of those students come here because they want to work their way east and have no desire to go back to CA. Just some reasons for the low numbers. However, the students that have CA ties, get good enough grades, and desire to return to CA for big law are quite successful from what I have seen.

All things even (i.e. $$$), if you absolutely know that you want CA big law, UC Berkley/UCLA/USC might be better options. If you don't know for sure that you want CA big law, and think maybe you'd like to be elsewhere, VLS could be a more attractive option.


I also have the same question but in regards to Texas. How well does VLS place in Texas for Big Law for someone who has Texas ties?

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 7:35 pm
by lfk43
Tazewell wrote:
lfk43 wrote:
imtca wrote:
lfk43 wrote:Current 3L. Happy to answer questions or at least give it a shot.



You may have no idea, but are CA big law firms decently represented for the small percentage of people from there? Thank you!


I believe that we have around 4 people in my class that will be going to big law in CA. I think CA big law is doable from VLS, but ties are going to be extremely helpful, if not necessary. VLS doesn't send many students to CA big law every year, but I think a lot of that is self-selection. I don't remember how many students we have from CA, but it isn't a ton. Some of those students come here because they want to work their way east and have no desire to go back to CA. Just some reasons for the low numbers. However, the students that have CA ties, get good enough grades, and desire to return to CA for big law are quite successful from what I have seen.

All things even (i.e. $$$), if you absolutely know that you want CA big law, UC Berkley/UCLA/USC might be better options. If you don't know for sure that you want CA big law, and think maybe you'd like to be elsewhere, VLS could be a more attractive option.


I also have the same question but in regards to Texas. How well does VLS place in Texas for Big Law for someone who has Texas ties?


I would echo a lot of what I said above, but I believe VLS does even better in Texas. I know a lot of people in my class who are going to either Houston or Dallas for big law. Dallas is a city that prefers ties a lot more, whereas Houston likes them but doesn't really require them. I know one person who got a TX big law job but hadn't stepped foot in the state of Texas before the callback. The truth is that the biggest factor for biglaw is going to be grades, but if you have good grades and Texas ties, you should do well looking for a Texas big law job. Additionally you won't be competing with all of your classmates for those jobs, like you might if you go to UT.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Feb 22, 2017 9:41 pm
by Tazewell
lfk43 wrote:
Tazewell wrote:
lfk43 wrote:
imtca wrote:
lfk43 wrote:Current 3L. Happy to answer questions or at least give it a shot.



You may have no idea, but are CA big law firms decently represented for the small percentage of people from there? Thank you!


I believe that we have around 4 people in my class that will be going to big law in CA. I think CA big law is doable from VLS, but ties are going to be extremely helpful, if not necessary. VLS doesn't send many students to CA big law every year, but I think a lot of that is self-selection. I don't remember how many students we have from CA, but it isn't a ton. Some of those students come here because they want to work their way east and have no desire to go back to CA. Just some reasons for the low numbers. However, the students that have CA ties, get good enough grades, and desire to return to CA for big law are quite successful from what I have seen.

All things even (i.e. $$$), if you absolutely know that you want CA big law, UC Berkley/UCLA/USC might be better options. If you don't know for sure that you want CA big law, and think maybe you'd like to be elsewhere, VLS could be a more attractive option.


I also have the same question but in regards to Texas. How well does VLS place in Texas for Big Law for someone who has Texas ties?


I would echo a lot of what I said above, but I believe VLS does even better in Texas. I know a lot of people in my class who are going to either Houston or Dallas for big law. Dallas is a city that prefers ties a lot more, whereas Houston likes them but doesn't really require them. I know one person who got a TX big law job but hadn't stepped foot in the state of Texas before the callback. The truth is that the biggest factor for biglaw is going to be grades, but if you have good grades and Texas ties, you should do well looking for a Texas big law job. Additionally you won't be competing with all of your classmates for those jobs, like you might if you go to UT.


Thanks for your response! Do you know where you need to be in your class to get big law in Texas? Top third? Top half?

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:54 pm
by lfk43
Tazewell wrote:
lfk43 wrote:
Tazewell wrote:
lfk43 wrote:
imtca wrote:
lfk43 wrote:Current 3L. Happy to answer questions or at least give it a shot.



You may have no idea, but are CA big law firms decently represented for the small percentage of people from there? Thank you!


I believe that we have around 4 people in my class that will be going to big law in CA. I think CA big law is doable from VLS, but ties are going to be extremely helpful, if not necessary. VLS doesn't send many students to CA big law every year, but I think a lot of that is self-selection. I don't remember how many students we have from CA, but it isn't a ton. Some of those students come here because they want to work their way east and have no desire to go back to CA. Just some reasons for the low numbers. However, the students that have CA ties, get good enough grades, and desire to return to CA for big law are quite successful from what I have seen.

All things even (i.e. $$$), if you absolutely know that you want CA big law, UC Berkley/UCLA/USC might be better options. If you don't know for sure that you want CA big law, and think maybe you'd like to be elsewhere, VLS could be a more attractive option.


I also have the same question but in regards to Texas. How well does VLS place in Texas for Big Law for someone who has Texas ties?


I would echo a lot of what I said above, but I believe VLS does even better in Texas. I know a lot of people in my class who are going to either Houston or Dallas for big law. Dallas is a city that prefers ties a lot more, whereas Houston likes them but doesn't really require them. I know one person who got a TX big law job but hadn't stepped foot in the state of Texas before the callback. The truth is that the biggest factor for biglaw is going to be grades, but if you have good grades and Texas ties, you should do well looking for a Texas big law job. Additionally you won't be competing with all of your classmates for those jobs, like you might if you go to UT.


Thanks for your response! Do you know where you need to be in your class to get big law in Texas? Top third? Top half?


Honestly, I'm not really sure. With ties, maybe top half. Without ties, maybe top third. It's really hard to say because Vandy doesn't rank students, so word never spreads about who is where in the class. However, I'm going big law in TX, and I'd be happy to answer more personal questions via pm.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 10:21 am
by HowlandReed
Hoping to hear about scholly info this week!

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:37 am
by tuesdayninja
HowlandReed wrote:Hoping to hear about scholly info this week!

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:40 am
by Future Ex-Engineer
Putting in my own "let's hope for VLMSA notifications this week" voodoo

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Thu Mar 02, 2017 11:55 pm
by tuesdayninja
I registered for the March 17th admitted students program! Now to get these costs reimbursed! Anyone else heading to Nashville?

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:37 am
by Future Ex-Engineer
tuesdayninja wrote:I registered for the March 17th admitted students program! Now to get these costs reimbursed! Anyone else heading to Nashville?


April ASD for me...got UVA on the 17th

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:02 am
by imtca
tuesdayninja wrote:I registered for the March 17th admitted students program! Now to get these costs reimbursed! Anyone else heading to Nashville?


I'm heading down for that one!!

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:09 am
by tuesdayninja
imtca wrote:
tuesdayninja wrote:I registered for the March 17th admitted students program! Now to get these costs reimbursed! Anyone else heading to Nashville?


I'm heading down for that one!!


Nice! Did you get your travel expenses approved yet? I just emailed the guy for pre-approval. Was hoping I could get into the student housing but it appears full.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:45 pm
by Gitaroo_Dude
Anyone planning to attend the events next Thursday? I RSVP'd for the reception, but it seems like they're having a dinner afterwards followed by bar review, so I'll probably try to attend all three.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:57 pm
by imtca
Gitaroo_Dude wrote:Anyone planning to attend the events next Thursday? I RSVP'd for the reception, but it seems like they're having a dinner afterwards followed by bar review, so I'll probably try to attend all three.


I think I'm gonna try to do all three as well. Any ideas on what dress code should be for the reception, since its at a law firm?

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:07 pm
by Gitaroo_Dude
imtca wrote:
Gitaroo_Dude wrote:Anyone planning to attend the events next Thursday? I RSVP'd for the reception, but it seems like they're having a dinner afterwards followed by bar review, so I'll probably try to attend all three.


I think I'm gonna try to do all three as well. Any ideas on what dress code should be for the reception, since its at a law firm?


I was thinking of going with a tie, but this is my first reception with practicing attorneys/alumni so not sure what the norm is.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 5:47 pm
by tuesdayninja
Gitaroo_Dude wrote:Anyone planning to attend the events next Thursday? I RSVP'd for the reception, but it seems like they're having a dinner afterwards followed by bar review, so I'll probably try to attend all three.


I'm RSVP'd for the Thursday reception too. Where'd you find info about dinner and bar review?

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:05 pm
by Gitaroo_Dude
tuesdayninja wrote:
Gitaroo_Dude wrote:Anyone planning to attend the events next Thursday? I RSVP'd for the reception, but it seems like they're having a dinner afterwards followed by bar review, so I'll probably try to attend all three.


I'm RSVP'd for the Thursday reception too. Where'd you find info about dinner and bar review?


They sent me an e-mail about the current Vandy student who's hosting me next week, and the e-mail mentioned that they'd like us to attend the dinner and bar review on Thursday. Was the first time I'd heard of those two events.

If it helps, all it said was that the dinner would be at 8pm somewhere near campus, and bar review is at 10pm.

Re: Vanderbilt Law School - Class of 2020

Posted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:57 pm
by Litt1tUp
Anyone staying at the Scarritt Bennett Center next week?