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Vanderbilt University Law School
Location Nashville, TN, US
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Vanderbilt University Law School is located in Nashville, TN

The Vanderbilt University Law School ("VULS") is the law school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt was ranked 16th in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report survey of U.S. law schools.

The Vanderbilt Law Review is ranked tenth among general-topic law reviews, based upon the number of times its articles are cited.[1] The dean of the law school is Edward L. Rubin [2], formerly the Theodore K. Warner, Jr. Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Future United States Supreme Court Justice James Clark McReynolds served on the faculty of the law school before becoming part of President Theodore Roosevelt's Justice Department.

Vanderbilt is home to Suzanna Sherry (who specializes in federal courts), James F. Blumstein (who has argued several cases before the United States Supreme Court), John Goldberg [3] (who is an expert in tort law), and Lisa Schultz Bressman, a highly regarded scholar of administrative law. Its corporate law program allows students to earn a Certificate in Law & Business, and it has strong programs in international and constitutional law. In 2005, a new program -- the Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation & Dispute Resolution Program, headed by complex litigation scholar Richard Nagareda [4] -- received a $2.9 million endowment through a cy pres settlement of a class action lawsuit.

In the spring of 2006, the law school announced the creation of a new program to award a Ph.D. in Law & Economics -- the first program of its kind in the nation, directed by economists W. Kip Viscusi [5] and Joni Hersch [6]. The program plans to admit its first class in Fall 2007.

Vanderbilt Law School also offers a summer study program, Vanderbilt in Venice [7], which is open to students from all accredited law schools and offers courses in comparative and international law.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty


  • W. Kip Viscusi [9], economist and health and safety risk scholar who is the award-winning author of more than 20 books and 250 articles
  • Richard Nagareda [10], author of Mass Torts in a World of Settlement (University of Chicago Press - released in 2007)
  • Suzanna Sherry [11], author of numerous books on constitutional interpretive theory and casebooks on Civil Procedure and Federal Jurisdiction.
  • James F. Blumstein [12], health law and Constitutional law scholar, he also has argued 10 cases before the Supreme Court.
  • Edward L. Rubin [13], has authored numerous books and articles on legal theory and administrative law. He is among the most cited members of the law faculty.
  • Owen D. Jones [14], scholar on the impact of evolutionary biology on law, a subject on which he has published articles in Columbia Law Review, among other journals.
  • Rebecca L. Brown [15], an individual rights constitutional theorist and co-chair of the American Constitution Society's "Constitution for the 21st Century" project.
  • Nancy J. King [16], author of a Criminal Procedure casebook and member of the Rules Committee for the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
  • Jeffrey Schoenblum [17], scholar in choice of law in international wealth transfers and probate.
  • Robert K. Rasmussen [18], bankruptcy scholar, and a current candidate for the deanship at USC Gould School of Law.
  • John C.P. Goldberg [19], an ALI Reporter on the Restatement 3d of the Law of Torts and proponent for constitutionalizing the right to redress through tort, on which he published an article recently in Yale Law Journal.


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