Among the nation's leading law schools, Vanderbilt stands out for its distinguished faculty; highly talented students; collegial and collaborative school culture; graduates' top-tier employment outcomes; and global alumni network. The Admissions Office team of six professionals and three support staff is responsible for student recruitment, admissions, and scholarships for Vanderbilt's highly ranked J.D. program and its LL.M. program for foreign-trained attorneys. As part of the J.D. application process, our unique Admission Interview Program includes more than 800 VLS alumni conducting in-person interviews in 46 states, Washington, DC, and 12 foreign locations.
The Admissions Office serves prospective students, the Law School, and the legal profession through its commitment to high standards of professional conduct and ethical behavior; accuracy and candor in providing information to prospective students; adherence to principles of equity and inclusion; respect for confidentiality; and excellent customer service.
The Associate Director recruits JD and LLM students to the law school;reviews and recommends action on JD and LLM applications; plans and assistswith JD and LLM admissions and international student services.
Duties and responsibilities
Student recruitment (50%)
Counselprospective JD and LLM students and admitted applicants in person, by phone,and in writing
Workclosely with admitted applicants providing information about the law school andNashville and arranging contacts with current students, faculty, or campus orlocal organizations of interest
Representthe law school at JD and LLM recruiting events across the nation and abroad –requires extensive travel.
Givetours of the law school to prospective students and other visitors
Hostalumni interview and recruiting events in various locations
Assistin planning and participate in on-campus Admitted Students Programs
Identify and select outside web vendors asneeded to support web communications initiatives for which university servicesare not available.
Student selection (20%)
ReviewJD (first-year and transfer) and LLM applications, provide comments,and recommend action
Conductapplicant interviews and prepare interview reports for applicants' files
Managecontact and visits from JD wait-list candidates, tracking frequency ofcontacts, level of interest, and application updates, identifying and notinginformation of potential importance to final decisions on wait listapplications
Counselwait list applicants on the wait list process, in person, by phone, and inwriting
Recommendaction on wait-list applications
International student services (20%)
Act as international student and alumni liaison (JDand LLM), assisting entering international students with arrangements formoving to Nashville and participating in their orientation to VLS inconsultation with the Director of the LL.M. Program
Advise international students on their academicprograms and coordinate academic and student services in consultation with theDirector of the LL.M. Program and the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Coordinate and develop programs and servicesdirected to LLM students in consultation with the Director of the LL.M. Programand with the Dean of Student Affairs Office concerning relevant studentorganizations and activities and the Dean of Alumni and Development Officeconcerning relevant alumni events and services
Coordinate alumni involvement in recruiting new LLMstudents in consultation with the Director of the LL.M. Program
Periodically review and summarize peer schools'practices and recommend improvements to the LLM program Director and Dean ofAdmissions
Office responsibilities (10%)
Compile information for various publications andsurveys such as LSAC and Princeton Review
Collect data from application materials for anannual detailed profile of the entering JD class
Collaborate as appropriate with Associate Director,Admissions Interview Program, on administration of program utilizing more than800 VLS alumni volunteers to interview nearly 1500 law school applicantsannually
Thisposition does not have supervisory responsibility and reports administrativelyand functionally to the Assistant Dean of Admissions, Vanderbilt Law School.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
A Bachelor's Degree is necessary, however, the most competitive candidates are likely tohold an advanced degree in Education, a J.D., or an international LL.M
1- 3 years of comparable experience in admissions or student services in highereducation setting is necessary.
Weencourage applications from individuals who have lived or worked abroad andthose who are fluent in languages other than English.
This position will require travel, up to 4 weeks per year.
About Vanderbilt Benefits
In addition to offering a lively community that encourageslearning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive,flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidentaldeath & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b)retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees,spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbiltwill pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn abachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview.
About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 andlocated in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university's students and facultyfrequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks ofbeing a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a placewhere your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and yourabilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought andcelebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of somethingbigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settlefor what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently ranked #2 for ‘bestquality of life’ and ‘great financial aid,’ #5 for ‘best run colleges’ and‘beautiful campus,’ and #6 for both being in a ‘college city that studentslove’ and having ‘great campus/city relations.’
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About Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large. Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the quest for new knowledge through scholarship, the dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach, and the creative experimentation of ideas and concepts. In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry, equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.