Vanderbilt Law School is launching a legal residency program through a partnership between the school's Program on Law and Innovation and global legal firm UnintedLex.
Through the program, which will be similar to a medical residency, graduates will work full-time for two years providing legal services in areas such as cyber security, contract management, patent litigation and intellectual property management.
"UnitedLex is a forward-thinking company founded by Daniel Reed, a Vanderbilt Law graduated and UnitedLex CEO, and I'm tremendously excited bout the opportunity this residency program affords our graduates to learn to deploy legal technology and resources," Chris Guthrie, dean and law professor at Vanderbilt Law School. "I expect this to become a key feature of our Program on Law and Innovation."
Vanderbilt is the fourth school to have residency program with UnitedLex. The firm also has affiliations with the University of Miami, Emory University and Ohio State. Ten Vanderbilt graduates are expected to join the program at first, and some will continue on the UnitedLex staff after completing the residency.
The latest U.S. News & World Report Best Law Schools ranking has Vanderbilt Law School tied for 16th in the country with UCLA. That's down a spot from 2013 but right in line with where the school has scored over the past five years. The University of Tennessee School of Law, however, slipped to 72nd from 61st last year.
Also landing on U.S. News' top 25 lists for Vanderbilt are the Owen Graduate School of Management, the Peabody College of Education and Human Development and its School of Medicine. The engineering school also did well, climbing to its highest-ever spot. Here's VU's release.
HT: Above The Law
The former administrative manager of Vanderbilt University Law School is in an Arkansas jail facing charges of stealing more than $60,000 from the school. University officials said they fired James Hunt last fall after receiving an anonymous tip that some funds had gone missing.
Hunt's online professional profile reads he handled everything from budgets to vendor negotiations at the law school. Hunt also recently made headlines in a Nashville magazine for opening a club in Central Mexico.
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