Vanderbilt University Office of the General Counsel Law Fellow in Nashville, Tennessee

Office of the General Counsel Law Fellow (Job Number: 1900300)


The Office of the General Counsel comprises eight attorneys, and provides legal advice to all Vanderbilt University departments in areas covering contracts, intellectual property, taxation, business matters, and personnel issues, including tenure. Additionally, all litigation proceedings are managed by the Office of the General Counsel on behalf of the university.

The Vanderbilt University Office of the General Counsel is seeking a full-time Law Fellow. This Fellow will work under the supervision of attorneys within the Office of the General Counsel, assisting in day-to-day legal work and operations as well as specially assigned projects. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to assist the General Counsel on specially assigned projects. The unique nature of higher education legal work offers a broad range of experiences, including the opportunity to leverage and advance existing skillsets and develop additional skillsets.

This fellowship will provide recent law school graduates with an excellent and unusual opportunity to develop legal research and writing skills, and offer experience in a wide variety of fields, including education law, federal and state regulation, commercial and corporate law, and litigation, all within the context of a major not-for-profit research university. Work will include legal and fact research, the drafting of memoranda, correspondence, and legal documents, and a variety of other tasks under the supervision of the office’s attorneys. Strong academic credentials and excellent writing skills are important qualifications for this position. This position is available for a single year term with the possibility for a one-year extension, and does not lead to continuing employment.

This Fellow will also have a unique opportunity to attend The Business of VU, an internal training program that provides an in-depth look at higher education and the business operations of Vanderbilt University. Along with a select cohort of faculty, students, and staff, the Fellow will gain a broader understanding of the higher education model and how Vanderbilt leverages resources in support of its academic mission. The program, sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance, covers the following topics: a higher education overview; global impacts on higher education; the history of higher education in the United States; the economics of Vanderbilt University; financial services, debt and fundraising; university endowment and tax; peer school comparisons and student life; admissions, financial aid and university rankings; legal issues, research and innovation; and university safety and administration.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Drafting, editing, and reviewing various legaldocuments such as contracts, memoranda, policies, and procedures

  • Legal research as defined by relevant matters,including a wide array of issues

  • Attend university meetings on topics of specialinterest

  • Additional special projects as assigned byOffice of the General Counsel attorneys

Profileof an Ideal Candidate

  • New law school graduate, or those who have recentlycompleted a clerkship

  • Interest in higher education legal services

  • Excellent writing and drafting skills

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

  • The ability to handle sensitive and urgent issues in atimely and ethical manner

  • Proficiency in basic and common technology, includingthe Microsoft Office suite

  • J.D. is required with a preferred 3.5 GPA or above,where applicable

Submission Requirements

  • Resume

  • Recent writing sample

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2018 (Forbes).

About Vanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & 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.

Commitment to Equity,Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 45000 - General Counsel: Office of the Vice Chancellor

Job: Limited Term Positions

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action

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