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Alyne Queener Massey Law Library

Prepare to Practice

What is Prepare to Practice? How is this program different law school classes or services offered at Career Services?

Prepare to Practice, Vanderbilt Law Library’s annual week-long program, is designed to enrich and supplement Vanderbilt law students’ educational and professional experience. By connecting students with practicing attorneys and legal professionals, students gain valuable insight into current practice trends and issues in the profession before they enter into the field for summer or post-graduate work.

Past sessions have focused on ethics, professionalism, research and legal technology. During the week, attorneys and other legal professionals offer presentations about their own experiences, what they wish they had known as new attorneys, and tips about how to avoid making avoidable mistakes. Students can also take advantage of supplemental vendor training and advanced research help by law librarians.

Prepare to Practice exists to give students access to the professional world before they step into it. Every year, a new theme will be presented and fresh topics will be offered. As trends change and technology develops, the law library will provide programming that will give our students insight that would not otherwise be provided in the law school experience.

Should I RSVP for an event? When and where will the sessions be held?

The program is held each spring semester at Vanderbilt Law School.

Who should attend Prepare to Practice?

The program is open to Vanderbilt Law students and the Vanderbilt Law community.

Should I RSVP for an event?

Registration is not required for most of the sessions. The schedule will designate which sessions require advance registration.

Where can I find more about the sessions and relevant resources?

Detailed session descriptions and relevant resources are listed on the event schedule page.To learn more about past programs, visit the archive pages.