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Jake Epstein

United States Army
J.D. Candidate, Class of 2023
Law School

“The program enables me to stay connected with a particularly important time in my life – my military service – and to transmit the lessons I learned to other students.”

Tell us about your military service. What did you do? Where did you serve? What do you value the most about your military service?

During my time in the military, I served as a fire team leader in 3rd Ranger battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. My job was to lead men in special operations combat missions ranging from direct action raids to airfield seizures. One of the most valuable parts of my military service was the opportunity to work alongside truly great teammates – people who were willing to do anything for the good of each other, the mission, and their country.

What are your thoughts on mentoring other students while at Vanderbilt? As a role model, what values do you want to share?

I am very excited to work with other students while at Vanderbilt, and I know that I will learn as much or more from them as they will learn from me. I hope to communicate to other students the lessons that I have learned about the importance of mental fortitude to having a good life. I also hope to explore with them the importance of civic virtue to a flourishing community.

While at Vanderbilt, what will be the focus of your studies and how do you plan to use this knowledge in your future career?

While I am at Vanderbilt University Law School, I plan to focus on constitutional law. I am particularly interested in the intersection between political philosophy and the law. While I do not know what my future career will be, I hope to use my legal education in such a way that I can continue to serve my community and country.

What would you tell other veterans about the Bass Military Scholars Program?

The Bass Military Scholars Program has provided me with the opportunity to get a fantastic legal education, stay connected to an important time in my life, and pass on lessons to Vanderbilt students.