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University of Montana School of Law

Our faculty has developed a curriculum nationally recognized for its effective integration of theory and practice. Whether it's the first-year course in Pretrial Advocacy, the upper-level elective in Public Regulation of Business, or the third-year clinical placement, you will not only study the law but will be asked to demonstrate your ability to use what you have learned. You will be assessed not on how well you have memorized details, but on your ability to synthesize what you have learned and employ it in addressing legal problems. Students await a lecture in the Castles Center classroom For example, besides studying the theory of contracts, corporations, and wills and probate, you will also apply your knowledge by drafting contracts, creating corporations, and preparing and probating wills. In environmental law, you won't just read cases and statutes, you'll be assigned clients to represent and advise in problems pulled from the pages of today's newspapers. Your clinical experience in your third year is your opportunity to pull together the law and skills you acquired in your first two years and apply it to live clients with real legal problems. This hands-on approach to legal education is not only how we think lawyers ought to be trained, it's what we know best. Our faculty, most of whom practiced for a decade or more before beginning their teaching careers, know what law practice is about and what skills are needed to serve clients and the legal system.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 247
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 158
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.01 - 3.66
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 88.41%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78.0%
In State Tuition $11,104
Out of State Tuition $27,772

Overview

Overview

About University of Montana School of Law

Our faculty has developed a curriculum nationally recognized for its effective integration of theory and practice. Whether it's the first-year course in Pretrial Advocacy, the upper-level elective in Public Regulation of Business, or the third-year clinical placement, you will not only study the law but will be asked to demonstrate your ability to use what you have learned. You will be assessed not on how well you have memorized details, but on your ability to synthesize what you have learned and employ it in addressing legal problems. Students await a lecture in the Castles Center classroom For example, besides studying the theory of contracts, corporations, and wills and probate, you will also apply your knowledge by drafting contracts, creating corporations, and preparing and probating wills. In environmental law, you won't just read cases and statutes, you'll be assigned clients to represent and advise in problems pulled from the pages of today's newspapers. Your clinical experience in your third year is your opportunity to pull together the law and skills you acquired in your first two years and apply it to live clients with real legal problems. This hands-on approach to legal education is not only how we think lawyers ought to be trained, it's what we know best. Our faculty, most of whom practiced for a decade or more before beginning their teaching careers, know what law practice is about and what skills are needed to serve clients and the legal system.

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 84

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MPA - 4 years; JD/MBA - 4 years JD/MS-EVST - 4 years.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Environmental
  • Taxation

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 29
Full-Time Faculty 15
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 6
Part-Time Faculty 8
Faculty Gender 62% Male
37% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 61%
Multi-racial 3%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 29%
American Indian or Alaska Native 4%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $11,104 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,590 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $24,694 $11,104

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,772 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,590 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $41,362 $27,772

Financial Aid

43% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$3,485 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 28

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

University of Montana School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 158
LSAT Total 152 - 158

University of Montana School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.01 - 3.66
Total 3.01 - 3.66

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Personal Essay, Recommendations, Character And Fitness Information, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 86%
First Time Pass Rate 88%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 91%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 78%
Average Starting Salary $50,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 18 28%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 6%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 3%
Business Industry 7 11%
Government 8 12%
Public Interest 4 6%
Federal Clerkship 4 6%
State Clerkship 12 19%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 9 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 7%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
AK 3%
CO 3%
MT 83%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Montana School of Law include:

  • Denise Juneau - 1st Native American state-wide elected official, Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Gov. Marc F. Racicot - Governor for State of Montana; Attorney General for State of Montana
  • Hon. William J. Jameson - U. S. District Court, Montana Div.; Past President of the American Bar Association
  • Hon. James R. Browning - U. S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Cir.; Clerk of U. S. Supreme Court
  • Hon. Justin Miller - U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Cir; Dean USC School of Law & Duke Law School

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