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Valparaiso University Law School

Valparaiso Law offers a three-year, full-time program; an accelerated program; and a five-year, part-time day program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor. The degree is conferred upon recommendation of the faculty of the Valparaiso University School of Law.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 508
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 145 - 152
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.94 - 3.48
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 72.39%
Tuition $38,852

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About Valparaiso University Law School

Valparaiso Law offers a three-year, full-time program; an accelerated program; and a five-year, part-time day program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor. The degree is conferred upon recommendation of the faculty of the Valparaiso University School of Law.

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One of the oldest schools in the nation, the Valparaiso University School of Law (Valparaiso Law) places a great deal of emphasis on practical skills and retains strong ties to the community, which in turn results in numerous clinics and externships that allow students to gain a wide variety of practical experiences. The school also draws excellent participants to its lecture/speaker series, having had the governor of Indiana, the former mayor of Detroit, the president of the ACLU, and Supreme Court Justices visit the school in the past year alone. Located "close enough to Chicago to nurture your social life, and yet far enough to ground you in your studies," the proximity provides world class culture, shopping, and entertainment as well as jobs. The research and writing courses are "definitely challenging," with a two-semester 1L requirement, a 2L requirement, and a 3L seminar requirement, students are aware that it pays off in the long run, as "employers are always impressed by the amount of legal research we know how to conduct." "At Valparaiso Law, you will not work in groups to write an appellate brief. You learn to compose yourself," says a 1L. Professors take an active role in their teaching and their students' lives, making it "a joy to take classes and learn," and absence from class is clearly noticed. Accessibility abounds both in and outside of school, when the "approachable and modest" teachers "mingle with students after hours, and truly inspire you to probe and reach out for more knowledge." They "get students excited about what they can achieve with their future degrees." The administration "always seems happy to engage with students and to constantly solicit feedback" and "advocates [their] interests in the broader University and community," though the Career Planning Center "struggles to place students in big metropolitan areas." The library staff is very helpful with any research questions and "availability is rarely a problem," (says one student: "the smaller the library, the faster you will find the book you are looking for"). The library itself was recently updated including the creation of a new quiet zone reading room that seats 120. As for the building in which Valparasio Law is housed, it's "not a Cadillac, but if you want a place that has practical and functional facilities with an outstanding faculty" then it will do, and the school is in the process of undergoing a renovation and upgrade, with a new building scheduled to open in April 2011.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 6

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 166

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

All Dual Degree programs take 4 years J.D./MBA J.D./CMHC J.D./PSY J.D./MA International Commerce and Policy J.D./MA Sports Administration J.D./MALS-Create your own program

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 61
Full-Time Faculty 33
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 8
Part-Time Faculty 20
Faculty Gender 63% Male
36% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 53% Male
47% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 69%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 9%
Ethnicity Unknown 1%
Black or African American 11%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $38,852 Same as On-Campus
Housing $7,300 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $46,152 $38,852

Financial Aid

95% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$39,850 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: June 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 145 - 152
LSAT Part-Time 145 - 150
LSAT Total 145 - 152

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.95 - 3.49
Part-Time 2.17 - 2.99
Total 2.94 - 3.48

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Important: Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 72%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 85%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 71
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Average Starting Salary $56,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 37 29%
Firm Sized 11-25 14 11%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 11%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 2 2%
Business Industry 29 23%
Government 20 16%
Public Interest 2 2%
Federal Clerkship 2 2%
Academia 7 6%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 37 22%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MI 6%
IL 24%
IN 44%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Valparaiso University Law School include:

  • Honorable Robert Rucker - Justice, Supreme Court of Indiana
  • Koreen Ryan - Senior Council, South Asia McDonald's Corporation
  • Honorable Nancy Vaidik - Justice, Indiana Court of Appeals
  • Cornell Boggs - VP & General Counsel, Tyco Plastics & Adhesives
  • Stephan Todd - VP Law & Environment US Steel Corporation

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