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The University of Michigan Law School

The Law School has a remarkable assortment of programs-for example, International and Comparative Law, Law and Economics, Refugee and Asylum Law, and Japanese Legal Studies. These offerings have evolved over time in response to student interest and faculty expertise. As a University of Michigan Law School student, you can interact with national and world leaders in various interest areas. The Law School has sponsored workshops and symposia that have featured speakers from the International Court of Justice, former heads of state, and members of U.S. presidential administrations. In addition, as a University of Michigan Law School graduate, you will receive a variety of services available to Michigan attorneys through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), a nonprofit continuing legal education organization. ICLE's mission is to provide Michigan lawyers with accessible, high-quality, continuing legal education and resource materials that enable them to practice law more effectively.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1124
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 166 - 170
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.57 - 3.83
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 94.46%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 93.2%
In State Tuition $48,250
Out of State Tuition $51,250

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About The University of Michigan Law School

The Law School has a remarkable assortment of programs-for example, International and Comparative Law, Law and Economics, Refugee and Asylum Law, and Japanese Legal Studies. These offerings have evolved over time in response to student interest and faculty expertise. As a University of Michigan Law School student, you can interact with national and world leaders in various interest areas. The Law School has sponsored workshops and symposia that have featured speakers from the International Court of Justice, former heads of state, and members of U.S. presidential administrations. In addition, as a University of Michigan Law School graduate, you will receive a variety of services available to Michigan attorneys through the Institute of Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), a nonprofit continuing legal education organization. ICLE's mission is to provide Michigan lawyers with accessible, high-quality, continuing legal education and resource materials that enable them to practice law more effectively.

Reviews

As a consistently top ten law school, the University of Michigan has a lot to brag about in terms of “name recognition, academic reputation, [and] alumni network”. That said, even though “everyone at Michigan is really proud to be here”, they’re not really brag­ging types: the “Michigan Difference” provides “a superior legal education while avoid­ing the snottiness that ordinary accompanies it—and employers recognize it.” U of M professors “are brilliant, accessible, and committed to the classroom”, and “frequently attend happy hours or invite us into their homes. They are seriously wonderful, friendly people.” Indeed, many students underscore the fact that professors represent “a fantas­tic array of …theoretical and political perspectives” and are “more friendly or open with students at other top law schools.” Some students express a desire for “more diversity in course offerings”, and their comments frequently reflect the opinion that the “Transnational Law course requirement is a waste”, but they generally agree that the “academic experience at Michigan has been out of this world.”Though “the alumni network is massive”, job placement is “top notch”, and “if you throw a rock in a big law firm, you're likely to hit a Michigan Law grad excited to dish about the school”, some students argue that the “school needs a better career services office that is better adapted to the post-recession legal market.” Equally do they report, though, that the “Administration is phenomenal,” “friendly, accessible, and responsive,” and “responds to emails with amazing promptness and a willingness to help.” Students looking to cast a wide net in job placement benefit from Michigan’s Midwestern location: “I love how well Michigan places nationally—it is very nice to not be married to one market.”U of M’s students adore the law school facilities, which “are not only functionally amazing but spectacular to look at as well. Easily the most aesthetically pleasing law school in the country, and new renovations to the Lawyer's Club should make it better than ever.” “Classrooms are well-equipped, with the newer facilities providing 9 white­boards, hydraulic podiums, and individual microphones for every student”, and “the buildings are architectural gems, especially the Reading Room.” This, of course, comes at a cost: Michigan doesn’t give as significant an in-state tuition break as many other state universities (though they do give a competitive amount of financial aid), and “Like any law school, debt is a huge problem.” Broadly speaking, students express a high degree of satisfaction with the education they’re paying for: “Michigan students rarely want for anything in terms of opportunities, experiences, or facilities.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 403

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.

Graduates Last Year: 7

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, 4 years; JD/PhD Economics, 5 to 7 years; JD/MA in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies, 3 1/2 to 4 years; JD/Master of Public Policy (MPP), 4 years; JD/MS in Natural Resources, 4 years; JD/Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA), 4 years; JD/MA in Russian and East European Studies, 3 1/2 years; JD/MA in World Politics, 3 1/2 years; JD/MSW, 4 years; JD/Master of Science in Information (MSI), 4 years; JD/Master of Public Health (MPH), 4 years; JD/MA in Japanese Studies, 3 1/2 to 4 years; JD/Master of Urban Planning (MUP), 4 years; JD/MA in Chinese Studies, 3 1/2 to 4 years. Additionally, students may design their own dual degrees.

Specialty Law Programs

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

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 129
Full-Time Faculty 85
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 39
Faculty Gender 66% Male
33% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 65%
Multi-racial 4%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 11%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 10%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $48,250 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $60,250 $48,250

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $51,250 Same as On-Campus
Housing $12,000 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $63,250 $51,250

Financial Aid

94% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$52,993 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: February 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 166 - 170
LSAT Total 166 - 170

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.57 - 3.83
Total 3.57 - 3.83

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

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

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

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#7 Best Classroom Experience

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 81%
First Time Pass Rate 94%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 83%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 93%
Average Starting Salary $130,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 14 4%
Firm Sized 11-25 6 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 2%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 26 7%
Firm Sized 251-500 34 10%
Firm Sized 501+ 109 31%
Business Industry 24 7%
Government 28 8%
Public Interest 46 13%
Federal Clerkship 34 10%
State Clerkship 13 4%
Other Clerkship 1 0%
Academia 2 1%
Unknown Employer Type 3 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 7 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 16 4%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 6 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MI 14%
IL 14%
NY 20%
International 2%

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