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Notre Dame Law School

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 545
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 161 - 167
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.43 - 3.8
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 91.61%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83.2%
Tuition $45,980

Overview

Overview

Reviews

Notre Dame, named for the Virgin Mary of the school’s Catholic faith, provides a “great education,” a “strong” brand, and “academic freedom” all tinged with a “Catholic character.” The Catholic roots provide a “strong moral compass” and helps Notre Dame have “an intangible that you just can't put your finger on. It feels special.” Notre Dame’s great brand name comes complete with a “close-knit” and “nationwide” alumni base. This is “tremendously useful to young lawyers due to its active and engaged member­ship base” and “leads to stronger networking/ job opportunities.” “The experience here has been second to none,” a happy 1L says. Notre Dame “respects and encourages public service.” One 3L says that “of all the law schools I contemplated attending, none respect­ed and encouraged public service like Notre Dame.”Students rave about the school’s facilities, dubbing them “state of the art,” “top notch,” “outstanding,” and “of the highest caliber.” “I don't think there is a better place to study law,” one student says of the building. “The law school is still brand new” and the “beau­tiful” library is “conveniently located on campus.” “The technology is top of the line” in this “spacious” “new” building, including “strong wifi throughout and monitors/projec­tors to assist in classroom presentation.” “It's modern and yet has the rich feel of an old and prestigious school. It's like Hogwarts, especially during the winter,” a 3L says while invoking Harry Potter.The academic environment is one “where the faculty and administration truly care about the success and growth of their students.” “While many law schools may be very cut-throat and competitive,” a 3L explains, “Notre Dame emphasizes a more collabora­tive, cohesive atmosphere.” Career services “is diligent and genuinely cares,” while the administration is labeled by many as “superb.” However, several students note that the “inaccessible” dean “has a very poor reputation amongst the students.” The “outstand­ing faculty” gets high marks, “particularly the younger faculty.” These “fantastic” pro­fessors are each “a distinguished scholar in the subject that they teach.” The faculty garners “a great deal of respect” from the students, especially for how they are “willing to speak to students and help the students out in any way they can.” “Sure, their resumes are astounding, but they also are dedicated to teaching,” a 3L explains. If there is a down­side, it is that the faculty have “a strong conservative and/or religious presence” and some students wish they would have a more balanced faculty and bring in “more profes­sors with liberal perspectives.” Most students label “the overall academic experience” as “very rewarding.” As a 1L puts it: “Notre Dame Law has been around a long time—they know what they're doing.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 7

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations related to copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and related issues. Includes instruction in patent law, copyright law, trademark law, intellectual property licensing and litigation, and applications such as art and entertainment law, communications law, information technology law, sports law, and chemical and biotech patent 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.
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: 183

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/MBA, 4 years; JD/ME, 3 years; JD/MA in English, 3-4 years; JD/MS, 3-4 years; JD/PhD, length dependent upon program selection. Where appropriate and with the approval of the departments involved, other dual degree programs may be fashioned to suit individual interests or needs.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Criminal
  • Human Rights
  • International

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 115
Full-Time Faculty 54
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 15
Part-Time Faculty 46
Faculty Gender 63% Male
36% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 56% Male
44% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 65%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 3%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 12%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 5%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $45,980 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,050 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $55,030 $45,980

Financial Aid

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $75

Incoming Class

Notre Dame Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 161 - 167
LSAT Total 161 - 167

Notre Dame Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.43 - 3.8
Total 3.43 - 3.8

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

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

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#6 Most Conservative Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 92%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 84%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 83%
Average Starting Salary $80,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 12 7%
Firm Sized 11-25 11 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 6 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 5 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 14 9%
Firm Sized 251-500 13 8%
Firm Sized 501+ 18 11%
Business Industry 24 15%
Government 22 14%
Public Interest 4 2%
Federal Clerkship 18 11%
State Clerkship 4 2%
Academia 5 3%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 28 14%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
IN 9%
CA 13%
IL 15%
International 2%

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