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Wayne State University Law School

Wayne Law is the premier public-interest law school in the Midwest. Every day we train the next generation of lawyers, advocates and leaders. Our civil rights, entrepreneurship, environmental and international programs, and their related clinics, set Wayne Law apart as an advocate for justice committed to serving the community. If you're looking to make an impact with your career, join us at Wayne Law in Midtown Detroit.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 538
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 153 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.1 - 3.6
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 79.29%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 86.7%
In State Tuition $27,135
Out of State Tuition $29,660

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About Wayne State University Law School

Wayne Law is the premier public-interest law school in the Midwest. Every day we train the next generation of lawyers, advocates and leaders. Our civil rights, entrepreneurship, environmental and international programs, and their related clinics, set Wayne Law apart as an advocate for justice committed to serving the community. If you're looking to make an impact with your career, join us at Wayne Law in Midtown Detroit.

Mission Statement

For more than 80 years, Wayne Law has produced creative, motivated leaders who have shaped the modern face of society through remarkable contributions to law, business and education. The Law School brings together a thriving community of thinkers from all walks of life and prepares them to face important issues with thoughtful and creative solutions – living up to a tradition set by the Law School's founders.

Reviews

A proudly local institution, Wayne State University Law School maintains deep ties in the city of Detroit and with an active alumni network throughout Michigan. Thanks to the school’s “very strong connections with Detroit law firms,” students feel integrated into the city’s legal community before they even graduate from law school. Moreover, “many political leaders and judges around Detroit are Wayne graduates, and often lend a helping hand to fellow Wayne students.” As a result of these associations, Wayne Law affords ample “opportunities for federal and state judicial internships,” in addition to prestigious clerkships at local law offices. For those who want to give back, the school also operates numerous clinical programs and extracurricular activities within the city. A student elaborates, “There are a lot of great programs and activities for the students to get involved in at school that directly impact Detroit and other areas, like the Keith Center for Civil Rights, Environmental Law Society, and even more!” Wayne State further demonstrates its commitment to educating Detroit lawyers through its “very reasonable tuition costs” and openness to nontraditional students. Operating a traditional full-time JD program, as well as an evening program, the school “keeps costs down and maintains accessibility to part-time students who otherwise would not have access to a law degree.” For both full- and part-time students, the JD curriculum begins with a set of core courses in contracts, civil procedure, torts, and other key areas; thereafter, there are “very few required upper-level courses,” and “you can really be independent in planning your own schedule.” Of particular note, “the business law classes, especially the tax classes, are second to none,” spearheaded by a team of “highly respected professors who not only have in-depth knowledge of the law but sig­nificant experience practicing.” On the other hand, “the course offerings are not the most diverse,” so “it is always a race to get into the desired courses.” Fortunately, most classes are excellent. Wayne State’s “outstanding” professors all “come from great law schools and have a real passion for teaching.” Whenever students reach out for additional guid­ance, professors “answer emails promptly and are always available for personal meet­ings when needed.” In addition to the academic curriculum, Wayne State students appreciate the “practical skills offerings, including a very strong national mock trial team,” in addition to the clinics; citing their strength, many would like to see the school offer “more practical skills credits” for these activities. The academic programs are a great return in terms of the cost of tuition, but not every­thing is state-of-the-art at Wayne Law. “Classroom buildings could use an update,” as well as new technology. At the same time, “the new Damon Keith Center for Civil Rights is fantastic,” and “the library is run extremely well and the librarians are very helpful.” When it comes to the nuts and bolts, the “administration is wonderful. Both by appoint­ment and walk in there is always someone who is not only there to help you but who is genuinely happy to help you.” Unlike students at many law schools, Wayne State stu­dents specifically praise the school’s career services department. A current student details, “When I was trying to apply to internships with federal judges, career services edited and checked my resume, and cover letter several times for me. Then, when I got an interview, career services did a mock interview with me and provided me with the names of several WSU students who had internships with the judge in the past, as well as alumni who had clerked for him.” Another adds, “They blew me away not only with their sincere and genuine interest in helping all students obtain employment, but also the creative and innovative ways they go about doing so in this difficult legal market.” Again, those local connections come in handy when it comes to the job hunt: “If you want to work at a large firm in Detroit or southeastern Michigan, Wayne State gives you the best opportunity to do so.”

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Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 1

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

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: 1

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

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: 172

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; JD/MA in Economics, History, Political Science, and Dispute Resolution; JD/MS in Criminal Justice.

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 61
Full-Time Faculty 35
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 3
Part-Time Faculty 23
Faculty Gender 62% Male
37% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Administrators

Administrators of Wayne State University Law School include:

  • Felicia M. Thomas - Director of Student Affairs and Diversity Initiatives
  • Virginia Thomas - Director of the Arthur Neef Law Library
  • Denise Thomas - Director of Development
  • Shawn M. Starkey - Director of Marketing and Communications
  • D'lorah L. Hughes - Director of Clinical Education
  • Rebecca Hollancid - Registrar
  • Rita Gordon - Director of Business Affairs
  • Sarah J. Garrison - Director of Academic Success and Bar Preparation
  • Brianna Fritz - Director of Community Outreach
  • Kathy Fox - Director of Employer Development
  • Diane H. Fears - Director of Career Services and Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program
  • Paul R. Dubinsky - Director of Graduate Studies
  • Lance Gable - Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Joshua Davis - Director of Admissions
  • Jocelyn Benson - Dean

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 62%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 19%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 8%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,135 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,026 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $36,161 $27,135

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $29,660 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,026 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $38,686 $29,660

Financial Aid

93% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$32,270 Average financial aid amount

Learn more about financial aid at http://law.wayne.edu/scholarships.

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: May 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Incoming Class

Wayne State University Law School's entering class of 2016 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 153 - 159
LSAT Part-Time 151 - 158
LSAT Total 153 - 159

Wayne State University Law School's entering class of 2016 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.07 - 3.59
Part-Time 3.22 - 3.67
Total 3.1 - 3.6

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Academic GPA, Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience, Interview, Extracurricular Activities

How to Apply

Apply Online:

http://law.wayne.edu/admissions/apply.php

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 86%
First Time Pass Rate 79%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 82%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 60
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87%
Average Starting Salary $82,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 46 32%
Firm Sized 11-25 15 10%
Firm Sized 26-50 8 10%
Firm Sized 51-100 9 6%
Firm Sized 101-250 9 6%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 1%
Business Industry 23 16%
Government 12 8%
Public Interest 10 7%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 1 1%
Academia 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 18 11%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Wayne State University Law School include:

  • Lynn N. Rivers - J.D. 1992, U.S. Congressman
  • Stephen M. Ross - J.D. 1965, founder, chairman and majority owner of The Related Companies LP
  • Gary Peters - J.D. 1989, U.S. Senator
  • Sam Bernstein - Michigan-famed attorney, founder of The Law Offices of Sam Bernstein
  • Hon. Dorothy Comstock Riley - LL.B. 1949, former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Dan Gilbert - J.D. 1987, Owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans
  • William Davidson - J.D. 1949, former owner of the Detroit Pistons, Detroit Shock and Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Marcia Cooke - J.D. 1977, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Hon. Annice M. Wagner - J.D. 1962, former Chief Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • Hon. David M. Lawson - J.D. 1976, Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Hon. Arthur Tarnow - J.D. 1965, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • Hon. Susan Bieke Neilson - J.D. 1980, former Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Hon. Marilyn Jean Kelly - J.D. 1971, former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • John Conyers - J.D. 1958, U.S. Congressman, former Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
  • Hon. Damon J. Keith - LL.M. 1956, former Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • Hon. Nancy G. Edmunds - J.D. 1976, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

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