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University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law

The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The J.D. Program requires the completion of 90 semester hours, which can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to remain in good academic standing.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 391
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 155 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.17 - 3.68
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 90.68%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 98.1%
In State Tuition $17,854
Out of State Tuition $34,026

Overview

Overview

About University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law

The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. The J.D. Program requires the completion of 90 semester hours, which can be completed on either a full-time or part-time basis. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 to remain in good academic standing.

Mission Statement

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law is a premiere small public law school with a mission to serve the public. Located just 3 miles south of Downtown Louisville, it is part of a large comprehensive research university with a state legislative mandate to be a nationally preeminent metropolitan research university. The Law School is guided by the vision of its benefactor and namesake, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, to: 1. Educate students in skills, knowledge and values for lifelong effectiveness in solving problems and seeking justice by giving them outstanding opportunities to: Develop knowledge of the basic principles of public and private law; Develop effective skills of legal analysis and written communication, legal research, conflict resolution, problem solving and other fundamental skills; Understand diverse perspectives that influence and are influenced by the law and its institutions, through a diverse faculty and student body, and through legal research and scholarship; Understand their ethical responsibilities as representatives of clients, as officers of the court and as public citizens responsible for the quality and availability of justice; 2. Produce and support research that has a high level of impact on scholarship, law, public policy and/or social institutions; 3. Develop and pursue interdisciplinary inquiry; 4. Actively engage the community in addressing public problems, resolving conflicts, seeking justice, and building a vibrant and sustainable future through high-quality research and innovative ideas, and application of research to solve public problems and serve the public; 5. Actively engage diverse participants in an academic community of students, faculty and staff that is strengthened by its diversity and its commitment to social justice, opportunity, sustainability and mutual respect; and 6. Develop and use resources efficiently, effectively and sustainably to achieve mission-critical goals and strategies and to ensure student access to relatively affordable legal education.

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 126

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

Dual Degree Programs: JD/MBA, JD/MSSW, JD/M.Div., JD/MA in Humanities, JD/MA in Poli Sci,and a JD/MA in Urban Planning; JD/MA Bioethics(4 to 5 years)

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 46
Full-Time Faculty 26
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 7
Part-Time Faculty 13
Faculty Gender 54% Male
45% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 90%
Multi-racial 2%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 0%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $17,854 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,370 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $26,224 $17,854

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $34,026 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,370 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $42,396 $34,026

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$35,488 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 155 - 159
LSAT Part-Time 148 - 157
LSAT Total 155 - 159

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.16 - 3.66
Part-Time 3.26 - 3.92
Total 3.17 - 3.68

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Academic GPA, Work Experience, Interview, Extracurricular Activities

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 85%
First Time Pass Rate 91%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 35
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 98%
Average Starting Salary $63,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 41 37%
Firm Sized 11-25 5 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 2 2%
Business Industry 14 13%
Government 15 14%
Public Interest 4 4%
Federal Clerkship 2 2%
State Clerkship 4 4%
Academia 4 4%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 7 6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
KY 80%
GA 2%
IN 2%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law include:

  • Chris Dodd - US Senator
  • Ron Mazzoli - Former US Congressman
  • Joseph Lambert - Chief Justice of Kentucky
  • Stanley Chauvin - Former ABA President
  • Ernie Allen - Director, National Center for Missing & Exploited

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