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Ave Maria School of Law

Ave Maria recognizes that law and morality are inherently intertwined. In both required and elective courses, students are encouraged to consider how the unchanging moral imperatives of the natural law should affect a lawyer's approach to the practice of law. This approach to the study of law provides students with a deep appreciation for the origins of law and an understanding of moral and intellectual principles germane to the American legal system, including unalienable rights, federalism, and separation of powers. In the required curriculum, students enroll in four courses focused specifically on law and ethics: Moral Foundations of the Law; Jurisprudence; Professional Responsibility; and, Law, Ethics, and Public Policy. These courses explore the philosophy of law and the foundations of democracy in America. Students also learn the interrelationship between law, ethics, and Catholic moral and social principles, and how to apply these principles. Faculty members also address and explore moral and ethical issues in substantive law courses, such as Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. In Criminal Law, for example, the professor might discuss the Catholic teaching on capital punishment. In Constitutional Law, the professor might reference the Catholic teaching on human rights, society's responsibility to the poor, and the culture of life.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 391
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 144 - 153
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.81 - 3.48
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 54.8%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 72.3%
Tuition $37,270

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About Ave Maria School of Law

Ave Maria recognizes that law and morality are inherently intertwined. In both required and elective courses, students are encouraged to consider how the unchanging moral imperatives of the natural law should affect a lawyer's approach to the practice of law. This approach to the study of law provides students with a deep appreciation for the origins of law and an understanding of moral and intellectual principles germane to the American legal system, including unalienable rights, federalism, and separation of powers. In the required curriculum, students enroll in four courses focused specifically on law and ethics: Moral Foundations of the Law; Jurisprudence; Professional Responsibility; and, Law, Ethics, and Public Policy. These courses explore the philosophy of law and the foundations of democracy in America. Students also learn the interrelationship between law, ethics, and Catholic moral and social principles, and how to apply these principles. Faculty members also address and explore moral and ethical issues in substantive law courses, such as Criminal Law and Constitutional Law. In Criminal Law, for example, the professor might discuss the Catholic teaching on capital punishment. In Constitutional Law, the professor might reference the Catholic teaching on human rights, society's responsibility to the poor, and the culture of life.

Reviews

As a Catholic school with a strong commitment to its “mission” and “religious founda­tion,” Ave Maria “incorporates the Catholic faith into classes.” Many students choose the school for its “conservative” ideology, and some feel that “Ave Maria may be the only school in America where God and American Values are paramount.” This Catholic foun­dation engenders “a very strong community at our school,” and also attracts like-minded faculty, who “all come from the tops of their respective fields:” “Because the school is mission-oriented, some very high quality professors have chosen to teach here instead of a more prestigious school.” Many students love that Ave Maria has “built an environ­ment conducive to learning how my Catholic faith informs my understanding of the law, without sacrificing the quality study of the black-letter law.” Others point out what they miss in the Catholic curriculum; one student wishes the school would directly confront “discussions on “morally repugnant” issues. For example, in family law, I would like to learn about prenuptial agreements but they were glanced over because Catholics don’t believe in them.” Students also appreciate Ave Maria’s “small size,” which “encourages personal accountability, facilitates smooth registration, and increases access to faculty and resourc­es.” “There are few enough students that the instructors actually care if I succeed.” With an eye on the future, the school offers “courses that prepare the students for real life lawyering,” “which focus on practical skills and focuses on students’ success on practic­ing law and not just on theory.” Of course, it’s “the superb professors with amazing career experience” who foster this academic environment, and students say the “unpar­alleled” faculty “are extremely approachable and accommodating,” “genuinely want you to succeed,” and “are interested in your development as a person and a lawyer.” Notably, Ave Maria recently moved from Michigan to its present location in Naples, Florida, and students say the move has resulted in some “disarray” in promoting the school as nationally recognized: “this school needs its faculty and students to push its name on a national scale.” There are ways in which the new location works in the school’s favor, though; for one, Ave Maria is “the only law school within ninety-plus miles,” so “the opportunities for internships are definitely there.” The school “is striving to improve the bar passage rate and is making significant progress” after the relocation, partially due to a newly added “bar prep” class; some students believe that more “state specific classes” might also be helpful. Overall, students choose Ave Maria for its “unique educational philosophy that emphasizes the moral foundations of the law, pres­ents insights from the Catholic intellectual tradition, and encourages a broader perspec­tive of the law and its role in society.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 158

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.

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 43
Full-Time Faculty 24
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 7
Part-Time Faculty 12
Faculty Gender 67% Male
32% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 17 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 74%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 0%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 14%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $37,270 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,131 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $50,401 $37,270

Financial Aid

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

$58,269 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: July 1

Average Age Admitted: 27

Incoming Class

Ave Maria School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 144 - 153
LSAT Total 144 - 153

Ave Maria School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.81 - 3.48
Total 2.81 - 3.48

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

#1 Most Conservative Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 95%
First Time Pass Rate 55%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 79%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 25
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 72%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 18 17%
Firm Sized 11-25 2 2%
Firm Sized 26-50 0 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 1 1%
Business Industry 27 25%
Government 12 11%
Public Interest 3 3%
State Clerkship 3 3%
Academia 2 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 37 22%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
UT 4%
TX 4%
FL 48%
International 1%

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