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Michigan State University College of Law

The MSU Law legal education program is designed to prepare you for the practice of law in real-world settings. The rigorous and intellectually challenging curriculum provides a thorough education in all principle areas of law and practice and is revised periodically. In addition to required courses and a full array of electives, students may choose from 12 focus areas.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 941
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 160
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.24 - 3.72
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 85.3%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92.0%
Tuition $35,377

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About Michigan State University College of Law

The MSU Law legal education program is designed to prepare you for the practice of law in real-world settings. The rigorous and intellectually challenging curriculum provides a thorough education in all principle areas of law and practice and is revised periodically. In addition to required courses and a full array of electives, students may choose from 12 focus areas.

Reviews

When students at Michigan State University say their school offers “the best of both worlds,” they really mean it. As a private school affiliated with a large public institution, MSU Law offers “a small academic community where professors remember and really take an interest in their students,” while simultaneously providing “access to all the benefits of a world-class Big Ten university.” The school maintains an accomplished faculty, and “The professors have, for the most part, attended top schools and have great experience to share.” “While all the professors have their own research and other legal work, the emphasis is on teaching” at MSU. Of course, “You’ll have some professors that are better than others,” but the majority are engaging and student-friendly. If you visit them during office hours or linger around after class, many professors will “talk about work experience, research they've done, [and] interesting cases they've worked on. Some of them will connect on a more personal level” and talk “about their families or cool places they have visited.” The JD curriculum is “quite rigorous,” and “you have to be willing to put in the work to get the results”; however, MSU invests in its students’ success. One student explains, “The law college is good at providing academic resources for students such as labs, advisement, and T.A.’s for 1Ls.” In the library, “the research librarians are great at help­ing students find what they are looking for,” as well as keeping the noise levels reason­able during exams. Highly student-friendly, the law school’s administration is praised for their efficiency, friendliness, and contemporary approach to education, especially the school’s “great Dean, who understands the current legal market and the changing legal education system.” Throughout departments and processes, “The administration at MSU is actively involved in making sure you receive a high-quality legal education,” and they “genuinely want to connect with students.” For example, “The deans have a free lunch meeting once a month where they explain what is going on in the school and let students ask questions.” There are many ways to put your legal skills into practice at MSU, including the school’s “excellent Moot Court and Law Review opportunities.” Of particular note, “The emphasis on clinical experience and expansion of the clinical programs at MSU College of Law is second to none.” Depending on your area of interest, “There are about seven or eight different clinics that 2Ls and 3Ls can enroll in, ranging from Tax and Housing to Chance at Childhood and Plea and Sentencing.” Alternatively, MSU’s “geographic loca­tion (adjacent to the state capitol, Lansing) enables students to pursue a variety of intern- and externships in lieu of the offered clinics.” Those interested in government work can augment these experiences through the school’s popular “semester in Washington, DC,” which combines professional experience at a federal agency coupled with the ongoing coursework at MSU. After graduation, students looking for work in Michigan appreciate the school’s great local reputation. Propitiously located in the capital city of Lansing, “There are a lot of opportunities for work within a few miles of school,” particularly for those interested in government-related positions. For those planning to practice outside of the Great Lakes state, note the words of one student in particular who affirms that “career services is an extremely useful department for in-state students. However, more could be done to improve the ability of out-of-state students to obtain internships and externships.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 309

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/MS - 4 years (Various Fields), JD/MA - 4 years (Various Fields).

Specialty Law Programs

  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 121
Full-Time Faculty 56
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 17
Part-Time Faculty 48
Faculty Gender 58% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 13 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 66%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 3%
International 7%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $35,377 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,886 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $46,263 $35,377

Financial Aid

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

$45,011 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 30

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

Michigan State University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 153 - 160
LSAT Part-Time 145 - 149
LSAT Total 152 - 160

Michigan State University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.25 - 3.75
Part-Time 2.59 - 3.54
Total 3.24 - 3.72

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

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

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 71%
First Time Pass Rate 85%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 83%

Campus Recruitment

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

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92%
Average Starting Salary $58,994
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 54 23%
Firm Sized 11-25 8 3%
Firm Sized 26-50 12 3%
Firm Sized 51-100 9 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 6 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 3 1%
Business Industry 50 21%
Government 24 10%
Public Interest 19 8%
Federal Clerkship 3 1%
State Clerkship 6 3%
Academia 22 9%
Unknown Employer Type 3 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 0%
Unemployed, Seeking 28 10%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 11 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 3%
IL 6%
MI 58%
International 3%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Michigan State University College of Law include:

  • Bernard Friedman - U.S. District
  • Clif Haley - Corporate Law
  • Marrianne Battani - U.S. District
  • Geoffrey Fieger - Trial Lawyer
  • Dennis Archer - Leadership

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