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The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor is one of the world’s finest institutions of legal education. Housed in the Cook Quadrangle on the University of Michigan’s central campus, the Law School is unmatched for beauty and is superbly functional for its residential and scholarly community. The School has a sizable and diverse faculty, with many preeminent in their fields. The careers

of alumni also speak eloquently to the strength of the School; graduates are leaders serving with distinction in the public, private, and academic sectors in this nation and beyond.

The Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated in 1870, Michigan Law became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year Michigan became the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871 Sarah Killgore graduated from the Law School and became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar. By 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. The Law School’s commitment to access, diversity and excellence continues to this day.

Student-Faculty Ratio3


Admission Criteria4


25th–75th Percentile 165-170 3.52-3.82

Median* 168 3.71

Law School Admissions details based on 2013 data.


schools and have been rounded up to the nearest whole number for LSAT scores and to the nearest one-hundredth for GPAs.

Admission Statistics5

Approximate number of applications 4875

Number accepted 1318

Acceptance rate 27%

Class Ranking and Grades6

Grade Honor Points Per Credit Hour

A+ 4.3

A 4.0

A- 3.7

B+ 3.3

B 3.0

B- 2.7

C+ 2.3

C 2.0

C- 1.7

D+ 1.3

D 1.0

E 0.0


Honor Criteria

Order of the Coif Top 10% of the graduating class.

summa cum laude Graduating students with a GPA of 4.000 or higher. magna cum laude Graduating students with a GPA of 3.700 to 3.999. cum laude Graduating students with a GPA of 3.400 to 3.699.


Name of Award Awarded for/to

Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship

For outstanding seniors based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular interests, and promise of a distinguished career.


Jane L. Mixer Memorial Award

For outstanding contributions to activities designed to advance the cause of social justice.

Irving Stenn, Jr. Award For students who have demonstrated leadership and contributed through extracurricular activities to the well-being and strength of the Law School or the University.

Daniel H. Grady Prize For the student who has graduated with the highest standing. Class of 1908 Memorial


For the student who attained the highest scholastic average at the beginning of his or her senior year.

Maurice Weigle Scholarship Award

For the student who attained the highest scholastic average at the end of his or her first year.

Clara Belfield & Henry Bates Overseas Fellowship

For students who have completed two or more years of law school to pursue academic or professional projects abroad.

ABA-BNA Health Law Award

For the student who has excelled in the study of health law. ABA-BNA Intellectual

Property Award

For the student who has excelled in the study of intellectual property law.

ABA-BNA Labor Law Award

For the student who has excelled in the study of labor law. S. Anthony Benton

Memorial Award

For the student who has excelled in the field of international law. William W. Bishop, Jr.


For distinction in the field of international law and in related Law School activities.

Lee Bollinger Prize For excellence in the study of the First Amendment. Alden J. “Butch” Carpenter

Memorial Scholarship Award

For students evidencing intent to assist economically depressed communities.

Roger A. Cunningham Memorial Property Prize

For scholastic excellence in the first-year Property Law course, along with outstanding performance in the rest of the first-year core curriculum.

Emmett E. Eagan Award For excellence in the field of corporate law. Robert S. Feldman Labor

Law Award

For outstanding work in the field of labor law.

Fiske Award For exceptional graduates serving as government employees at the federal, state, or local level, and who have demonstrated a commitment to public service values.

Ralph M. Freeman Scholarship

For a second- or third-year student who has demonstrated true excellence in the fields of criminal law and procedure.

Carl Gussin Memorial Prize For excellence in the area of trial work. Rockwell T. Gust Advocacy


For demonstrated potential as an outstanding trial lawyer and advocate.


International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award

For demonstrated ability in courtroom advocacy. Richard Katcher Senior Tax


For outstanding work in courses and seminars in taxation and related areas.

The Jon Henry Kouba Prize For the best student papers on European Integration and International Peace and Security.

Jeffrey S. Lehman Legal Practice Award

For the student deemed the best legal practice student from the previous year.

Award for Exceptional Service

For outstanding all-around contributions to each Journal. Award for Outstanding

Scholarly Contribution

For the best note published by each Journal.

Dores McCree Award For extraordinary devotion to the well-being of students and

commitment to a widely inclusive and unified vision of the Law School community.

Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society Law Student Prize

For outstanding work in courses related to legal history.

Saul L. Nadler Memorial Award

For outstanding work in courses related to commercial and corporate law.

National Association of Women Lawyers Award

For academic achievement, community service, and the potential for future contributions to the advancement of women.

Jack C. Radcliffe, Jr. Award For a second- or third-year student who has served as a senior judge in the legal writing program, with account taken for excellence in mentoring first-year law students.

The Rakow Scholarship For outstanding achievement in corporations or business law. Jenny Runkles Memorial


For second-year students who have exhibited a selfless commitment to improving the Law School community, and society as a whole, through devotion to public interest and diversity.

Scholarly Writing Awards For scholarly work of superior quality, prepared without the expectation of publication.

Craig Spangenberg Oral Advocacy Award

For one or more students who have demonstrated exceptional ability in courtroom oral advocacy.

Juan Luis Tienda Memorial Scholarship Award

For commitment to working for the advancement of Latinos in the United States.

Joseph Wolfe Memorial Prize

For the writer of the best student paper produced in the field of Trust Law.

Women Lawyers’ Association of Michigan Foundation Award

For women law students who have demonstrated leadership capabilities and served the community in such areas as family law, child advocacy or domestic violence, or displayed potential for advancing the position of women in society.


Women Lawyers of Michigan Julia D. Darlow Award

For commitment to advancing the interests of women members of the legal profession and to promoting equity and social justice for all people.

Hessel E. Yntema Award For distinction in courses and seminars in international and comparative law.


The Michigan Law Review publishes eight issues annually. Seven of each volume’s eight issues are composed of articles by legal scholars and practitioners and notes by law students. One issue in each volume is devoted to book reviews. First Impressions, the online companion to the Michigan Law Review, publishes op-ed length articles by academics, judges, and practitioners on current legal issues.11

The University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform is one of the oldest and most well respected law and policy publications in the nation. It publishes cutting-edge legal scholarship by both academics and legal practitioners. Established in 1968, the Journal finds its roots in a desire to propose constructive, well-reasoned reforms in all areas of the law. The Journal also regularly sponsors symposia, multi-day events that provide an in-depth examination of one area of law in need of reform. Previously, symposia have focused on jury reform, products liability law, and school finance revitalization of American cities.12

The Michigan Journal of International Law is one of the premiere international legal journals in the world. The Journal, formerly known as the Michigan Yearbook of International Legal Studies, publishes four times a year with the help of an Editorial Board, Contributing Editors, and Associate Editors.13

The Michigan Journal of Gender & Law is a feminist legal publication dedicated to helping expand and develop legal discourse beyond traditional boundaries. The Journal, which was founded in 1992, provides a forum for exploring how gender issues (and related issues of race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, and culture) impact law and society. The Journal seeks to compare, contrast, and combine theoretical and practical perspectives on gender issues in order to provide a bridge between theory and practice. The Journal is committed to representing a broad range of perspectives, however unconventional or unpopular they may be.14

The Michigan Journal of Race & Law serves as a forum for the exploration of issues relating to race and law. MJR&L publishes articles, notes, and essays on the cutting edge of civil rights scholarship from a wide variety of scholarly perspectives. In addition to having been recognized as one of the leading civil rights journals in the country, MJR&L has also been consistently ranked among the top 25 specialty journals overall.15

The Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review was one of the first law journals to use interactive media to promote informed discourse about the interrelated legal, social, business, and public policy issues raised by emerging technologies. As one of the original online law journals in the world, MTTLR is a groundbreaking publication. MTTLR’s primary purpose is to examine the tensions created by advances in computing, telecommunications, biotechnology, multimedia, networking, information and other technologies.16

The Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law is a student run provisional legal journal that publishes notes and articles relating to environmental and administrative law. MJEAL also


occasionally publishes blog postings on its website.17

The Michigan Business & Entrepreneurial Law Review, formerly the Michigan Journal of Private Equity and Venture Capital Law, is a student run legal journal. The Journal is a practitioner-focused, student-edited law journal, that publishes student notes, comments, and essays on varying topics in business law, with a focus on legal issues related to private equity and venture capital. The Journal, in conjunction with the Stephen M. Ross School of Business, also hosts symposia to explore and engage in conversation pertaining to business law, private equity law, and venture capital law.18

Moot Court19

The University of Michigan Law School offers law students the opportunity to participate in several Moot Court Competitions:

• Campbell Competition

• Child Welfare Law Moot Court Competition • Criminal Law

• Entertainment Media and Arts • Environmental Law

• Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition • Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition • Native American Law Students Association Competition

Clinical Programs20

Michigan Law’s clinical offerings have grown significantly over the past several years, in both the variety of offerings and the numbers of students engaged in clinical work. The Law School now offers 16 clinics, and student enrollment in Michigan Law clinics has doubled in the past five years. Michigan student-practitioners represent a remarkable array of clients and issues, including children, families, small business owners and not-for-profit agencies, the wrongly convicted, those held against their will by human traffickers, and organizations bringing business solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. Clinical offerings include:

• Child Advocacy Law Clinic • Child Welfare Appellate Clinic • Civil Mediation Clinic

• Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic • Clinic Newsletter

• Community and Economic Development Clinic • Criminal Appellate Practice

• Entrepreneurship Clinic • Environmental Law Clinic

• Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic • Human Trafficking Clinical Program • International Transactions Clinic • Juvenile Justice Clinic

• Low Income Taxpayer Clinic • Michigan Innocence Clinic • Pediatric Advocacy Clinic • Transactional Lab


Placement Facts21

Starting Salaries (2012 Graduates Employed Full-Time)

Private sector (25th-75th percentile) $130,000 - $160,000 Private sector - Median $160,000

Public service - Median $57,408

Employment Details

Graduates known to be employed at graduation 75% Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 86.6%

Areas of Legal Practice

Graduates Employed In Percentage

Law Firms 57.5%

Business and Industry 6.8%

Government 7.9%

Judicial Clerkships 13.5% Public Interest Organizations 13%

Academia 0.6%

Unknown 0.8%

Externships/Internships Externships21

Michigan’s externship program is designed to provide students with advanced training and research opportunities in areas of particular interest to them that go beyond what they learn in a classroom setting. The externship is expected to complete the student’s personal agenda of study, complementing courses carefully chosen at the Law School and enabling the student to pursue sophisticated work and research in a particular field beyond our curricular offerings.

The Law School also has formal externship programs with nonprofit organizations based in South Africa and with leading international, non-governmental, and governmental institutions in Geneva, Switzerland and Bangalore, India. Students also have pursued externships with the U.S. Department of State, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Department of Commerce, Overseas Private Investment Cooperation, and at public interest organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., and London.


The Law School supports paid internships at the AIRE Centre in London, as well as those offered through Michigan’s Cambodian and Refugee Law Programs. Michigan is one of a select group of U.S. law schools whose students are eligible for clerkships at the European Court of Justice through the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program and at the International Court of Justice.


Student Organizations23

• American Civil Liberties Union • American Constitution Society • Asia Law Society

• Asian Pacific American Law Students Association • Bankruptcy Law Society

• Black Law Students Association • Business Law Association • Campbell Competition Board • Catholic Law Students Association • Christian Legal Society

• Classical Music Society • Criminal Law Society

• Cultural Heritage Law Society • Education Law and Policy Society

• Entertainment, Media, and Arts Law Students Association • Entrepreneurship & Law Association

• Environmental Law Society • Family Law Project

• Federalist Society • Frank Murphy Society • Future Advocates In Training • Headnotes

• Human Rights Advocates

• Intellectual Property Students Association • International Law Society

• J. Reuben Clark Law Society • JDs in the D

• Jewish Law Students Association • Latino Law Students Association • Law School Democrats

• Law School Hockey Team • Law School Student Senate

• Law Students for Reproductive Justice

• Law Students for Responsible Divestment from Fossil Fuels • Law Students for Sensible Drug Policy

• Legal Advocates for Children and Youth • Legal Alternative Winter Breaks

• Marksmanship Club

• Michigan Association for Legal Zymology • Michigan Election Law Project

• Michigan Energy Law Association • Michigan Health Law Organization

• Michigan Immigration and Labor Law Association • Michigan Law Running Club

• Middle East Law Students Association • MLaw Rocks

• Muslim Law Students Association • National Lawyers Guild


• National Security Law Society

• Native American Law Students Association • Older Wiser Law Students

• Organization of Public Interest Students • Outlaws

• Poverty Law Society

• Prisoners’ Rights Organization of Students • Privacy & Technology Law Association • Public Benefits Advocacy Project • Real Estate Law Society

• Society for Space Law and the Law of the Sea • South Asian Law Students Association • Sports Law Society

• Student Funded Fellowships • Student Representation Project • Wolverine Street Law Organization • Women Law Students Association


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