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University of Michigan Law School
Parent school University of Michigan
Established 1859
School type Public
Endowment $248 million
Dean Evan Caminker
Location Ann Arbor, MI, US
Enrollment 1,117
Faculty 90 (full time)
35 (part time)
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LSAT 75th% 171
Median LSAT 169
LSAT 25th% 168
Undergrad. GPA 75th% 3.85
Median Undergrad. GPA 3.73
Undergrad. GPA 25th% 3.57
Annual tuition (subsidized) $44,600
Annual tuition (unsubsidized) $47,600
Basis for tuition subsidy State residency
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University of Michigan Law School is located in Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan Law School, located in Ann Arbor is a unit of the University of Michigan. The Law School, founded in 1859, currently has an enrollment of approximately 1,200 students, most of whom are earning the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Master of Laws (LLM). As of 2004, the Law School's faculty includes 72 full-time professors and 42 visiting or adjunct professors. For decades Michigan Law has been regarded as one of the top law schools in the country. According to the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings, it is ranked 8th overall.

Admission to Michigan Law School is highly selective, with only one in five applicants earning acceptance. The class of 2009 at Michigan possesses a median LSAT score of 168, and a median GPA of 3.67. 98% of the graduating class of 2006 was employed by graduation day, earning a median starting salary of $125,000. Additionally, 750 employers were present in Ann Arbor for the Law School’s Early Interview Week in August of 2006. Since 1991, Michigan Law has been the top public law school for United States Supreme Court Clerkships, placing 23 graduates in this prestigious position.

In 2003, the United States Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action policy. In its opinion in Grutter v. Bollinger, the Court held that the United States Constitution permits the Law School to use racial background as a criterion in deciding whether or not to admit an applicant. However, there is debate as to whether the use of race in admissions will become illegal after 25 years (2028), due to a statement in the majority holding, which was restated in a concurring opinion.

The University of Michigan Law Quad

An aerial view of the Law Quadrangle at the University of Michigan.
The Lawyer's Club.

The Gothic buildings that comprise the Law Quadrangle are the foundation of one of the most picturesque law campuses in the nation. Built between 1924 and 1933 the four original buildings comprising the Cook Law Quadrangle were constructed using funds donated by William Cook, an alumnus of the school. The original buildings were: (1) Hutchins Hall, the main academic building named for former Dean of the Law School and President of the University, Harry B. Hutchins; (2) The Legal Research Building, likely the largest building in the world devoted exclusively to a law library; (3) The John Cook Dormitory, providing housing for 352 students; and (4) The Lawyer’s Club, a meeting space for the residents of the Quad, highlighted by a Great Lounge, and a stunning dining room with a high-vaulted ceiling, an oak floor, and dark oak paneling.[1]


Michigan Law School students publish six well-regarded law journals including the Michigan Law Review, the sixth oldest legal journal in the U.S. The other law journals include:

Moot court competitions

Michigan Law School students may compete in intramural and extramural moot court competitions, the oldest of which is the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition. The Campbell Competition has been an annual event at the Law School for more than eighty years, and winning it is one of the highest honors a UM law student can achieve.

Michigan Law's moot court competitions are:

  • Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition]
  • Herbert J. Wechsler Criminal Moot Court Competition
  • Entertainment Media and Arts Moot Court Competition
  • Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • Jessup International Moot Court Competition
  • Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition

Notable alumni

  • Ronald J. Allen (LAW: JD) Northwestern University Professor of Law, named, in 2007, one of only four Americans to be designated as a Yangtze River Scholar, China's highest academic award, which was formerly only for Nobel Laureates. Allen is the first law professor to earn the award, which usually goes to scientists or economists.
  • Edgardo Angara (LAW: LLM 1964) Secretary of Agriculture (emeritus) of the Philippines and former Executive Secretary. He founded in the early 70's what “… eventually became the country's most prestigious law firm- the Angara, Concepcion, Cruz, Regala and Abello Law Offices, better known as ACCRA Law”. Angara gained recognition during his stint as President of the University of the Philippines from 1981 to 1987, where he defended the University's academic freedom and significantly improved its financial and human resources.
  • Prudence Carter Beatty, US Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York
  • Steven G. Bradbury (LAW:J.D. 1988), Acting Assistant Attorney General (Office of Legal Counsel)
Law School Library reading room

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