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Michigan Law School

Michigan Program Overview

Michigan is consistently one of the highest-ranked law schools in the United States. Though located in the Midwest, its national reputation attracts student and employers far and wide and its esteemed alumni can be found everywhere in the country and the world.

Aside from top-notch academics, Michigan Law is perhaps best known for its collaborative and friendly environment. Despite being one of the larger law schools, students are encouraged to interact not only with each other but faculty, staff, and administrators. Due in part to its setting, Michigan has been able to foster a strong sense of community where, for example, mini-seminars are often held at professor’s homes. This culture is further reflected in its admissions process where Michigan truly considers each applicant holistically.

Noteworthy for candidates interested in pursuing a dual degree, Michigan is also home to over 100 top-ranked graduate programs including the Ross School of Business and Ford School of Public Policy. In fact, Michigan Law has formally established 14 dual degree programs in conjunction with 13 different graduate programs.

Located in Ann Arbor, which was named the No. 1 place to live in a 2017 study conducted by Niche.com, “the University of Michigan is completely absorbed into the city.” Because of that, students can enjoy exploring the Nichols Arboretum or going to a Michigan football game while also having easy access to  films, concerts and live shows at the historic Michigan Theater or sophisticated dining at The Gandy Dancer. For those looking for more of a metropolis, Detroit is a close 50 miles away and Chicago within 2 hours reach by train, bus or car.

 

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Curriculum
Curriculum

Each entering class at Michigan is approximately 320 students who are then divided into eight core sections of 40. For their Legal Practice course, classes are further divided into smaller 20 student sections. These “sections” help make this relatively large school seem smaller. Michigan’s broad ranging course offerings vary in size and experience. Classes are taught in various manners from pure lecture to all discussion. Class sizes typically range from 10 to 130 students.

Michigan also takes a strong interdisciplinary approach to its legal education allowing for up to 12 credits of non-law school (generally graduate level) related coursework to be applied towards obtaining a law degree.

Unique amongst its peer schools, Michigan admits one-fourth of their entering class into their Summer-Start program, where students begin law school in the summer and then graduate a semester earlier than their cohorts who start in the Fall. Students in this section often find the transition into law school more relaxed due to the slightly lighter course load and intimate atmosphere.

Finally, in furtherance of its commitment to congeniality, Michigan, does not rank its students until after graduation.

Clinical and Experiential Learning
Clinical and Experiential Learning

Michigan is highly dedicated to providing hands-on experience to its students and values its reputation as a school “known for producing both great legal thinkers and great legal doers.” Aside from the mandatory 1L Legal Practice Program, everyone student is guaranteed enrollment into one of its 18 upper-level clinics including Child Advocacy, Federal Appellate Litigation and Environmental Law. Through these clinics, Michigan is able show its commitment to public service while building practical knowledge (i.e. preparing witnesses, drafting pleadings, handling legal transactions) and expanding interdisciplinary and cross-border awareness.

Outside the walls of the school, Michigan provides for five distinct externship programs where students are placed in local, state, and federal governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States and all over the world.

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Deadlines
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Early Decision: Application and all supporting documentation for ED must be received by November 15, 2017. Note: ED applicants are eligible for merit and need-based scholarships on the same terms as every other admitted student, i.e. financial aid determinations will not be made until later in the season.

Regular Deadline: Applications must be received by February 15, 2018. Filing of the application form alone by February 15 constitutes meeting the deadline.

However, Michigan begins accepting applications September 1, 2017 and admits students on a rolling basis though they generally do not begin reviewing applications until early November.

Standardized Testing:

LSAT: February 10, 2018 is the last possible date to take the LSAT, but students are strongly encouraged to take the test no later than December 2, 2017. Applicants must submit an LSAT score from June 2012 or later.

GRE: Michigan does not currently accept the GRE in lieu of the LSAT.

Interview: Michigan does not currently interview applicants but they do grant informational meetings/visits to learn more about the school.

Notification: ED decisions are sent out no later than December 15, 2017. Regular decisions are sent out on a rolling basis after November.

Class Profile
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Class Size: 320

Average Age: 25

Women: 46%

Students of color: 24.3%

Median LSAT: 169 (low 164, high 170)

Median GPA: 3.8 (low 3.57, high 3.89)

Career Placement
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Bar Passage Rate (first-time test takers): 95%

Industries

  • Law Firms: 62.46%
  • Judicial Clerkships: 21.14%
  • Business & Industry: 1.89%
  • Government: 13.88%
  • Education: 0.63%

Geographies

  • Northeast/Mid-Atlantic: 28.3%
  • Central: 33.6%
  • South Atlantic/Central: 18.8%
  • Mountain/Pacific: 17.1%
  • U.S. Territories/Foreign: 2.2%

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Admissions Tips & Advice for Getting Accepted

Essay Prompts

Personal Statement

There is no formula for a successful personal statement, and different individuals will find different topics to be well-suited to them. Applicants have, for example, elaborated on their significant life experiences; meaningful intellectual interests and extracurricular activities; factors inspiring them to obtain a legal education or to pursue particular career goals; significant obstacles met and overcome; special talents or skills; issues of sexual or gender identity; particular political, philosophical, or religious beliefs; socioeconomic challenges; atypical backgrounds, educational paths, employment histories, or prior careers; or experiences and perspectives relating to disadvantage, disability, or discrimination. Any of these subjects, and many more, could be an appropriate basis for communicating important information about yourself that will aid us in reaching a thoughtful decision. The length of your personal statement is up to you.

Formatting: No length limitation; essays must be double-spaced and written in at least 11 pt font.

Diversity Statement

Supplemental essays allow you an opportunity to provide us with relevant information that you were not able to include elsewhere in your application materials. If you wish, write one or two essays (but no more) on the following topics. Each essay should be about one page (and no more than two).

Essay One: Say more about your interest in the University of Michigan Law School. What do you believe Michigan has to offer to you and you to Michigan?

Essay Two: Describe your current hopes for your career after completing law school. How will your education, experience, and development so far support those plans?

Essay Three: If you do not think that your academic record or standardized test scores accurately reflect your ability to succeed in law school, please tell us why.

Essay Four: Describe a failure or setback in your life. How did you overcome it? What, if anything, would you do differently if confronted with this situation again?

Essay Five: Describe an experience that speaks to the problems and possibilities of diversity in an educational or work setting.

Essay Six: What do you think are the skills and values of a good lawyer? Which do you already possess? Which do you hope to develop?

Essay Eight: Describe your educational experiences so far. What kinds of learning environments, teaching methods, student cultures, and/or evaluation processes lead you to thrive, or contrariwise, thwart your success?

Formatting: Essays should be about one page but no more than two; must be double-spaced and written in at least 11 pt font.

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