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University of Michigan Law School

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Founded in 1859, the University of Michigan Law School (commonly referred to as “Michigan Law”) is one of the largest law schools in the country, with over 20,000 living alumni.



The top tier law school is located on the main campus of the University in Ann Arbor, and the law students enjoy all the perks of an undergraduate when it comes to attending sporting events, access to the school gym and general campus activities. Evan Caminker serves as the current Dean of the law school that has 79 full-time faculty members, 57 tenured and 22 clinical and legal practice professors that are serving to shape the student’s legal education. The Law School offers students 14 dual-degree programs to choose from, including: Law and Business Administration, Law and Economics, Law and Natural Resources and Law and Public Health, to name a few. In addition to Law Review, the law school produces six notable law journals: The Journal of Law and Reform, Journal of International Law, Journal of Gender and Law, Journal of Race and Law and Telecommunications and Technology Law Review.

Although graduates of Michigan law are spread throughout the country and world, the top four bars that aspiring Michigan Law grads take are the New York, California, Illinois and Michigan Bar. Passage rates for each bar are consistently in the mid to high 90’s.


The picturesque law school consistently ranks in the top 10 every year and was ranked ninth according to the 2010 U.S. News & World Report Rankings. Tuition is roughly $45,000 a year and the school offers numerous scholarships for incoming and current students to apply for to help defer the large cost of a University of Michigan legal education.

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The school’s commitment to diversity is a hallmark of the institution as Michigan Law has graduated more women than any other law school in the country, and was also the second University to confer a law degree on an African American.

In addition to all the top tier educational perks that Michigan Law has to offer its student body, students also enjoy the distinct college town atmosphere Ann Arbor provides when not logging hours in the classroom or library. Getting away from the law books and applying one’s skills in the real world is another important aspect of Michigan Law and former and current students rave about. With 12 clinical options as well as countless pro bono opportunities, law students are given a range of opportunities to apply legal theory to real life.


Not without its share of controversy, The University of Michigan School of Law was the center of a controversial case that law schools across the country now study as an example of affirmative action. Grutter v. Bollinger involved a suit on behalf of a denied white Michigan resident that alleged the Law School’s admissions policy discriminated against her on the basis of her race, a violation of her 14th amendment rights. The case was ultimately decided in favor of the law school by the Supreme Court. The famous opinion essentially ruled that the use of race as a factor in the determination of an applicant’s candidacy is appropriate when narrowly tailored in the way the Law School did.

Notable Alumni

Michigan Law has seen many of its alumni go on to work in high levels of government, industry, and the judiciary. A small selection of notable alumni is as follows:

• Sarah Killgore: The first woman with a law degree to be admitted to the bar • Gabriel Hargo: First African American graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and the second African American recipient of a Juris Doctorate in the U.S. • Lester Bird: Prime Minister of Antingua and Barbuda • Charles Merill: Co-founder of stock brokerage firm Merrill Lynch • U.S. Supreme Court Justices: Frank Murphy, William Rufus Day & George Sutherland


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