Students Say

As a consistently top ten law school, the University of Michigan has a lot to brag about in terms of “name recognition, academic reputation, [and] alumni network.” That said, even though “everyone at Michigan is really proud to be here,” they’re not really bragging types: the “Michigan Difference” provides “a superior legal education while avoiding the snottiness that ordinarily accompanies it—and employers recognize it.” U of M professors “are brilliant, accessible, and committed to the classroom,” and “frequently attend happy hours or invite us into their homes. They are seriously wonderful, friendly people.”

Overview

Applicants
4,875
Acceptance Rate
27%
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
315

Test Scores

LSAT
165 - 170

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
February 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$75

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA
Essay / Personal Statement
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Work Experience

Overall

Students Say

As a consistently top ten law school, the University of Michigan has a lot to brag about in terms of “name recognition, academic reputation, [and] alumni network.” That said, even though “everyone at Michigan is really proud to be here,” they’re not really bragging types: the “Michigan Difference” provides “a superior legal education while avoiding the snottiness that ordinarily accompanies it—and employers recognize it.” U of M professors “are brilliant, accessible, and committed to the classroom,” and “frequently attend happy hours or invite us into their homes. They are seriously wonderful, friendly people.” Indeed, many students underscore the fact that professors represent “a fantastic array of . . . theoretical and political perspectives” and are “more friendly or open with students at other top law schools.” Some students express a desire for “more diversity in course offerings,” and their comments frequently reflect the opinion that the “Transnational Law course requirement is a waste,” but they generally agree that the “academic experience at Michigan has been out of this world.”

Though “the alumni network is massive,” job placement is “top notch,” and “if you throw a rock in a big law firm, you’re likely to hit a Michigan Law grad excited to dish about the school,” some students argue that the “school needs a better career services office that is better adapted to the post-recession legal market.” Equally do they report, though, that the “Administration is phenomenal,” “friendly, accessible, and responsive,” and “responds to emails with amazing promptness and a willingness to help.” Students looking to cast a wide net in job placement benefit from Michigan’s Midwestern location: “I love how well Michigan places nationally—it is very nice to not be married to one market.”

U of M’s students adore the law school facilities, which “are not only functionally amazing but spectacular to look at as well. Easily the most aesthetically pleasing law school in the country, and new renovations to the Lawyers Club should make it better than ever.” “Classrooms are well-equipped, with the newer facilities providing 9 whiteboards, hydraulic podiums, and individual microphones for every student”, and “the buildings are architectural gems, especially the Reading Room.” This, of course, comes at a cost: Michigan doesn’t give as significant an in-state tuition break as many other state universities (though they do give a competitive amount of financial aid), and “Like any law school, debt is a huge problem.” Broadly speaking, students express a high degree of satisfaction with the education they’re paying for: “Michigan students rarely want for anything in terms of opportunities, experiences, or facilities.”


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
146

30.82
Female
10.27
Minority

Career overview

Career Rating
98
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
92%
Average Starting Salary
$150,000
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
90%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

Graduates Employed by Area

Dates


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$50,917

% Students Receiving Some Aid
92%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

In-State Tuition
$49,540
Out-Of-State Tuition
$52,540
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$12,460
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$12,460
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$4,556
Fees
$244

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
1,055
Parent Institution Enrollement
43,710

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
30
Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
76%
% International
3%

Demographics

10.90%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
45% female
55% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Michigan students, “genuine and decent people who are simply fun,” take pride in their humility: “Everyone here is smart, but nobody is a jerk about it. Employers know that, too.” “The friendly, relatively noncompetitive atmosphere is why I chose Michigan Law, and I am so grateful for it every single day.” Many of them picked Michigan over other choices because “the cutthroat, unhappy reputation of other schools is the exact opposite of what you find at Michigan” and “the collegiality of the students and professors here is so refreshing.” The university encourages this dynamic: “the school seems to make life, especially during finals period, as easy as possible, going the length of increasing/making free printing, keeping facilities open longer, etc.”

They’re also delighted by their surroundings, joking that the “law quad” is so “gorgeous” it’s like “we basically go to school at Hogwarts.” The excellent facilities augment quality of life on campus, offering “ample room to study, relax, socialize, and bask in the awe of one of the most beautiful academic buildings on the planet.”


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Sarah C. Zearfoss
Senior Assistant Dean and Director of Admissions

Address
701 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Phone
734-764-0537

Email
law.jd.admissions@umich.edu
University of Michigan - Law School campus - Image 0
javascript

Key Stats

4,875
Applicants
1,055
Size
27%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists