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Michigan State University (College of Law)

Michigan State University College of Law has a selective admissions process designed to identify individuals with a strong potential for advancement in the study of law. To be considered for admission to the MSU Law, applicants need to hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) score and undergraduate grades are considered to be the most reliable measures available, in most cases, for predicting probable success or failure in the study of law. Thus, most students are admitted based on undergraduate grades and LSAT scores in approximate equal measure. However, all admission decisions are discretionary and are more complex than a mere rank ordering of applicants based on a numerical formula. Accordingly, some students who have outstanding performance records and exceptional aptitude for the study and practice of law, not reflected by their undergraduate grades and LSAT scores, are admitted at the discretion of the Faculty Admissions Committee. The Law College is committed to a broad inquiry into the role and function of law in society and seeks a diverse student body as an integral part of its educational program. The Law College will consider many variables in addition to the applicant’s undergraduate grade point average and LSAT score. The law school at Michigan State University is now named the MSU College of Law to represent the academic integration and collaboration between a private law school on the rise and a Big Ten university. The name change and closer academic integration were approved by the university’s Board of Trustees on April 16, 2004, and by the law school’s Board of Trustees on April 14, 2004. The change formalizes the fact that the law college is now fully a part of the university in the same manner as the university’s other constituent colleges, said Clifton E. Haley, MSU College of Law president. “The image and reputation of MSU College of Law will now catch up with the significant improvements in academic and professional standards that have been achieved since the affiliation with the university in 1995,” Haley said. MSU and law college officials said the change builds on the success of their affiliation, aligns their academic reputations and identities more closely, and integrates law college faculty and students more completely into MSU’s academic life. Although the law college will operate as a constituent law college of the university, it will remain financially independent and receive no state or university funding. The law college and the university are perhaps more integrated academically than any other law school and parent university, MSU officials said. MSU College of Law’s affiliation with Michigan State University makes it possible for law students to pursue both a law degree and another advanced degree at the same time. For example, students can earn both a law degree and a master’s degree in just four years. Currently, there are 12 dual-degree programs with MSU with several more planned. The name change is the culmination of a decade of growth and progress highlighted by these accomplishments: - Law students come to MSU from 42 states and 13 countries, this diversity of students bolstered by the affiliation with the university. - More than 92 percent of its 2002 graduates were employed within eight months of graduation, higher than the national average of almost 87 percent. For the 2003 class, the placement rate has risen to more than 93 percent. - Applications to the law college have more than tripled since the affiliation with MSU in 1995. - Bar results for July 2000 through 2003 were significantly above the state average and, in the past two July examinations, the top score on the MultiState portion of the test was achieved by a law college graduate. - The Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute at the MSU College of Law offers selected students the opportunity to practice real trial lawyering skills in a courtroom in front of judges, witnesses and juries. - Students can distinguish themselves with the law college’s concentrations and certificate programs, where students can take courses in the following areas: corporate; criminal; environmental and natural resource; family; health; intellectual property and communications; international and comparative; and taxation law. The certificate programs are in trial practice and child and family advocacy.

School name:Michigan State UniversityCollege of Law
Address:368 Law College Building
Zip & city:MI 48824-1300 Michigan

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