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University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is extraordinary in the number of top-ranked graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities; its schools of law, engineering, business, medicine, education, information, natural resources, public health, public policy, and social work; and its specialized research institutes and centers of study. As a result, a graduate student at the University of Michigan has a rich community of scholars and colleagues on which to draw.

The University of Michigan Law School enjoys a national and international reputation for academic excellence. Its rich curriculum prepares students for legal practice in the United States and throughout much of the world. In addition to rigorous professional training, the Law School provides students with the opportunity for reflection about many of our most fundamental and urgent public questions. It is Michigan's philosophy that independence and diversity of thought form the most solid intellectual and ethical basis for our students' careers. Consequently, the proper education for a lawyer not only facilitates the acquisition of a set of professional techniques, but also encourages students to make the most of their individual capacities for full lives in the law. To that end, Michigan offers a variety of approaches to legal education and expects students to take advantage of the Law School's remarkable facilities, faculty, and curriculum in different ways.

The Law School provides an interdisciplinary approach to the law. Visit the link to the Dual Degree Programs to discover the breadth and depth of our twelve established offerings, or learn about designing your own dual degree.

Part of a broad education in the law is taking advantage of off-campus opportunities to expand your horizons. Michigan Law students may choose to apply to study at an established semester study abroad program at Leiden University in The Netherlands, the University of Paris II in France, University College London in the United Kingdom, Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, in Germany, Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium, and the European University Institute, Florence, in Italy. Students may also choose to apply for a student-initiated semester study abroad program at the law faculty of a foreign university.

Other off-site opportunities abound both internationally and domestically through our externship and independent study programs. Our South African Externship Program allows students to spend the fall term working in South Africa for human rights organizations or other nonprofit legal organizations. Other students have pursued externships with the U.S. Department of State, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, U.S. Department of Commerce, Overseas Private Investment Cooperation, and at public interest organizations in New York, Washington, D.C., and London. Further, the School supports paid internships at the AIRE Centre in London and the International Law Commission of the UN in Geneva, as well as those offered through our Cambodian and Refugee Law Programs. Michigan is one of a select group of U.S. law schools whose students are eligible to apply for clerkships at the European Court of Justice through the Dean Acheson Legal Stage Program.

Ther superlative faculty consisting of more than 70 full-time faculty members, as well as distinguished visiting scholars and practitioners, maintains a long tradition of eminence in a wide variety of legal fields--constitutional, criminal, international, business and corporate, intellectual property, and more. Their strengths extend beyond the law, with an unrivalled number having chairs in other departments and expertise in a wide range of other fields--history, English literature, political science, women's studies, psychology, and the life sciences, to name a few. Be assured that for all their impressive scholarship, our faculty puts teaching and students first. I drank a lot of coffee, and the occasional beer, with my professors when I was a student here, and things have not changed since then.

We offer more than a dozen joint degree programs, and make it easy for students to take up to 9 credits of coursework at the other very strong departments this University boasts. Our interdisciplinary approach makes the study of law at Michigan exciting and vibrant in a way that professional school studies often are not.

Graduates go everywhere, both as a matter of geography and of substance. More than 80% of our graduates leave Michigan for New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., California, Boston, and elsewhere. Bottom-line, Michigan Law grads are found in significant numbers in every major market in the country, and increasingly, students are pursuing international opportunities for both summer and post-graduate positions. While the majority of our graduates choose to work in private firms immediately following law school--a goal made easier by more than 700 employers who come to the Law School to interview every year, and by our policy of not allowing employers to pre-screen students--the Office of Career Services and the Office of Public Service offer significant resources and support, including individualized counseling to the approximately 20% of students who pursue judicial clerkships, as well as those who choose to work for the government, for nonprofit organizations, or in the business world and other nontraditional venues. Michigan Law is a great place to come if you've got a lot of different ideas about where you want to go.

The City of Ann Arbor is a vibrant and engaging community of about 110,000, and is a particularly wonderful place to be a student. It combines a variety of cultural offerings--more music, dance, film, theatre, and fine arts than you can possibly take advantage of as a law student -- with standard student fare like coffee shops and bookstores, not to mention restaurants offering a whole host of ethnic cuisines. The Law School is located in the heart of the campus, which in turn is in the heart of the city, so everything is readily accessible. The close relationship between the City and the University means that Ann Arbor is intellectually lively and engaged. The University also attracts scholars and students from around the world, and as a result, Ann Arbor has a multicultural and cosmopolitan feel that's unexpected in a city its size. Come visit and you will see why Ann Arbor is so often found on "best places to live" lists.

Student body is, of course, extremely talented--both academically impressive and extracurricularly interesting--but more than that, it is made up of extremely congenial and decent people. At Michigan, if you miss a day of class (not that you would!), not only will people willingly share their notes, but they'll notice your absence and offer. And because the size of an entering class is about 350, your cohort is small enough that you get to know people well, but it's large enough to boast a wide variety of people--you'll definitely find people to bond with. And the friends you make here will last forever; I graduated about ten years ago, and I know my e-mail address list is replete with law school pals. That's a comforting thing when you're a practicing attorney, considering a job change, perhaps, or hoping for client referrals. Indeed, you can count on help from other alumni even when they're utter strangers to you; the loyalty of Michigan alumni (of which the Law School alone has 19,650 worldwide) is legendary.

School name:University of MichiganLaw School
Address:625 South State Street
Zip & city:MI 48109-1215 Michigan

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