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Valparaiso University (School of Law)

The Valparaiso University School of Law is renowed for its truly personal manner of teaching and learning, and for its ability to turn students from a wide range of backgrounds into professionals who are respected for their legal competence, acumen, research and writing ability and dedication to Service.

Our curriculum is designed to help you develop real strengths personally and professionally. Plus, our location in the town of Valparaiso, Indiana offers a safe, close-knit community with big city excitement and professional opportunities just around the corner. We are located near the intersection of Indiana and Illinois with Michigan just a short distance away.

At Valparaiso University School of Law, you'll become part of a bigger family of faculty, peers and the legal community that takes a professional and personal interest in your success. Valpo goes a step beyond other law schools to ensure you're receiving the guidance and experience you need. Through our faculty mentors, clinics, externships, and Legal Research and Writing Program, you'll acquire the real strengths, both personally and professionally, that will enable you to enjoy a rewarding career in the world of law.

The Valparaiso University School of Law is dedicated to scholarship, integrity, community, and service. Our mission statement reads:
Valparaiso University School of Law empowers talented individuals to realize their potential and achieve success in their chosen careers. Our graduates, as leaders in the profession and their communities, make a difference. The School of Law is known for four distinctive traits; a truly personal manner of teaching and learning, enduring core competencies, exceptional legal research and writing, and a belief that law is a calling.

Valparaiso University (VU) is a private university located in Valparaiso, Indiana (55 miles southeast of Chicago, Illinois). VU was founded in 1859 as the Valparaiso Male and Female College and rechartered in 1906 as Valparaiso University. In 1925, VU was purchased by the Lutheran University Association, an Indiana corporation comprised of persons affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and interested in actively promoting higher education in the Christian context. VU continues to be the largest Lutheran-affiliated educational institution in the U.S. The University holds membership in the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University offers a three-year full-time program, an accelerated program, and a five-year part-time program leading to the degree of Juris Doctor (J.D.). In no case may a student construct a schedule which permits conferral of the degree prior to five regular full-time semesters plus two qualifying summer sessions in residence or eight parttime residency semesters plus two or more summer sessions. The degree is conferred upon recommendation of the Faculty of the School of Law. All work toward a degree must be completed to the satisfaction of the Faculty. In all cases, the student is responsible for meeting the requirements for graduation.
A student who returns to the School of Law after an absence of two or more years may no longer be a candidate for a degree on the basis of the Bulletin under which the student first entered the University but must fulfill for graduation all the requirements and provisions of the Bulletin of the year in which the student re-enters the University.

The curriculum of the School of Law provides a comprehensive and intensive study of the foundations of the law, an introduction to the many substantive areas of the law, and the opportunity for advanced study in areas of specific student interest. Four distinct and critical strands of legal education run through the course work, including legal analysis, practical training, perspectives on the law, as well as legal writing and research. Methods of instruction are both traditional and innovative.

School name:Valparaiso UniversitySchool of Law
Address:656 S. Greenwich St.
Zip & city:IN 46383 Indiana

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