ExperienceMichigan Law

At Michigan, our people and approach set us apart. Law school is about learning to think differently. To think critically. It should be rigorous, and it should give you the real-life practice you need to make a lasting impact on society.

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At Michigan, Our Peopleand Approach Set Us Apart.

You’ll receive exceptional teaching in the foundations of the law along with the practical training you need to make a lasting impact on society. But Michigan Law is more than academics and opportunity. Bonds formed here last a lifetime because our students and faculty believe that one person’s success doesn’t have to come at someone else’s expense. Our collaborative pursuit of excellence makes us better scholars and lawyers, and creates a law school experience that sticks with you forever.

So as you think about law school, consider not just where, but how and with whom you want to spend the next three years.

Think Michigan.

Authentic Community

Join a community of unimaginably talented people. The real magic at Michigan Law is how extraordinary individuals form a community. Our students converge on Ann Arbor from across the nation and around the globe. As they leave old friends behind, the intimacy and energy of the Law School leads them to find new friends in their classmates—a development that few expect, and that few law schools offer. The same students who debate opposing positions in class will later chat over dinner in the Lawyers Club about an upcoming symposium they are co-leading, or grab coffee with a professor to discuss employment interviews. At Michigan Law, students and faculty create an intellectually stimulating and close-knit community whose norms are rooted in respect and professionalism. Chalk it up to the vibrancy of Ann Arbor, the spirit of a football Saturday, or the ambiance of the Law Quad: Michigan is a place that will shape you as a lawyer and a person.


2018 Incoming Class

The Incoming Class Includes

4


Peace Corps Volunteers

9


Teach For America Alumni

11


Fulbright Scholars

37


Advanced-Degree Holders

Comprehensive Perspective

Chart your own course. Michigan is more than a top law school. Our faculty’s experience and acclaim are as broad as the law itself, and we are part of a comprehensive research university that, over the course of two centuries, has earned a worldwide reputation for academic excellence and an unmatched commitment to discovery. Working with brilliant minds in business, engineering, medicine, public health, and more, we take an interdisciplinary approach to complex problem solving that addresses today’s challenges and anticipates tomorrow’s. To supplement their study of the law and its applications, we encourage our students to explore all that U-M offers—through a formal dual-degree program or an ad-hoc one that you design, by taking up to 12 credits outside the Law Quad in any field of graduate work, by enrolling in one of our Problem Solving Initiative courses with graduate students from across campus, or by enjoying the endless array of speakers and events attracted to Ann Arbor.



14 Dual Degrees Offered

(does not include ad hoc arrangements with individual departments)

  • Law and Business Administration
  • Law and Chinese Studies
  • Law and Economics
  • Law and Health Administration
  • Law and Information
  • Law and Japanese Studies
  • Law and Modern Middle Eastern & North African Studies
  • Law and Natural Resources
  • Law and Public Health
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Law and Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
  • Law and Social Work
  • Law and Urban & Regional Planning
  • Law and World Politics

Symposia and Conferences

held at MLaw in the last three academic years include

  • Autonomous Vehicles: Legal and Regulatory Hurdles to Deployment
  • Big Data in Finance
  • Environmental Criminal Enforcement
  • Race, Law, and Citizenship
  • Stemming the Breach: Cybersecurity Reform for the 21st Century
  • The Evolving Legal Classroom
  • Financial Reform: Preventing the Next Crisis
  • The Highest Tribute: The Michigan Journal of Race & Law at 20
  • Immigration Reform at 50: Looking Forward and Backward
  • Innocent Until Proven Poor: Fighting the Criminalization of Poverty
  • Privacy, Technology, and the Law: Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review Symposium

Sam Edandison, JD/MBA ’17

“Law and business are complementary, and my dual degree has set me up to achieve my goals better than either degree alone. The MBA has given me the management skills and knowledge to run an enterprise, while my law degree has taught me critical-thinking skills and how to understand complex issues quickly. As a result, I have an inside and outside understanding of how business works.”

Sam Edandison’s goal is to run his own company, and thanks to his dual degree in law and business, he has a comprehensive perspective of both disciplines and how they relate to each other. “Law and business are complementary, and my dual degree has set me up to achieve my goals better than either degree alone. I feel like I have the foundation to do anything I want to do,” says Sam, who spent his 2L summer working for the University of Michigan’s Office of Technology Transfer. “The MBA has given me the management skills and knowledge to run an enterprise, while my law degree has taught me critical-thinking skills and how to understand complex issues quickly. As a result, I have an inside and outside understanding of how business works.” The Ross School of Business’s close proximity to the Law School made it easy for Sam to attend classes and engage in extracurricular activities, including serving as president of the Private Equity Club at Ross. “The dual degree was perfect for me, and it will differentiate me from my classmates as I move forward with my career,” says Sam, who will be joining the Danaher Corporation, a global science and technology innovator.

Sam Edandison, JD/MBA ’17
Editor-in-Chief, Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review
Chair, Black Law Students Association’s Butch Carpenter Scholarship Gala
President, Private Equity Club

Global Reach

Study at the place that wrote the book on international and comparative law. Literally. Our faculty are globally recognized experts on all the major economies outside the United States, as well as transnational challenges, such as refugees and human trafficking. Michigan Law professors are invited to visiting appointments at universities around the world, have served on the European Court of Justice, have advised the United Nations on prosecuting the Khmer Rouge and civil rights violators in Sri Lanka, and much more. But you won’t just learn about global law; you can experience it. Whether you’re participating in an international externship, interning abroad in a law firm or NGO, studying abroad in one of our established programs, or working in one of our clinics involving cross-border issues, your affiliation with Michigan Law will open doors around the world.



Opportunities Abroad

  • Amsterdam Law School
  • Bucerius Law School (Hamburg)
  • European University Institute (Florence)
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva)
  • KU Leuven (Belgium)
  • University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law
  • Waseda University Law School (Tokyo)

International Externships/Internships

  • AIRE Centre Internship (London)
  • Geneva Externship Program
  • Program for Cambodian Law and Development
  • Program in Refugee and Asylum Law
  • South Africa Externship Program

Nessma Bashi, ’18

“A big reason I chose Michigan is the breadth of international opportunities it offers. Michigan, by far, has the most comprehensive study-abroad programs of any law school, which gives students access to high-level positions. I feel fortunate to have these experiences.”

Nessma Bashi grew up in Detroit post-9/11, and says she felt what it was like to have her Iraqi American identity “come under attack.” Those experiences led her to Michigan Law, where she is focusing on international human rights. “A big reason I chose Michigan is the breadth of international opportunities it offers,” she says. “Michigan, by far, has the most comprehensive study-abroad programs of any law school, which gives students access to high-level positions. I feel fortunate to have these experiences.” Nessma has made the most of global learning offerings while at Michigan. As a 2L, she served as a Geneva extern with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rule of Law and Democracy Unit. She also received funding through Michigan’s 2L Public Service Guarantee to study at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Washington, D.C. As a 3L, she completed a Program in Refugee and Asylum Law Fellowship at the Refugee Law Office of Legal Aid Ontario in Toronto. “I want to be useful in my career and to contribute to society,” Nessma says. “Michigan has given me the foundation to combat international issues on a domestic level.”

Nessma Bashi, ’18
Geneva Externship Participant
Associate Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law
Program in Refugee and Asylum Law Fellow

22,000+


Michigan Law Alumni Connections

84


Countries where MLAW Alumni are living

31


International summer interns in 2018

Global


Placements have ranged from banks in Tokyo to private law firms in Chile, China, India and Italy

Complete Immersion

Live the lawyer’s life. The core of the Michigan Law experience is rigorous doctrinal training, complemented by the critical development of practical skills. The individualized instruction of our Academic Writing Support Program and our required Legal Practice Program will help you hone your expertise in legal research, analysis, writing, oral advocacy, and negotiation. Michigan is one of only a handful of states that allows students to represent clients in court after the 1L year, and we offer an Unemployment Insurance Clinic that allows second-semester 1Ls to begin lawyering even before their first summer jobs. Moreover, we guarantee at least one clinic to every 2L and 3L student. You also can contribute to a student-managed journal, lead a student organization, have a full-time or part-time externship experience at a wide range of nonprofit and government employers, or devote yourself to a specific cause through our Pro Bono Program. As one of the nation’s great public universities, civic engagement is central to our mission. So as you benefit from the opportunities to put your classroom learning into practice, you’ll find that the community simultaneously is benefitting from your work.



Externships

50 MLaw students have pursued individually arranged externships in the last three semesters at organizations that include:

Amanda Grill, ’17

“I wanted to be a public interest lawyer, so clinical experience was important to me. I spent two years as a student-attorney in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, where I represented both parents and youth in child welfare proceedings. Every student should take a clinic because it gives you realistic experience and prepares you to make the tough decisions you’ll encounter as a practicing attorney.”

Amanda Grill is the inaugural Fiza Quraishi Youth Law Fellow at the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) in Oakland, California, where she litigates class action and impact cases on behalf of foster youth. One of the reasons Amanda chose Michigan was the breadth of its clinical offerings. “I wanted to be a public interest lawyer, so clinical experience was important to me,” said Amanda, who also took one of the Law School’s first Problem Solving Initiative courses that focused on combating human trafficking within the child welfare system. Amanda spent two years as a student-attorney in the Child Advocacy Law Clinic, where she represented both parents and youth in child welfare proceedings. She was the lead attorney in two trials, and reunited a couple with their infant son after successfully arguing against an agency policy. Those hands-on skills gave Amanda the foundation to succeed at NCYL. “Every student should take a clinic because it gives you realistic experience and prepares you to make the tough decisions you’ll encounter as a practicing attorney,” she said. “I am far more effective at NCYL because my clinic allowed me to work directly within the child welfare system. That prior case experience has been crucial in my career.”

Amanda Grill, ’17
Student-Attorney, Child Advocacy Law Clinic;
Contributing Editor, Michigan Journal of Race & Law;
Treasurer, Organization of Public Interest Students

8


Student-run journals

5,600


Hours logged in 2016–2017 by students in our Pro Bono Program

15


Mini seminars held in professors’ homes each year

70+


Student organizations

Lifelong Opportunities

Be career ready with a degree from Michigan Law. The proof lies in our expansive alumni network, whose members include managing partners at global law firms, cabinet members and legislators in the United States and abroad, judges and justices on international and U.S. courts, C-suite executives, academics, activists, and more. The block “M” is a source of pride that our graduates display worldwide, but it also is a symbol of excellence that makes a Michigan Law degree a powerful asset as you advance through your career. Time and again, employers in all sectors tell us that they know hiring a Michigan Law graduate means hiring a smart, team-oriented leader. We will prepare you not just for your first job out of law school but for your entire career—and your global network of Michigan alumni and the resources of our Office of Career Planning always will be available to guide you, whatever your next step might be.


Can you get there from here?

Geographic portability is a key advantage of a Michigan JD. To fully assess the portability of a degree, you need to know the full range of placement activity: both where employers come from to perform on-campus interviews, because that reflects the most readily accessible opportunities you will have, as well as where students and graduates choose to go. The map to the left reflects placement activity in 2012, adding together, for each state, the number of employers recruiting on campus; the number of 1Ls and 2Ls with summer jobs; and the first permanent position for graduates. For Michigan Law, employers come from around the nation and around the world to recruit our students, with the result that our graduates have a strong network in every corner of the globe.

4,800+


Interviews conducted during 2017 EIW

557


Offices on campus for 2018 Early Interview Week

125


Clerkships secured annually (2013–2017 average)

10


Attorney-counselors who collectively have more than 87 years of diverse practice experience in the largest legal markets in the United States and overseas

Financial Aid

A Michigan Law education is an investment in your future, and our dedicated counselors in the Office of Financial Aid will work with you throughout the application process and your time on campus to identify the resources that will help you achieve your goals.

Scholarships

Michigan Law offers considerable financial support to our students and graduates, with more than $5 million in grants going to each incoming class. Entering 1L JD candidates may qualify for merit scholarships (either outright, or, if no outright award is offered, made in competition with awards from other schools) and need-based grants. (About 75 to 80 percent of our students receive Stafford and Grad PLUS loans.)

Summer Funding

We provide guaranteed summer funding to all 1Ls, regardless of job sector, and to 2Ls working in government and public interest, along with a variety of post-graduate fellowships for those entering these fields.

Debt Management

Our Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) is second to none, providing generous support for graduates pursuing modest-paying law-related positions. Financial Aid counselors will work with you as you approach graduation and after you begin your career in order to identify the loan repayment options that will serve you best.

How to Apply


Application Fee: $75


Regular Application Deadline: February 15

Early Decision I Deadline: November 1
Early Decision II Deadline: December 7


Required Materials

Completed application form
Letter(s) of recommendation (one required, three recommended)
Resume or list of activities and work experience
Personal statement

Optional Materials

Up to two additional essays (from among seven topics)


Tips, Guidance, and FAQs

www.law.umich.edu/jdapp
law.jd.admissions@umich.edu
734.764.0537

Life@Michigan Law

Michigan has long been known as a different kind of law school—where high-achieving students manage to treat each other with kindness. Your classmates have your back here, as a recent student commencement speaker attested. Flying home to be with his sick mom toward the end of the academic year, he made a hasty Facebook post asking his fellow students for advice, then turned his phone off for takeoff. When he landed a couple of hours later and turned his phone back on, he found that 56 classmates had already replied with referrals to doctors and hospitals and information about the condition. Yup. It’s like that here.

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