The Michigan Law Experience

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 close 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 or the ambiance of the Law Quad: Michigan is a place that will shape you as a lawyer and a person.

2019 Incoming Class

The Incoming Class Includes

Peace Corps Volunteers


Teach For America Alumni


Fulbright Scholars


Advanced-Degree Holders


Truman Scholar


Military Veterans


Marshall Scholar


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, or simply 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 Economics
  • Law and Information
  • Law and Environment and Sustainability
  • Law and Public Health
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Law and Social Work
  • Law and Urban & Regional Planning
  • Law and World Politics
  • Law and International & Regional Studies (African, Islamic, Middle East and North African, South Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, East European, and Eurasian, and Southeast Asian Studies)

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

David Louison, ’20

“I joined a clinic because I wanted to start applying what I learned in the classroom to real-world situations. I spent a semester in the Juvenile Justice Clinic serving youth from underrepresented communities and helping them get through a really difficult time in their lives. I walked away from the experience grateful for the opportunity to help people and with a clearer vision of what I want to do with my law degree.”

David Louison, ’20
Executive Online Editor, Michigan Law Review;
Student- Attorney, Juvenile Justice Clinic;
Outreach Chair, Black Law Students Association

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
  • Law and Development Program
    (Cambodia and Namibia)
  • Program in Refugee and Asylum Law
  • South Africa Externship Program

Nadia Alhadi, ’19

“I wanted to work in international law when applying for law school, but wasn’t quite sure in which capacity. Michigan’s variety of international law classes let me study diverse areas, providing me opportunities to explore those interests. Its network helped me apply for summer internships in international organizations and clerkships. Interpreting for the Human Trafficking Clinic and the international law department’s language meet-ups advanced my French and Spanish skills—key to my being selected to work in the international courts.”

Nadia Alhadi, 19
Managing Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of International Law;
Student-Attorney, Unemployment Insurance and Human Trafficking Clinics;
Tour Guide, Michigan Law Office of Admissions; Member,
Jessup International Moot Court Team; Research Assistant


Michigan Law Alumni Connections


Countries where MLAW Alumni are living


International summer interns in 2019


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.


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

Elizabeth Greiter, '20

“The JD/MBA dual degree balances out the theoretical aspects of law school with a more practical business perspective and makes you a more flexible and creative thinker and problem-solver. After I graduate, I plan to practice law at a big law firm. My dual degree has equipped me with the skills to understand my clients’ perspectives and needs and, as a result, provide better legal advice and communicate as effectively as possible.”


Elizabeth Greiter, JD/MBA ’20
Articles Editor, Michigan Journal of Gender & Law;
Mentorship Chair, Women Law Students Association;
Research Assistant; Tour Guide, Michigan Law Office of Admissions



Student-run journals


Hours logged in 2018–2019 by students in our Pro Bono Program


Mini seminars held in professors’ homes each year


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, public interest advocates, cabinet members and legislators in the United States and abroad, judges and justices on international and U.S. courts, C-suite executives, academics, 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.


Interviews conducted during 2019 EIW


Offices on campus for 2019 Early Interview Week


Clerkships secured annually (2014–2018 average)


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.


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 15

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 eight topics)

Tips, Guidance, and FAQs

How to apply

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