Notre Dame Law School

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Notre Dame Law School
Notre dame coat of arms.png
Parent school University of Notre Dame
Established 1869
School type Private
Parent endowment $6.8 billion
Dean Nell J. Newton
Location Notre Dame, IN, U.S.
41°41′55.27″N 86°14′16.45″W / 41.6986861°N 86.2379028°W / 41.6986861; -86.2379028Coordinates: 41°41′55.27″N 86°14′16.45″W / 41.6986861°N 86.2379028°W / 41.6986861; -86.2379028
Enrollment 564 (2011)[1]
Faculty 96[2]
USNWR ranking 23 (2013)[2]
Bar pass rate 91.61% (2011)[1]

The Notre Dame Law School, or NDLS, is the professional graduate law program of its parent institution, the University of Notre Dame. Established in 1869, NDLS is the oldest Roman Catholic law school in the United States. NDLS is ranked 23rd among the nation's "Top 100 Law Schools" by U.S. News & World Report.[2] Notre Dame Law ranks 16th in graduates attaining Supreme Court clerkships in recent years.[3]

Notre Dame Law School is distinguished as having the nation's only year-long study-abroad program approved by the American Bar Association. The program, which takes place in London, also offers a summer session open to all law schools.

Admissions and job placement[edit]

Law School in winter

Admission to NDLS is highly selective. For the class entering in the fall of 2012, 676 out of 2,852 applicants (23.7%) were offered admission, with 177 matriculating. The 25th and 75th LSAT percentiles for the 2012 entering class were 161 and 167, respectively, with a median of 166. The 25th and 75th undergraduate GPA percentiles were 3.43 and 3.80, respectively, with a median of 3.66.[4] For the class graduating in the spring of 2012, 131 out of 196 graduates (66.8%) had found full-time, long-term employment requiring passage of the bar exam within nine months of graduation.[5]

The Law School also offers a trial advocacy program that is regarded as being among the top 10 such programs in the nation. The Law School grants the professional Juris Doctor degree as well as the graduate Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees.

The Law School has a Student Bar Association that coordinates relations between the student body and administration. The SBA also handles most social, extracurricular, and athletic functions for the students.


Notre Dame Law School is located in Eck and Biochini Halls, two buildings connected by a suspended walkway. The conjoined buildings were designed by famous American architect Charles Donagh Maginnis and the buildings serve as a prominent example of collegiate Gothic architecture. The Kresge Law Library, is located Biochini Hall, while most of the Class Rooms are in Eck Hall. Funding for the law library was provided by American businessman S.S. Kresge, the founder of what is now Sears Holding Corporation. The two buildings were effectively doubled in a recent, historically-sensitive expansion project (there was no corresponding increase in enrollment). The Law School also hosts a Legal Aid Clinic in South Bend.[6]

Former main entrance to Notre Dame Law School; the new Eck Hall of Law opened in 2009.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Former Faculty

Former Professor Vincent Rougeau was appointed Dean of Boston College Law School in 2011. Former Professor Douglas Kmiec was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Malta by President Barack Obama in 2009. David Barrett was the special prosecutor and author of the Barrett Report.

Law journals[edit]

Notre Dame Law School publishes five student-run journals:


  1. ^ a b "ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools (2012 Edition)" (PDF). American Bar Association. 2011. pp. 24, 41, 55, 57, 64. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "University of Notre Dame". Best Law Schools. US News and World Report. 2012. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Supreme Court Clerkship Placement, 2000 Through 2007 Terms". Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  4. ^ Official Guide Disclaimer. Retrieved on 2013-08-15.
  5. ^ Home. Retrieved on 2013-08-15.
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ Lucille Davy, Office of the Governor of New Jersey[dead link]. Accessed December 6, 2007.

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