University of Michigan Law School
|University of Michigan Law School|
|Endowment||$248 million (2000)|
|Parent endowment||$7.8 billion (2011)|
|Dean||Mark D. West|
|Location||Ann Arbor, Michigan, US|
|Bar pass rate||94%|
The University of Michigan Law School (Michigan Law) is the law school of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Founded in 1859, the school has an enrollment of about 1,200 students, most of whom are seeking Juris Doctor (JD) or Master of Laws (LLM) degrees, although the school also offers a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) degree. The Law School has 81 full-time faculty members (60 tenured and tenure-track and 21 in clinical and legal practice).
Michigan Law School consistently ranks among the highest-rated law schools in the United States. It was ranked third in the initial U.S. News & World Report law school rankings in 1987, only below Yale and Harvard, and is one of seven schools never to appear outside the magazine's top 10. Therefore, Michigan Law is also one of the "T14" law schools, schools that have consistently ranked within the top 14 law schools since U.S. News began publishing rankings. In the 2013 U.S. News ranking, Michigan Law is ranked 9th overall, tied with UC Berkeley Law. The 2010 Super Lawyers rankings placed Michigan as second. Michigan Law is currently ranked 6th for International Law. In a 2011 U.S. News "reputational ranking" of law schools by hiring partners at the nation’s top law firms, the University of Michigan Law School ranked 4th. Only Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and Columbia Law School have graduated more Supreme Court Justices than Michigan Law, and Michigan Law has placed more Supreme Court law clerks than any other public law school, with over 75 to date. Michigan Law is also among the handful of schools regularly sending substantial numbers of graduates into law teaching.
Admission to Michigan Law is highly selective. For the class entering in the fall of 2012, 1,238 out of 5,062 applicants (24.5%) were offered admission, with 344 matriculating. The 25th and 75th LSAT percentiles for the 2012 entering class were 166 and 170, respectively, with a median of 169 (top 3.3 percent of test takers). The 25th and 75th undergraduate GPA percentiles were 3.57 and 3.83, respectively, with a median of 3.73. Approximately 92.5 percent of the graduating class of 2010 was employed by nine months after graduation. Approximately 31% of the class of 2011 secured positions in one of the nation's 250 largest firms.(subscription required) The majority of Michigan Law grads work in New York, Illinois, California, Washington, D.C. and Michigan.
The law school has graduated the late U.S. Supreme Court Justices Frank Murphy, William Rufus Day, and George Sutherland, as well as a number of heads of state and corporate executives. The school places more graduates in Supreme Court clerkships than any other public law school in the United States. Michigan Law has also placed 33 of its graduates on the state's Supreme Court, including six who served as Chief Justice. More than 170 Michigan law graduates have served as legislators as either United States Senator (20 graduates) or as a Congressional representative (more than 150 graduates).
The Law School was founded in 1859, and quickly rose to national prominence. By 1870, Michigan was the largest law school in the country.
In 1870, Gabriel Franklin Hargo graduated from Michigan as the second African-American to graduate from law school in the United States. In 1871 Sarah Killgore, a Michigan Law graduate, became the first woman to both graduate from law school and be admitted to the bar.
Although the law school is part of the public University of Michigan, less than 2 percent of the law school's expenses are covered by state funds. The remainder (97–98% of Michigan Law's budget) is supplied by private gifts, tuition, and endowments.
As of 2009, Michigan Law is engaging in a $102 million enterprise, constructing an addition to the law building that remains loyal to the English Gothic style. This enterprise is fully funded by endowments and private gifts. 2009 also marked the school's sesquicentennial celebration. As a part of the festivities, Chief Justice John Roberts visited the school and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new building.
- Hutchins Hall, the main academic building, named for former Dean of the Law School and President of the University, Harry Burns Hutchins
- The Legal Research Building. In 2007, the University of Michigan Reading Room was named 94th on a list of "American's Favorite Buildings." The building is one of only three law buildings on the list.
- John Cook Dormitory
- The Lawyer's Club, providing additional dormitory rooms and a meeting space for the residents of the Quad; highlighted by a Great Lounge, and a dining room with a high-vaulted ceiling, an oak floor, and dark oak paneling.
In 2012, extensive renovations of the Lawyers Club were undertaken thanks in part to a $20 million gift from Berkshire Hathaway vice-chairman Charles T. Munger, and is set to re-open for student occupation in Fall 2013
Michigan Law School students publish several law journals in addition to the Michigan Law Review, the sixth oldest legal journal in the U.S. These include:
- University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
- Michigan Journal of International Law''
- Michigan Journal of Gender & Law
- Michigan Journal of Race & Law,
- Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review
- Michigan Journal of Environmental & Administrative Law
- Michigan Journal Private Equity & Venture Capital Law,
Moot court competitions
Students may compete in intramural and extramural moot court competitions, the oldest of which is the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, established in 1926.
Student Funded Fellowships
Student Funded Fellowships (SFF) is a program designed to fund Michigan Law students who accept public interest summer jobs with low pay. SFF is governed by a board of 9–12 law students and operates independently of the Law School. The Board elects its own members, including two co-chairs, a treasurer, and various committee chairs. Board members head fundraising efforts throughout the year, ranging from Donate a Day's Pay (DADP), in which highly paid law firm clerks donate a day's salary to SFF, to a grand auction in March that invites bids on various donated items, including sports tickets, meals with faculty members, and art. In the late spring, Board members review applications for summer funding and select a limited number of highly qualified students for grants. In 2007 about twice as many students applied for grants as could be funded.
Dean Mark D. West
- Dean Emeritus Evan Caminker
- Dean Emeritus Theodore J. St. Antoine
- Professor Edward H. Cooper
- Professor Steven P. Croley
- Professor Phoebe C. Ellsworth
- Professor Ellen D. Katz
- Professor James C. Hathaway
- Professor Emeritus Yale Kamisar
- Professor Samuel R. Gross
- Professor Daniel Halberstam
- Professor James E. Krier
- Professor Jessica Litman
- Professor Kyle D. Logue
- Professor Catharine MacKinnon
- Professor John A. E. Pottow
- Professor Richard Primus
- Professor Margo Schlanger
- Professor Margaret Radin
- Professor James Boyd White
- Professor James J. White
- William W. Cook (LAW: JD 1882), heavily published and cited author of textbooks on corporate law; donor of the quadrangle to Michigan
- Ann Coulter (J.D. 1988) right-wing polemicist
- George Crockett Jr. (LAW: 1934) Civil Rights activist; helped found the National Lawyers Guild. First African American lawyer hired by the Department of Labor. Recorder's Court Judge, Detroit, Michigan, 1966–74; U.S. House of Representatives (D-Mich.), 1980 – 1991.
- Clarence Darrow (attended), famous trial lawyer; defense counsel in the Scopes Monkey Trial and Leopold and Loeb
- William R. Day (LL.B. 1870), United States Secretary of State, 1898; United States Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1903–1922
- John Feikens (J.D.) was a politician and judge from the U.S. state of Michigan. He was the Senior Judge, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (1986–present). Feikens had the unusual honor of being nominated to the same district court by three presidents.
- Harold Ford, Jr. (J.D. 1996) – former U.S. Representative from Tennessee; Democratic Leadership Council chair
- Richard Gephardt (J.D. 1965) – U.S. Representative from Missouri (1977–2005). Served as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995, and as Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003.
- James P. Hoffa (LL.B. 1966) – President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
- Valerie Jarrett, (J.D. 1981), Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
- Amalya Lyle Kearse (J.D. 1962) – Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy (J.D. 1947) – Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Frank Murphy (LL.B. 1914), United States Attorney General, 1939, and United States Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1940–1949
- Branch Rickey (LL.B. 1911), Major League Baseball executive and Hall of Famer; created the modern minor league system and signed Jackie Robinson to a contract, breaking the sport's 20th-century color line.
- Richard Riordan (J.D. 1956), Mayor of Los Angeles, 1993–2001
- Donald Stuart Russell, was a U.S. Senator from South Carolina. He served from 1965 to 1966. He also served as the 107th Governor of South Carolina, 1963–1965
- Ken Salazar (J.D. 1981), former U.S. Senator from Colorado and current United States Secretary of the Interior.
- Rick Snyder (J.D. 1982) Former CEO of Gateway; current Governor of Michigan
- George Sutherland (attended 1891), United States Supreme Court Justice
- John D. Voelker (J.D. 1928) justice of the Michigan Supreme Court; author of Anatomy of a Murder.
- Moses Fleetwood Walker (attended 1881–1882) – Baseball player and author; first African-American to play major league professional baseball
- Sarah Killgore Wertman (LAW: LLB 1871), née Sarah Killgore the first woman to be admitted to the Bar of any state in the United States of America.
- Bob Woodruff (J.D. 1987) – journalist; ABC News anchor
- Sam Zell (J.D. 1966) – land developer; founder of Equity Office Properties; former National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts chairman and current chairman and majority owner of the Tribune Company.
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- List of University of Michigan legislator alumni
- List of University of Michigan people
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