Valparaiso University School of Law
|Valparaiso University Law School|
|Parent school||Valparaiso University|
|School type||Private University|
|Location||Valparaiso, Indiana, US
|Website||Valparaiso University School of Law|
The Valparaiso University School of Law is located on the campus of Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, a community located less than an hour from Chicago. Founded in 1879, the school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1929 and admitted to the Association of American Law Schools in 1930.
The current interim Dean of Valparaiso Law is Prof. Ivan Bodensteiner, who will be succeeded in June 2014 by capital defense expert Andrea Lyon. The law school currently has 29 full-time faculty and approximately 30 additional faculty members who teach the 508 enrolled students.
According to Valparaiso’s 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 38.4% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.
The law school is located in Wesemann Hall, in an area of Valparaiso University’s 320-acre (1.3 km2) campus known as “Old Campus” which is next to, and part of, the historic district of downtown Valparaiso. Wesemann Hall is adjacent to Heritage Hall, which was recently reconstructed and houses the Lawyering Skills Center and Law Clinic.
The school was originally named the Northern Indiana Law School and began operation on November 11, 1879. Tuition was set at $10 per term and the first term began with nine enrolled students. The school was one of the first in the nation to admit both men and women, and two women were among the original cohort. DeMotte became the school’s first dean and was one of the original three faculty members. During his appointment he developed the core curriculum that remains in use at Valparaiso today.
Despite difficult economic times and amidst a depression, the Northern Indiana Law School remained and experienced growth during its second decade. At the turn of the century, 21 years after its founding, the school had an enrollment of 170 students and was reportedly the largest law school in Indiana.
In 1905, the law school became part of Valparaiso University and was thus officially renamed the Valparaiso University School of Law. Following consultation and inspection with the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, the law school expanded its curriculum and received its ABA accreditation in 1929 and was admitted into AALS in 1930. It is the thirty-eighth oldest ABA accredited law school in the United States.
Admissions and Academics
The law school offers a traditional three-year full-time program, an accelerated two-and-a-half year program, and a five-year, part-time program toward the Juris Doctor degree, a Master of Laws degree program, and the following dual degree programs: JD/MBA, JD/MALS, JD/MA (Psychology), JD/Clinical Mental Health Counseling, JD/MA in Chinese Studies, JD/MA in Liberal Studies, JD/MS International Commerce & Policy, and JD/MS Sports Administration, and the S.J.D, the School’s advanced research degree that is open to candidates who have completed an LL.M.
The School of Law offers eight live legal clinics: criminal clinic, civil clinic, juvenile clinic, domestic violence clinic, mediation clinic, sports law clinic, tax clinic, and wrongful conviction clinic. The School also offers more than 85 discrete externship opportunities. In 2005, the School of Law started the nation's first sports law clinic giving free advice to amateur status athletes during the olympics.
According to Valparaiso’s official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 38.4% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. Valparaiso’s Law School Transparency under-employment score is 45.1%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.
According to the law professor blog The Faculty Lounge, only 42.4% of the Class of 2012 was employed in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission, ranking 165th out of 197 law schools.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Valparaiso for the 2014-2015 academic year is $53,862. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $196,217.
Valparaiso Law students can participate in more than 40 student organizations.
Since its inception in 1969, the Valparaiso University School of Law Clinical Program  has offered a form of legal representation to the public.
- Faisal Kutty an internationally recognized Islamic legal scholar.
Graduates of the School of Law include:
- Robert D. Rucker, who currently is a justice on the Indiana Supreme Court.
- Craig Morford, former acting United States Deputy Attorney General and former federal prosecutor.
- Steve Buyer, U.S. Congressman from Indiana’s 4th district.
- Green Hackworth – first American appointed to the International Court of Justice.
- Richard G. Hatcher, the first African-American mayor of Gary, Indiana and one of the first black mayors elected in a major Northern industrial city, is a 1959 graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law.
- Eugene E. Parker, the African-American sports agent for Deion Sanders, Emmitt Smith and several notable sports stars. Parker owns one of the most successful sports management companies in sports. In 1995, Parker added Craig McKenzie also a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law.
- George William Norris, former U.S. Senator from Nebraska.
- Frances Tilton Weaver, a 1925 graduate, became the first woman attorney in Porter County, Indiana, and the youngest woman to be admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court and the Illinois Supreme Court.
- Richard Duesenberg, class of 1951 — retired Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Monsanto Company; former New York University law professor.
- Robert Duesenberg, class of 1951 — retired Senior Vice President and General Counsel, General Dynamics and past chair of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association.
- Raymond Nimmer, class of 1968 - Dean and Leonard Childs Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center and co-director of the Houston Intellectual Property and Information Law Institute.
- Peter O. Knight, Founder of Holland & Knight.
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- Valparaiso University School of Law - Heritage Hall Rededication Ceremony
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- Valparaiso University School of Law Admissions page
- Valparaiso University School of Law Free Law Clinic
- Valparaiso University School of Law Externship page
- Sports Law Clinic
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