Notre Dame Law School
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|Notre Dame Law School|
|Parent school||University of Notre Dame|
|Parent endowment||$9.8 billion|
|Dean||Nell J. Newton|
|Location||Notre Dame, IN, U.S.
|USNWR ranking||22 (2015)|
|Bar pass rate||88.11% (2013)|
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 22nd among the nation's "Top 100 Law Schools" by U.S. News & World Report. Notre Dame Law ranks 16th in graduates attaining Supreme Court clerkships in recent years.
According to Notre Dame's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 71.7% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.
Admissions and Rankings
Admission to NDLS is highly selective. For the class entering in the fall of 2015, 200 first-year students matriculated. The median LSAT score for the class entering in 2015 was 164 and the median undergraduate GPA was 3.66.
Notre Dame Law School is ranked 22nd among the nation's "Top 100 Law Schools" by U.S. News & World Report. NDLS ranks 16th in graduates attaining Supreme Court clerkships in recent years. In addition, NDLS is ranked 17th in Above the Law's "Top 50 Law School Rankings" in 2014.
The class of 2013 reported employment in 31 states and the District of Columbia, with 132 out of 184 graduates (71.7%) securing full-time, long-term employment requiring passage of the bar exam within nine months of graduation. The top 5 most popular destinations for graduates in the class of 2013 were Illinois (29), California (12), Indiana (12), District of Columbia (10), and New York (9). Furthermore 28.3% of graduates in the class of 2013 found employment in large law firms (100+ attorneys) and 6.0% pursued federal clerkships.
The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Notre Dame Law School for the 2014-2015 academic year is $69,930. The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $265,000.
Notre Dame Law School is centrally located in the heart of Notre Dame's campus. Eck and Biochini Halls, two buildings connected by a suspended walkway, house the Law School. 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.
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Notre Dame Law School publishes five student-run journals:
- Notre Dame Law Review
- Journal of College and University Law
- Journal of Legislation
- Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy
- Notre Dame Journal of International and Comparative Law
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