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 $9.8 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 97[2]
USNWR ranking 22 (2015)[2]
Bar pass rate 88.11% (2013)[3]

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.[2] Notre Dame Law ranks 16th in graduates attaining Supreme Court clerkships in recent years.[4]

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.[5]

Admissions and Rankings[edit]

Law School in winter

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.[2] NDLS ranks 16th in graduates attaining Supreme Court clerkships in recent years.[4] In addition, NDLS is ranked 17th in Above the Law's "Top 50 Law School Rankings" in 2014.[6]

The Law School grants the professional Juris Doctor degree as well as the graduate Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degrees.

Job Placement[edit]

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.[5] 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.[7]


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.[8] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $265,000.[9]


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.[10]

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

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Law journals[edit]

Notre Dame Law School publishes five student-run journals:


  1. ^ "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. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d "University of Notre Dame". Best Law Schools. US News and World Report. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Standard 509 Information Report" (PDF). 
  4. ^ a b "Supreme Court Clerkship Placement, 2000 Through 2007 Terms". Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings. 13 April 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Notre Dame Employment" (PDF). 
  6. ^ "ATL Top 50 Law Schools". Above the Law. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  7. ^ (PDF) Retrieved 27 September 2014.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "Notre Dame Tuition and Fees". 
  9. ^ "Notre Dame Law School Profile". 
  10. ^ [1][dead link]
  11. ^ Lucille Davy, Office of the Governor of New Jersey[dead link]. Accessed December 6, 2007.

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