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5.0 of 5 stars
People, culture, sports, school spirit, campus, brand, alumni base, job prospects
Weather, but really not much else. Words words words words.
You should go to this school no matter what. It is the best.
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3.0 of 5 stars
Excellent faculty with top-notch credentials and genuine enthusiasm for teaching
Poor career prospects compared to peer schools (in terms of large law firm and clerkship placement)
I would advise considering peer schools if you get into them -- job placement at Michigan is noticeably poor in comparison
students are collaborative, not cut-throat. Gorgeous campus and great college town.
once you leave Ann Arbor, you are in the middle of nowhere....
Great faculty, beautiful facilities. Live off campus (in downtown Ann Arbor) if you can - less stress.
Exceptionally talented, social, and ambitious students permeate the student body
Due to location, the school will struggle to place students in major cities during a down economy
I wouldn't go here without a substantial scholarship or outside funding, it's a great school, but not as strong as the "T6" schools.
Historic, gothic architecture lines the sprawling, lush green lawns of the law quad.
Tuition rates continue to rise faster than employment prospects do.
The mix of collegiality, rigorous academics, and exceptional career prospects that Michigan offers is unmatched at any other law school.
Beautiful campus. Very friendly environment. Same opportunities as other top law schools, but lower cost of living. Many very well respected professors. Ann Arbor is a great town.Good loan repayment assistance program.Very pleasant student body. It is hard to imagine a law school full of nicer people.
The law school is not located in a major market (although that can also be a good thing i.e. lower cost of living, students take jobs all over the country).
Michigan is a great choice for law school. Its U.S. news ranking has dipped a little bit, but that is because the school has been more transparent about job placement data than other schools, and it has put funds towards a good loan repayment assistance program rather than tons of school funded jobs. Michigan has a very collegial environment. One of the reasons for this is that students travel to many different areas to work after law school so students don't feel like they are competing with each other for the same jobs.
The faculty and environment at the law school is fantastic. People who take learning seriously without taking themselves too seriuosly.
The weather during the majority of the school year is unbearable.
Be ready for a great law school experience in a very college-feeling town.
Collegial. People really get along and like each other. Excellent professors and discussion environment. Great job prospects, and huge (and successful) alumni network.
Huge. Easy to get lost in the crowd, just because of sheer size.
Make sure you like football. It's a big part of the culture even for law students.
4.0 of 5 stars
The faculty is very high quality, and the course offerings are very good. I also appreciate the national alumni network. Michigan feeds its graduates to all of the major legal markets, so there's less competition among your peers and a broader network to tap into when looking for a job.
Because the school is in a small college town, it's a very insular community. It can be helpful to really get to know your class, but more often than not, it just makes everyone really cliquey. Good luck if you don't find a good group of people early in your 1L year.
Michigan is a great place to go if you aren't sure where you want to practice after graduation. It has national recognition and will get your foot in the door at a lot of different places.
Still a top school; very strong faculty; very strong student body
Placement at top firms is declining; no natural home market; clerkship placement is declining; class sizes are increasing, diluting the brand and placement; placement is now more like Georgetown than Penn or Virginia
UMich needs lots of high-LSAT students to make its numbers, so they are willing to wheel and deal on tuition if you can help them look good.
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