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Quintessential Law School Campus

5.0 of 5 stars

August 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

Historic, gothic architecture lines the sprawling, lush green lawns of the law quad.

Downers

Tuition rates continue to rise faster than employment prospects do.

Comments

The mix of collegiality, rigorous academics, and exceptional career prospects that Michigan offers is unmatched at any other law school.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Review of Michigan Law School.

5.0 of 5 stars

June 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

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.

Downers

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).

Comments

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.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Michigan Law

5.0 of 5 stars

June 2015 | CURRENT STUDENT

Uppers

The faculty and environment at the law school is fantastic. People who take learning seriously without taking themselves too seriuosly.

Downers

The weather during the majority of the school year is unbearable.

Comments

Be ready for a great law school experience in a very college-feeling town.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Michigan Law Review

5.0 of 5 stars

May 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Collegial. People really get along and like each other. Excellent professors and discussion environment. Great job prospects, and huge (and successful) alumni network.

Downers

Huge. Easy to get lost in the crowd, just because of sheer size.

Comments

Make sure you like football. It's a big part of the culture even for law students.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Good place to spend three years

4.0 of 5 stars

May 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

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.

Downers

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.

Comments

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.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Fading star

4.0 of 5 stars

April 2015 | FORMER STUDENT

Uppers

Still a top school; very strong faculty; very strong student body

Downers

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

Comments

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.

Would You Recommend

Yes

4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Classes are taught by some of the smartest people you'll ever meet. Faculty always have open doors and frequently take students out to lunch or invite them over to their homes.
As with other top schools, classes are usually more theoretical than practical, but practical skills can be honed in a number of different ways--Michigan offers many clinics, externships, etc. that all help students to get outside the classroom.
Classes are not competitive AT ALL. Students happily share notes and outlines and there's never any hesitation to help a student in need. This goes back to the "playing nice with others" requirement that the Admissions Office is looking for. Everyone knows that they're smart, so there's no need to make a show of it. And everyone knows they're going to have a job when they graduate, so there's no pressure to be in the top x% of your class.

Quality of Life

I can't imagine being happier anywhere else. Students at Michigan are surrounded by lovely people, which really goes a long way toward making law school as pleasant an experience as it can be.

Admissions

Michigan is looking for the top students in the country, but they seem to focus heavily on finding students who will fit into the Michigan environment. Being insanely smart is important, but it's also important to play nice with others and to be someone that your fellow students will want to spend time with. As with any top school, responding to additional essay questions can benefit your application, when done well. Applicants should take every opportunity to show the file readers that they have a good personality to go along with their stellar GPA/LSAT score.

5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The Law School aims at providing a seemingly one-on-one teaching experiance regardless of class size. Some classes are very large (60+ students), but most classes are much smaller. Regardless of class size, professors manage to challenge every student on a personal level and engage all students in enriching intellectual discussion. A great aspect of the school is that a student may choose from many fields of study. Many of my friends and classmates pursued corporate law, or commercial litigation, while many others pursued careers in public interest. There was never any judgment from either side, and all sides worked together towards common goals in the classroom and the community.

Quality of Life

Ann Arbor is a true college town, and the beauty of the Law School is that it is its own unit, but located directly in the heart of the campus. Students are welcomed into the greater community of both the University of Michigan as a whole, and the town of Ann Arbor. Living is very affordable, food is inexpensive, libraries are abundant, and safety is top level.

Admissions

I don't fully recall the full admissions process, but I do know that I was astounded and pleasantly surprised to see the vast array of students admitted to the law school, and that all were truly and carefully hand picked! There were ample financial aid opportunities for all students, and the school made sure to always stay competative as far as provision of scholarships for students was concerned.

5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The academics at Michigan were top notch. I received excellent mentoring from professors, and had the opportunity to interact with them both inside and outside the classroom. There are a number of small classes that allow students to focus on specific areas of the law that interest them. Seminars present a wonderful opportunity to engage in a personal give and take with professors and other students, and represent a very nice change of pace from the more traditional coursework. There is also the chance to conduct original research and independent study.

Quality of Life

I lived "off campus," but just a block or two away from the law quad. Ann Arbor is a great place to be a student--safe, with lots of great restaurants, and, of course, Michigan football.

Admissions

Michigan has excellent scholarship opportunities, including a full scholarship plus stipend (the Darrow Scholarship).

5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The course offerings at Michigan are varied and uniformly excellent. Perhaps by virtue of choosing a law school in a college town -- Ann Arbor -- faculty members at Michigan love teaching and interacting with students.

Quality of Life

Ann Arbor is a fantastic place to go to law school.