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5.0 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

very theoretical in the standard instruction, however there are amazing clinical options for the practical side. There is a mix of Socratic and other teaching. Grading is similar to other schools, but not gold stars like the Yales of the word.

Quality of Life

Highish cost of living, but you are 1 minutes from the school. Ann Arbor is amazing! No crime, amazing cultural opportunities ranging from Shakespeare to midnight showings of The Room. Also, the new building and Lawyers Club upgrades should make this the most modern, yet beautiful campus in America.

Admissions

very standard application process

Level

2L

4.5 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The intellectual environment generally at Michigan Law is rigorous, stimulating, and ultimately very rewarding. Classes adhere to the Socratic method and engage students with the difficult nuances and complexities found within the foundational legal doctrine. The 1L year was intense but I have learned a great deal about myself and the law already in my time at the Law School.

Quality of Life

The campus and student life is vibrant in Ann Arbor and the resources and opportunities are extensive at this great public university. It's a nice combination of down-to-earth college town with the opportunities of a world-class institution.

Admissions

The admissions process was holistic, taking account of a number of factors and not automatically cutting people out of the process. It also gave a number of options for personal essays and was tailored to individual applicants with a focus on what unique qualities and abilities he or she would contribute to the diversity and academic community of the Law School.

Level

2L

4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

There is a nice variety of classes; the only class that's really lacking is a robust statutory interpretation/legislation class, and the admin professors are not great.

Quality of Life

Unbelievably accessible and pretty and a great way to get to know other students.

Admissions

I don't know if there's anything particularly unique; the school gives out Darrow Scholarships (full and half tuition merit scholarships) for exceptionally qualified applicants and also gives our other scholarships with more limtied criteria.

4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The structure of the classes varies based upon the content of the course.
Doctrinal courses tend to be more Socratic.
While the style of the classes has varied, the quality of the instruction is consistently high.
Faculty are highly recognized in their respective fields and accessible to students.
Students interest in research have ample opportunity, encouragement and support (including a Student Research Roundtable)

Quality of Life

Cost are about a high as one would expect around a large research university.
Whatever you want your life to be, you can find it.
I live very close to campus and feel secure in an around campus.

Level

3L

4.5 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Admissions

1) Other than the standard Personal Statement and Resume, Michigan also asks for applicants to submit 2 optional essays from a list of 7 topics provided by the admissions office.
2) Apart from these essays, the factors in selection are the same - LSAT, GPA, Work Experience, Extra-curricular activities.
3) Scholarship notices are sent a few months into the admissions process to admitted students. Usually they are awarded on a pretty straightforward formula based on GPA and LSAT.
4) 14-20 Darrow Scholarships are awarded every year which are basically full rides. Dean Zearfoss sends out emails to a select number of students out of whom the Darrow scholars are chosen. These students then submit additional essays and a committee comprising members of the faculty select the final recipients of the scholarship.

Level

1L

4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Most classes are awesome, but of course, they vary by professor. Most large classes combine theory and practical application, usually involving the Socratic style of teaching. Seminar classes are often theoretical, while practicums and clinics provide practical experience through either role playing or representing real clients. There isn't a clinic for every area of practice, but where there isn't a clinic, there is usually a practicum that gives students a better field for real world practice. Many faculty members are leaders in their field, and I've been lucky to take classes from professors whose names alone give me credibility in my field of study when I apply for internships and jobs.

Quality of Life

Ann Arbor is the best college city ever. It really caters to students, so not only are the libraries and school buildings open late (or even 24-hours), but so are many restaurants and coffee shops. While the cost of living may be a little more than other cities, it's nothing near New York or Chicago prices. There isn't much crime, there is always something going on (on campus or off), there are many great restaurants (some are famous), and we have great Big 10 sports teams to top it all off.

Admissions

U of M's application process was very similar to the other law schools I applied to. There weren't too many essay questions, and obviously I needed to take the LSAT. Some scholarships were awarded upon acceptance, but the financial office was very helpful when figuring out money questions.

Level

Other

4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

The Socratic method is used predominantly in first year courses. While it is also used in larger elective classes (such as Evidence and Jurisdiction), many students opt for seminar-like courses in their second and third year. These seminars have a smaller number of students and allow for more theoretical and creative class discussions.
The available courses range widely. Because there is such a wide array of courses, students often complain that they don't have enough time to take all of the courses they're interested in. For this reason, many students have trouble deciding whether they have the time to study abroad. While appealing, it limits the number of interesting courses one can fit into their short three years.
By far, the best and possibly most popular courses are the clinical programs that range from Human Trafficking to Immigration, Juvenile Justice and General Litigation.

Quality of Life

As a first-year student, I recommend living in the law quad. Aside from being close to classes and the dining hall, it's critical to be surrounded by a network of fellow first year law students. This way, it is easier to integrate yourself into the law school community, create study groups, and feel part of group of scholars.
The facilities are perfectly adequate. Like most dorms, laundry is difficult (all washers and dryers are stored in one location which requires students to walk across the quad with their laundry). The location is central, a stones throw away from the undergrad facilities, restaurants, coffee houses, etc. With that being said, law students are very territorial and tend not to stray far from the law quad.
The first year of law school, while difficult, was also somehow the most fun. I attribute this in part to the student body and in part to the community.

4.5 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

Emphasis on theory; Socratic method is mainly used; class size for 1L classes was 90.

Quality of Life

Cost of living is relatively expensive for most incoming students, but Ann Arbor is a very good city with lots to offer to each type of person.

Admissions

LSAT and application.

4.7 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Academics

1L classes are very very intriguing and you learn a ton just from other classmates and their experiences in life.
Michigan is not competitive really at all. There are a few students that are, but they are a minority of students and they learned pretty quickly in the first semester that it is not cool at all to be that way. I mean, there are gunners (for sure), but again everyone knows who they are and it definitely got a little better 2nd semester.
Grading is typical -- curve for the first year classes (curve is to a B+).

Quality of Life

Lawyers Club is great for the first year. Even after working and living in New York City for four years after undergrad and before law school, I still enjoyed the Lawyers Club and found it very comforting to have that living option.
Library is great... it's the library, I don't know what to say. You can study there with ease and it's nice.
Crime and safety aren't issues, it's Ann Arbor.

Admissions

Typical Top 10 admissions process in terms of LSAT scores, personal statement, resume, etc. I would say the most unique part of the application process at Michigan versus other schools I got into is the personal and fun nature of Dean Zearfoss, which shines throughout everything Michigan. From her blog, to the letters sent by admissions, and they various city tours, it just makes you want to learn more about the school.

Level

2L

4.8 of 5 stars

2011 | VERIFIED STUDENT

Quality of Life

The Law Quad is the aesthetic jewel of Ann Arbor.

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