Michigan State University

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648 N. Shaw Lane, Room 368
East Lansing, MI 48824

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#87 Best Law Schools


#56 in Part-time Law

Law School Overview

The College of Law at Michigan State University has an application deadline of April 30. The full-time program application fee at the College of Law at Michigan State University is $60. The part-time program application fee at the College of Law at Michigan State University is $60. Its tuition is full-time: $35,844 per year and part-time: $27,192 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 13.8:1. The College of Law at Michigan State University has 104 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

Through electives, clinics, and school institutes, students at the Michigan State University College of Law can focus their legal education in areas including family law, indigenous law, and intellectual property and communications law. Students interested in pursuing a dual degree have a variety of options through other academic departments at MSU, including a J.D./M.B.A. in conjunction with the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management and a J.D./Master of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife through the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The MSU College of Law also offers a dual law degree program with Canada’s University of Ottawa for students who want to earn a J.D. in both countries.

The Michigan State College of Law is home to a variety of legal clinics, including the Housing Law Clinic, the Plea and Sentencing Clinic, and the Chance at Childhood Clinic. It also has a variety of legal journals, such as the Michigan State Law Review, the MSU Law Journal of International Law, and the MSU Law Journal of Medicine and Law, as well as many Michigan State Law student organizations, including the Spartan Law Students Society; the Irish American Legal Society; and the Media, Entertainment, Technology, and the Arts Law Society.

For a legal experience outside of Lansing, the law school offers a Washington, D.C., semester program, in which students take courses and complete externships at federal agencies, courts, and departments. Students can also participate in school study abroad programs in London, Japan, Canada, Croatia, and Poland.

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Year founded 1891
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline April 30
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee $60
Admissions phone (517) 432-0222
Admissions email law@msu.edu
Website http://www.law.msu.edu


Full- and part-time faculty 104
Student-faculty ratio 13.8:1
Total faculty 129

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 759
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 301


Tuition and fees

full-time: $35,844 per year
part-time: $27,192 per year

Room and board $10,512


Employed at graduation2 34.4%
Median private sector starting salary $65,000
Median public service starting salary $51,200


Total volumes and volume equivalents 323,452

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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