University of Wisconsin--Madison

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975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

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Law School Overview

The Law School at University of Wisconsin--Madison has an application deadline of April 1. The full-time program application fee at the Law School at University of Wisconsin--Madison is $56. Its tuition is full-time: $21,365 per year (in-state); full-time: $40,061 per year (out-of-state); part-time: $1,882 per credit (in-state); and part-time: $3,440 per credit (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 11.0:1. The Law School at University of Wisconsin--Madison has 99 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The University of Wisconsin—Madison Law School takes a “law in action” approach to instruction. Students learn the fundamentals of the law, as well as the role of law in society. Wisconsin Law offers simulation courses, such as Lawyering Skills, for students to learn techniques including negotiation, oral advocacy, and problem solving. Students interested in a dual degree have a variety of options, including a J.D./M.B.A. through the Wisconsin School of Business and a J.D./Ph.D. in Political Science through the Department of Political Science.

The law school has a large clinical program, as well as experiential learning opportunities including public interest work and study abroad programs. There are three law journals: the Wisconsin Law Review, the Wisconsin International Law Journal, and the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society. Each year, Wisconsin law school and medical school students face off in the Dean’s Cup, competing against each other in basketball, golf, chess, and more. Law students also come together yearly for Stuart’s Law Revue, a student-run annual comedy and musical production. About 60 percent of law students are from Wisconsin.

Notable alumni of Wisconsin Law School include Tom Barrett, former U.S. Representative from Wisconsin, and Tammy Baldwin, U.S. Representative from Wisconsin and the first non-incumbent, openly gay person elected to Congress.

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Year founded 1868
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $56
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (608) 262-5914
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 99
Student-faculty ratio 11.0:1
Total faculty 122

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 623
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 251


Tuition and fees

full-time: $21,365 per year (in-state)
full-time: $40,061 per year (out-of-state)
part-time: $1,882 per credit (in-state)
part-time: $3,440 per credit (out-of-state)

Room and board $9,990


Employed at graduation2 46.8%
Median private sector starting salary $78,000
Median public service starting salary $49,429


Total volumes and volume equivalents 643,258

* 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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