University of Wisconsin Law School

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Official Guide to ABA-Approved JD Programs


A Brief Introduction

The UW Law School is a nationally acclaimed, intellectually exciting law school that attracts students nationally and internationally. These students represent a richly diverse community in terms of backgrounds, ages, interests, and life experiences, encouraging a robust exchange of ideas.

Top applicants are drawn to the Law School because of its tradition of excellence, its beautiful setting in the heart of one of the world’s leading research universities, and its “law-in-action” philosophy, a hallmark approach with deep roots in the Law School’s scholarship and teaching.

UW Law School is located in Madison, an affordable city conveniently situated in the middle of a triangle formed by Chicago, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee. As the state capital, Madison is home to many courts and state and federal government agencies, all within walking distance of the Law School.

An Engaged and Diverse Community

A major indicator of the strength of any law school is its student body. The fall 2017 entering class of 151 students represents 22 states and 78 undergraduate institutions. Of these students, 35 percent come from outside of Wisconsin, 42 percent are women, and 20 percent are students of color. UW Law School’s admission policies create a vigorous, socially aware, and academically able student body. There is a special feeling of community in the school and an informal, supportive atmosphere, reflecting a strong commitment by faculty and administrators to student learning, morale, and well-being.

The Faculty: Leading Scholars and Outstanding Teachers

UW Law School’s nationally recognized faculty members come from a wide range of backgrounds. They represent clients, prove the innocence of convicted prisoners, advocate for patients in the health-care system, advise the federal government on biotech issues, draft legislation, work with philanthropic organizations in China and Vietnam, and research the law in developing and transitional countries from Chile to Russia. They are extraordinary people doing interesting things. But first and foremost, they are excellent teachers who are committed to their students. A superb clinical faculty and a seasoned adjunct faculty provide additional teaching resources and rich experiential learning opportunities.

The Curriculum: Law in Action

Two of a student’s first semester classes—a substantive law class and a legal research and writing class—are small sections consisting of 30 or fewer students. These small sections teach the fundamentals of legal analysis and reasoning in supportive settings. They allow students to receive individual feedback, organize study groups, and foster lasting friendships.

In the second and third year of law school, there is time both to explore the curriculum and develop the lawyering skills needed to practice. Students select courses from an extraordinary breadth and depth of offerings, allowing them to explore cutting-edge legal issues in the classroom and apply their knowledge in one of many experiential learning venues.

Dual-Degree Programs

Renowned for its interdisciplinary approach, UW Law School offers many opportunities for students to combine the study of law with a graduate degree in another subject. There are many existing dual-degree programs, including those with the UW School of Business, the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the La Follette School of Public Affairs. If one of the existing programs does not meet a student’s academic needs, the Law School can help create an individualized dual-degree curriculum.

Clinical Programs and Experiential Learning

At UW Law School, experiential learning is an integral part of legal education. With one of the largest clinical programs in the country, the Law School offers a wide variety of hands-on lawyering experiences with real clients and excellent supervision. For example, students represent low-income clients in civil and criminal cases, team up with medical students as advocates for terminally ill patients, and assist start-up companies with entity formation and intellectual property issues. Judicial internships, externships, and our innovative lawyering skills program provide additional hands-on learning experiences.

Going Global: International Law and Study Abroad

A number of professors devote a significant portion of their scholarship and teaching primarily to international or comparative law, and many others integrate analysis of international legal developments into their domestic law courses. The UW Law School hosts students and professors from around the world, bringing diverse global perspectives to the classroom. Students can also study at one of the 12 overseas law faculties with which the Law School has semester and year-long exchange agreements; participate in the Law School’s summer program in Giessen, Germany; or participate in international study programs of other US law schools. Additional international opportunities are available through the Law School’s East Asian Legal Studies Center, established to formalize and increase the Law School’s interaction in East and Southeast Asia.

Student Activities

More than 25 organizations provide outstanding opportunities for students to hone their talents and pursue their interests. Our Mock Trial and Moot Court teams enable students to practice brief writing and oral advocacy. Three student journals—Wisconsin Law ReviewWisconsin International Law Journal; and Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society—offer invaluable experience in legal research, writing, and editing while exposing participants to cutting-edge legal thought.

Career Opportunities

Leading law firms, government agencies, businesses, and public interest organizations hire UW Law School graduates. A broad range of legal employers participate in the on-campus interview program. The Law School also participates in off-campus job fairs each year in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, and our students receive support, mentorship, and guidance from many of our more than 14,000 alumni throughout the country.

Admitted Applicant Profile

25-75% UGPA Range at Wisconsin:

3.31 to 3.75

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Wisconsin:

158 to 165

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Wisconsin:

3.31 to 3.75

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Wisconsin:

158 to 165

120
135
150
165
180

25-75% UGPA Range at Wisconsin:

3.31 to 3.75

2.00
2.58
3.16
3.74
4.33

25-75% LSAT Score Range at Wisconsin:

158 to 165

120
135
150
165
180

Contact Information

975 Bascom Mall,
Madison, WI 53706,
United States