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University of Michigan Law School

Established 1859
Type: Public
Endowment: US$248 million(2000)
Dean: Evan Caminker
Faculty: 310
Students: 1,100
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Campus: Urban
Website: http://www.law.umich.edu/ www.law.umich.edu

The University of Michigan Law School, located in Ann Arbor, is a unit of the University of Michigan. Founded in 1859, the Law School currently has an enrollment of approximately 1,200 students, most of whom are earning the degrees of Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Master of Laws (LLM). As of 2004, the Law School's faculty includes 72 full-time professors and 42 visiting or adjunct professors. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into University of Michigan Law School. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The date of establishment or date of founding of an institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. ... Look up million in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... In an educational setting, a dean is a person with significant authority . ... Evan H. Caminker (born June 26, 1961, Los Angeles, California) is Dean of the University of Michigan Law School, United States. ... A faculty is a division within a university. ... For other uses, see Student (disambiguation). ... Ann Arbor redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... A website (alternatively, Web site or web site) is a collection of Web pages, images, videos or other digital assets that is hosted on one or several Web server(s), usually accessible via the Internet, cell phone or a LAN. A Web page is a document, typically written in HTML... Ann Arbor redirects here. ... The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (U of M, UM or simply Michigan) is a coeducational public research university in the state of Michigan. ... “J.D.” redirects here. ... J.D. redirects here; for alternate uses, see J.D. (disambiguation) J.D. is an abbreviation for the Latin Juris Doctor, also called a Doctor of Law or Doctorate of Jurisprudence, and is the law degree typically awarded by an accredited U.S. law school after successfully completing three years... The Master of Laws is an advanced law degree, commonly abbreviated LL.M. (also LLM or LL.M) from its Latin name, Legum Magister. ... The Master of Laws is an advanced law degree that allows someone to specialize in a particular area of law. ...

For decades, Michigan Law has been regarded as one of the top law schools in the country. According to the 2008 edition of U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings, the Law School is ranked 8th overall. Along with Boalt Hall (University of California, Berkeley, School of Law), Michigan Law is ranked number one in the country among public law schools. Admission to the Law School is highly selective. Only one in five applicants to Michigan Law gain acceptance. The class of 2010 at Michigan possesses a median LSAT score of 169 (which places one within the top two to three percent of all test takers), and a median GPA of 3.64. U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ... Boalt Hall The UC Berkeley School of Law, commonly referred to as Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. ... Boalt Hall The UC Berkeley School of Law, commonly referred to as Boalt Hall, is one of 14 schools and colleges at the University of California, Berkeley. ... The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an examination administered by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), intended to provide law schools in the United States and Canada with (to quote LSAC) a standard measure of acquired reading and verbal reasoning skills that law schools can use as one of...

98% of the graduating class of 2006 was employed by graduation day, earning a median starting salary of $125,000. Additionally, 750 employers were present in Ann Arbor for the Law School’s Early Interview Week in August of 2006. Since 1991, Michigan Law has been the top public law school for United States Supreme Court Clerkships, placing 23 graduates in this position.


History of Michigan Law School

Michigan Law School was founded in 1859. Unlike other law schools whose programs developed slowly, Michigan quickly rose to national prominence. By 1870, Michigan was the largest law school in the country. The Law School boasts a long history of graduating women and minorities. In 1870 Gabriel Franklin Hargo graduated from Michigan as the second African American to graduate from a US law school. The school continued this tradition in 1871 when Sarah Killgore, a Michigan Law graduate, became the first woman to pass the bar. [1]

The University of Michigan Law Quad

The Lawyer's Club, Law Quadrangle, and Library reading room.
The Lawyer's Club, Law Quadrangle, and Library reading room.

The Romanesque buildings that comprise the Law Quadrangle are the foundation of one of the most picturesque law campuses in the nation. Built between 1924 and 1933 the four original buildings comprising the Cook Law Quadrangle were constructed using funds donated by William Cook, an alumnus of the school. The original buildings were: (1) Hutchins Hall, the main academic building named for former Dean of the Law School and President of the University, Harry Burns Hutchins; (2) The Legal Research Building, likely the largest building in the world devoted exclusively to a law library; (3) The John Cook Dormitory, providing housing for 352 students; and (4) The Lawyer’s Club, a meeting space for the residents of the Quad, highlighted by a Great Lounge, and a stunning dining room with a high-vaulted ceiling, an oak floor, and dark oak paneling.[2] In 2007, the University of Michigan Reading Room was named 94th on a list of "American's Favorite Buildings."[3] The building is one of only three law buildings on the list. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 406 KB) Summary Lawyers Club at the University of Michigan. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 406 KB) Summary Lawyers Club at the University of Michigan. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (1280x960, 323 KB) Summary View across the Quad of the Lawyers Club dorms at the University of Michigan Law School. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x960, 309 KB) Template:PD self University of Michigan Law Library Interior, taken by Kashkin and given to public domain. ... Harry Burns Hutchins was president of the University of Michigan (1909-1920). ...


Michigan Law School students publish six well-regarded law journals including the Michigan Law Review, the sixth oldest legal journal in the U.S. The other law journals include: A typical Michigan Law Review cover. ...

A typical University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform cover. ... The Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review (MTTLR) is one of six legal journals published under the auspices of the University of Michigan Law School. ...

Moot court competitions

Michigan Law School students may compete in intramural and extramural moot court competitions, the oldest of which is the Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition. The Campbell Competition has been an annual event at the Law School for more than eighty years, and winning it is one of the highest honors a UM law student can achieve.

Michigan Law's moot court competitions are:

  • Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition
  • Herbert J. Wechsler Criminal Moot Court Competition
  • Entertainment Media and Arts Moot Court Competition
  • Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • Jessup International Moot Court Competition
  • Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition

Affirmative Action litigation

In 2003, the United States Supreme Court upheld the University of Michigan Law School's affirmative action policy. In its opinion in Grutter v. Bollinger, the Court held that the United States Constitution permits the Law School to use racial background as a criterion in deciding whether or not to admit an applicant. However, in November 2006, voters in the State of Michigan made affirmative action illegal by passing Proposal 2 (Michigan Civil Rights Initiative), a state-wide referendum amending the Michigan Constitution. The amendment, however, contains an exception for actions that are mandated by federal law or that are necessary in order for an institution to receive federal funding. [4] The legality of Proposal 2 is the subject of pending litigation.[5] The Dean of the Law School, however, has publicly stated that while the Law School "will carefully monitor developments in the courts," the Law School "will modify [its] admissions process, . . . so that the factors listed in Proposal 2 will have no effect on decisionmaking."[6] The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C. The Supreme Court Building, Washington, D.C., (large image) The Supreme Court of the United States, located in Washington, D.C., is the highest court (see supreme court) in the United States; that is, it has ultimate judicial authority within the United States... Manifestations Slavery Racial profiling Lynching Hate speech Hate crime Genocide (examples) Ethnocide Ethnic cleansing Pogrom Race war Religious persecution Gay bashing Blood libel Paternalism Police brutality Movements Policies Discriminatory Race / Religion / Sex segregation Apartheid Redlining Internment Anti-discriminatory Emancipation Civil rights Desegregation Integration Equal opportunity Counter-discriminatory Affirmative action Racial... Holding University of Michigan Law School admissions program that gave special consideration for being a certain racial minority did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The United States Constitution The United States Constitution is the supreme law of the United States of America. ... MCRIs executive director Jennifer Gratz The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative (MCRI), or Proposal 2 (Michigan 06-2), was a ballot initiative in the U.S. state of Michigan that passed into Michigan Constitutional law by a 58% to 42% margin on November 7, 2006, according to results officially certified...

Notable alumni

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See also

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External links


  1. ^  University of Michigan: Diversity Research & Resources, Proposal 2 Information. Link to UM wesbite
  2. ^  Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action v. Granholm, No. 2:06-cv-15024 (E.D. Mi.) (Lawson); Nos. 06-2640, 06-2642 (6th Cir. 2007).
  3. ^  January 10, 2007 statement by Dean Evan Caminker. See statement here



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