The Law School at University of Wisconsin–Madison

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Rebecca Scheller
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $56
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Law School at University of Wisconsin--Madison

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 26.4% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.67
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 163

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 25.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-165
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.34-3.78
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.67
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 163

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
Dual Degree:Law & Public Affairs Dual Degree:Law & Philosophy
Dual Degree:Law & Library & Info Study Dual Degree:Law & Sociology/Rural Sociol
Dual Degree:Law & Ibero-American Studies Dual Degree:Law & Political Science
Dual Degree:Law & Business Master’s Dual Degree:Law & French
Dual Degree:Law & Environmental Studies Dual Degree:Law & Educational Leadership
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Clinical Program participation is strongly encouraged; majority of students participate in clinics or externships. Many dual-degrees (JD & MA/PhD) available, incl: Public Affairs, Business, Enviromental, Library & Info Studies. Many study-abroad opportunities are available, incl established exchanges in Europe (5), Africa (1), South America (3) and Asia (1). Core courses offered in summer.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 178
Seminars 88
Positions available in seminars 1,289
Positions available in simulation courses 818
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 443
Student activities (as provided by the school)
More than 30 student orgs. provide outstanding opportunities outside the classroom. Students develop leadership/lawyering skills, become involved in community & contribute to public interest initiatives. Moot court & mock trial are large, active programs. The competitions enable students to gain advocacy experience. There are 3 journals: WI Law Rev., WI Int’l L.J. & WI J. of Law, Gender & Society.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 52
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 20
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 995
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 694
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 420
Full-time students involved in field placements 256
Full-time students involved in law journals 176
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 171
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 166

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 11.2:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 127
Full-time minority faculty 17.5%
Part-time minority faculty 7.1%
Total faculty 143
Total faculty (men) 52.4%
Total faculty (women) 47.6%
Total faculty (minorities) 11.2%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#35 Best Law Schools

(1) Ranking by Specialties

#32 in Law Firms Rank Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 64
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.7
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.34-3.78
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.67
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 158-165
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 163
Acceptance rate 26.4% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 11.2:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 72.0% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 93.0% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 99.2% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar WI
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.3%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 792

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 748

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 44

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 5.7%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.4%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.3%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.6%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Rebecca Scheller
Financial aid phone (608) 262-5914
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $19,683 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $38,811 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $1,645 per credit (in-state)
Part-time: $3,239 per credit (out-of-state)
Room and board $9,370
Books $2,340
Miscellaneous expenses $6,320
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 25.4%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 13.2%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.8%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 3.2%
Median grant amount $10,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $7,000–$19,536
Full-time students receiving grants 42.6%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $66,987
Proportion who borrowed 82.3%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 182,921
Microform titles 131,824
Electronic titles 36,028
Other non-book titles 1,433
Total titles 352,206
Volumes (excluding microforms) 467,966
Volume equivalent microforms 174,057
Total volumes and volume equivalents 642,023
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 25,611
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 104
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 69
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 29
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 69
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 10
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 86
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 65
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 15
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 65
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 6

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 5
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 333
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 184
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 9
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 54,072
Total seats available for library users 613
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Law School is at the heart of campus, near capitol, state & federal courts, & legal employers. Library is attractive, comfortable space for individual/group study. Hours & svcs are geared to needs of Law School community. Most classrooms are small, intimate & designed for the 1st-yr small-class program & seminar-size courses. We have appellate & trial courtrooms. Classroom tech recently upgraded.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar WI
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 99.2% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 257
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 72.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 93.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.8%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 72.0%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 23.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.8%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 93.0%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 3.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 1.9%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.4%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $50,000
Median private sector starting salary $105,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $145,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 45%
Median public service starting salary $50,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 2.5%
Percent employed in business and industry 10.0%
Percent employed in government 23.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 4.6%
Percent employed in law firms 50.2%
Percent employed in public interest 9.6%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 58%
Graduates employed out-of-state 38.9%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 3%
Number of states where graduates are employed 28
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.8%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 4.6%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 67.8%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 5.9%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 7.5%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.4%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.7%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 6.7%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 1.3%
Employment location unknown 0.8%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Four lawyers provide personal attention and individualized career counseling to help students explore their interests and learn job search strategies. Special JD adviser works with students interested in public service careers or judicial clerkships. Employers across the country come for on-campus interviewing. School participates in off-campus recruiting including in NY/Northeast, DC, and CA.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 87.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 96.2%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 5.4%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 5.4%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 92.3%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 2.2%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 20.0%

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