The School of Law at University of Montana

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Lori Freeman
Application deadline March 15
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at University of Montana

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 45.7% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.44
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 45.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-157
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.23-3.62
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.44
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 155

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

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
MBA
MPA
EVST
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
All third-year students practice in a public interest setting, either in an in-house clinic at the law school or under the supervision of an attorney in the community. Students apply the skills and knowledge from their first two years of law school to a practice setting where they are challenged to identify and resolve legal, ethical and professionalism issues faced in practice.
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 69
Seminars 25
Positions available in seminars 370
Positions available in simulation courses 80
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 26
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The University of Montana School of Law sponsors four moot court teams, and trial, negotiations and client counseling teams. Montana is a consistent contender both regionally and nationally. We are proud of our teams’ outstanding performance in interscholastic competitions. We owe our success to the dedication of our coaches, the quality of our students, and our unique curriculum.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 43
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year “small section” N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 323
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 80
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 16
Full-time students involved in field placements 73
Full-time students involved in law journals 48
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 29
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 13

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)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 0
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 0
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 0
Part-time students involved in field placements 0
Part-time students involved in law journals 0
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 0
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 0

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 15.0:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 27
Full-time minority faculty 15.4%
Part-time minority faculty 7.1%
Total faculty 34
Total faculty (men) 55.9%
Total faculty (women) 44.1%
Total faculty (minorities) 8.8%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#145 Best Law Schools

Law Ranking Scores

Score 31
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.0
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.4
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.23-3.62
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.44
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-157
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 155
Acceptance rate 45.7% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 15.0:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 31.2% – Low
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 76.6% – Low
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 91.2% – Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MT
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 93.5%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 252

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 252

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) N/A
Gender distribution (part-time) N/A

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

First-year students discontinuing law school 1.2%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 7.0%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.1%
Female students discontinuing law school 3.6%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Connie Bowman
Financial aid phone (406) 243-5524
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $11,578 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $27,513 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $12,840
Books $1,200
Miscellaneous expenses N/A
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 24.6%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 7.1%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.6%
Median grant amount $3,600
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $2,000–$5,900
Full-time students receiving grants 33.3%

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 $63,962
Proportion who borrowed 83.3%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 28,537
Microform titles 963
Electronic titles 1,404
Other non-book titles 796
Total titles 31,700
Volumes (excluding microforms) 102,264
Volume equivalent microforms 33,271
Total volumes and volume equivalents 135,535
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
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 77
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 40
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 37
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 77
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 17
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 40
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 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 40
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 35

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) 2
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 48
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 12
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 114
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? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 19,641
Total seats available for library users 360
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) As the School of Law enters its second century of preparing students for the practice of law and community leadership, we have renovated and expanded our building. Our students enjoy new classrooms, formal and informal study spaces, clinic and student-group offices, and student lounge and community areas. Students also take advantage of cutting-edge educational technology.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MT
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 91.2% – Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 93.5%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 77
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 31.2%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 76.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 58.4%
Graduates whose employment status is known 41.6%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 31.2%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 10.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work N/A
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work N/A

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 5.2%
Graduates whose employment status is known 94.8%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 76.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 10.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 6.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.3%

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

25th percentile private sector starting salary $43,000
Median private sector starting salary $48,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $56,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 44%
Median public service starting salary $43,164

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 0.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 5.1%
Percent employed in government 6.8%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 27.1%
Percent employed in law firms N/A
Percent employed in public interest 3.4%
Percent employed in an unknown field 3.4%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 83%
Graduates employed out-of-state 17.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 9
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) N/A
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) N/A
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) N/A
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.7%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 3.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) N/A
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) N/A
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 8.5%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 86.4%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations UM’s Career Services facilitates the job search process for our students seeking a summer internship, part-time employment during the school year, or permanent employment. We assist with the development of resumes and cover letters; notify students of legal positions; organize on-campus recruitment events; and present career workshops.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 91.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 93.8%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 3.5%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 50.0%
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) 2.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
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) 3.5%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%

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