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University of Wisconsin Law School

University of Wisconsin Law School

+1 608-262-2240

University of Wisconsin Law School 975 Bascom Mall Madison, WI 53706

The University of Wisconsin Law School was founded in 1868 in Madison, Wisconsin. This public institution has an acceptance rate of 35.15%. 1,867 prospective students applied to join the program in fall of 2021. 675 applications were accepted, and 264 new students chose to enroll. Students represent 122 undergraduate institutions and 32 states.

Students at the University of Wisconsin Law School have a median LSAT score of 164 and a median GPA of 3.65. Students are 25 years old, on average (ranging from 20 to 54). 27% are of minority backgrounds and 50% are women.

Tuition is $30,282 for in-state students and $48,978 for out-of-state students. Scholarship awards are determined based on academic merit, financial need, and personal qualities and accomplishments.

The school offers seven concentrations. These are Criminal Law, Family Law, Estate Planning, International & Comparative Law, Labor & Employment Law, Real Estate Law, and Business Law. Additionally, there are a few certificate options including a Certificate in Business, Environment, & Social Responsibility, a Certificate in Entrepreneurship, and a Certificate in Strategic Innovation. Further, students interested in a dual degree may pursue a joint degree in nearly any subject area.

While enrolled, students may participate in an externship allowing them to gain experience in a legal setting while in school. Students have worked in judge’s offices, law firms, nonprofit organizations, and government organizations. The Lawyering Skills course also provides simulations and allows students to learn oral communication, writing for practice, client counseling, and negotiation in a supervised setting.

On campus students may participate in intramural sports, moot court, mock trial competitions, professional organizations, and more.

95.1% of all students find employment within ten months of graduation. Graduates from the school earn a median salary of . 81 students from the class of 2021 are employed in small law firms (250 or less) and 34 are employed in large law firms (251 or more). 60% of those who take the bar exam, pass it within two years of graduation.

Most graduates work in Wisconsin, Illinois, or Minnesota. 224 students from the class of 2021 are working in a position where passing the bar is required and 19 are working in a position where holding a JD is an advantage. 4 are working in federal clerkships and 16 are working in state, local, or territorial clerkships. 25 are employed in business or industry, 39 are employed in government, and 47 are employed in public interest.

The school’s slogan is “law in action” and they believe in teaching all students the dynamics of law and how it may affect social change.

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3 Years

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    • First Generation Students: -
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    • Average age(years): 25
    • Minority students: 27%
    • Women: 50%
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    • Graduates that passed the bar exam within 2 years: 60%
    • Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 250 and less: 81
    • Number of graduates employed by law firms (by size) 251 and above: 34
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