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University of Michigan Law School

Established 1859
Type Public
Endowment US$248 million(2000)
Dean Evan Caminker
Academic staff 81
Students 1,100
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Campus Urban

The University of Michigan Law School (Michigan Law) is the law school of the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor. Founded in 1859, the school has an enrollment of about 1,200 students, most of whom are in search of Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Master of Laws (LL.M.) degrees, while the school also offers a Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) degree. The Law School has 81 full-time staff members (60 tenured and tenure-track and 21 in clinical and legal practice).

The law school has graduated the late U.S. Supreme Court Justices Frank Murphy, William Rufus Day, & George Sutherland, as well as a number of heads of states & corporate executives. The school places more graduates in Supreme Court clerkships than any other public law school in the US. Michigan Law has also placed 30 of its graduates on the state's Supreme Court, counting 5 who served as Chief Justice.


Michigan Law was ranked 3 in the first U.S. News & World Report law school rankings in 1987, only below Yale and Harvard, and is one of seven schools never to emerge outside the magazine's top 10. In the 2010 U.S. News ranking, Michigan Law is ranked 9th. Other 2009 rankings place Michigan as high as second. Only Yale Law School, Harvard Law School, and Columbia Law School have graduated more Supreme Court Justices than Michigan Law, and Michigan Law has placed more Supreme Court law clerks than any other public law school, with over 50 to date. Michigan Law is also in the midst of the handful of schools regularly sending substantial numbers of graduates into law teaching.

Admission to Michigan Law is highly selective, with only 18% of applicants accepted. The most recent class to matriculate has a median LSAT of 169 (top 2 to 3% of test takers) and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.73. About 99.8 percent of the graduating class of 2008 was employed by graduation, earning a median starting salary of $160,000. About 750 employers were present in Ann Arbor for the Law School's Early Interview Week in August 2006. The majority of Michigan Law grads work in New York, Illinois, California, Washington, D.C. and Michigan.


The Law School was founded in 1859, and rapidly rose to national prominence. By 1870, Michigan was the main law school in the country.

In 1870, Gabriel Franklin Hargo graduated from Michigan as the second African-American to graduate from law school in the United States. In 1871 Sarah Killgore, a Michigan Law graduate, became the first woman to both graduate from law school and be admitted to the bar.

While the law school is part of the public University of Michigan, only three percent of the law school's expenses are covered by state funds. The remainder (97-98% of Michigan Law's budget) is complete by private gifts, tuition, and endowments.

As of 2009, Michigan Law is engaging in a $102 million dollar enterprise, constructing an addition to the law building that remains loyal to the English Gothic style. This enterprise is fully funded by endowments and private gifts. 2009 also marked the school's sesquicentennial celebration. As a part of the festivities, Chief Justice John Roberts visited the school and participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new building.

Law Quad

The Law Quadrangle is designed in the English Gothic style.

Built between 1924 and 1933 by the architectural firm York and Sawyer with funds donated by William Cook (an alumnus), the Cook Law Quadrangle include 4 buildings:

* Hutchins Hall, the main academic building, named for former Dean of the Law School and President of the University, Harry Burns Hutchins
* The Legal Research Building. In 2007, the University of Michigan Reading Room was named 94th on a list of "American's Favorite Buildings." The building is one of only three law buildings on the list.
* John Cook Dormitory
* The Lawyer's Club, providing supplementary dormitory rooms and a meeting space for the residents of the Quad; highlighted by a Great Lounge, and a dining room with a high-vaulted ceiling, an oak floor, and dark oak paneling.
* In 2009, Robert and Ann Aikens made a $10 million gift to the University of Michigan Law School for the school's ongoing building expansion and renewal project. The Aikens' gift will assist fund construction that expands instructional space at the historic Law Quadrangle for the first time since the school's main classroom building opened in 1933. The Law School will name the new commons the Robert B. Aikens Commons.


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:

  • University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform
  • Michigan Journal of International Law
  • Michigan Journal of Gender & Law
  • Michigan Journal of Race & Law,
  • Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review

Moot court competitions

Students may participate in intramural & extramural moot court competitions, the oldest of which is the esteemed Henry M. Campbell Moot Court Competition, an eighty-year tradition at the Law School.
Student Funded Fellowships

Student Funded Fellowships (SFF) is a program designed to fund Michigan Law students who accept public interest summer jobs with low pay. SFF is governed by a board of 9-12 law students & operates independently of the Law School. The Board elects its own members, including two co-chairs, a treasurer, and various committee chairs. Board members head fundraising efforts during the year, ranging from Donate a Day's Pay (DADP), in which highly paid law firm clerks donate a day's income to SFF, to a grand auction in March that invites bids on different donated items, including sports tickets, meals with faculty members, and art. In the late spring, Board members review applications for summer funding & select a limited number of highly qualified students for grants. In 2007 about twice as many students applied for grants as could be funded.

Notable faculty

* Dean Evan Caminker
* Dean Emeritus Theodore J. St. Antoine
* Associate Dean and Professor Mark D. West
* Professor Phoebe C. Ellsworth
* Professor Emeritus Yale Kamisar
* Professor James E. Krier
* Professor Jessica Litman
* Professor Catharine MacKinnon
* Professor Margaret Radin
* Professor James Boyd White
* Professor James J. White

Notable alumni

* Ralph W. Aigler (J.D. 1907), Nationally known expert on property, member of U-M faculty, 1910–1954; also inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor
* Ronald J. Allen (J.D. 1973), Northwestern University John Henry Wigmore Professor of Law, one of only 4 Americans to be designated as a Yangtze River Scholar (China's highest academic award, which was formerly only for Nobel Laureates) in 2007. Allen is the first law prof. to obtain the award, which usually goes to scientists or economists.
* Edgardo Angara (LLM 1964), former president of the University of the Philippines and Senate President of the Philippines.
* Susanne Baer, (LLM 1993) has been elected to the German Federal Constitutional Court.
* Melody Barnes, (J.D. 1989) Director of the President's Domestic Policy Council
* Lester Bird (LLB 1959), Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda
* Steven G. Bradbury (J.D. 1988), former Acting Assistant Attorney General (Office of Legal Counsel)
* Nicole (Niki) Burnham (J.D. 1994), Author, RITA award winner
* Harold G. Christensen (LAW: JD 1951) Deputy US Attorney General, 1988–89
* William W. Cook (LAW: JD 1882), heavily published and cited author of textbooks on corporate law; donor of the quadrangle to Michigan
* Mike Cox (J.D. 1989), Michigan Attorney General, 2003 -
* Ann Coulter (J.D. 1988), Political personality, author
* George Crockett Jr. (LAW: 1934) Civil Rights activist; helped found the National Lawyers Guild. First African American lawyer hired by the Department of Labor. Recorder's Court Judge, Detroit, Michigan, 1966–74; U.S. House of Representatives (D-Mich.), 1980 - 1991.
* Clarence Darrow (attended), famous trial lawyer; defense counsel in in the Scopes Monkey Trial and Leopold and Loeb
* Harry M. Daugherty (LL.B. 1880), Republican Party boss, member of the "Ohio Gang". US Attorney General, 1921–24
* William R. Day (LL.B. 1870), United States Secretary of State, 1898; United States Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1903–1922
* Robert L. Eastaugh, (J.D. 1968), Justice, Alaska Supreme Court
* Harry T. Edwards (J.D. 1965), former chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
* Larry Elder (J.D. 1977), syndicated radio and television talk show host
* Jeffrey L. Fisher (J.D. 1997), Stanford Law School professor and prevailing counsel in Crawford v. Washington and Blakely v. Washington and other important Supreme Court cases.
* Harold Ford, Jr. (J.D. 1996) - former U.S. Representative from Tennessee; Democratic Leadership Council chair
* Ralph M. Freeman (LL.B. 1926), Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
* John J. Gardner (attended 1866-1867) - U.S. Representative from New Jersey; mayor of Atlantic City
* Ralph F. Gates (J.D. 1917), 37th governor of Indiana
* Richard Gephardt (J.D. 1965) - U.S. Representative from Missouri (1977–2005). Served as House Majority Leader from 1989 to 1995, and as Minority Leader from 1995 to 2003.
* Chuck Greenberg - Owner, CEO of the Texas Rangers
* Jay Gorney (LL.B. 1919), Tin Pan Alley songwriter who co-wrote Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?; blacklisted during McCarthy era.
* Michael W. Grebe (J.D. 1970), President of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation; Regent of the University of Wisconsin System (as President)
* Wycliffe Grousbeck (J.D. 1986), Owner of the Boston Celtics.
* James P. Hoffa (LL.B. 1966) - President, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
* Vice Admiral James W. Houck (J.D. 1985) - Judge Advocate General of the United States Navy
* Valerie Jarrett, (J.D. 1981) Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama
* Amalya Lyle Kearse (J.D. 1962) - Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
* Cornelia Groefsema Kennedy (J.D. 1947) - Senior Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
* Raymond Kethledge (J.D. 1993) - Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
* Eric Paul Lefkofsky (J.D. 1993) (born September, 1969) is a U.S.-born serial entrepreneur. An Angel investor in Groupon, he is currently president of Blue Media, LLC, a Chicago-based private equity and consulting firm.
* Jeffrey Lehman (J.D. 1981) 11th President of Cornell
* Brian Leiter (J.D. 1987), Professor, University of Chicago
* J. Thomas McCarthy (J.D. 1963), Author of McCarthy's Treatise on Trademark and Unfair Competition
* Charles Edward Merrill (1906–1907), Co-Founded stock brokerage firm Merrill Lynch (NYSE MER) with Edmund C. Lynch. Worked at Merrill Lynch 1914-56
* Jeffrey P. Minear (J.D. 1982) is Counselor to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr..
* Frank Murphy (LL.B. 1914), United States Attorney General, 1939, and United States Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1940–1949
* Ronald L. Olson (J.D. 1967) is an American attorney and "name partner" in the Los Angeles office of the law firm of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.
* Rob Pelinka (J.D. 1996), sports agent, best known for representing Kobe Bryant
* John Porter (J.D. 1961), United States Representative from Illinois, 1980–2001
* Rob Portman (J.D. 1984), Director of the Office of Management and Budget. In 2010, the United States Senator-elect from the state of Ohio.
* Clark T Randt, Jr. (JD 1975), United States ambassador to China (2001–2009)
* Branch Rickey (LL.B. 1911), Major League Baseball executive and Hall of Famer; created the modern minor league system and signed Jackie Robinson to a contract, breaking the sport's 20th-century color line.
* Richard Riordan (J.D. 1956), Mayor of Los Angeles, 1993–2001
* John M. Rogers (J.D. 1974), Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.
* Ken Salazar (J.D. 1981), former U.S. Senator from Colorado and current United States Secretary of the Interior.
* Miriam Defensor Santiago (LL.M. 1975, S.J.D. 1976) - member of the Senate of the Philippines
* Anthony Joseph Scirica (J.D. 1965), Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
* Ma. Lourdes Aranal Sereno (LL.M. 1993) is a Filipino jurist, lawyer and law professor. In August 2010, she was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
* Alvin V. Shoemaker ( LLB 1963), Chairman of First Boston 1983-1989
* Cynthia Leitich Smith (J.D. 1994), author
* Rick Snyder - (J.D. 1982) Former CEO of Gateway; in 2010, Governor elect of Michigan
* George Sutherland (attended 1891), United States Supreme Court Justice
* Masaaki Tanaka (LL.M), President and Chief Executive Officer of UnionBanCal Corporation and its principal subsidiary, Union Bank of California (NYSEUB).
* Daniel Tarullo (J.D. 1977), member of Board of Governors of the United States Federal Reserve Board since January 28, 2009
* William Wheeler Thornton (LL.B. 1876), Judge, Author, Indiana Deputy Attorney General, Indiana State Supreme Ct. Librarian
* John M. Walker, Jr. (J.D. 1966), former Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
* Moses Fleetwood Walker (attended 1881-1882) - Baseball player and author; first African-American to play major league professional baseball
* David Westin (J.D. 1977) - President of ABC News
* James J. White (J.D. 1962) - Robert A. Sullivan Professor of Law at Michigan Law; expert on the Uniform Commercial Code
* Ralph Wilson - owner, Buffalo Bills
* Bob Woodruff (J.D. 1987) - journalist; ABC News anchor
* Sam Zell (LSA B.A. 1963; J.D. 1966) - land developer; founder of Equity Office Properties; former National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts chairman and current Chairman and mass owner of the Tribune Company.

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