MSU Law School

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The Michigan State University College of Law, established in 1891 as the Detroit College of Law, was the first law school in the Detroit, Michigan area and the second in the state of Michigan. The college opened in 1892 with 69 students and was incorporated in 1893. It claims to be the oldest continuously operating independent law school in the United States. The college became affiliated with Michigan State University in 1995 to take advantage of enhanced facilities and association with a Big Ten institution. It relocated to East Lansing, Michigan in 1997, when the original building was demolished to make way for Comerica Park.

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MSU Law School Admissions

MSU Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 47% of its applicants. Comparatively, Msu is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 2506 1162 (46.37%) 280 (11.2%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.19 3.46 3.72
LSAT 150 154 157

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $39,353 $39,353
Part Time $29,854 $29,854

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $15,974
  • Living off-campus: $15,974
  • Living at home: $15,974

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/20
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 02/28
  • Application Fee: $60

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MSU Law School Community

MSU Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Msu is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 52
  • Part Time: 49


  • # Female Faculty: 48
  • # Minority Faculty: 16


15.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

MSU Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. MSU Law School 1L section size is 11% larger than law schools in Michigan and 14% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

MSU Law School: 170
Michigan Average: 152
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 903
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 234

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 253
  • Law Journals: 194
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 10.1%
  • Second Year: 1.4%
  • Third Year: 0.4%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

MSU Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The MSU Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 97% with 2% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 71.8%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 35.0%
  • Business: 25.0%
  • Government: 14.0%
  • Public Interest: 13.0%
  • Academia: 7.0%
  • Michigan: 51%
  • New York: 4%
  • Texas: 4%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 71.8%
  • First Time Takers: 315
  • Average School: 79.6%
  • Average State: 71.9%
  • Pass Difference: 7.7%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Michigan: 68.8%
  • Passed: 124 of 147 (84.4%)
  • State Average: 71.9%
  • Difference: 15.5%