Michigan State University College of Law

Michigan State University College of Law

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Michigan State University College of Law was founded as Detroit College of Law and was the first law school in Detroit. It moved to East Lansing in 1997, and took upon it the name of the state university. But it only recently announced it would become part of that university in 2018.  

The school offers several clinics with 10 clinical practice areas and 150 externship sites domestically and abroad. The moot court and advocacy board give students the opportunity to argue before real judges and attorneys to help polish their skills. Its moot court program is one of the tops in the region. The school's externship offerings include a semester-long program in Washington, D.C., as well as placements throughout the country.

Michigan State offers a focus in 13 practice areas, including four areas where it is a top law school — intellectual property (A), business law (A-), family law (A-) and taxation (B+). 

It offers a U.S.-Canadian dual degree that allows graduates to take the bar exam in both countries. 

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75th Percentile1563.72
25th Percentile1503.16
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$28,640$28,640
Living Expenses
Median grant$25112
Percent receiving grants76.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 84.80%
NJ Employment77
Bar Passage81.37%
Academic Profile
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy