Marquette University Law School

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Sean Reilly
Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $50
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 46.1% – Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.35
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 157

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 48.9%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 154-159
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.03-3.54
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.37
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 157

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 21.3%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-157
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.94-3.57
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.29
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 156

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.A. Philosophy
J.D./M.A. Political Science J.D./Certificate in Dispute Resolution
J.D./M.A. International Affairs J.D./M.B.A. Sports Business
J.D./M.A. History of Philosophy
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Marquette students have the opportunity to develop legal skills in one of the school’s clinical programs. Students participate in internships with a variety of governmental and legal services agencies, as well as in internships with trial and appellate judges. Students may focus their studies in specific doctrinal areas including dispute resolution, intellectual property, and sports law.
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 145
Seminars 27
Positions available in seminars 405
Positions available in simulation courses 624
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 76
Student activities (as provided by the school)
The Law School sponsors four student-edited journals: The Marquette Law Review, the Intellectual Property Law Review, the Sports Law Review, and the Elders’ Advisor. Students may also participate in intramural and regional and national moot court competitions and client skills competitions and may earn recognition at graduation for participation in the Pro Bono Society.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 69
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 53
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 244
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 440
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 52
Full-time students involved in field placements 204
Full-time students involved in law journals 105
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 43
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 14

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 35
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 61
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 110
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 13
Part-time students involved in field placements 51
Part-time students involved in law journals 26
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 13
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 3

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 15.5:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 75
Full-time minority faculty 11.1%
Part-time minority faculty 7.7%
Total faculty 86
Total faculty (men) 55.8%
Total faculty (women) 44.2%
Total faculty (minorities) 9.3%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#96 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#7 in Dispute Resolution
#58 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#19 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 43
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.4
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.03-3.55
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.35
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 154-159
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 157
Acceptance rate 46.1% – Medium
Student-faculty ratio 15.5:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 50.9% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 87.6% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 100.0% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar WI
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.3%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 730

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 586

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 144

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

First-year students discontinuing law school 5.5%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.9%
Third-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.8%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.2%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Susan Teerink
Financial aid phone (414) 288-7390
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $37,570 per year
Part-time: $22,500 per year
Room and board $13,115
Books $1,500
Miscellaneous expenses $4,615
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? No
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? No
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 38.9%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 11.4%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.9%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $7,750
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $4,000–$16,000
Full-time students receiving grants 51.2%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 36.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.7%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $4,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,500–$10,150
Part-time students receiving grants 36.8%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $117,094
Proportion who borrowed 100.0%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 48,806
Microform titles 122,925
Electronic titles 26,925
Other non-book titles 1,004
Total titles 199,660
Volumes (excluding microforms) 222,349
Volume equivalent microforms 168,510
Total volumes and volume equivalents 390,859
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 82
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 82
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 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 82
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 18
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 52
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 52
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 52
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule N/A

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 4
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 20
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 28
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 20
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 39
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 23,350
Total seats available for library users 445
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Marquette Law School’s new home, Eckstein Hall, features a library without borders, a trial courtroom, a forum that encourages engagement between faculty and students. It’s where students are taught to provide skillful counsel. Where they are asked difficult questions. Where they learn that justice has a place in society. It’s where tomorrow’s leaders are preparing today.

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar WI
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 100.0% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 92.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 234
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 50.9%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 87.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.3%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 50.9%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 45.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.7%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.3%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 87.6%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.4%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 10.3%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

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

25th percentile private sector starting salary $45,000
Median private sector starting salary $55,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $87,750
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 59%
Median public service starting salary $49,429

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 1.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 21.0%
Percent employed in government 10.7%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 2.9%
Percent employed in law firms 59.0%
Percent employed in public interest 5.4%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 77%
Graduates employed out-of-state 23.4%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed N/A
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.5%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.5%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 85.8%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 2.5%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 3.4%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.5%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 2.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 2.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Planning Center offers students and alumni the following: individual career planning and advising, fall and spring on-campus interview programs, a comprehensive resource library, interactive skills workshops, a monthly newsletter, career and job search-related speakers and panel discussions, mock interviews, online jobs bulletins, and an alumni network of career advisers.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 76.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 94.2%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 12.3%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 88.0%
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) 11.3%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 73.9%
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) 0.5%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%