University of Notre Dame Law School

University of Notre Dame Law School

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The University of Notre Dame Law School is a private, Catholic law school located in South Bend, Indiana. Founded in 1869, it is the oldest Roman Catholic law school in the United States. The Law School offers various J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D programs that emphasize rigorous academic study and the development of professional skills in preparation for a career in the legal profession. The school’s faculty includes renowned scholars in fields such as constitutional law, intellectual property, international law, criminal justice, and business law. Notre Dame Law School also offers an array of clinical programs and experiential learning opportunities to help students gain practical experience while developing their legal skills. The Law School is known for its strong commitment to ethics and public service, which are embedded into its curricula and culture.

This page focuses on national rankings, acceptance rates, program costs, and merit-based scholarships of University of Notre Dame Law School, an accredited law program in the United States.

Parent school: University of Notre Dame
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic (Congregation of Holy Cross)
Established: 1869
School type: Private
Parent endowment: $13.1 billion
Dean: G. Marcus Cole
Location: Notre Dame, Indiana, U.S.
Enrollment: 599 (2019)

Ranking: University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame Law School has been consistently ranked among the top law schools in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Notre Dame Law School as the 18th best law school in the country and 8th best among public law schools. The school’s specialty programs have also earned high rankings, with its legal writing program ranking 5th in the nation and its intellectual property program ranking 4th. Notre Dame Law School is also recognized for its commitment to public service, with its clinical programs earning a #3 ranking from U.S. News & World Report and its alumni achieving high scores on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). Additionally, Notre Dame Law School boasts an impressive employement rate of 97%. With a bar passage rate of over 97%, graduates of Notre Dame Law School are well-prepared to enter into successful careers in law and public service.

Top Law Schools of 2020
Score 65
Peer assessment score (5.0 highest) 3.3
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (5.0 highest) 3.8
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 3.42-3.78
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 163-166
Overall acceptance rate 23.0%
Student/faculty ratio 13.4
Graduates employed at graduation 88.1%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 99.0%
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 88.6%
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar IL
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 88.6%

Tuition & Scholarships: University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame Law School offers a variety of tuition and scholarship options to help students finance their legal education. Tuition at the law school is set at a flat rate for all students, regardless of residency status. This means that out-of-state students pay the same tuition as in-state students. The cost of tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year is $60,817. Financial aid is available in the form of grants and scholarships, as well as loans and work study programs. Notre Dame Law School offers generous merit scholarships to its incoming class each year, with awards ranging from full tuition to partial tuition depending upon an applicant’s credentials. These merit scholarships are renewable for up to three years based on academic performance and other criteria. Additionally, Notre Dame Law School has several need-based scholarships available for those who qualify. These awards are also renewable each year up to three years based on academic performance and other criteria such as financial need.

Financial Aid Office Information
Financial aid application deadline 02/15
Financial aid director Melissa Fruscione
Financial aid telephone (574) 631-6626
2019-2020 Expenses
Tuition Full-time: $37,650 per year
Room and board $8,300
Books $1,350
Miscellaneous expenses $6,600
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? No
2019 Grants
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 55.2%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 18.1%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of full tuition 0.4%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Percentage of full-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Percentage of part-time students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
25th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $10,000
Median grant amount of aid per full-time recipient (50th percentile) $13,000
75th percentile grant amount of aid per full-time recipient $18,000
25th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient N/A
Median grant amount of aid per part-time recipient (50th percentile) N/A
75th percentile grant amount of aid per part-time recipient N/A
Indebtedness
Average indebtedness of 2019 graduates who incurred law school debt $83,200
Proportion who borrowed 88.2%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2019 J.D. graduates? Yes

University of Notre Dame Law School