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The above LSAT and GPA data pertain to the fall 2011 entering class.
|Class rankings and grades are transparent and formalized. In first-year courses and all upper-level courses with 40 or more students the mean GPA is obtained from the Registrar’s Office and counted along with final grades. The target mean range of the mean GPA is between 3.13 and 3.25. Any deviation needs a letter from the Associate Dean to justify the deviation. Such standards are not mandatory in upper-level courses where there are fewer than 40 students.
There is no formal seminar grading practice and they are more lenient than course grades, ranging between a B+ and an A+, while in normal first-year courses, the guidelines are for aggregate A+, A, and A- grades – any departure needs to be justified by unusual circumstances of a particular class.
In calculating individual grades, rounding to the nearest whole number is practiced. So, in theory, every student can end up with 4 A+’s once things are rounded off.
Graduate student status is held irrelevant for the determination of grades for course work and research work, and graduate students are amenable to the same substantive standards as for J.D. students.
|The Michigan Law School has a huge number of Award programs included but not limited to:
|The principal honors awarded to students at Michigan Law School include “Order of the Coif,” “summa cum laude,” “magna cum laude,” and “cum laude.”
The “Order of the Coif” requires a minimum of 62 credit hours in courses at the Law School which are fully graded and factored into their honor point average.
Data for 2010 Graduates employed full-time.
Areas of legal practice where Michigan law graduates are employed
|As in other big law schools, externships at the Michigan Law School is conducted under the guidance of a faculty sponsor and an attorney supervisor. Externships offer valuable learning opportunities and the University of Michigan Law School works with nonprofits and agencies like the Institute for Justice, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, the Food and Drug Administration, the Human Rights Law Network in India and the Financial Action Task Force in France.
The Michigan Law School also has special externships in other countries including externships in Geneva and South Africa. Students who are interested in externships nee to attend externship interest meetings that are held at the beginning of each semester.
Externship rules in the University of Michigan Law School include mandates that the student may not accept any payment for work done during the externship, but may accept reasonable out-of-pocket expense reimbursement. Externships are not allowed with any organization that works for profit or with a court as in judicial clerkship.
|The University of Michigan School of law supports paid internships and other supplementary financial support to students. Internships are available in different programs like the Cambodian and Refugee Law Programs and the Aire Centre, London.
The main sources of internships, however, are the following organizations that work with the law school to provide internships according to their own programmes, schedules and deadlines. Students are requested to contact listing sources and follow their guidelines for acquiring internships. Listed organizations offering internships at the Michigan School of Law include
Americorps National Service, Armenian Assembly of America (summer internship), The Baseball Hall of Fame (The Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program), The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc. (CBCF Congressional Internship Program – Summer Term), Michael Curry Internship Program, Federal Communications Bar Association Foundation (FCBA), Institute for Educational Equity & Opportunity ( IFEEO Summer Associate Award), Luce Scholars Program, The Robert Masur Fellowship for Civil Liberties (Robert Masur Fellowship), National Lawyers Guild Summer Internships, Morris K. Udall Foundation (Native American Congressional Internship Program), Washington College of Law (Washington, D.C. Summer Programs), and others.
|As, the Michigan Law School declares on its website clinical programs mean “Real-world experience with real impact.” For more than 30 years the Michigan School of Law has been offering clinical programs across a wide array of topics. The law school offers 14 clinics and student enrollment has doubled in the programs over the past five years. Clinical programs offer great opportunities for interdisciplinary and cross-border experience enriching students with better and broader perspectives of the application of law. The clinics also help to build greater public service commitments in students.
Current clinical programs of the Michigan School of Law include: The Child Advocacy Law Clinic, The Community and Economic Development Clinic, The Criminal Appellate Practice Clinic, The Entrepreneurship Clinic, The Environmental Law Clinic, The Federal Appellate Litigation Clinic, The General Clinic, The Human Trafficking Clinic, The Juvenile Justice Clinic, The International Transactions Clinic, The Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, The Mediation Clinic, The Michigan Innocence Clinic, and the Pediatric Advocacy Initiative.
|At the University of Michigan School of Law, moot courts are open to both second and third-year students. First year students have instead of moot courts, one oral appellate argument and brief as part of the Legal Practice class.
There are a number of moot court competitions to prepare students better for public speaking and submission of arguments. Current moot court competitions held by the Michigan School of Law include the Campbell Competition, the Child Welfare Law Moot Court Competition, the Criminal Law moot court competition, the Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition, the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Native American Law Students Association Competition and competitions in other areas of law like Environmental law and Entertainment Media and Arts.
|The University of Michigan Law School encourages students to pick up and develop their logical and writing skills and conducts regular and provisional law journals as platforms for student thought and expression. Regular journals at the Michigan School of Law include the Michigan Law Review, the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Michigan Journal of International Law, the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, and the Michigan Telecommunications and Technology Law Review. Provisional journals supported by the law school include the Michigan Journal of Environmental and Administrative Law and the Michigan Journal of Private Equity & Venture Capital Law.
|As one of the oldest law schools in U.S., the Michigan School of Law has an almost endless list of noted alumni. A few of the foremost, after leaving out most of the judges, senators, representatives and high officials, still include:|
|In the news|
|University of Michigan Law School Building Receives LEED Gold Certification|
|The Law School South Hall academic building at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor has been awarded the LEED Gold certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is an internationally recognized certificate of sustainable green building design. Awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED certification means that the Law School South Hall building passes the highest international benchmarks in measurable green building design, construction, maintenance and operations.
Sarah Bullard, one of the students who graduated in 2010 and were among the students who actively engaged in the sustainability project and urged the school to seek LEED certification told the media, “All along, we wanted to make sure the new building was beautiful but also sustainable, and for the Law School to be mindful of its impact, … and I'm very happy that we were able to not just meet our goal of getting LEED certification, but to exceed it."
Evan Caminker, the dean of the UM Law School said “We are very pleased by the LEED Gold certification, and also veryproud of how we went about achieving it … We wanted to make sure everything we were doing was sensibleand appropriate for the building, as well as sustainable. We made an effort to seek LEED points by doing only things that would work well for the building and the people who use and maintain it."
The 100,000 square-feet building houses classrooms, clinical spaces, multi-purpose spaces and the offices of Law School faculty. The offices of many law school administrators are also housed in the building.
The LEED Gold certification takes into account that the Law School building at South Hall has:
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The University of Michigan is extremely conscious about sustainability and ‘green’ concepts. Terry Alexander, the executive director of the university’s Office of Campus Sustainability told the media “This LEED Gold certification for the Law School addition is another example of the commitment from the University of Michigan toward sustainability in all that we do," said Alexander. "It also is an example of the great team of people we have at U-M. By combining the expertise from the Architecture, Engineering and Construction group, the Law School, our Occupational Safety and Environmental Health and Plant Operations professionals along with our external partners, we were able to go beyond what we thought possible to deliver a wonderful building that is environmentally friendly.”
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