Michigan State University College of Law

368 Law College Bldg, East Lansing, MI 48824-1300

School Details

Michigan State University College of Law is a four-year private school located in East Lansing, Michigan. The school was first established in 1891 as the Detroit College of Law and was the first law school in the Detroit area of Michigan. To improve the school’s curriculum and reputation, the college became affiliated with Michigan State University in 1995. MSU Law is one of only two independent law schools that are affiliated with a research university.

MSU Law’s home is set in the heart of East Lansing, Michigan–the arts, cultural, and recreational center of mid-Michigan. Everything students need for their studies is located in one building, which is surrounded by the largest continuous campus in the country. MSU Law is also four miles away from the State's Capitol, which provides a connection to the legislature and Supreme Court for Michigan.

Michigan State University College of Law awards master’s degrees and doctorate degrees and offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. Focus areas of study include:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Child and Family Advocacy
  • Commercial Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Corporate Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Law
  • Family Law
  • Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute
  • Indigenous Law
  • Intellectual Prodiverty, Information, and Communications Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Public Law & Regulation
  • Taxation Law

Michigan State University College of Law has 968 students (all graduate students) and 145 faculty members. Of all faculty members, 65 teach full-time and 80 teach part-time. About 79 percent of students study full-time and 21 percent study part-time. The student body contains 48 percent female students and 52 percent male students. About 65 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being black (10%), Hispanic (10%), Asian (10%), and American Indian (5%). About 95 percent of all students pass the Bar Exam.

Students have access to services such as: academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, and placement services for completers. Additional learning opportunities include distance education and study abroad.

Over 40 student clubs and activities exist at MSU College of Law in a variety of areas. Clubs range from the Business Law Society to the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

Tuition costs $35,148 on average per year for graduate students with $35 in annual fees. Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated for financial need.

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling-admissions basis beginning in early November and continuing until April 30. The Admissions Committee encourages candidates for the Juris Doctor program to apply for admission at the earliest possible date after October 1. Candidates who wish to receive full consideration for scholarship aid are advised to apply for admission no later than February 1. Admission to Michigan State University College of Law is granted for the fall term only for both the full-time and part-time programs. Eligibility requirements for applicants include the following:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment;
  • Register for and take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and subscribe to the Law School Data Assembly Service through the Law School Admission Council
  • provide an official transcript to LSAC of each undergraduate college attended;
  • arrange for the College of Law to receive two letters of recommendation written by individuals who are able to offer insightful comments regarding the applicant’s potential for success in law school and/or the applicant’s suitability for the practice of law;
  • submit an application fee of $60;
  • submit a resume of up to two pages; and,
  • submit a personal statement of up to three pages.

Michigan State University College of Law is accredited by The American Bar Association.




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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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