ABA Required Disclosures

Admissions & Employment Statistics

The University of Wisconsin Law School is approved by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association (ABA), 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738. Information about the approval process can be found on the ABA website, or by contacting the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Recent Admissions Statistics

 
Entering Class 2016 (as of October 6, 2016) 2015 (LSAT/GPA data certified by LSAC 2014 (LSAT/GPA data certified by LSAC)
Total Applicants 1406 1292 1385
Enrolled Students 149 186 158
Median LSAT 161 161 161
25%-75% LSAT Score 156-163 155-162 157-163
Median GPA 3.58 3.54 3.62
25%-75% GPA
3.30-3.72 3.27-3.76 3.30-3.76
Colleges & Universities
Represented
68 99 74
Colleges & Universities with Most Students Enrolled UW-Madison
U. of Minnesota-Minneapolis
UW-La Crosse
Northwestern University
U. of Michigan
UW-Eau Claire
Marquette University
UW-Milwaukee
Marquette University
Northern Illinois University
UW-Madison
Marquette University
U. of Minnesota-Minneapolis
U. of Michigan
U. of Southern California
UW-Whitewater
UW-La Crosse
U. of Illinois
UW-Oshkosh
UW-Madison
Marquette University
UW-Eau Claire
UW-Milwaukee
U. of Minnesota-Minneapolis
UW-Green Bay
UW-Stevens Point
U. of Illinois
U. of Iowa
U. of Michigan
States Represented 26 27 19
States with Most Students
Enrolled
Wisconsin
California
Illinois
Minnesota
New York
Michigan
Washington, D.C. 
Wisconsin
Illinois
California
Minnesota
Michigan
New York
Ohio
Wisconsin
California
Illinois
Minnesota
New York
Michigan
% In-State Residents 69% 53% 70%
Average Entering Age 25 24 25
Age Range 21-36 21-54 21-43
% Women Students 42% 53% 47%
% Students of Color 25% 26% 22%

Employment Summary For 2016 Graduates

EMPLOYMENT STATUS FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER        

Employed - Bar Passage Required

132
1
4
1
138
Employed - JD Advantage 16
2
1
0
19
Employed - Professional Position 8
0
1
0
9
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0
0
0
0
0
Employed - Undeterminable * 0
0
0
0
0
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time



3
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred



2
Unemployed - Not Seeking



1
Unemployed - Seeking



13
Employment Status Unknown



0
Total graduates



185

LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Employed - Bar Passage Required 0
0
0
0
0
Employed- J.D. Advantage 0
0
0
0
0
Employed - Professional Position 0
0
0
0
0
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0
0
0
0
0
Total Employed by Law School/University 0
0
0
0
0

EMPLOYMENT TYPE FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Law Firms          
     Solo 1
0
0
0
1
     2-10 28
0
1
1
30
     11-25 8
0
0
0
8
     26-50 7
0
0
0
7
     51-100 4
0
0
0
4
     101-250 13
0
0
0
13
     251-500 5
0
0
0
5
     501+ 9
0
1
0
10
     Unknown Size 0
0
0
0
0
Business & Industry 22
2
3
0
27
Government 34
1
1
0
36
Pub. Int. 7
0
0
0
7
Clerkships




     Federal 7
0
0
0
7
     State & Local 10
0
0
0
10
     Other 0
0
0
0
0
Education 1
0
0
0
1
Employer Type Unknown 0
0
0
0
0
Total 156
3
6
1
166

EMPLOYMENT LOCATION STATE NUMBER
State# - largest employment Wisconsin
91
State# - 2nd largest employment Illinois
21
State# - 3rd largest employment Minnesota
10
# employed in foreign countries
3

Employment Summary For 2015 Graduates

EMPLOYMENT STATUS FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER        

Employed - Bar Passage Required

142


1

4

4

151
Employed - JD Advantage 29 2 0 3 34
Employed - Professional Position 11 0 0 0 11
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 1 1
Employed - Undeterminable * 0 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time         3
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred         1
Unemployed - Not Seeking         2
Unemployed - Seeking         14
Employment Status Unknown          2
Total graduates         219

LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Employed - Bar Passage Required 0 0 0 0 0
Employed- J.D. Advantage 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 0 0 0 0 0

EMPLOYMENT TYPE FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Law Firms          
     Solo 5 0 1 1 7
     2-10 24 0 2 3 29
     11-25 10 0 0 0 10
     26-50 6 0 0 0 6
     51-100 6 0 0 1 7
     101-250 7 0 0 0 7
     251-500 12 0 0 0 12
     501+ 10 0 0 0 10
     Unknown Size 1 0 0 0 1
Business & Industry 28 2 0 2 32
Government 46 1 0 0 47
Pub. Int.  15 0 0 1 16
Clerkships          
     Federal 2 0 0 0 2
     State & Local 6 0 0 0 6
     Other 0 0 1 0 1
Education 4 0 0 0 4
Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Total 182 3 4 8 197

EMPLOYMENT LOCATION STATE NUMBER
State# - largest employment Wisconsin 123
State# - 2nd largest employment Minnesota 17
State# - 3rd largest employment Illinois 14
# employed in foreign countries   1

Employment Summary For 2014 Graduates

EMPLOYMENT STATUS FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER        

Employed - Bar Passage Required

158

9

3

3

173

Employed - JD Advantage 30 2 2 0 34
Employed - Professional Position 5 0 0 0 5
Employed - Non-Professional Position 2 0 0 1 3
Employed - Undeterminable * 0 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time         3
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred         1
Unemployed - Not Seeking         0
Unemployed - Seeking         17
Employment Status Unknown         0
Total graduates         236

LAW SCHOOL/UNIVERSITY FUNDED POSITIONS FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Employed - Bar Passage Required 0 0 0 0 0
Employed- J.D. Advantage 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Employed - Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 0 0 0 0 0

EMPLOYMENT TYPE FULL TIME
LONG TERM
FULL TIME
SHORT TERM
PART TIME
LONG TERM
PART TIME
SHORT TERM
NUMBER
Law Firms          
     Solo 7 0 0 0 7
     2-10 42 3 1 1 47
     11-25 14 1 0 0 15
     26-50 2 0 0 0 2
     51-100 5 0 0 0 5
     101-250 15 1 0 0 16
     251-500 7 0 0 0 7
     501+ 13 0 0 0 13
     Unknown Size 2 0 0 0 2
Business & Industry 38 2 2 2 44
Government 28 1 1 0 30
Pub. Int. 9 1 1 1 12
Clerkships          
     Federal 3 0 0 0 3
     State & Local 8 1 0 0 9
     Other 0 0 0 0 0
Education 2 1 0 0 3
Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Total 195 11 5 4 215

EMPLOYMENT LOCATION STATE NUMBER
State# - largest employment Wisconsin 134
State# - 2nd largest employment Illinois 19
State# - 3rd largest employment Minnesota 9
# employed in foreign countries   8

Enrollment Data (as of October 5, 2012)

Year/Type of Degree NUMBER
1L 232
2L 247
3L 253
Total JD Enrollment 732
Advanced Degrees (LLM-LI, LLM, SJD) 80
Non-Law 5
Total Enrollment 817

JD Degrees Awarded

DATE NUMBER
December 2011 33
May 2012 245
August 2012 6
Total 2011-2012 Academic Year 284

Attrition

TYPE OF DISCONTINUATION NUMBER
Involuntary Academic 1
Transfer 9
Other 11

Bar Passage Information & the Diploma Privilege

Wisconsin is the only remaining U.S. jurisdiction that retains the diploma privilege: Wisconsin Supreme Court Rule 40.03 allows for the admission to practice by diploma privilege, rather than bar examination, of applicants who have been awarded a J.D. from an ABA-approved law school in Wisconsin and met legal competence requirements with respect to satisfactory academic performance and satisfactory completion of certain mandatory and elective subject matter areas.

Of the 285 students who received J.D. degrees during 2012, 283 of them took the courses that are required to satisfy the diploma privilege.  All of them satisfied the minimum GPA requirement in the diploma privilege courses, and were admitted to practice law in the State of Wisconsin. 

Scholarship Retention Information

Students Matriculating In # Entering with Conditional Scholarships # Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated
2012 0 0
2011 3 0
2010 0 0

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