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In compliance with ABA Standard 509, the following information about UW Law School and its JD Program is provided to current and prospective students. The 2016 Standard 509 Information Report is compiled from the latest information submitted in the annual ABA questionnaire.

Section 509 (b):  A law school shall publicly disclose on its website, in the form and manner and for the time frame designated by the Council, the following information:

Admissions Data

Tuition, Fees, Living Costs, Financial Aid

Conditional Scholarships

Conditional scholarship retention data is not available because UW Law School does not award conditional scholarships as defined under ABA Standard 509(d). Therefore, we do not post an ABA Conditional Scholarship Retention Worksheet.

Enrollment Data, Transfer, and Attrition/Graduation Rates

Number of Full-time and Part-time Faculty and Administrators

Class Size, Number of Seminars, Clinical and co-curricular offerings

Employment Outcomes

Bar Passage Information & the Diploma Privilege

Section 509 (c):  A law school shall publicly disclose on its website, in a readable and comprehensive manner, the following information on a current basis:

 

 

Refund Policies

Curricular Offerings, Academic Calendar, and Academic Requirements

Policies Regarding Transfer Credits

Section 509 (d) A law school shall distribute the data required under Standard 509(b)(3) to all applicants being offered conditional scholarships at the time the scholarship is extended. 

The ABA’s definition of a conditional scholarship is: “any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing.”  UW Law School does not award scholarships that are conditional on law school academic performance; therefore we do not post an ABA Conditional Scholarship Retention Worksheet.

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 2017 (LSAC certification pending) 2016 (LSAT/GPA data certified by LSAC) 2015 (LSAT/GPA data certified by LSAC
Total Applicants 1375 1406 1292
Enrolled Students 151 149 186
Median LSAT 161 161 161
25%-75% LSAT Score 156-163 156-163 155-162
Median GPA 3.62 3.58 3.54
25%-75% GPA
3.24-3.78 3.30-3.72 3.27-3.76
Colleges & Universities
Represented
78 68 99
Colleges & Universities with Most Students Enrolled UW-Madison
Marquette University
U. of Michigan
UW-La Crosse
UW-Whitewater
UC-Berkeley
U. of Minnesota-Minneapolis
UW-Milwaukee
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
States Represented 22 26 27
States with Most Students
Enrolled
Wisconsin
Illinois
California
Michigan
Minnesota
New York
Wisconsin
California
Illinois
Minnesota
New York
Michigan
Washington, D.C. 
Wisconsin
Illinois
California
Minnesota
Michigan
New York
Ohio
% In-State Residents 65% 69% 53%
Average Entering Age 25 25 24
Age Range 20-53 21-36 21-54
% Women Students 42% 42% 53%
% Students of Color 20% 25% 26%

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 23 2 3 0 28
Government 34 1 1 0 36
Pub. Int. 6 0 0 0 6
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

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