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 link to PDF 2021 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.

Standard 509 Information Report

The link to PDF 2021 Standard 509 Information Report contains the following information:

Employment Outcomes

ABA Employment Summaries:

NALP Employment Reports:

*Information on employment outcomes for the Class of 2020 may not reflect a particular law school’s typical results in this area. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, bar admission exams were canceled or delayed in many jurisdictions, thus making it more challenging for graduates to secure employment by the annual Graduate Employment Status Date of March 15. Please reference the 3 years of employment outcome data posted on the ABA Required Disclosures webpage of each ABA-Approved Law School or at

Bar Passage Information & 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.  

Note that the bar passage data linked below does not reflect bar passage in another jurisdiction by those of our graduates who were also admitted by/applied for Wisconsin diploma privilege.  Many of our graduates who are admitted by/apply for Wisconsin diploma privilege also sit for bar exams elsewhere.  The small number of bar-exam takers listed (5 in 2018; 4 in 2020) reflects only that sub-set of our graduates who (a) sat for a bar exam but (b) did not apply for diploma privilege.

link to PDF Ultimate Bar Passage and First Time Bar Passage Report

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:

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.”  

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

LSAT/GPA data certified by LSAC
Entering Class 2021 2020 2019
Total Applicants 1856 1559 1704
Enrolled Students 274 241 223
Median LSAT 164 163 162
25%-75% LSAT Score 158-165 158-165 156-164
Median GPA 3.65 3.61 3.65
25%-75% GPA 3.34-3.81 3.31-3.75 3.42-3.79
Colleges & Universities
122 119 120
Colleges & Universities with Most Students Enrolled

U. of Minnesota-Minneapolis
U. of Michigan
Marquette University
University of Arizona
St. Norbert College
Michigan State University

  • UW-Madison
  • Marquette University
  • U. of Michigan
  • U. of Minnesota-Minneapolis
  • UW-La Crosse
  • U. of Notre Dame
  • Washington U.
  • UW-Madison
  • Marquette University
  • U. of Michigan
  • U. of Minnesota-Minneapolis
  • Michigan State University
  • UW-Eau Claire
States/Territories Represented 32 32 30
States with Most Students
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • California
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • California
  • Texas
  • Minnesota
% In-State Residents 51% 53% 47%
Average Entering Age 25 25 25
Age Range 20-54 19-51 21-46
% Women Students 50% 44% 53%
% Students of Color 27% 26% 25%

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