University of Wisconsin Law School

General Info

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The University of Wisconsin Law School is the professional school for the study of law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. The law school was founded in 1868. The law school is situated on Bascom Hill, the center of the UW-Madison campus. In 1996, the law school completed a major renovation project that joined two previous buildings and created a four-story glass atrium. The renovation was recognized by the American Institute of Architects for its innovative design, incorporating modern design into the 150 years of architecture on historic Bascom Hill. In addition to lecture halls and smaller classrooms, the law school contains a fully-functional trial courtroom, appellate courtroom, and an extensive law library.

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Wisconsin Law School Admissions

Wisconsin Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 49% of its applicants. Comparatively, Wisconsin is Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1292 631 (48.84%) 186 (14.4%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.27 3.54 3.76
LSAT 155 161 162

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $21,378 $40,074
Part Time $1,875 $3,433

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $19,064
  • Living off-campus: $19,064
  • Living at home: $10,039

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/15
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 04/01
  • Application Fee: $56

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Wisconsin Law School Community

Wisconsin Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Wisconsin is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 53
  • Part Time: 46


  • # Female Faculty: 58
  • # Minority Faculty: 18


10.2 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Wisconsin Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Wisconsin Law School 1L section size is 4% larger than law schools in Wisconsin and 2% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Wisconsin Law School: 135
Wisconsin Average: 130
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 482
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 436

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 185
  • Law Journals: 178
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 4.3%
  • Second Year: 0.5%
  • Third Year: 1.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Wisconsin Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Wisconsin Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 91% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 99.6%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 52.0%
  • Business: 20.0%
  • Government: 14.0%
  • Public Interest: 6.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • Wisconsin: 62%
  • Illinois: 9%
  • Minnesota: 4%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 99.6%
  • First Time Takers: 250
  • Average School: 100.0%
  • Average State: 81.2%
  • Pass Difference: 18.8%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Wisconsin: 81.2%
  • Passed: 249 of 249 (100.0%)
  • State Average: 81.2%
  • Difference: 18.8%