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The Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at University of Louisville

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Brandon Hamilton
Application deadline March 15
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee $50
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 31.2% - Medium
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.42
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 156

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 31.5%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-158
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.2-3.68
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.42
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 156

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 25.6%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 146-153
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 2.46-3.61
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.18
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 151
 

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.B.A. J.D./M.A.H.
J.D./M.S.S.W. J.D./M.Div.
J.D./M.A.P.S. J.D./M.A. Bioethics
J.D./M.U.P.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
All students take part in a public service program. We offer faculty-supervised externships (judicial, legal aid, public defender, technology, tax, and domestic violence). We opened a clinic in January 2009. The clinic represents individuals in family court and housing court. We plan to add an entrepreneurial clinic in 2012.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 70
Seminars 21
Positions available in seminars 342
Positions available in simulation courses 451
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 19
Student activities (as provided by the school)
We host three journals (U. of Louisville Law Rev., Journal of Law & Ed., Journal of Animal & Environmental Law), 17 moot court teams, and groups such as the Student Bar Foundation, BLSA, AP®ALSA, LALSA, Federalist Society, ACS, Kentucky Justice Association, LAMBDA Law Caucus, Women's Law Caucus, International Law Society, Environmental Law Society, Animal Defense Fund, and Christian Legal Society.

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 68
Is there typically a full-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Typical size of first-year "small section" N/A
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 187
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 236
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 16
Full-time students involved in field placements 142
Full-time students involved in law journals 82
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 45
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 30

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time "small section" of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 63
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 44
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 0
Part-time students involved in field placements 25
Part-time students involved in law journals 5
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 2
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 5

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 13.1:1 - Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 36
Full-time minority faculty 12.0%
Part-time minority faculty 18.2%
Total faculty 46
Total faculty (men) 58.7%
Total faculty (women) 41.3%
Total faculty (minorities) 13.0%

Class Size

 

Law School Ranking

#89 Best Law Schools

(2) Ranking by Specialties

#67 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#48 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 44
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 2.2
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 2.9
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.2-3.68
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.42
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 152-158
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 156
Acceptance rate 31.2% - Medium
Student-faculty ratio 13.1:1 - Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 65.7% - Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.8% - High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 90.6% - Medium
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar KY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.0%
 

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 389

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 363

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 26

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 9.2%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 2.4%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.8%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school 5.6%
Male students discontinuing law school 4.6%
Female students discontinuing law school 4.2%
 

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Brandon Hamilton
Financial aid phone (502) 852-6391
Financial aid application deadline May 15

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $16,716 per year (in-state)
Full-time: $32,128 per year (out-of-state)
Part-time: $8,448 per year (in-state)
Part-time: $16,154 per year (out-of-state)
Room and board $8,490
Books $1,000
Miscellaneous expenses $7,240
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 28.9%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 8.0%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $6,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $5,000–$8,000
Full-time students receiving grants 36.9%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 23.1%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 23.1%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.0%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.0%
Median grant amount $4,500
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $3,750–$8,000
Part-time students receiving grants 46.2%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $78,725
Proportion who borrowed 100.0%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? No
 

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 49,262
Microform titles 35,549
Electronic titles 1
Other non-book titles 44
Total titles 84,856
Volumes (excluding microforms) 226,426
Volume equivalent microforms 194,216
Total volumes and volume equivalents 420,642
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library's online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 89
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 79
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 10
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 79
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 6
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 45
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 4

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 2
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 6
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 22
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 7
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 53,060
Total seats available for library users 357
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Updated classrooms feature powered desktops and fully equipped smart podiums. We have refurbished all major student meeting areas. Wireless Internet service is available in all areas. The library holds papers of Justices John Marshall Harlan and Louis Brandeis.
 

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar KY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 90.6% - Medium
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 82.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 134
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 65.7%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.8%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.0%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 65.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 30.6%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 3.0%
Graduates whose employment status is known 97.0%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 91.8%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 0.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 4.5%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.0%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $47,086
Median private sector starting salary $60,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $80,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 67%
Median public service starting salary $37,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 4.6%
Percent employed in business and industry 17.7%
Percent employed in government 14.6%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 3.8%
Percent employed in law firms 51.5%
Percent employed in public interest 7.7%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 78%
Graduates employed out-of-state 21.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 1%
Number of states where graduates are employed 14
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) N/A
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 0.8%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 5.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.8%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 6.6%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 83.6%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 0.8%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 1.6%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 0.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations We assist students with every aspect of their professional development,including participation in the Public Service Program. We offer skills training and an array of informational programming. We coordinate events, including on-campus interviewing and job fairs, and opportunities with bar associations, public and private sector employers, government, nonprofit organizations, and businesses.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 70.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated - percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 17.0%
J.D. preferred - percent employed in full-time positions 71.4%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 12.0%
Professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 81.3%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.8%
Non-professional other - percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
 


 
 

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