Advanced Legal Studies
The University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor is one of the world's finest institutions of legal education. Located on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus, in the beautiful William W. Cook Law Quadrangle, the Law School is home to a faculty widely recognized as among the nation's best, and to over 20,400 alumni worldwide, who hold prestigious positions in the public, private, and academic sectors in the United States and abroad and speak eloquently to the strength of the School.
Of all the elements that combine to give the University of Michigan Law School its special character, we take greatest pride in our student body. Students from around the world contribute their remarkable talents and accomplishments to create an academic community characterized by serious purpose, high academic achievement, social commitment, and the joy of intellectual inquiry.
Our graduate students are a diverse and high-achieving group of young law professionals with outstanding legal educations and notable legal experience in their home countries or on the international level. They practice in private law firms and corporations, teach at universities around the world, and work in government ministries and international organizations. Those who join our program immediately after completion of their first degrees in law are generally near the very top of their classes with significant research, extracurricular, or part-time professional experience.
Michigan’s graduate students benefit from access to a vast array of courses and seminars offered by a large and intellectually vibrant law school, a law faculty representing strength in all branches of American law as well as international and comparative subjects, and a dynamic student body involved in an enormous range of activities and organizations – from 6 student edited law journals to groups such as the Intellectual Property Students Association, the International Law Society, and the Women Law Students’ Association.
The University of Michigan is among the world's premier research and teaching universities, and is renowned for its top ranked graduate programs in the social sciences and humanities; its schools of law, engineering, business, medicine, and music; and its specialized research institutes and centers of study. Michigan Law students and scholars are invited to take advantage of the University’s rich intellectual life and tremendous resources such as libraries, cultural and recreational facilities, and curricular offerings.
Recently, the graduate program has included, for example, a part-time faculty member at the Catholic University of Chile, also serving as an associate at a well-known law firm in Santiago; members of the staffs of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and Australia, the Ministries of Justice in Japan, Korea and the Philippines, the China Securities Regulatory Commission and the China State Administration of Taxation; the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority in Abu Dhabi, UAE; law teachers at Charles University in Prague, Tsinghua University in Beijing and East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, Kyoto University, the universities of Durham and Nottingham in the United Kingdom, Tel Aviv and Haifa in Israel, Zagreb in Croatia, the University of Buenos Aires, the Fundacao Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, the Ateneo di Manila in the Philippines, Melbourne University, and Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok; associates at leading law firms in, i.a., Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Honduras, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland, Thailand, Russia, the UK and the Ukraine; and clerks on the highest courts of many countries, including the Czech Republic, South Africa, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the Philippines.