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The social and intellectual climate of the University of Michigan Law School reflects not just its faculty but its student body: bright, diverse, interesting, intellectually engaged (and engaging) men and women from 48 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and almost 30 foreign countries. They represent about 80 undergraduate majors from 264 institutions. About one-fifth hold degrees in science, engineering, or math. Almost three-quarters of entering students are a year or more removed from undergraduate work. Fifteen percent typically come to us with an advanced degree. Women comprise 44 percent of our population and students of color make up 23 percent.
Student interests and talents are expressed in an array of extracurricular activities that thrive despite the demands of legal study. More than 50 student groups are organized around specific interest areas within the law, as well as academic and social support groups defined by religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, gender, professional, and personal interests. Many students participate in community service, pro bono work, and student government. About 450 students—more than half of our second- and third-years—serve on the editorial staffs of the School's eight scholarly journals. And many students take advantage of opportunities to test and develop their professional skills outside of the classroom through moot court and client-counseling competitions.
Student-organized conferences and symposia on cutting-edge topics further enhance academic life at Michigan Law. Recent symposium topics include environmental law, urban renewal, feminist legal theory, affirmative action and voter initiatives, Asian corporate governance, and international jurisdictional boundaries. Further, Michigan's workshops on topics such as governance, philosophy, legal history, international law, tax policy, and intellectual property bring prominent legal scholars—a veritable who's who of international jurisprudence—to the Law School to present papers, debate faculty, and discuss positions with our students.
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