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Our commitment to training the best possible lawyers is matched by our commitment to providing them with the widest variety of legal practice opportunities, in both geographic and substantive terms. Michigan Law grads have, for decades, gone to an average of more than 30 states a year. No more than four other law schools are so truly national in scope, and it means that no matter what market you want to be able to consider, you will find Michigan Law alumni who have already paved the way. This geographic reach also means that about 500 of the largest legal employers (typically law firms) from every major market (whether on a coast or in between) find their way to Ann Arbor during our Early Interview Week in August—with an array of others finding their way here throughout the remainder of the academic year. Likewise, Michigan Law students succeed in exceptional manner in their pursuit of judicial clerkships: In 2013 alone, more than 100 Michigan Law grads began a clerkship, covering virtually every federal circuit and even spanning the globe. For those who plan to work in the public interest, enrolling at this great public institution means becoming part of a vaunted tradition. Whether with the government or a nonprofit, our graduates are everywhere, consistently demonstrating one of the largest percentages among top schools of graduates pursuing public service. Finally, if you're planning a career in academia, you will be in exceptional company: Our Michigan Aspiring Academics Camp and Student Research Roundtable are just two resources that keep as Michigan Law among the top-five feeders for legal academia.
There are endless reasons to choose Michigan for your legal studies—our brilliant, diverse, accessible, and world-renowned faculty; our famously collegial students; our stunning architecture (newly expanded and newly renovated); our quintessential college-town setting;—but all of that means little if we can't get you where you want to go. Contrary to conventional wisdom about what you can expect at the nation's top law schools, Michigan offers practical, discipline-specific instruction and real-world experience in addition to a rigorous theoretical education. Whatever your plans for the future, I am confident that Michigan Law can help you achieve them. I'm delighted that you're taking a close look.
Sarah C. Zearfoss Senior Assistant Dean The University of Michigan Law School
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