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 more than 22,000
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 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 six student-edited law journals to groups such as the Intellectual Property Students Association, the International Law Society, and the Women Law Students' Association.
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
recreational facilities, and curricular offerings.
Recent Michigan Law LLMs have included members of the Japanese National Tax Agency; the Israeli Ministry of Finance; the Czech Ministry of Justice; the Egyptian State Law Suits Authority; judges and prosecutors from Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan; judicial clerks from the Mexican Supreme Court and the Constitutional Court of South Africa, as well as members of the National Chief Prosecutor's Office of Argentina and the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the United States; law teachers from the University of Chile, Hebrew University, and Tel Aviv University in Israel, the Universities of Goettingen and Heidelberg in Germany, the University of Bratislava, the State University of Georgia in Tbilisi, Wuhan University in China, and LUMS in Lahore, Pakistan; in-house counsel of large national and international corporations; and associates and partners of leading firms in Brazil, Mainland China and Hong Kong, Japan, Austria, and Switzerland.
The graduate programs in the current year alone represent the following 36 countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Korea, Nepal, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Dedicated Work Space for Research Scholars and SJDsMichigan Law Research Scholars and SJD students have a dedicated work space in Hutchins Hall 200. It features private work stations for each researcher and SJD student, allowing them to work independently within a communal environment.
My LLM year in Ann Arbor offered me the long-sought opportunity to study law in a different way than we usually do in Europe: I was—at last—allowed and encouraged to ask questions, challenge professors, and understand law as the outcome of societal choices. The international dimension of the curriculum proved particularly enriching. My decision to devote my professional career to European public service, to take responsibility for the world we live in, and to always strive for excellence was certainly influenced by what I learned at Michigan Law School. The friends I made during my year in Ann Arbor are still—25 years on—among my closest and dearest.
Daniela Bankier, LLM ’91; European Commission, Directorate General for Justice
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