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Wayne State University Law School

Overview

Dean Limelight

Q&A with Jocelyn Benson

Dean, Wayne State Law

"I’ve always believed the law is a tool for service. My desire to follow in the footsteps of legal luminaries, like Charles Hamilton Houston and Thurgood Marshall and former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, led me to conclude that a law degree was the most important tool I could have to make a difference in our society. ..."

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Admissions Profile

Admission rate %:
49%
Number students applying:
685
Number students accepted:
337
First-year attrition rate:
10%

LSAT Scores 2014

75th percentile:
159
Median:
156
25th percentile:
152

GPA 2014

75th percentile:
3.52
Median:
3.29
25th percentile:
2.99

Financial Profile

$16,600,000
Tuition and Fees Full-time Part-time
Resident $30,025 $16,285
Non-resident $32,808 $17,769
Living Expenses Full-time
On Campus $21,682
Off Campus $21,682                 

Education Life Profile

School Population

Total number students enrolled:
419
Number students enrolled full-time:
296
Number students enrolled part-time:
123
Number of first-year students:
117

Gender Diversity

% Women faculty:
34%
% Women students:
43%

Ethnic / Racial / Global Diversity

% Minority faculty:
10%
% Minority students:
14%
% International students:
2%

Academic Profile

Student Opportunities

Number of law journals:
2
Names of law journals:
Wayne Law Review, The Journal of Law in Society
% of students involved in law journals:
42%
Number of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
13
Names of faculty-supervised clinical courses:
Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, Advanced Asylum and Immigration Law Clinic, Business and Community Law Clinic, Advanced Business and Community Law Clinic, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Clinic, Criminal Appellate Practice, Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic, Advanced Legal Advocacy for People with Cancer Clinic, Patent Procurement Clinic, Advanced Patent Procurement Clinic, Practicum in Dispute Resolution, Transnational Environmental Law Clinic, Advanced Transnational Environmental Law Clinic
% of students in faculty-supervised clinical courses:
22%
% of students in field placements:
34%
% of students in simulation courses:
50%

Curriculum Strengths

Business/Corporate Law,
Human Rights,
Environmental Law,
International Law

Graduate Employment Profile

National Employment Rate Percent Number of
Graduates
National Employment Rate 2014 53% 90
National Employment Rate 2013 53% 93
State Employment Rate 2014 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer MI 91% 132
State 2nd Largest Employer CA 3% 4
State 3rd Largest Employer TX 1% 2
State Employment Rate 2013 State Percent Number of
Graduates
State 1st Largest Employer MI 91% 136
State 2nd Largest Employer DC 2% 3
State 3rd Largest Employer NY 1.3% 2

Employment by Job Categories

Law Firm Solo
5.4%
Law Firm 2-10
17.4%
Law Firm 11-25
6%
Law Firm 26-50
6.7%
Law Firm 51-100
2.7%
Law Firm 101-250
9.4%
Law Firm 251-500
1.3%
Law Firm 501+
0.7%
Law Firm Unknown Size
0
Business & Industry
14.1%
Government
7.4%
Public Interest / Service
2.7%
Clerkships Federal
0.7%
Clerkships State / Local
3.4%
Education / Academia
3.4%
Other
0

First-Time Bar Pass Rates

Bar Exam Eligibility:
Most Current
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 MI 78% 69%
State 2
State 3
One Year Prior
Reported Data
State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 MI 71% 64%
State 2
State 3
Two Years Prior State Average
School %
Average
State %
State 1 MI 79% 82%
State 2
State 3

Type of School

Accreditation Status:
ABA Accredited
Public / Private:
Public
Part-time:
Yes
Affiliation:
Feeder School 1:
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Feeder School 2:
Michigan State University
Feeder School 3:
Wayne State University

Student Bar Association

Contact Phone:

Link to Lawdragon Survey

Link to Survey:

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School Information

471 W. Palmer St.
Detroit, MI 48202
Region:
Great Lakes
Main Phone:
313-577-3933
Admissions Phone:
313-577-3937
School Website:

Administration

Dean of School:
Jocelyn
F.
Benson
Undergraduate:
BA
School:
Wellesley College
Law Degree:
JD
School:
Harvard University
Graduate Degree:
M.Phil.
School:
University of Oxford (Marshall Scholar)
Director of Admissions:
Ericka
M
Matthews-Jackson
Undergraduate:
BA
School:
University of Michigan
Law Degree:
JD
School:
Wayne State University
Graduate Degree:
School:

Reputation Profile

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