Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Law School's website! We hope your virtual visit will give you a feeling for the stimulating atmosphere, the diverse student body, and the world-class faculty and programs here at the UW Law School.
Top students are drawn to the UW Law School because of our tradition of excellence and innovation, our school's setting in the heart of one of the world's leading research universities, and our law-in-action approach to teaching and learning the law -- an approach that differentiates us from other law schools.
We are located in Madison, Wisconsin - a beautiful and affordable city strategically located close to three major cities: Chicago, Minneapolis and Milwaukee. As the state capital, Madison is home to many courts and state and federal government agencies, which create extensive learning opportunities for our students.
Our students represent a variety of backgrounds, ages, interests, races, nationalities, and life experiences. A typical entering class includes 25% students of color, 45-50 % women, and 40% students from outside Wisconsin, with students coming from 30 states and more than 100 undergraduate institutions.
The UW Law School's nationally recognized faculty comes from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. They are actively engaged in scholarship, teaching and public service. The Law School is strongly committed to excellence in teaching, and our faculty are innovative and exciting classroom and clinic teachers, combining sophisticated theoretical and analytical perspectives with intense practical training. All first-year students have one course taught in a “small group,” which enables them to develop close and enduring relationships with their instructor as well as their fellow students.
The Law School is also known for skills training. This includes our extensive clinical programs, which give our students the opportunity to develop their lawyering skills while assisting live clients in a wide variety of contexts and practice areas under the supervision of our remarkable clinical faculty. We also offer a range of simulation courses, which develop legal skills and judgment and help our graduates to be practice-ready when they complete their law school training.
When our students are ready to graduate and begin their legal careers, we actively support them in seeking employment in a broad range of venues: from leading law firms to government agencies, courts, businesses and public interest organizations. A broad range of legal employers from many major cities participates in the on-campus interview program, and our students can call on our extensive network of more than 11,000 alumni throughout the country. In any given year, our graduates typically accept jobs in more than 20 different states, from New York to California.
I hope you get the sense from this snapshot of the energetic, vibrant, intellectually engaged and personally supportive community that is the UW Law School. I encourage you to explore further, and to contact us if we can provide more information as you learn about us. Of course, we would welcome the chance to show you all we have to offer in person. To arrange a visit, go to our campus visit page.
Fred W. & Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law