Notre Dame Law School

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The University of Notre Dame Law School, or NDLS, is the professional graduate law program of its parent institution, the University of Notre Dame. Established in 1869, NDLS is the oldest Roman Catholic law school in the United States. NDLS was ranked 28th among the nation's "Top 100 Law Schools" by U.S. News & World Report in 2008. Notre Dame Law School is also distinguished as having the nation's only year-long study-abroad program approved by the American Bar Association. The program, which takes place in London, also offers a summer session open to all law schools.

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Notre Dame Law School Admissions

Notre Dame Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 36% of its applicants. Comparatively, Notredame is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 2466 864 (35.04%) 200 (8.1%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.47 3.66 3.79
LSAT 161 164 165

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $52,372 $52,372
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $19,950
  • Living off-campus: $19,950
  • Living at home: $19,950

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $75

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Notre Dame Law School Community

Notre Dame Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Notredame is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 46
  • Part Time: 70


  • # Female Faculty: 44
  • # Minority Faculty: 10


12.6 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Notre Dame Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Notre Dame Law School 1L section size is 11% larger than law schools in Indiana and 13% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Notre Dame Law School: 168
Indiana Average: 150
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 366
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 104

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 99
  • Law Journals: 381
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 2.0%
  • Second Year: 1.2%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Notre Dame Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Notre Dame Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 92% with 4% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 100.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 52.0%
  • Business: 9.0%
  • Government: 18.0%
  • Public Interest: 7.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • Illinois: 16%
  • New York: 12%
  • Michigan: 9%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 100.0%
  • First Time Takers: 182
  • Average School: 83.5%
  • Average State: 78.2%
  • Pass Difference: 5.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Illinois: 85.4%
  • Passed: 31 of 33 (93.9%)
  • State Average: 78.2%
  • Difference: 8.5%