Detroit college of law

Michigan State University College of Law
Parent school Michigan State University
Established 1891
School type Independent, non-profit corporation
Parent endowment US $1.449 billion[1]
Dean Joan W. Howarth
Location East Lansing, Michigan, United States
42.725719, -84.473559
Enrollment about 900
Faculty 136 full time, 63 part time
USNWR ranking 80th
Bar pass rate 95%
Website MSU Law

The Michigan State University College of Law is a private law school located in East Lansing, Michigan which is affiliated with Michigan State University. Established in 1891 as the Detroit College of Law, it was the first law school in the Detroit, Michigan area and the second in the state of Michigan.

History and background

Detroit College of Law opened in 1891 with 69 students and was incorporated in 1893. It was the oldest continuously operating independent law school in the United States until it was assimilated by MSU in 1997. The original location of the Detroit College of Law in Downtown Detroit is commemorated by a plaque at Comerica Park, (the home stadium of the Detroit Tigers baseball team), which now occupies the site.

Detroit College of Law's first home was in the Detroit College of Medicine building from 1892 to 1913. From 1913 to 1924 it was housed in the YMCA building. In 1935 the college broke ground for a new building at 130 E. Elizabeth Street.

Among the first class of 69 students to graduate were a future circuit judge and an ambassador. A woman in the first class and an African American in the second were precursors of the Law College’s commitment to excellent educational opportunity for all sectors of the population.

The college became affiliated with Michigan State University in 1995 to enhance that school's curriculum and reputation. It relocated to East Lansing in 1997, when its 99-year lease with the Detroit YMCA expired, and the original building was demolished to make way for Comerica Park. The association between the two schools has led to a comprehensive interdisciplinary legal education program at the law college. Today, the college remains one of only two independent law schools to be affiliated with a research university. Many Detroit College of Law alumni do not recognize their affiliation with MSU, although they were offered MSU diplomas at a cost of $400 after the merger.

In April 2004, the school changed its name to the MSU College of Law, becoming more closely aligned academically with MSU. Although it operates as a constituent college of the university, the college of law remains financially independent and receives no state or university funding.[2]

Joan Howarth began her deanship at Michigan State University College of Law on July 1, 2008. Howarth is the 11th dean and first female dean in MSU Law’s 117-year history. Howarth had been a professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, since 2001.[3]

The college is nationally ranked within the Best Law Schools in U.S. News and World Report, currently sitting at the 80th spot.[4] The Michigan State Law Review is ranked 48 out of 317 by Washington & Lee University School of Law, which is the main leading source for law journal rankings.[5] [6]

According the law professor blog The Faculty Lounge, 41.2% of the Class of 2012 was employed in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission, ranking 170th out of 197 law schools. [7]

Academic journals and publications

Law journals at the law school include: Michigan State Law Review

Clubs and school organizations

  • ABA - Law Student Division Representative
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Society
  • American Constitution Society
  • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
  • Black Law Students Association
  • Books to Prisoners
  • Business Law Society
  • Canadian Student Legal Association
  • Chinese Legal Society
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Conservative Law Society
  • Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted
  • Delta Theta Phi
  • Environmental Law Society
  • Family Law Society
  • Federalist Society
  • Hispanic Law Society
  • Intellectual Property Law Society
  • International Law Society
  • J. Reuben Clark Law Society
  • Jewish Legal Society
  • Labor and Employment Law Association
  • Law and Economics Society
  • Law Students for Reproductive Justice
  • LLM Student Association
  • Medical-Legal Society
  • Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board
  • MSU Law Ice Hockey Club
  • Muslim Law Students Association
  • Native American Law Students Association (NALSA)
  • O.W.L.S. (Older and/or Wiser Law Students)
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Public Interest Law Society
  • Res Ipsa (Student Newspaper)
  • Spartan Law Students Society
  • Sports and Entertainment Law Society
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Student Bar Association
  • Tax and Estate Planning Society
  • Tau Epsilon Rho Law Society
  • Trial Advocacy Society
  • Triangle Bar
  • Wolverine Student Bar Association/Black Law Student Association
  • Women's Law

Notable alumni


External links

  • Michigan State University College of Law official site

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