PRACTICE-READY

Our students thrive in an experience-rich environment that integrates theory with practice in a competency-based curriculum. Students have opportunities to draft contracts, create corporations, counsel clients, negotiate transactions, prepare and probate wills, try a case before a jury and argue an appeal. We provide all third-year students with faculty-supervised, experience-based learning in clinics so they can represent real clients with actual legal problems.

TOP 10

Best Value Law School

7th

in the nation for clerkship placements after graduation

89%

Montana Bar passage rate among first-time exam takers

Top School

for environmental law

Joint Degree Programs

Special Curriculum and Certificate Programs

Outside the Classroom

  • Pro Bono Fair
    Pro Bono Program

    The Pro Bono Program matches law student volunteers with pro bono partner organizations. The Pro Bono Program focuses on the promotion and development of professional legal values and the delivery of free legal services to underserved persons, communities and organizations.

  • Indian law clinic
    Clinic Program

    Founded in 1966, our clinical program offers four in-house clinics and 24 field placements. Under the supervision of faculty and experienced attorneys, third-year students practice law in a variety of settings, from criminal defense and prosecutors’ offices to environmental nonprofits and government agencies.

  • Competition team
    Competition Teams

    Montana is a consistent contender both regionally and nationally. Teams include the American Bar Association Negotiation Competition, National Environmental Moot Court, National Moot Court Competition, National Trial Competition – American College of Trial Lawyers, and NALSA National Moot Court Competition.

  • Students volunteering
    Student Groups

    Over 20 student organizations ensure an opportunity for everyone to participate in activities, including law reviews, competition teams, student government or public service groups. Organizations include the Student Bar Association, Women’s Law Caucus, Environmental Law Group, Military Law Society, Native American Law Student Association, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity and many more.

Also in the Law School

  • Library

    Jameson Law Library

    The Law Library provides innovative and high-quality law library services that support legal research, teaching, scholarship and practice in Montana. The Law Library provides access to reference materials, research assistance, formal research courses and informal instructional opportunities.

  • Career development

    Career Development Office

    The law school’s Career Development Office is committed to supporting students through each step of the job-search process. The staff serve as liaisons among students, alumni and employers to promote practice-based education. Career Development also offers practical workshops, one-on-one counseling, application review and other career resources.

  • Max Baucus

    Max S. Baucus Institute

    The work of the Max S. Baucus Institute is an extension of the important bipartisan, consensus-building public service Ambassador Baucus exemplified during his long and distinguished career. Situated within the law school, the Baucus Institute is where policymakers, lawyers, politicians, leading academics and law students interact on a global scale.

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