About the University of Montana School of Law
The University of Montana School of Law offers an alternative to big, urban law schools. Each year, we enroll approximately 84 students from across the country looking for a hands-on approach to legal education, where students and faculty work closely inside and outside of class. The atmosphere is enhanced by the surrounding Rocky Mountains, where wilderness and recreation offer a break from the rigors of law study.
People here are friendly, and there is a spirit of cooperation, not competition, among the students. We take pride in being a small, student-centered law school, where our faculty share their knowledge and insights gained from practice.
Our curriculum is different, too. Since 1911, our goal has been to prepare competent practicing attorneys. While many law schools emphasize legal theory, we integrate theory with practical experience. You will draft contracts, create corporations, counsel clients, negotiate transactions, try a case to a jury and argue an appeal. You can do advanced work in environmental and natural resources law, Indian law, trial advocacy, dispute resolution, and business law. You can even pursue joint law and graduate degrees in environmental studies, public administration, and business administration.
Because we are a small school, nearly everyone participates in one or more student organizations, such as our law reviews, competitive teams, student government, or public service groups.
Our graduates are well prepared to practice law anywhere in the country or to pursue public service or business careers. More than 90 percent of our students pass their state bar exams the first time. Whatever career you choose, from small-town general practice to specialties in tax or criminal law, your legal education at UM will prepare you for an exciting future.
The law school building is located on the northern edge of The University of Montana-Missoula campus. The law building facilitates the teaching and research activities of the faculty, provides a supportive learning environment for students, and serves as legal center for the state.
In 1914, The University of Montana School of Law became a member of The Association of American Law Schools, 1201 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 800, Washington DC 20036-2717, 202.296.8851. In 1923, the School received accreditation from the American Bar Association, Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 321 N Clark Street 21st Floor, Chicago IL 60654, 312.988.6738.