Admitted Students Day
Admitted Students Day will take place remotely via Zoom on Wednesday, May 13.
Welcome to the Blewett School of Law at the University of Montana
Meet Dean Paul F. Kirgis, Chair of the Admissions Committee Professor Pippa Browde, and Director of Student Services Maria Mangold. We will describe our plans for fall and take any questions you might have.
Pathways to the Practice
Meet the faculty and current students and learn about our practice areas. Find out more about these sessions below.
Conversation with the Student Bar Association
Get the inside scoop on life at the law school with representatives of the student government.
From 4:45-5:30 p.m. there will be six concurrent open forums. Feel free to hop around and check out multiple sessions!
Business and Intellectual Property Law
Business law is about relationships between parties and things. For example, a business deal may involve buying, licensing, or financing something from someone. The “rules” of the relationship may come from (i) a law like the Uniform Commercial Code or (ii) an agreement between the parties. Students focus on the law by taking courses on different types of business law such as intellectual property, tax or business organizations. Students develop contract drafting skills by participating in a mock sale of a real local business such as Big Sky Brewing Co., Orange Street Food Farm or the Trailhead, Inc. Professors walk you through the actual documents of a deal so you understand what each provision does and how the different documents relate to one another.
Consumer Law and Civil Litigation
Lawyers are often divided into two categories based on the type of work that they do: transactional and litigation. Litigation is a method for peacefully resolving disputes between people—namely suing one another through the courts rather than taking matters into one's own hands. Civil litigation refers to matters where there are no criminal penalties, although a government can file a civil lawsuit against a person for violating certain laws. Generally speaking, civil litigation encompasses both the rules governing these disputes and the strategies lawyers use in advocating for their clients. Civil litigation does not define people’s rights, but it’s one of the key ways in which we vindicate those rights for our clients.
Consumer law is a cross between public interest law and business law. It governs how and why we decide to intervene in the markets to ensure that people are treated fairly and that the marketplaces work for all participants. The field is broad and touches everyone, governing transactions as diverse as buying a toaster, a house or a legal education, requiring sellers to make disclosures to buyers and prohibiting sellers from acting in unfair or deceptive ways.
Criminal cases account for more than three-fourths of all cases in trial courts, and about half the cases in appellate courts across the nation. In our coursework, we examine aspects of the criminal justice system and explore the components of a crime, learn how to interpret and apply criminal statutes, and discover how to establish the elements of crimes. We also delve into important defenses to criminal activity and the social policy behind determining that conduct is criminal and when punishment is appropriate and just. The criminal law raises fascinating issues dealing with race, gender, sexual orientation, class and mental illness.
Hosts: Prof. Monte Mills, Prof. Kekek Stark
Take a prominent role in addressing legal issues relating to Indian people and Indian country at the only law school in a state with eight federally-recognized tribes. Delve into the complex and evolving principles of Indian law and unique relationships among tribal, state and federal governments. With substantive Indian law courses and an Indian Law Certificate Program, we also have the oldest in-house Indian Law Clinic in the nation, offer a progressive Summer Indian Law Program and support an active National American Law Students Association (NALSA).
Government and Public Interest Law
Public interest lawyers take their communities as their clients, working for the general welfare in government service, advocacy groups and private practice. Their issues range from constitutional law and civil rights to public policy and finance and often intersect with other pathways to practice at the federal, tribal, state and local levels. You will find public interest lawyers arguing in court, advising agencies and organizations, lobbying public officials and catalyzing change through social movements. The School of Law pairs a faculty with deep experience in public interest lawyering with a broad curriculum in legal policymaking and related skills, including a joint degree in our award-winning Masters of Public Administration program, the only one of its kind in a law school.
Natural Resources and Environmental Law
Learn, live and recreate in a place that brings natural resource issues to life. As a community of people who revere and rely on natural resources, Montana has long been an innovator in natural resource and environmental law. On a campus that the Princeton Review lists as one of the most environmentally responsible in the nation, study with professors and clinical supervisors who have practiced in the natural resources and environmental arena for years. They will help you master the intricacies of laws such as the Clean Water Act and Superfund in class and observe the effects of these laws through field visits.