Why UM



We are practice-focused from the beginning. Our students thrive in an environment that integrates theory with practical experience. Students draft contracts, create corporations, counsel clients, negotiate transactions, prepare and probate wills, try a case before a jury and argue an appeal, graduating ready to practice the law.

We provide third-year students with faculty-supervised, experience-based learning in clinics. They represent real clients with actual legal problems in areas such as criminal law, environmental and natural resource law, American Indian law, bankruptcy law, family law and judicial practice. The clinic experience gives students the opportunity to pull together skills acquired in the first two years and apply it.

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Joint Degree Programs

JD/Master of Business Administration
JD/Master of Public Administration
JD/Master of Science in Environmental Studies
JD/Master of Social Work

Special Curriculum and Certificate Programs

Alternative Dispute Resolution
American Indian Law
Environmental and Natural Resource Law
Natural Resource Conflict Resolution

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Outside the Classroom

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.

The Way We Play

Our students work hard, but they play hard, too. The areas in and around Missoula offer opportunities to find balance between legal education and life outside the law school. From rock climbing and hang gliding to dog-friendly hikes and camping, there's something for everyone. Here are a few highlights:

  • Ride your bike to class on the Kim Williams Nature Trail, which runs along the Clark Fork River and connects the University to downtown and several city parks.
  • Flyfish, river surf. raft, kayak, standup paddleboard, practice SUP yoga and float on area rivers.
  • Hike, play disc golf, mountain bike, cross-country ski and more on trails in and around Missoula.
  • With the major trailhead just four miles north of Missoula, hit the Rattlesnake National Recreation Area and Wilderness for hiking, biking, trail running and more.
  • Alpine ski and snowboard at Montana Snowbowl, located 12 miles northwest of Missoula.

Backcountry skiing

All students have Campus Recreation memberships, so work up a sweat in the 80,362-square-foot Fitness & Recreation Center, swim at the Grizzly Pool. enjoy some friendly competition in the Intramural Sports program, and at the Outdoor Program, gear up for adventures by renting equipment, tuning up your bike or skis, or signing up for a skill class or trip.


There’s this place where solitude, wilderness and adventure are only minutes from gourmet restaurants, funky local shops and a killer music scene. It’s a place surrounded by mountains where trails start at your front door. This place of unparalleled natural beauty and cultural vibrancy is Missoula, Montana, and we call it home.

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