When we ask students why they chose Michigan Law (and we do ask), they immediately point to the academic reputation of the institution—a reputation that we all continue to shape and grow. Next on the list are two factors: career opportunities and student life.
They chose well on both counts, of course. As for career opportunities, Michigan is a name that opens doors around the world. Our employment statistics tell part of that story. Ninety-seven percent of the Class of 2015 was employed or continuing their education 10 months after graduation, and the Class of 2016 is on equal pace. Michigan also is a name that opens many different kinds of doors—from the most prestigious global law firms and highest levels of government, to small nonprofits and startups. We train people to be smart, creative, analytical problem solvers in whatever kind of practice they pursue, or if they choose never to practice at all.
As for student life, Michigan is a different kind of law school. I felt the difference as I interviewed with multiple law schools for my first faculty position nearly two decades ago. The Michigan group was the one that I wanted to follow home—despite never having been to Michigan. Students feel it, too, before they’re even students. Countless times I have heard people say that they were on the fence about law school until they came to our Preview Weekend—a powerful experience that offers a glimpse into their future lives. Our student life is bursting with a rich array of activities, and the culture that accompanies it is based on a genuine respect for and interest in each other.