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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. The atmosphere is enhanced by the surrounding Rocky Mountains, where wilderness and recreation offer a break from the rigors of law study.

Our curriculum is different. Since 1911, our goal has been to prepare competent practicing attorneys. In 1914, The University of Montana School of Law became a member of The Association of American Law Schools and in 1923, the School received accreditation from the American Bar Association. While many law schools emphasize legal theory, we integrate theory with practical experience. Students draft contracts, create corporations, counsel clients, negotiate transactions, try a case to a jury and argue an appeal. Students have the opportunity to 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.

Over 90% of our graduates pass the bar and are well prepared to practice law anywhere in the country.  Many choose to pursue public service or business careers, so whatever career you choose, from small-town general practice to specialties in tax or criminal law, your legal education at the University of Montana will prepare you to.

In 2011, The University of Montana School of Law celebrated 100 Years of Education and Service.

 
(left) This short Centennial video clip highlights the important history of the Law School.

(right) The War Years: Recognizing the challenges and sacrifices our students and faculty made during World War II

100 Years of Excellence in Law and UM Law: The War Years from UM School of Law on Vimeo.