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University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI [By Heather Jung] Established in 1868, University of Wisconsin Law School has a simple motto: law in action. According to Dean Kenneth Davis, the phrase refers to examining how new ideas and theories will affect us. The phrase was not coined at the school but, rather, in 1910 by then-dean of Harvard Law School Roscoe Pound. The philosophy permeates everything at the law school, from the classrooms to the clinical programs to the methods of teaching.

“Our rich ‘law-in-action’ tradition is an

Princeton Review) allows faculty to work closely

action method of learning. Dean Davis said

important part of who we are, and it will

with students and affords students the help and

he regularly hears from employers that

remain an important part of who we

attention they need.

students from the law school “seem better prepared to ‘hit the ground running’ than

become,” Davis said. “It is still flourishing and developing after all these years, and it

The law-in-action approach spills over onto

occupies a central position in our strategic

Wisconsin Law School’s clinical and skills-

plan. ‘Law in action’ gives us the focus to

training programs. Paired with what they learn

This is made evident by the class of 2005’s

confront the challenge of remaining one

in class, the information and skills students

93% employment rate. (Of the remaining

of the nation’s preeminent law schools.

gain from these hands-on programs make

7%, only 1% were unemployed, with 6% not

With your help, we will continue building

them well-rounded lawyers. Available clinics

seeking employment because they were in

our national reputation for excellence and

include (but are definitely not limited to):

grad school, raising families, or preparing

our commitment to the ‘law-in-action’ philosophy. It is a philosophy that has served

Persons (LAIP), the school’s largest

UW Law School graduates well over the past

clinical project, in which students work

century, and it is one that may prove even

with faculty members to provide legal

more relevant for tomorrow’s graduates

guidance to people incarcerated in

as they face an increasingly complex,

Wisconsin’s federal and state prisons.

competitive, and challenging world.” The law-in-action philosophy is most evident

who have completed their first year

curriculum. Classes go beyond surface

are chosen in a competitive application

knowledge, teaching students how the law

process. The program requires a

can both cause and reflect social change.

year-long commitment. Students

First-year classes teach the basics of the

assist incarcerated clients with family

law, while second- and third-year classes

concerns (such as divorce and child-

allow students to further explore the

custody cases) as well as “victim-

curriculum and hone the lawyering skills of

initiated communication involving felony

good attorneys.

curriculum, the school employs nationally renowned faculty whose diverse background and experience provide students with new ideas and ways of thinking with regard to stem-cell research, death row, and other controversial topics. Faculty members have worked with

The Family Law Project-Restorative Justice Project, through which students

in Wisconsin’s approach to its law school

In order to facilitate its law-in-action-based

Legal Assistance to Institutionalized

offenders and their victims.” •

The Innocence Project, which allows students, under the supervision of faculty members, to investigate and litigate claims of innocence from people incarcerated in prisons in Wisconsin and other states.

their counterparts.”

for the bar exam.) Of those employed, 57% were working in private practice, earning, on average, $89,666 per year. In the U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 listing of the top law schools in the country, the University of Wisconsin was ranked 31st. In 2006, the entering class (the class of 2009) had an average LSAT score of 161 and a median GPA of 3.53. The 283 admitted students represented 119 undergraduate institutions. In his letter to prospective students, Davis stresses the importance of the school’s location. As the capital city of Wisconsin, Madison affords students access to the state legislature as well as state and federal courts and an abundance of legal offices. On the Net University of Wisconsin Law School Law in Action

members of Congress to draft legislation and

When they graduate, students are armed

with the European Union on monetary policy. A

with the practical, hands-on knowledge

City of Madison, Wisconsin

low student-faculty ratio (13:1 according to The

they have acquired through the law-in-


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