Valparaiso University School of Law

Valparaiso University School of Law

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Established in 1879, Valparaiso University School of Law is one of the oldest schools in Indiana, and one of the first in the country to admit women. It combines a rich tradition with an innovative curriculum.

“We have used our proud tradition as a foundation for creativity in the classroom,” says Dean Andrea D. Lyon. This Lutheran school recently eschewed the traditional semester system in favor of four, seven-week mini-semesters, which offer first-year students more flexibility in their education.

“We’re able to give students more regular feedback than they might get at other law schools as a result of the ‘mini-mesters,’” Senior Executive Director Christopher Childers said. “We’ve also created several short-term courses with practicum programs in healthcare and international law for a breadth of experience.”

The school can be well-summarized through its slogan, "a call to law," which encompasses the students and faculty in serving the community.

The school also offers a number of unique dual degree programs, including a JD/MA in Chinese Studies and a JD/MS in sports administration, each of which can be completed in about three years. It also offers an SJD. Valparaiso’s curriculum integrates legal writing across all specialties.

“Valparaiso University Law School is well-known regionally as an institution that trains students to be attorneys with the highest level of legal research and writing skills,” said Dean Lyon. “This reputation is owed to the excellent legal writing and research faculty we have here. Our legal writing scholars are full members of the faculty and make amazing contributions to the classroom and to the academic community.” 

Students can apply their education through the school’s externship opportunities as well as the pro bono program. All students are expected to complete 40 hours of volunteer work in the program before they graduate. Many earn as much as 60 for a pro bono commendation.

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75th Percentile1513.36
25th Percentile1452.69
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$24,672$24,672
Living Expenses
Median grant$19725
Percent receiving grants64.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 69.70%
NJ Employment54.35
Bar Passage46.60%
Academic Profile
Criminal Law and Procedure
Human Rights
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy