Why Choose Notre Dame Law?
Educating a Different Kind of Lawyer
The Notre Dame Law School experience focuses on professional excellence inspired by enduring values. We believe that academic development does not occur in a vacuum, and we strive to provide resources that allow you to broaden your social, spiritual, and personal lives, while honing your intellectual and professional skills. The Notre Dame experience inspires students to examine their study and practice of law within the context of their responsibilities as members of the bar, as participants in an active faith community, and as citizens of the world. A Notre Dame lawyer embodies the characteristics of exceptional moral and ethical standards, extraordinary ability, and a compassion for others. With the honor of a Notre Dame degree, comes the responsibility to maintain this distinct reputation.
Customize Your Curriculum
Notre Dame’s diverse curriculum offerings allows you to take both core legal course and specialty courses as you explore various fields of law. A blend of traditional lecture classes, small seminars, and hands-on learning opportunities means that you will be taught to think like a lawyer and will have the opportunity to do many of the things that lawyers do in practice.
To address the increasingly interdisciplinary dimensions of law and legal practice, the Law School faculty has teamed up with leading professors from other Notre Dame colleges and departments to create interdisciplinary programs.
The Law School also provides guided programs of study for students who wish to focus on particular legal fields and problems. These programs enable you to study established and emerging areas of law in light of modern challenges and developments.
You are given a variety of opportunities to apply classroom knowledge in practical settings. Acquiring a unique combination of practical training and job skills through Clinical, Trial Advocacy, Externship, and Pro-Bono programs, you are prepared to succeed in every sector of the legal job market.
Dedicated Career Development Office
Our Career Development Office provides programs, resources, and counseling to assist you in managing your career in public- and private-sector positions at law firms, government offices, and organizations throughout the United States. You are provided with a wide range of services including on- and off-campus interview programs, judicial clerkship application support, career fairs and conferences, and collaboration with student organizations on career related programming, allowing you to achieve success in securing employment.
Graduate and Join a National Alumni Network
A Notre Dame law degree is recognized by employers nationwide and provides an open door into all sectors of legal employment. You can shape public policy as a practicing lawyer, public servant, judge, innovator in business or in the non-profit world, among many other career options. One of Notre Dame Law School’s greatest strengths—and something that distinguishes it from other top-tier law schools—is its alumni network. The Notre Dame Law School alumni play a significant role in the life of the Notre Dame Law School student. Alumni give generously of their time and talents to help the Admissions Office recruit the finest future Notre Dame lawyers. They also help prospective students gain a better understanding of the Law School, its academic programs, career opportunities, culture, and mission. And they assist many current students who seek employment in a wide range of public and private sector positions.
Quality of Life
As a Notre Dame law student, you will have time for fun while in school. Notre Dame and the surrounding community offer many fun and affordable options for your free time. In addition to taking advantage of the many sources of recreation on Notre Dame’s campus—from athletics to the performing arts—you will have easy access to plenty of places for food and fun in Michiana.
If the campus lakes and trails don’t sate your appetite for the great outdoors, the Michiana area offers many options. The beaches of Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes are less than an hour away. The St. Joseph River provides a great course for canoeing or kayaking. From whitewater rafting and fishing to mountain biking and hiking, or from cross-country skiing and tubing to disc golf and camping, the many parks in South Bend and Mishawaka offer it all. Additionally, there are many concerts, events, and festivals held in each of the parks around the area.
Fall is a beautiful time of year in the Midwest and while football games will probably consume many weekends, other activities like picking apples or touring wine county can provide a much needed break from your studies. Winter fields a Law School bowling league that takes advantage of our local bowling alleys (which also have indoor miniature golf and go-karts). If indoor sports are not your thing, there are ample opportunities for ice skating, cross-country or downhill skiing, and tubing. Spring and summer in the Michiana area can be hot and humid, but the festivals, free outdoor movies and concerts, and park activities can help keep you cool. And don’t forget the beach is about 40 minutes away.