A year in London (and beyond!)

Carlene Miller, 2L

I decided to apply to Notre Dame Law – and ultimately accepted my admission offer – because of the Notre Dame Law in London program. I had spent two of my undergraduate summers in London, and I had never anticipated that I would be able to return to the city that I love during law school. The Notre Dame London Law Centre affords a completely unique and valuable experience that other law schools simply do not provide.…

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Two NDLA Board Members, Brian Bates, ’79 BA, ’86 J.D. and Maureen Reidy Witt, ’80 J.D. Receive Awards Presented by the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado


On February, 25th, 2016, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Colorado presented Brian Bates, ’79 BA, ’86 JD with the St. Thomas More Award and Maureen Reidy Witt, ’80 JD with the Lifetime Achievement Award. This marks the first year that both the Guild’s honorees were graduates of Notre Dame.

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Notre Dame Alumni Reconnect at San Diego Sports and Business Panel


The Notre Dame Lawyers Club of San Diego hosted a sports and business panel discussion at PETCO Park earlier this month that proved to be a great success.

“It was fitting that the sports and business panel was at Petco Park because the event was a homerun,” said Juan Castañeda, founder of Castañeda Trial Attorneys. Castañeda serves on the leadership team of the Notre Dame Lawyers Club of San Diego.…

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Notre Dame Law School Names Two 2016 Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellows

Notre Dame Law School and the Bank of America Foundation have named Christina Jones and Nicholas Bedenk this year’s Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellows. The Bank of America Foundation Community Sustainability Fellowship places NDLS graduates in agencies or private nonprofits for a two-year term.

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Housing: Will you live on or off campus?

For many college towns and communities finding housing can be a real struggle. Not South Bend. With approximately 85 percent of Notre Dame’s undergraduate population living on campus for all four years, Notre Dame’s graduate and professional students find that finding a nice, affordable place in our community is a breeze! The Notre Dame community provides students with ample housing options – both on

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The Top 10 Things You Need to Know About Admitted Student Weekends

With our first admitted student weekend just around the corner, we are busy preparing to welcome many of you to campus.

If you are already registered, we look forward to seeing you! If you have not registered yet, we hope this top 10 list will help you see how beneficial this program can be in making your decision on where to attend law school.…

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From “Briefing a Case?” To Successful Career

Audra Passinault, ’15 J.D.

Beginning law school can be intimidating. I did not come to Notre Dame Law School from a family of lawyers or with any prior law-related work experience. My undergraduate degree was in gender studies and I had never seen a casebook. On the first day of class, I was sure I was in over my head as I sat listening to other students talk about briefing cases, working in law firms, and something called a Bluebook. I was petrified that I did not have the skills necessary to succeed.…

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You Can Create Your Own Public Interest Dream Job at Notre Dame Law School

Katelynn McBride

Program Director, Public Interest & Chicago Initiatives

The law can be an incredible tool for change and Notre Dame students know it. In fact, Notre Dame students often make the choice to come here because they want to be “a different kind of lawyer.”
The problem is that it can be a challenge for a job seeker find an open job posting that would allow them to do what they always dreamed of doing – particularly for those interested in public-interest and pubic-service law. At Notre Dame, our students can do just that.…

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Peace Wager: ND Law Expert Assists with Negotiations in Colombia

Peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the country’s principal leftist guerrillas had come to a standstill yet again. One of the longest and bloodiest civil wars in modern history hung in the balance. A month earlier, the rebels had killed 11 soldiers at an army camp. The government retaliated, killing more than 20 guerrillas, who ended their unilateral ceasefire.

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Maximizing your potential as a lawyer

By Brendan Barber, 1L

Law school is about more than score and rankings. It is a community of individuals that will define you for life. When considering various law schools, I encourage you to examine the numbers, such as employment rates, tuition costs, and alumni geographic distributions. However, your ultimate decision should be based on fit.…

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The Loyal Alumni Network

By Claudia Tran, 2L

You always hear about the generosity and kindness of Notre Dame alumni, but you never really know it for yourself until it changes your life. As a first-year law student, the beginning is both overwhelming and exciting. The very first day of law school is the day you realize that all your dreams are finally attainable. My dream was to be a sports-law attorney and thanks to the support and help of Notre Dame alumni, last summer my dream came true.…

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Faculty Mourn the Loss of a Great U.S. Supreme Court Justice

“It would be difficult to overstate Justice Scalia’s impact on the law. His jurisprudence touched nearly every area of the Constitution, and he has profoundly influenced the way that lawyers think about questions of statutory and constitutional interpretation.

Tonight, however, those of us who knew the Justice mourn the loss of a mentor and friend. His brilliance and wit not only lit up a pen; they lit up a room. He was larger than life, and it is difficult to imagine life without him in it.…

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Demystifying Scholarships

Beyond the actual process of applying and admissions, the most popular area for questions from our prospective students – especially the admitted students! – is scholarship and financial aid opportunities. The manner in which you will finance your legal education is very important. Our staff has tried to answer some of the most popular questions on our Financial Aid FAQ

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Welcome Home! (And a Great Legal Career)

Dalton Patterson, ’15 J.D.

In July of 2015, I was at Notre Dame Law School doing some last-minute studying for the Illinois Bar Exam. I had returned home to Washington, D.C., for most of the summer, so I had not been back to NDLS since graduation in May. As I was trying to memorize the rules for adverse possession for perhaps the millionth time, I was approached by my first-year Constitutional law professor who warmly said “Welcome home.” I could not have agreed more.…

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