At the nation’s oldest Roman Catholic law school, students of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to develop the disciplined habits of mind, body, and spirit that characterize educated, skilled, and free human beings, while honing their intellectual and professional skills to serve the good of all.

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"At Notre Dame Law School, we are committed to excellence with purpose," says G. Marcus Cole, the Joseph A. Matson Dean and Professor of Law. "We train lawyers who are not only competent but caring, not only good lawyers but lawyers for good."

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Programs of Study

Business Law

Study the constantly changing legal puzzles that face businesses, with a special emphasis on transactional practice.

Criminal Law

Prepare to uphold the rule of law by learning the rules lawyers must follow to prosecute and defend criminal charges.

Energy & Environmental Law

Develop expertise in the law of natural resource use and protection — including land and water, fossil fuels, wildlife management, climate change, and more.

Global Law

Confront the increasingly transnational nature of today's legal problems through a deeper study of international and comparative law.

Intellectual Property & Technology Law

Learn core IP doctrines — patents, copyrights, trademarks, and unfair competition — and study fields such as design, cyberlaw, and antitrust.

Law, Ethics & Public Policy

Understand and analyze the standards by which we can gauge the value of laws. This program focuses on critical moral evaluation.

Public Law

Learn about the area of law that regulates the structure of government and its relations with individuals and foreign nations.

Real Estate Law

Build a foundation to address various real estate issues in legal practice, including development, finance, land use, and transactions.

A Global Approach

With placements all over the country and the opportunity to study internationally, ND Law gives students the opportunity to expand their own horizons.

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Women Lead 2021: Stephanie Barclay

Notre Dame Law Professor Stephanie Barclay was profiled in the University of Notre Dame's annual Women Lead feature in celebration of International Women's Day and Women's History Month.

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