Established in 1869, Notre Dame Law School is the oldest Catholic law school in the United States. The Law School’s approach to legal education is informed and inspired by faith. Students are trained to view the law as a vocation in service to others, to explore the moral and ethical dimensions of the law, and to discover their unique roles in furthering the cause of justice.

Class of 2024 Profile

Our incoming class of 1Ls — 33% of whom are persons of color — is the most diverse in Notre Dame Law School’s history. The class also has the highest median LSAT score in the Law School’s history. Click on the button below to see the Class of 2024 profile.

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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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