The Notre Dame Experience

At Notre Dame, students enjoy close relationships with both fellow students and faculty members. This is due, in part, to our small class sizes and location in the heart of the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Everything you need is within a short walk. There is also the intangible “Notre Dame experience.” Though hard to describe, students feel it when they are here. We are a proud, tight-knit family. The bond between students and fellow graduates is like no other. Once you identify yourself with Notre Dame, you become part of something bigger.

1869 Founded

566 Students

30+ Student Organizations


Paolo Carozza

Professor Paolo Carozza

“We have an opportunity and a responsibility to make Notre Dame an even more vital community of knowledge and learning on human dignity, justice, and the common good throughout the world."

Erika Gustin

Erika Gustin ’19 J.D.

“It’s been a privilege to meet some of the greatest people I’ve ever known and forge lifelong friendships in the process. People talk about ‘alumni networks,’ but Notre Dame adopts you into the family.”


Juan Castaneda ’05 J.D.

“Two institutions have led to the most opportunities in my career — the Department of Justice and Notre Dame. ND’s reputation is international, and time and time again it has opened doors for me.”

Law Global Perspective

Global Perspective

For many, our legal education only begins in South Bend. In practice, it extends throughout the country and world.

Notre Dame offers numerous classes, internships, and opportunities for study abroad — including the Notre Dame London Law Programme and our exchange programs with top law schools in Chile, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kenya, and Switzerland. With a semester or year abroad, our students gain a distinct global dimension to their legal education.

“Notre Dame Law School is committed to creating lawyers who care about excellence with purpose.” – Dean G. Marcus Cole

Openness of Discourse

As a Catholic institution, Notre Dame Law School promotes open discussion and cultivates an environment where people can pursue answers to life’s big questions. By bringing together students and faculty from a variety of faiths, backgrounds, and experiences, we encourage robust debate and the sharing of ideas with respect for every point of view. 

Openness Of Discourse