ND Law Association

The Notre Dame Law Association is open to all attorneys with a Notre Dame degree, whether that degree is from Notre Dame Law School or another University of Notre Dame degree program. Graduates of the Law School are automatically registered as members of the NDLA. Other Notre Dame alumni who want to join the NDLA should contact the Law School’s Alumni Relations Office at 574-631-6891 or lawalum@nd.edu. NDLA members receive regular mailings from the Law School, invitations to events, and access to thousands of Notre Dame lawyers across the country and abroad.

Judge Schroeder

Dear Fellow Notre Dame Lawyers,

On behalf of the Board of the Notre Dame Law Association (NDLA), I welcome all Notre Dame alumni to our website.  

For over 150 years, Notre Dame Law School has proudly educated a “different kind of lawyer” – one who sees the law as more than just a profession and endeavors to explore the moral and ethical dimensions of the law while furthering the cause of justice.  Notre Dame is a special place, and the NDLA is uniquely charged to support the Law School.

Our mission is to help the Law School recruit outstanding students; mentor and assist those students as they prepare for their legal careers and secure employment; conduct events that are designed to promote and contribute toward the mutual support of all NDLA members; foster a spirit of solidarity, friendship, and dedication among NDLA members and friends of the University and the Law School; and advise the Dean and faculty in various areas as requested.

Every graduate of the Law School is a member of the NDLA, and all lawyers with a Notre Dame degree are invited to join our ranks to participate in passing the benefits of our Notre Dame education onto the next generation.  

To further the mission of the NDLA, we have organized Notre Dame Lawyer Committees in conjunction with the Notre Dame Alumni Association in over 30 cities across the country.  Through these committees, Notre Dame lawyers have held continuing legal education seminars; Hesburgh Lectures by Law School faculty; meet and greet receptions; golf tournaments; and a variety of social and networking opportunities for admitted students, law students, attorneys, and judges.

The opportunities are myriad, and the rewards are enduring.  You can:

  • Encourage bright, aspiring law students to consider Notre Dame Law School;
  • Speak with admitted students about the benefits of choosing Notre Dame Law School;
  • Engage with Notre Dame Law School students about their interest in practicing law in your location or about private practice, public service, corporate practice, or non-profit work;
  • Attend (or start) a  Notre Dame Lawyer Committee in your area; and
  • Mentor a young Notre Dame lawyer. 

Sometimes, a simple phone call with a student or recent graduate can make all the difference.  

To join the dedicated members of your NDLA Board in carrying out our mission, please reach out to your NDLA regional director; the Law School Alumni Program Manager, Tammye Raster; or me. 

And please mark your calendars for September 17, 2022, when the Law School will host its 6th Annual Homecoming Tailgate on the DeBartolo Quad as the Fighting Irish take on the California Golden Bears in Notre Dame Stadium. We look forward to seeing you!


Thomas D. Schroeder ’84 J.D.
President, Notre Dame Law Association