MSU College of Law

Why MSU Law?

Michigan State University College of Law students learn to think like lawyers – and to apply those foundational reasoning skills outside of the classroom. By the time they graduate, they’re not only ready to join the legal profession, they’re prepared to be leaders in their workplaces and communities.

Our graduates join a global network of over half a million living MSU alumni, and they benefit from worldwide name recognition. Around half of our students come from outside of Michigan, and they start their legal careers in dozens of states each year.

Maybe you know exactly what kind of law you plan to practice, or maybe you don’t. Either way, our flexible curriculum will allow you to explore the law.

Our programs and focus areas provide course groupings, allowing you to build your expertise in a particular area of legal practice. We offer around 170 different elective courses every year, with instructional styles that range from classic Socratic lectures to intimate, discussion-driven seminars.

MSU Law students can perform meaningful social justice work after their first year of law school.

Our live-client clinics connect students with children, immigrants, low-income renters, exploited animals, prisoners, and student journalists who need help. Students work closely with faculty mentors to resolve important legal issues – and change their clients’ lives.

Law school is intense. With law-specific academic success programming, a network of student wellness resources, and dedicated career services professionals, MSU Law commits to helping our students navigate the challenges of legal education and emerge as confident professionals.

Faculty members play a key role in shaping the student experience. You’ll be inspired by our passionate faculty as you learn from their standout scholarship and connect with them beyond the classroom.

MSU’s many professional degree programs provide opportunities to build interdisciplinary expertise. Our students can enhance the value of their JDs by earning another graduate degree concurrently. Dual degrees allow a predetermined number of credits from each program to count as electives in the other.

Recent custom degree programs include:

  • JD-MA in English
  • JD-MS in Fisheries & Wildlife
  • JD-MS in Forestry
  • JD-MA in Labor Relations & Human Resources
  • JD-MA in Urban & Regional Planning
  • JD-MSW in Social Work