MSU College of Law

Student Life

Programs in East Lansing, Michigan

On a Saturday night in East Lansing, one is equally likely to find MSU Law graduate students sharing their favorite home-cooked meals from their homelands, hanging out at one of the city’s night spots, studying as a group in the Law College library, relieving stress with a game of basketball or soccer, or having a late-night snowball fight on one of the scenic, park-like stretches of nature on campus.

The on-campus graduate programs include 50-70 students who come together as a family while they are away from their loved ones in more than 25 home countries. Celebrating national and religious holidays together and educating one another about customs, beliefs, and traditions from their countries, our graduate students also join their American classmates to recognize important holidays on the U.S. calendar.

Michigan State University, home to more than 6,000 international students from approximately 125 countries, has more than 250 student groups. Groups representing most cultures of the world can be found on campus, and all welcome new members. With 50 student organizations right at the Law College, the possibilities for making friends and professional connections are endless.


MSU Law’s Office of Graduate and International Programs, Office of Diversity Services, Master of Laws Student Association, and other groups present numerous educational, cultural, and social gatherings throughout the year, including the following:

  • Annual Law College Thanksgiving dinner, complete with halal turkey
  • Eid, Chinese New Year, Christmas, and other holiday celebrations
  • Visits to area court rooms and the Michigan Supreme Court
  • Weekly LL.M./M.J. lunches with faculty and visiting speakers
  • Weekly football (soccer), basketball, and other sports activities
  • Movie nights

The Master of Laws Student Association joins with other international student groups on campus to celebrate holidays, host events, and interact with MSU’s larger community. The university’s numerous resources for international students—including host families, the English Language Center, and strong community support—help make MSU feel like home.

Students in the LL.M. and M.J. Intellectual Property programs take part in numerous activities organized by the Intellectual Property, Information & Communications Law (IPIC) program and are encouraged to join the Intellectual Property Law Student Association and related professional groups.