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Founded 1869 | ABA Accredited 1925

Established in 1869, the Notre Dame Law School is the oldest Roman Catholic Law School in the United States. Located in Notre Dame, IN, the law school recently ranked among the top 23 law schools in the nation according U.S. News & World Report. Although the school has been educating law students for over a century, its facilities are relatively new. In January 2009, the law school moved into a new building with cutting-edge technology and significantly more space.

“Embracing the life of the mind and the wisdom of the heart, the Notre Dame Law School stands in two ancient traditions: the English and American tradition of common law based on court decisions, customs, and common usages; and the Catholic tradition, which brings specific spiritual and moral values to bear upon daily life and legal judgments.” (Notre Dame Law School Website) The curriculum is wide and varied with a key characteristic being the emphasis the school places on ethics. During the first year, students engage in the traditional foundation courses as well as an ethics course. There are a few required courses during the second year, including an additional course in ethics, but students still have many opportunities to pursue courses, seminars, internships, and other offerings that correspond with their individual interests and talents. One popular choice is an opportunity to study in London.

For those seeking to compliment their JD degree with another discipline, the law school offers three formal joint degree programs, including the J.D./M.B.A., J.D./Master of Engineering program, and a J.D./M.A. in English program. In addition, the law school offers the LL.M. and S.J.D. for those interested in pursuing an advanced degree.


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