University of Montana Law School

General Info

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The University of Montana School of Law offers an alternative to big, urban law schools. Each year, it enrolls approximately 80 students from across the country looking for a hands-on approach to legal education, where students and faculty work closely inside and outside of class. The atmosphere is enhanced by the surrounding Rocky Mountains, where wilderness and recreation offer a break from the rigors of law study.

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Montana Law School Admissions

Montana Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 66% of its applicants. Comparatively, Montana is Significantly Lower than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2024 371 243 (65.50%) 71 (19.1%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.06 3.38 3.63
LSAT 149 153 156

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $11,393 $30,078
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $15,346
  • Living off-campus: $15,346
  • Living at home: $4,354

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: N/A
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $60

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Montana Law School Community

Montana Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Montana is Below Average.

Student body

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Comparable Schools

Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 11
  • Part Time: 19


  • # Female Faculty: 16
  • # Minority Faculty: 5


21.5 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

Montana Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. University of Montana 1L section size is equal to law schools in Montana and 6% smaller than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Montana Law School: 124
Montana Average: 124
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 274
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 26

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 64
  • Law Journals: 33
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 3.6%
  • Second Year: 2.5%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Montana Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The University of Montana class of 2019 had an employment rate of 86% with 3% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2019, 81.8%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 49.0%
  • Business: 9.0%
  • Government: 10.0%
  • Public Interest: 7.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • Montana: 80%
  • Wyoming: 4%
  • Washington: 3%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 81.8%
  • First Time Takers: 77
  • Average School: 71.4%
  • Average State: 69.7%
  • Pass Difference: 1.8%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Montana: 69.7%
  • Passed: 45 of 63 (71.4%)
  • State Average: 69.7%
  • Difference: 1.8%