Marquette University Law School offers a challenging academic program that provides a solid foundation in legal theory and principles. We provide practical training in the nuts and bolts of being an effective attorney.

Marquette Law School students work with an outstanding faculty in an atmosphere of complete academic and intellectual freedom. Students have the added advantages of flexible scheduling and a part-time option.

The Law School's first-year program emphasizes the foundational principles upon which the law is built, with particular focus on developing the writing skills necessary for legal practice today.

In their second year, students begin to explore criminal law, taxation, commercial law, family law, and other specialty areas. Marquette University Law School is nationally known for excellent programming in intellectual property, litigation, alternative dispute resolution and sports law.

Experiential learning is built in to our curriculum. You can choose to participate in a prosecutor, defender, or mediation clinic or to complete a judicial or agency internship. Find out more information about our clinics and judicial internships.

Other opportunities include directed research, graduate assistantships, clerkships, and pro bono service. Students can also enhance their academic experience through Moot Court competitions or by working on one of four law reviews and other publications.

Marquette University Law School's Juris Doctor Program

A specific course of pre-law study is not required for admission to the Law School. However, there are certain educational objectives that students should keep in mind when planning their college or university program. Prospective students are encouraged to read through the tips on preparation for law school on the Office of Admission's website.

All applicants to the Law School must have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university before enrolling in the Law School. All applicants are also required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and to subscribe to the Law School Admission Council's Credential Assembly Service (CAS). Extensive details on applying to Marquette University Law School can be found on the Office of Admissions website. In addition, in order to receive the J.D. degree students must comply with Marquette University Law School's degree requirements.

For further information on admission to Marquette University Law School call (414) 288-6767 or send an email.

LL.M. in Sports Law for foreign lawyers

Marquette University's Board of Trustees has approved the offering of a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Sports Law for those with non-U.S. law degrees. This is the first graduate degree in Sports Law offered by a United States law school. The program, offered in conjunction with Marquette's internationally renowned National Sports Law Institute, provides lawyers trained at foreign law schools with both theoretical and practical education concerning legal regulation of the United States amateur and professional sports industries as well as Olympic sports.

The LL.M. degree requires students to complete a minimum of 22 credit hours, including a major research paper on an international or comparative sports law topic, during a nine-month period of academic residence at Marquette University Law School, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.A. Required courses include Amateur Sports Law, Professional Sports Law, two sports law elective courses, and an LL.M. Directed Research Project on an international or comparative sports law issue/topic. Students also take two general elective courses from the Law School's civil litigation and dispute resolution, business and commercial law, employment law, and intellectual property law.

Further information on the LL.M. in Sports Law for foreign lawyers is found here.