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University of Michigan continues to have one of the largest law school applicant pools  in the U.S.  For UM graduates' specific admission information, see the highlights below, which are taken from the annual Law School Application Council Pre-Law Advisor Action Report and the National Application Year Summary.   You may also wish to peruse the more detailed national statistics provided by the ABA.

2016

Of the 361 University of Michigan seniors and alumni/ae who applied to law school in the 2015-2016 cycle, 317 were accepted and 273 matriculated (88% acceptance rate vs. 76% nationally).  Alumni/ae continued to outnumber the graduating seniors applying to law school (71% vs. 29%).  At least 33 UM graduates matriculated in the the first year class at University of Michigan Law School.  On average, UM applicants received 3.57 law school admission offers each (vs. 2.57 nationally).

Notwithstanding a slight decline in the number of law school applicants, University of Michigan still ranked #11 in the country in the overall list of undergraduate feeder institutions to law schools.  Specifically, 361 University of Michigan seniors and alumni applied (with 373 in the previous year, for a 3.2% decline) vs. 56,479 nationally (with 54,467 in the previous year, for a 3.6% uptick).


2015

Of the 373 University of Michigan seniors and alumni/ae who applied to law school in the 2014-2015 cycle, 347 were accepted and 297 matriculated (93% acceptance rate vs. 78% nationally).  Alumni/ae continued to outnumber the graduating seniors applying to law school (69% vs. 31%).  At least 23 UM graduates matriculated in the the first year class at University of Michigan Law School.  On average, UM applicants received 4.2 law school admission offers each (vs. 2.7 nationally).

Notwithstanding a sharper than national decline in the number of law school applicants, University of Michigan still ranked #11 in the country in the overall list of undergraduate feeder institutions to law schools.  Specifically, 373 University of Michigan seniors and alumni applied (with 425 in the previous year, for a 12% decline) vs. 54,467 nationally (with 55,697 in the previous year, for a 2% decline).


2014

Of the 425 University of Michigan seniors and alumni/ae who applied to law school in the 2013-2014 cycle, 392 were accepted and 338 matriculated (92.2% acceptance rate vs. 78% nationally).  Alumni/ae continued to outnumber the graduating seniors applying to law school (65% vs. 35%).  At least 40 UM graduates matriculated in the the first year class at University of Michigan Law School.

After a dramatic decline in law school applications over the past decade--in the 2003-2004 cycle, 1,233 University of Michigan seniors and alumni had applied--for the first time in 2013-2014, the number of University of Michigan seniors and alumni applying to law school remained stable (425 vs. 428 in the previous year).  However, at the national level, applicants continued to decline:  55,697 from 59,384 in the previous year.


2013

  • Of the University of Michigan seniors and alumni/ae who applied to law school in 2012-2013, 87.8% were accepted (vs. 76.9% nationally). Specifically, of the 428 individuals from UM who applied, 376 were accepted, and 325 matriculated.

  • Reflecting a national trend, the number of University of Michigan applicants to law school in 2012-2013 decreased by 19.5% (428 vs. 532 in the previous year). Alumni/ae continued to outnumber the graduating seniors applying to law school (63.1% vs. 36.9%).

  • Consistently, University of Michigan is represented in the entering class at top law schools in the nation. In 2013, at least 49 UM graduates matriculated in the first year class at University of Michigan Law School alone.


2012

  • Of the University of Michigan seniors and alumni/ae who applied to law school in 2011-2012, 85.7%. were accepted (vs. 74.6% nationally). Specifically, of the 532 individuals from UM who applied, 456 were accepted, and 399 matriculated.

  • Reflecting a national trend, the number of University of Michigan applicants to law school in 2011-2012 decreased by 34.3% (532 vs. 810 in the previous year). Alumni/ae continued to outnumber the graduating seniors applying to law school (63.3% vs. 36.6%).

  • Consistently, University of Michigan is represented in the entering class at top law schools in the nation. In 2012, at least 44 UM graduates matriculated in the first year class at University of Michigan Law School alone.


2011

  • Of the University of Michigan seniors and alumni/ae who applied to law school in 2010-2011, 85.5%. were accepted (vs. 71% nationally). Specifically, of the 810 individuals from UM who applied, 693 were accepted, and 582 matriculated.

  • The number of University of Michigan applicants to law school in 2010-2011 decreased by 6.2% (810 vs. 864 in the previous year). Alumni/ae continued to outnumber the graduating seniors applying to law school (65.2% vs. 34.8%).

  • Consistently, University of Michigan is represented in the entering class at top law schools in the nation. In 2011, 58 UM graduates matriculated in the first year class at University of Michigan Law School alone!


2010

  • Of the University of Michigan seniors and alumni/ae who applied to law school in 2009-2010, 82.4%. were accepted (vs. 69% nationally). Specifically, of the 864 individuals from UM who applied, 712 were accepted, and 616 matriculated.

  • The number of University of Michigan applicants to law school in 2009-2010 decreased by 2% (864 vs. 882 in the previous year). Alumni/ae continued to outnumber the graduating seniors applying to law school (70.7% vs. 29.3%).

  • Consistently, University of Michigan is represented in the entering class at top law schools in the nation.