Marquette University Law School

Marquette University Law School
Marquette University
Law School
Established 1908
Type Private
Catholic, Jesuit
Dean Joseph D. Kearney
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US
Campus Urban

Marquette University Law School is the professional school for the study of law at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and it is one of only two law schools in Wisconsin. With 45 full-time professors and approximately 760 J.D. students, the law school is ranked 95th among American law schools by U.S. News and World Report.[1] The school will rank 55th as a producer of federal judges upon the confirmation of two recent appointments to the bench.[2] Marquette’s alumni include two current members of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Judge Diane S. Sykes and Judge John L. Coffey) and one member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (Judge James A. Wynn, Jr.).

Marquette Law recently dedicated an $85 million building in downtown Milwaukee. The Law School has embarked on a sustained fund-raising effort to support new public policy and scholarship programs. The new law building was aided by a $51 million donation from Ray and Kay Eckstein. Joseph Zilber and Sheldon Lubar contributed $30 million and $2 million, respectively, to fund scholarships and facilitate public policy research and programming.



As a Jesuit institution, the law school is committed to the principle of cura personalis, or "care of the entire person." Consequently, the law school believes it has a duty to promote diversity and to encourage its "students to become agents for positive change in society."[3]

There are approximately 760 students enrolled in the J.D. program, with an average age of 25 in the entering class of 2010. About half had taken off one to four years between their undergraduate degrees and law school.[4]

Marquette is involved in the academic analysis of Wisconsin law and politics. Professors Dan Blinka and Tom Hammer co-author a digest of the decisions from the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals for Wisconsin Lawyer, the magazine of the state bar association.[5] Mike Gousha, Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy, hosts "On the Issues with Mike Gousha," a regular program at the law school where he interviews national and local public figures before an audience of faculty and students.[6] Recent guests have included PBS's Jim Lehrer and Judy Woodruff, USA Today Supreme Court correspondent Joan Biskupic, U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan, and Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp.[7]


Marquette University Law School was born out of Marquette University's 1908 acquisition of the Milwaukee Law Class and the Milwaukee University Law School. First known as the Marquette University College of Law, the school added a day division to the two predecessors' evening programs. The first dean was James G. Jenkins, a retired judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In 1916, the first edition of the Marquette Law Review was published, and in 1923, the college's name was changed to Marquette University Law School. A year later, the school moved into Sensenbrenner Hall. A law review article at the time described the building's interior: "four large lecture rooms and a large Moot Court room" and a "third floor [to] be occupied entirely by the library capable of holding 50,000 volumes." [8] The law school became a member of the Association of American Law Schools in 1912 and received American Bar Association approval in 1925. The evening program was suspended in 1924 as part of the accreditation process, and was not restored for decades.

It was under Dean Robert Boden that the modern law school emerged. He took over as acting dean in June 1965, and served as dean until his death in 1984. During those nearly 20 years, the size of the full-time faculty tripled, the student body nearly doubled, and the law library doubled the size of its collection.[9]

Dean Boden also oversaw a significant increase in the physical plant of the law school, making two major additions to Sensenbrenner Hall.[9] Moreover, in January 1968, the law library moved into the newly constructed Legal Research Center, appended to the west side of Sensenbrenner Hall. The move was managed by Professor Mary Alice Hohmann, the first woman to teach a law course at MULS.[10]

In the 25 years since Boden died, the law school's full-time faculty and student body have continued to grow. In the fall of 2010, the school moved into the new Eckstein Hall.[11] The school has also secured the two largest gifts in its history: $51 million from alumni Ray and Kay Eckstein for Eckstein Hall, and $30 million from real estate developer Joseph Zilber, the bulk of which will endow scholarships.[12]


In the fall of 2010, the Law School moved into the $85 million Eckstein Hall, named for alumni Raymond and Kathryn Eckstein. Located on the eastern end of the Marquette campus, two blocks from the Milwaukee County Courthouse, the building includes a four-story "library without borders," two mock court rooms, a cafeteria, a workout facility, and a conference center, in addition to classrooms and faculty offices.[13]

Degrees and curriculum

National Sports Law Institute at MULS

Marquette University Law School confers two degrees, the Juris Doctor and the Master of Laws in sports law for foreign-trained attorneys. The school's National Sports Law Institute offers sports law courses and internships with local sports organizations. The clinical experiences offered by the Restorative Justice Initiative and the classroom education in alternative dispute resolution courses complement one another to create the #6 alternative dispute resolution program in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.[14] The school also has programs in health care law and intellectual property law. It also partners with other colleges of Marquette University to offer joint degree programs for an M.B.A., an M.B.A. in Sports Business, or an M.A. in political science, international affairs, or the history of philosophy. Through an agreement with the Medical College of Wisconsin, the school offers a joint degree program for an M.A. in bioethics.

Throughout its courses and clinics, Marquette University Law School aims to provide its students with an education that is "practical" and "professional," equipping them for "the daily practice of law."[15]

Graduates of the Marquette University Law School, along with graduates of the University of Wisconsin Law School, are eligible for the diploma privilege as a method of admission to the bar. Unlike all other jurisdictions in the United States, Wisconsin's state bar allows graduates of accredited law schools within the state to join the bar without taking the state's bar examination if they complete certain requirements in their law school courses and achieve a certain level of performance in those courses. Graduates are also required to pass a character and fitness review by the Board of Bar Examiners.

Students are encouraged while in law school to participate in one of many pro bono opportunities. Students may complete for-credit internships with the AIDS Resource Center, Catholic Charities Immigration Assistance Project, Legal Action of Wisconsin, or Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee.[16] Marquette also operates four free, walk-in legal clinics, which offer free legal information and referral.[17] Community residents seeking help come to the Law School on select Saturdays for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.[18] A new program, the Milwaukee Legal Initiative for Non-profit Corporations (M-LINC), connects Marquette alumni and students to Milwaukee's non-profit community.[19] Finally, the Public Interest Law Society sponsors pro bono activities for students, including the PILS Fellowships that provide a stipend for students to work at public interest organizations during summer break.[20]

Student life

Students may participate in numerous campus clubs and activities, such as the Student Bar Association, the Federalist Society, or the Black Law Students Association.[21] The Moot Court Board sponsors the annual intramural Jenkins Moot Court Competition and teams for a variety of external competitions.[22] Some students also serve the community through the Pro Bono Society and other volunteer opportunities.[23]

Tuition for the law school is $36,300, and approximately one-third of students receive merit-based scholarships.[24]

Approximately 93% of graduated students are employed within nine months of commencement.[citation needed] Members of the Class of 2009 had an average starting salary of $70,000.[citation needed] Approximately 75% of students enter private or corporate practice at the end of law school.[25] Recent graduates have clerked for judges of the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Seventh Circuits, federal district courts, and state appellate courts.[26]

Journals and publications

Marquette University Law School publishes four law journals: the flagship Marquette Law Review, the Marquette Sports Law Review, the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review and the Marquette Elder's Advisor.

The Marquette Law Review is ranked 56th among general U.S. student-edited journals for citations by courts.[27] Founded in 1916, the journal is published quarterly. The U.S. Supreme Court has cited articles carried in its pages nine times, and other courts have also employed the legal scholarship and commentary it has published.

The Marquette Sports Law Review was the first semi-annual scholarly journal devoted entirely to issues in sports law.[28] It is ranked 87th among specialized U.S. student-edited journals for citations by courts,[27] and has been mentioned by the New York Times.[29] The journal covers legal issues affecting amateur, collegiate, Olympic, and professional sports, from athlete contracts to drug tests to stadium construction.

First published in 1997, the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review is ranked number eight for impact among the 56 U.S. intellectual property law reviews.[27]

The Marquette Elder's Advisor is a semi-annual review devoted to law and policy issues of later life, retirement, disability and financial planning.

By arrangement with the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, MULS faculty and students collaborate to edit the FDCC Quarterly, a practitioners' journal for attorneys who defend clients in cases involving torts, products liability, environmental law, and other civil claims.


Notable faculty

Notable alumni

Government and Politics




  1. ^ [1] U.S. News and World Report
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ Message from the Dean Marquette University Law School.
  4. ^ Fall 2010 Entering J.D. Class Marquette University Law School.
  5. ^ Wisconsin Lawyer
  6. ^ Fall 2010 On the Issues Schedule Marquette University Law School.
  7. ^ Marquette Law School: On the Issues Marquette University Law School.
  8. ^ "Law School History" Marquette University Law School.
  9. ^ a b John J. Kircher, Dean Robert F. Boden: A Retrospective, 67 Marquette Law Review, pp. xi, xiii (1983).
  10. ^ Robert F. Boden, In Memorial: Mary Alice Hohmann, 65 Marquette Law Review, p. 501 (1982)
  11. ^ Eckstein Hall MULS's Ray and Kay Eckstein Hall.
  12. ^ "Zilber Makes $30M Gift to Marquette Law School", Milwaukee Business Journal, Aug. 20, 2007.
  13. ^ "Marquette University's new building gives law school vital space," Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Sept. 5, 2010.
  14. ^ " Law Specialty Rankings: Dispute Resolution," U.S. News and World Report.
  15. ^ John J. Kircher, Dean Robert F. Boden: A Retrospective, 67 Marq. L. Rev. xi, xiv (1983)
  16. ^ "Spring 2008 Clinics, Marquette University Law School.
  17. ^ "Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic"
  18. ^ "Volunteer Income Tax Assistance", Marquette University Law School.
  19. ^ Milwaukee Legal Initiative for Nonprofit Corporations (M-LINC)
  20. ^ "PILS Fellowship Experiences", Marquette University Law School.
  21. ^ Student Organizations Marquette University Law School.
  22. ^ Moot Court Offerings at Marquette University Law School Marquette University Law School.
  23. ^ Volunteer Legal Clinic Marquette University Law School.
  24. ^ Tuition, Financial Aid, and Scholarships Marquette University Law School.
  25. ^ Employment Statistics: Class of 2009 Marquette University Law School.
  26. ^ "Judicial Clerkships" Marquette Lawyer.
  27. ^ a b c Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking Washington and Lee University School of Law.
  28. ^ Arts, Entertainment, and Sports Washington & Lee Law Library. See Fay Vincent, Preface, 1 Marq. Sports L. J. ix (1990).
  29. ^ Liptak, Adam. "When Rendering Decisions, Judges Are Finding Law Reviews Irrelevant," New York Times, March 19, 2007.
  30. ^ "Best Law Professor 2009" Wisconsin Law Journal; "Best Law Professor 2010" "Wisconsin Law Journal".
  31. ^ Former Sen. Feingold will be a professor at Marquette Law School, Associated Press

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