Student Enrollment on October 5, 2019:

  • 1,156 J.D. students enrolled 
  • 500 J.D. students are members of minority groups (43.3%)
  • 689 J.D. students are women (59.6%)
  • 30 J.D. students are from foreign countries (0.3%)
  • 80.5% of J.D. students are enrolled part time

2019 Faculty

  • 226 total faculty
  • 56 full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty
  • 170 part-time faculty

Degrees Awarded

  • The Law School awarded 279 J.D. degrees from October 6, 2018 to October  2019
  • Since its founding, the Law School has awarded 21,032 J.D. degrees and 524 LL.M. degrees


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