7 Elite MSI Law Schools at MSIs

by Kelly Lewis

Law schools play an important part in preparing future lawyers, judges, and public officials. Over the years, law schools have become more and more rigorous with a low average acceptance rate. Although the more elite institutions have lower acceptance rates, they come with benefits. Graduates from elite law institutions have higher-paying and more-esteemed jobs. This week’s MSI Line Up highlights some of the top law schools at Minority Serving Institutions.

1) University of Southern California (AANAPISI)—Los Angeles, CA


The University of Southern California School of Law (Gould) has more to offer students than a great location and splendid weather. For over 115 years, Gould has offered students an institution of reputable excellence and diverse alumni. Today, the school is known as one of the nation’s most diverse law school. 40% of their students identify as people color, 12% as first generation, and 10% as economically disadvantaged. The median GPA of the 2017 class is a 3.78 and a median LSAT of 165. Additionally, Gould offers a median scholarship award of about $31,000. Click here to learn more.

2) University of Houston (AANAPISI)—Houston, TX


Located in the heart of the nation’s fourth-largest city, Houston, TX, you can find the University of Houston Law Center (UHLC). The Law Center has been known for its “best-value” reputation, consistently producing programs ranked in the top 10 by the U.S News & World Report, and placements rates of graduates in top law firms. Interestingly, about 40% of student in 2017 entering class identity as people of color. UHLC graduates also have a bar pass rate of approximately 86%, ten points higher than the Texas average. Read more on the University of Houston Law Center here.

 3) University of California, Irvine (AANAPISI)—Orange County, CA


The University of California, Irvine (UCI) is a special place. First, students at the University of California, Irvine Law school have the opportunity to visit beaches, explore parks, and embrace the nearly perfect weather. Second, UCI’s commitment to teaching has led to a student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1, in addition to, having faculty ranked 7th in the nation for scholarly impact. Third, among the fall 2017 class, 48% of the student identified as low-income. Lastly, the application process is free! No fee waiver is necessary. Learn more about UCI Law here.

4) Howard University (HBCU)—Washington, DC

Howard School of Law

As the epicenter of the nation’s legal institutions, D.C. is the ideal location for the study of law. Washington, D.C. is home to federal agencies, public interest groups, private law firms, and corporations. In addition to the unique opportunity to observe the cities law-making process, students at Howard University School of Law benefit from other perks. The School of Law offers an exchange program at three law institutions allowing students to pursue courses in areas of studies not offered within their home university. Howard also offers prospective students the option to apply for a J.D/M.B.A. Read more about Howard University, School of Law here.

5) University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Honolulu, HI


The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of law (Richardson) is located in Honolulu. Richardson School of Law is a multicultural community committed to serving all students regardless of their academic background. This institution is currently offering a tuition freeze through 2020. Residents of the area can expect to pay less than $25,000 a year. The University of Hawaii at Manoa School of law offers several dual degree programs such as J.D/M.B. A, J.D./Ph.D., and J.D./M.A. According to the entering class profile, students with a GPA of 2.94 and LSAT score of 151 were found in the 25th percentile of the 2017 incoming class. Read more about the law school at the University of Manoa here.

6) University of Maryland (AANAPISI) — College Park, Maryland


University of Maryland School of Law (Carey) has been around since 1813. Over the last 200 years, UM Carey has delivered outstanding law content in both the clinical and classroom settings. UM Carey offers three main degree program options: Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Master of Science in Law. Applicants can choose to attend full-time or part-time. The median LSAT score is 157 and undergraduate GPA is 3.51. Read more about University of Maryland here.

7) Florida International University (HSI)—Miami, FL


Florida International University is the home of the only public law school in southern Florida. Established in early 2001, FIU College of Law has been determined to become a premier institution. According to U.S News & World Report, College of Law is ranked top 100 law in the nation. Regionally its ranked top 3 in job placement and quality of incoming students. It is also ranked first in first-time bar passing rate since 2015. Learn more here.

Do you know any other elite MSI Law Schools? comments below!

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