Valparaiso University Law School celebrated its 133rd anniversary in 2012. Founded in 1879 as a not-for-profit independent law school, it became part of Valparaiso University in 1905. The Law School received ABA accreditation in 1929 and was admitted into AALS in 1930. It is the thirty-eighth oldest ABA accredited law school in the United States.
The Law School is located in Wesemann and Heritage Halls, on Valparaiso University’s 320-acre campus in an area known as “Old Campus” which is adjacent to the historic district of downtown Valparaiso, Indiana. Heritage Hall, the Lawyering Skills Center, houses the Valparaiso University Law School Legal Clinic, where students provide free or low cost legal services to disadvantaged residents. Heritage Hall also offers students space to learn and build skills in moot court and trial advocacy competitions, appellate advocacy, dispute resolution, mediation, negotiation, client counseling, and pre-trial practice.
Valparaiso University Law School transforms individuals into well-rounded professionals through an environment rich in faculty-guided learning by doing. Our rigorous curriculum combines legal theory with an intensive focus on research, writing, and critical thinking. Our graduates enter their careers with skills and confidence, ready to solve problems and bring value to clients and communities. Valparaiso Law encourages students to engage in externships, internships, clinic, and pro bono experiences that build their confidence and practical skills in the profession. Faculty and staff actively foster an environment in which students are expected to work together, support one another, share accomplishments, and build professional skills and relationships.
The Law School offers a traditional three-year full-time program, an accelerated two-and-a-half year program, and a five-year, part-time program toward the Juris Doctor degree; a Master of Laws degree for international students; and, seven dual degree programs.