History and Accreditation
Founded in 1879 and accredited by the ABA in 1929 and the AALS in 1930
Law School Enrollment
520 (full-time, part-time, and LL.M.)
Valparaiso University Enrollment
More than 4,000 from most states and more than 40 countries.
2012 Entering Class Profile
Our 163 new students possess a wide range of life experiences, proven leadership and team skills. Fifty-four (33%) are from groups underrepresented in the law and five are from other countries. Collectively, they attended undergraduate and graduate schools in 25 states, and 4 foreign countries, and are fluent in 17 languages other than English.
90% of students receive financial assistance through scholarships and federal loans.
Cost of Attendance
Tuition for the 2012–13 academic year for full-time students is $37,980 with student fees of $872. Part-time students (who are enrolled for 8 credits a semester) pay $1,490 per credit hour (=$11,920 per semester) with student fees of $430.
Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Juvenile, Immigration, Mediation, Sports Law, Tax, and Wrongful Conviction. Please visit the Law Clinic page to find out more about our clinic offerings. Our Immigration Clinic opened to clients in fall 2012 at our Hyde Park, Chicago location.
Over 90 externships, varied in credit hours, are established at firms, agencies, courts, and organizations throughout the United States.
J.D. (3 year full-time, 2 1/2 year accelerated full-time, and 5 year part-time), 7 Dual Degree Programs (J.D./MBA; J.D./MA in Chinese Studies; J.D./MA in Liberal Studies; J.D./MA in Psychology; J.D./MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; J.D./MS in International Commerce & Policy; J.D./MS in Sports Administration) and and an LL.M. degree in American Law for international lawyers. Please visit the Academics page for more information on our degree options.
The Career Planning Center’s staff of law career advisors offer professional counseling and coaching, an alumni mentoring program, and a range of career development activities. For more information on career planning, please visit the Career Planning Center.
In 2010 Valparaiso Law students achieved an 83% first-time bar pass rate.