Facts & Figures

History and Accreditation

Founded in 1879 and accredited by the ABA in 1929 and the AALS in 1930

For more information, contact:

American Bar Association
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Attn:  Site Evaluation Administration
321 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Section of Legal Education General Number: (312) 988-6738

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.

2014 Entering Class Profile

Our 208 new students possess a wide range of life experiences, proven leadership and team skills. Ninety-seven (47%) are from groups underrepresented in the law and five are from other countries. Collectively, they attended undergraduate and graduate schools in 30 states, and 4 foreign countries, and are fluent in 19 languages other than English.

Financial Aid

90% of students receive financial assistance through scholarships and federal loans.

Cost of Attendance

Tuition for the 2013–14 academic year for full-time students is $38,740 with student fees of $872. Part-time students (who are enrolled for 7 credits in the fall and 9 credits in the spring semester) pay $1,520 per credit hour (=$24,320 for the first year) with student fees of $430 per year.

Law Clinics

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.

Degree Programs

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 an LL.M. degree in American Law for international lawyers. Please visit the Academics page for more information on our degree options.

Career Planning

The Career Planning 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.

Bar Results

In 2010 Valparaiso Law students achieved an 83% first-time bar pass rate.

J.D. Admissions

For information on applying to Valparaiso University Law School, please visit the J.D. Application Information page.