Founded in 1879, Valparaiso University Law School is the 38th oldest American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school in the United States. A Midwestern school committed to diversity and service, Valparaiso Law attracts students and faculty with broadly different backgrounds and perspectives. The Law School is located 55 miles from Chicago and 10 miles from Lake Michigan and situated on the 320-acre Valparaiso University campus. The campus features 60 academic and residential buildings, the largest collegiate chapel in the United States, and nine men’s and 10 women’s NCAA Division I varsity sports teams. Valparaiso Law students and faculty are natural leaders who are called to the law to help people and serve society as a whole. Valparaiso University Law School was among the first law schools to serve the public through legal clinics that provide low-cost or no-cost representation by licensed third-year law students.
Today, the Law School has eight live-client legal clinics where students gain practical experience while providing a vital service to the community. This commitment to practical skills training and education is also reflected in our innovative curriculum, introduced in 2013, that supports a broad range of career options within the legal profession. As mentors, our faculty take an active role in helping students broaden their exposure, cultivate talents, pursue career interests, and succeed during and after law school.