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

430 (full-time, part-time, and LL.M.)

Valparaiso University Enrollment

More than 4,000 from most states and more than 40 countries.

2016 Entering Class Profile

Our 104 new students possess a wide range of life experiences, proven leadership and team skills. 54% are women, 26% are from groups underrepresented in the law, and 38% are non-traditional students (age 25 and older). Collectively, they come from 17 states and 69 different undergraduate institutions.

Financial Aid

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

Cost of Attendance

Tuition for the 2017–18 academic year for full-time students is $40,600 with student fees of $922. Part-time students pay $1,520 per credit hour with student fees of $442 per year.

Law Clinics

Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Juvenile, Immigration, Mediation, Sports Law, Tax, and Post-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 190 externship opportunities at individual offices, 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 4-6 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 2013, Valparaiso Law students achieved a 72% 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.