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Best Law Schools in Michigan

A list of the top law schools across the state of Michigan can be found by leveraging our search technology or by sorting the list below. The intent of providing a comprehensive list of law schools in Michigan is to provide you the opportunity to get matched with the law program that is best for you. Determining your best law school will take introspection and analysis to arrive at your list of unique priorities. This list will become your barometer of what school you research given your emphasis on geographic location, enrollment trends, financial aid, class size, and tuition factors. Analyzing schools through this lens will result in quality matches given your criteria and academic prowess.

To learn more about earning a law degree, simply visit or portal or research schools offering a law degree program. In either case it is important to understand the competitive nature of law schools in Michigan. Most programs will require students to have a robust LSAT score, high GPA, and hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant area of study like criminal justice, criminology, public policy, or counterterrorism. For full-time students, expect the program to take three years to complete culminating in a Juris Doctor degree, also known as a JD degree. Upon earning your JD degree from an accredited university, you will be able to apply to sit for the Michigan state bar examination before practicing law.

Detailed List of Law Schools in Michigan (5 Schools)

Only law schools accredited by the American Bar Association - Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar are listed below. Other law schools may also exist in Michigan, however they are may not listed here.

Schools are sorted by size with the largest school first, based on the number of law students graduating each year.

Visit the website for Thomas M. Cooley Law School at

Program Details

  • About 690 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $49,000 per year

Visit the website for University of Michigan - Ann Arbor at

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1923
  • About 350 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $54,000 per year (Nonresidents: $57,000)

Visit the website for Michigan State University College of Law at

Program Details

  • About 290 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $1,000 per year

The law school is located on the University of Detroit Mercy - Law School Campus in Detroit. Visit the website for University of Detroit Mercy at

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1933
  • About 140 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $42,000 per year

Visit the website for Wayne State University at

Program Details

  • Law program accredited since 1937
  • About 140 students graduate per year
  • Estimated tuition & fees are about $29,000 per year (Nonresidents: $32,000)

Average attorney salaries in Michigan range between $47,000 to $152,000. The variety of employment options available to lawyers can result in a very broad pay range, however here is a list of average salaries from areas across Michigan.

  • Lansing, East Lansing: $101,000
  • Ann Arbor: $147,000
  • Kalamazoo, Portage: $118,000
  • Flint: $98,000
  • Saginaw: $137,000

Lawyer's in Michigan Compared to Median Income Averages

+274% Above State Median Income

+199% Above National Median Income

Lawyer's in Michigan take home an average 53.25 per hour. Annual earnings for Lawyer's working in the State of Michigan average $110,760 which is 274% above the state median income and 199% above the national median income for all occupations. Employment for a Lawyer makes up just 0.35% of the working population in Michigan and is limited due to the specific qualifications required along with the schooling involved in this career path. The increasing demand for qualified Lawyers coupled with the educational barrier to enter the field is met with a steady supply of eager college graduates anxious to make a long-lasting impact in the lives of others in and around Michigan.

Average Income for a Lawyer in Michigan

Employment Median Hourly Wage Median Annual Wage
Michigan Lawyer 14,850 $53.25 $110,760
State Average 1,144,900 $14.22 $29,577.60
National Average 153,156,000 $17.82 $37,040
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
MEDIAN: $53.25
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, NCES, O*NET Online

Notes: Tuition & fee amounts are for both Michigan in-state residents and out of state students, unless noted otherwise. The tuition information displayed is an estimate, which we calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only. Please contact the respective lawyer school for information about the current school year.

Source: IPEDS Survey 2012-2015: Data obtained from the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data may vary depending on school and academic year.