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Michigan State University College of Law

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Michigan State University College of Law
Established
School type
Dean
Location East Lansing, MI, US
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The Michigan State University College of Law, established in 1891 as the Detroit College of Law, was the first law school in the Detroit, Michigan area and the second in the U.S. state of Michigan. The college opened in 1892 with 69 students and was incorporated in 1893. It claims to be the oldest continuously operating independent law school in the United States.

The college's first home was in the Detroit College of Medicine building from 1892-1913. From 1913 till 1924 it was housed in the YMCA building. In 1935 the college broke ground for a new building at 130 E. Elizabeth St.

The college became affiliated with Michigan State University in 1995 to take advantage of enhanced facilities and association with a Big Ten institution. It relocated to East Lansing, Michigan in 1997, when the original building was demolished to make way for Comerica Park.

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The Law College Building from the northwest, along North Shaw Lane.

In April 2004, the school changed its name to the MSU College of Law. Although it operates as a constituent college of the university, the college of law remains financially independent and receives no state or university funding. Initially, upon moving to the Michigan State Campus, the school was ranked as a fourth tier law school. The school's ranking is expected to increase dramatically with its close connection to a Big Ten institution. A strong indicator of this predicted leap in ranking is the law school's increased recommended LSAT for admissions, which has jumped from an average of 150 to nearly 160 over the course of two years.Template:Fact The 2008 U.S. News and World Report currently ranks MSU Law as a third-tier school.

The MSU College of Law excels considerably in the areas of intellectual property and communications law, for which it was ranked among the top 20 schools by U.S. News and World Report for 2007.

Law journals at the law school include the Michigan State Law Review, the school's flagship journal, and the Journal of Business and Securities Law, one of the only nationally published student-run law journals dedicated to the leading issues confronting attorneys in the worlds of business/corporation law and securities law.

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