University of Michigan - School of Law

University of Michigan - School of Law

University of Michigan - School of Law

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Date Founded

1859

Headquarters

625 South State Street,Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215

Charitable Causes

Higher Education & Universities

Company Description

The University of Michigan, founded in 1817, celebrates a long and distinguished history. It was in 1787 that the Northwest Territorial Ordinance provided public land for this and other Midwestern universities and established a tradition of respect for excellence in higher education. Three Native American nations—the Ojibwa (Chippewa), Odawa (Ottawa), and Bodewadini (Potawatomi)—subsequently granted certain lands for use of the University of Michigan and by the end of the 19th century, Michigan was the largest and most generously supported public university in America and already a leader in graduate education. The University of Michigan Law School, one of the oldest law schools in the nation, was founded in 1859. But unlike other highly selective law schools established in that era, admission was never restricted to the privileged. When Gabriel Hargo graduated from the Law School in 1870, Michigan—then the largest law school in the country—became the second American university to confer a law degree on an African American. That same year, Michigan was the first major law school to admit a woman, and in 1871, graduate Sarah Killgore became the first woman with a law degree in the nation to be admitted to the bar; by 1890, Michigan had graduated more women than any other law school. That commitment to access and diversity joined an equally powerful commitment to excellence, which continues to this day.

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William W. Cook Professor of Law

Director, International Tax LLM

Director, Communications

Co-Director, Program in Law & Economics

Regional Director of Development & Alumni Relations

Attorney

Dean Emeritus

Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law

Professor

Visiting Professor

Distinguished Alumni
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