Ave Maria Law School

General Info

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Ave Maria School of Law, a Roman Catholic law school, is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the 2006-2007 academic year, there were 380 students enrolled from a variety of states, countries, and religious backgrounds. Ave Maria espouses a natural law philosophy and teaches law within the context of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Politically, its student body and faculty tend to lean in a conservative direction. The School of Law's Board of Governors has approved a move after the graduation of the class of 2009 to the newly planned town of Ave Maria, about 30 miles east of Naples, Florida, where the new campus of Ave Maria University, another institution supported by Domino's Pizza founder's Tom Monaghan's Ave Maria Foundation, is to be built. This is a matter of controversy within the school, as many of the students and faculty are opposed to such a move.

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Ave Maria Law School Admissions

Ave Maria Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 59% of its applicants. Comparatively, Avemaria is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 738 433 (58.67%) 113 (15.3%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 2.71 3.00 3.39
LSAT 142 148 153

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $41,706 $41,706
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $21,800
  • Living off-campus: $21,800
  • Living at home: $21,800

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 12/15
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 04/15
  • Application Fee: N/A

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Ave Maria Law School Community

Ave Maria Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Avemaria is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 18
  • Part Time: 20


  • # Female Faculty: 12
  • # Minority Faculty: 2


14.9 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

Ave Maria Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. Ave Maria Law School 1L section size is 74% smaller than law schools in Florida and 83% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Ave Maria Law School: 80
Florida Average: 139
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 210
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 33

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 48
  • Law Journals: 47
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 11.6%
  • Second Year: 14.9%
  • Third Year: 3.7%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

Ave Maria Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The Ave Maria Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 61% with 5% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 78.6%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 41.0%
  • Business: 18.0%
  • Government: 27.0%
  • Public Interest: 0.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Florida: 56%
  • New York: 8%
  • Pennsylvania: 6%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 78.6%
  • First Time Takers: 112
  • Average School: 59.1%
  • Average State: 73.2%
  • Pass Difference: -14.1%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Florida: 72.1%
  • Passed: 43 of 79 (54.4%)
  • State Average: 73.2%
  • Difference: -17.7%