DePaul Law School

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DePaul University College of Law is a law school located in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Founded in 1897 as the Illinois College of Law, the school became part of DePaul University in 1912 and is one of the academic colleges of DePaul. The College is known for its Intellectual Property Law program, headed by Professor Barbara B. Bressler, and its Health Law program, headed by Professor Michele Goodwin. Both programs have garnered top 15 placements in the U.S. News & World Report rankings in recent years. In 2004, the school established the International Aviation Law Institute, the first of its kind in the United States. In 2007, DePaul University College of Law was ranked 91st among the "Top 100 Law Schools" in the United States by the U.S. News & World Report Graduate School Ranking.

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DePaul Law School Admissions

DePaul Law School is considered a Somewhat Competitive law school, which accepts only 67% of its applicants. Comparatively, Depaul is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2027 1914 1274 (66.56%) 241 (12.6%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.07 3.34 3.49
LSAT 149 152 154

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $45,450 $45,450
Part Time $29,710 $29,710

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $22,606
  • Living off-campus: $22,606
  • Living at home: $22,606

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/15
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 02/01
  • Application Fee: N/A

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DePaul Law School Community

DePaul Law School is considered to have a Somewhat Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Depaul is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 34
  • Part Time: 79


  • # Female Faculty: 47
  • # Minority Faculty: 20


21.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

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

DePaul 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. DePaul Law School 1L section size is 11% larger than law schools in Illinois and 22% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

DePaul Law School: 186
Illinois Average: 166
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 632
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 142

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 201
  • Law Journals: 73
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 9.3%
  • Second Year: 1.1%
  • Third Year: 0.4%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

DePaul Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The DePaul Law School class of 2022 had an employment rate of 80% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2022, 89.6%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 59.0%
  • Business: 26.0%
  • Government: 9.0%
  • Public Interest: 4.0%
  • Academia: 0.0%
  • Illinois: 89%
  • California: 2%
  • Ohio: 1%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 89.6%
  • First Time Takers: 280
  • Average School: 86.9%
  • Average State: 85.4%
  • Pass Difference: 1.4%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Illinois: 85.4%
  • Passed: 218 of 251 (86.9%)
  • State Average: 85.4%
  • Difference: 1.4%