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October 04, 2013

MISSOULA – For the second year in a row, the University of Montana School of Law has been named a “Best Value Law School” by National Jurist Magazine.

UM comes in at No. 17 on the national list, which appears in the magazine’s October 2013 edition. The article is online at

The ranking takes into account the cost, debt load, bar passage and employment of graduates in actual law jobs. The UM School of Law emphasizes a skill-based curriculum, and the success is evident as UM alumni enter the workforce.

“Our school is a national leader in innovative legal education,” law Dean Irma Russell said. “Missoula and Montana provide a lower cost of living, and then we add great learning experiences such as our first-year law firm program, which divides the class into fictional law firms of six students that provide learning laboratories that meet weekly to practice their professional skills.”

The National Jurist recognition takes into account 90 percent bar passage rate for UM law students in 2012, 74.7 percent employment rate after graduation, 2013-14 yearly tuition and fees of $11,104 for resident students and relatively low $14,790 cost of living.

“Once again, we are encouraged by the wonderful recognition shown to our school of law,” UM President Royce Engstrom said. “This shows a high-value legal education with relatively low costs is available right here in the mountains of western Montana.”

UM is directly mentioned in a section of the article about cost of living and how several schools promote their remote settings as advantages.

“The (UM) School of Law – at $14,790 yearly – is one of four schools among the top 20 coming in with a cost of living less than $15,000 per year,” the article states. “Based in Missoula, it highlights its scenic location and lower-stress vibe.”

For more information call John Mudd, UM law school director of development and alumni relations, at 406-243-4319 or email





Contact: John Mudd, director of development and alumni relations, UM School of Law, 406-243-4319,