UM Law School Named to National Best Value List

October 15, 2018

MISSOULA – The University of Montana’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law recently was ranked 11th in the nation for best value by PreLaw Magazine.

The list of 25 Best Value Law Schools appeared in the magazine’s fall 2018 edition, which is online at

The ranking recognizes schools where graduates have excellent chances of passing the bar and getting a job without taking on excessive debt. Schools are selected using a formula that incorporates the bar pass rate, employment rate, tuition, cost of living and average indebtedness upon graduation.

“It’s gratifying to see this recognition of the outstanding quality and value of the legal education we provide,” UM law Dean Paul Kirgis said. “Our students study in an amazing location at a reasonable price, and then go on to exciting, fulfilling careers.”

UM was the only law school in the Pacific Northwest to make the Best Value Law Schools list. The nearest neighbor was the University of Utah, which landed at No. 15 on the list.

For more than 100 years, the UM law school has educated lawyers and prepared them to serve society. In 1914, the School of Law became a member of the Association of American Law Schools and in 1923 received accreditation from the American Bar Association.

In 2011, the School of Law celebrated 100 years of education and service. It accepts up to 84 new law students every year. For more information visit


Contact: Sara Kryder, director of communications and events, UM Alexander Blewett III School of Law, 406-243-5730,; Paul Kirgis, UM law school dean, 406-243-5291,