UM Law School Again Named to National Best Value List

October 18, 2019

MISSOULA – Need a law school? The Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana is now ranked 10th in the nation for best value by PreLaw Magazine, moving up one spot from a year ago.

The list of 25 Best Value Law Schools appears in the magazine’s fall 2019 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 wonderful to be recognized again for the outstanding legal education we provide, which gives great value to our students at a reasonable price,” UM law Dean Paul Kirgis said. “Our students get to study in this amazing mountain setting, and then they go to rewarding legal careers.”

Kirgis noted only two universities in the West were among the 25 selected for the best-value list: UM and Brigham Young in Utah.

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 about 80 new law students every year. For more information visit


Contact: Paul Kirgis, UM law school dean, 406-243-5291,