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Affordability, Expert Faculty Among Reasons Incoming Class Chose WSU Law School

August 20, 2007

DETROIT (Aug. 20, 2007) – Deciding on where to pursue a legal education is a choice that takes careful thought and consideration. For many members of the incoming class at Wayne State University Law School, however, the decision was relatively easy.

“I quickly realized that Wayne State University was my ‘first choice school,’” said Nicole Matisse, an incoming law student who recently graduated from the University of Michigan at the age of 19. “After having visited a number of law schools, I assessed Wayne's faculty and student body as being by far the most intelligent, amiable, down-to-earth and knowledgeable. I had a feeling of belonging even before I officially belonged.”

Matisse added, “By far the most common thing I have heard about Wayne State Law School is that it hosts a very friendly yet competitive environment. Past and present students have assured me that the faculty members are more available than those at other institutions, and that the ‘cut-throat law school atmosphere’ is replaced by a congenial environment which fosters both personal and professional growth among aspiring attorneys. I look forward to creating lasting relationships with my classmates and professors.”

Due to its affordability, small class size, expert faculty and urban environment unmatched by any law school in the state of Michigan, Wayne State University Law School is a great option for both in- and out-of-state students looking to obtain a quality legal education.

“When I decided to apply to law school, I focused my search within Michigan as I desired to gain employment in the state upon obtaining my law degree,” said Marc Oswald, a 2005 graduate of Michigan State University and former Chicago resident. “My analysis revolved around the reputation of the schools within Michigan’s legal community and which school I felt would best equip me with the education and tools necessary to market myself to future employers. Through my own research and discussions with students, Deans, career services, and lawyers, I was left with no doubt that Wayne State Law School would provide me with the education and resources necessary to launch my legal career.

“Also, while my decision to attend Wayne State was based on higher non-resident tuition rates, the recent decrease in the rate would have been a significant factor in evaluating my options.  With the recent decrease in tuition for non-residents, I believe Wayne State will begin to draw more attention from non-Michigan residents and, in time, work to expand the reputation of the school throughout the legal community.”

Matisse and Oswald, along with fellow incoming classmates, began classes on Aug. 20, 2007. As students at Wayne State University Law School, they will experience a first-class education with an expert faculty devoted to bestowing upon them their knowledge, experience and passion for the law. In addition, they will have access to a multitude of services, scholarships, student organizations, programs and initiatives that will greatly enhance their experience at WSU and provide them with the resources needed to excel upon graduation.

“On behalf of Wayne State University Law School, I would like to officially welcome the incoming class,” said Law School Dean Frank H. Wu. “We look forward to providing you an exemplary educational experience and growing with you over the course of your Law School career.”

For information on enrolling at Wayne State University Law School, please contact Marcia McDonald, Director of Admissions, at (313) 577-3937 or at For information on scholarships and student services, please contact Michelle Miller, Assistant Dean of Students, at (313) 577-3997 or at

Founded in 1927 as Detroit City Law School, Wayne State University Law School is the only public law school in the Detroit metropolitan area.  The Law School is accredited by the ABA and is a member of AALS; has five live-client clinics; the Arthur Neef Law Library with a collection of more than 620,000 volumes in a variety of formats; and a state-of-the-art building with lecture and court facilities, multi-media and distance learning classrooms, and offices for student groups.  The Law School currently has 800 students and approximately 11,000 living alumni working in 48 states and 15 foreign countries.