College of William and Mary (Marshall-Wythe)

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PO Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187

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The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at College of William and Mary has an application deadline of March 1. The full-time program application fee at the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at College of William and Mary is $50. Its tuition is full-time: $29,000 per year (in-state) and full-time: $38,000 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 11.0:1. The Marshall-Wythe School of Law at College of William and Mary has 98 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The College of William and Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law implements simulated legal education initiatives including the two-year Legal Skills Program, which groups students into simulated law firms and poses life-like cases for students to tackle. The law school also has the Center for Legal and Court Technology, which includes the technologically advanced McGlothlin Courtroom and a hub of research and demonstrations with Internet, audio, and video technology in courtrooms.

The school’s elective curriculum allows second and third year students to select the majority of their courses. For William and Mary Law students who want to earn another degree, joint degree programs take four years to complete and include a J.D./M.B.A. through the William and Mary Mason School of Business, a J.D./Master of Public Policy, and a J.D./Master of Arts in American Studies.

Outside of class, students can choose from more than 30 student organizations to participate in, such as the Military Law Society and the National Trial Team. The law school has its own student-run newspaper, the Mashall-Wythe Press, as well as legal journals including the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal and the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Students can live close to the Law School in university-owned housing or can seek their own living space around Williamsburg, Va.

Notable alumni of William and Mary Law include Jerry Kilgore, senior adviser at McGuire Woods Consulting and former attorney general of Virginia, and Henry Wolf, retired chairman and chief financial officer of transportation company Norfolk Southern Corp. and namesake of the law school library.

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Year founded 1779
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $50
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (757) 221-3785
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 98
Student-faculty ratio 11.0:1
Total faculty 114

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 623
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 218


Tuition and fees

full-time: $29,000 per year (in-state)
full-time: $38,000 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $7,983


Employed at graduation2 46.6%
Median private sector starting salary $98,000
Median public service starting salary $55,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 431,233

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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