Wake Forest University

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Reynolda Station, PO Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

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#31 Best Law Schools


Law School Overview

The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at Wake Forest University is $65. Its tuition is full-time: $41,364 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 11.8:1. The School of Law at Wake Forest University has 65 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

First year law students at the Wake Forest University School of Law learn in sections with 40 other peers and have access to the Academic Success Program, which helps new students study more effectively. The second and third year of courses are mostly electives. Wake Forest University law students have several options to complete dual degrees, including a J.D./M.A. in Bioethics through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, a J.D./MBA via the School of Business and a J.D./M.Div. (master of divinity) through the School of Divinity.

The school runs more than five clinics that expose students to law practices including elder law, child advocacy, and litigation of civil and criminal law. Students can also get involved in more than 30 student organizations, as well as three legal journals: the Wake Forest Law Review, the Journal of Business & Intellectual Property Law, and the Journal of Law and Policy.  For an experience outside of Winston Salem, N.C., Wake Forest School of Law also offers a Metropolitan Externship semester in Washington, D.C., as well as resident study abroad programs in London, Venice and Vienna.

Notable alumni of the Wake Forest University School of Law include Christopher Barron, co-founder of GOProud, an organization that represents gay conservatives, and Reid Hunter, a music lawyer who has represented artists such as John Mayer and The Fray.

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Year founded 1894
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline N/A
Full-time program application fee $65
Part-time program application fee N/A
Admissions phone (336) 758-5437
Admissions email lawadmissions@wfu.edu
Website http://www.law.wfu.edu


Full- and part-time faculty 65
Student-faculty ratio 11.8:1
Total faculty 86

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 482
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 158


Tuition and fees

full-time: $41,364 per year

Room and board $9,900


Employed at graduation2 53.8%
Median private sector starting salary $67,500
Median public service starting salary $52,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 413,717

* 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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