Washington and Lee University

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Sydney Lewis Hall
Lexington, VA 24450

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#43 Best Law Schools

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The School of Law at Washington and Lee University has an application deadline of March 1. Its tuition is full-time: $44,707 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 10.7:1. The School of Law at Washington and Lee University has 74 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The Washington and Lee University School of Law is a small private law school with a total enrollment of about 410 students. While the first and second year curriculums include required courses and electives, the third year at W&L focuses on lawyer engagement, training students through problem-based practicum courses, externships, and clinics. There are no specialty tracks or concentrations within the law school curriculum, though students can tweak their education through electives.

Students can choose from close to 10 legal clinics for hands-on training, such as the Black Lung Legal Clinic, which assists coal miners in getting federal benefits for their years spent breathing in coal mine dust, and the Virginia Capital Cast Clearinghouse, which aids attorneys representing capital murder defendants in Virginia. Students can also get involved with four legal journals at the law school: the Washington and Lee Law Review; the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice; the German Law Journal; and the Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment. The Washington and Lee School of Law has its own campus in Lexington, Va., separate from the undergraduate university. Students can live in university-owned housing, though about 90 percent choose to live off campus.

After graduation, close to a fifth of Washington and Lee Law graduates practice in Washington, D.C., and some of the school’s most notable alumni include Stokely Caldwell, Jr., a renowned sports lawyer at Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, and Christopher Wolf, director of the Privacy and Information Management practice group at Hogan Lovells.

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Year founded 1849
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Admissions phone (540) 458-8504
Admissions email lawadm@wlu.edu
Website http://law.wlu.edu


Full- and part-time faculty 74
Student-faculty ratio 10.7:1
Total faculty 80

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 419
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 143


Tuition and fees

full-time: $44,707 per year

Room and board $14,643


Employed at graduation2 34.6%
Median private sector starting salary $70,000
Median public service starting salary $50,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 477,062

* 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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