Washington and Lee University School of Law

General Info

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The Washington and Lee University School of Law is a private law school located in Lexington, Virginia. The School of Law is accredited by the American Bar Association. Facilities are currently on the campus of Washington and Lee University.

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WLU Law School Admissions

WLU Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 49% of its applicants. Comparatively, Wl is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 1867 907 (48.58%) 119 (6.4%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.08 3.41 3.58
LSAT 158 160 162

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $46,497 $46,497
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $17,613
  • Living off-campus: $17,613
  • Living at home: $17,613

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 11/01
  • Early Decision 2: 01/01
  • Regular Decision: 01/01
  • Application Fee: N/A

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WLU Law School Community

WLU Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Wl is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 30
  • Part Time: 40


  • # Female Faculty: 22
  • # Minority Faculty: 12


10.5 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

WLU Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. WLU Law School 1L section size is 14% smaller than law schools in Virginia and 35% smaller than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

WLU Law School: 108
Virginia Average: 123
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 977
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 121

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 124
  • Law Journals: 136
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 1.0%
  • Second Year: 8.6%
  • Third Year: 0.0%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

WLU Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The WLU Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 83% with 5% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 97.6%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 45.0%
  • Business: 16.0%
  • Government: 14.0%
  • Public Interest: 7.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Virginia: 30%
  • New York: 8%
  • District of Columbia: 7%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 97.6%
  • First Time Takers: 124
  • Average School: 90.9%
  • Average State: 75.4%
  • Pass Difference: 15.6%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Virginia: 72.4%
  • Passed: 33 of 37 (89.2%)
  • State Average: 75.4%
  • Difference: 16.8%