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William & Mary Law School

The J.D. degree is the basic law degree. With a J.D. (and after passing a state Bar exam), you can be a lawyer, whether that involves practicing law, or working in business, or politics, or public service, or whatever you want. The Law School's required courses, like Torts, Contracts, Property, and others, give you a solid foundation in law and the legal system. After that, the elective curriculum will let you build on that foundation by selecting courses from a wide range of legal specializations.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 619
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 161 - 166
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.45 - 3.84
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 89.09%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 94.6%
In State Tuition $27,800
Out of State Tuition $37,800

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About William & Mary Law School

The J.D. degree is the basic law degree. With a J.D. (and after passing a state Bar exam), you can be a lawyer, whether that involves practicing law, or working in business, or politics, or public service, or whatever you want. The Law School's required courses, like Torts, Contracts, Property, and others, give you a solid foundation in law and the legal system. After that, the elective curriculum will let you build on that foundation by selecting courses from a wide range of legal specializations.

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William & Mary is an “excellent” public law school with a long and celebrated history. Since Thomas Jefferson helped found the school in 1779, many great attorneys have passed through its hallways. Today, William & Mary professors continue to be “brilliant experts in their field who, while focused on their research, also really care about students and teaching.” “Distinguished and knowledgeable” but rarely intimidating, faculty and staff “facilitate an extremely comfortable, relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere that helps every student excel.” Rather than lecture or pontificate, “professors are interested in student opinions and foster debate within the classroom.” On the whole, coursework is challenging, and “the curve is naturally difficult because of the quality of the stu­dents.” Luckily, there are plenty of ways to get extra help. For example, “the TA program the school has in place for all first-year courses is much appreciated by 1Ls,” as it offers students the chance to review course material with upperclassmen several times per semester. Equally important, the majority of instructors “are very accessible and are always willing to meet with students outside of class, whether it is to explain a certain concept discussed in class or to give advice on how to break into a certain field of the legal market.” Some even enjoy lunching with first-year students. The JD curriculum begins with core coursework in legal areas like torts, contracts, and criminal law. In the second and third year, students can tailor their education by choos­ing from more than 100 elective courses. In addition to the regular 1L core, the school has a “Legal Practice” curriculum, which focuses heavily on writing. While Legal Skills was highly “disorganized” at the outset, the administration is currentlyWhile the program was formerly known as “Legal Skills” and was described as highly “disorganized”; it has been overhauled and many students believe “it will be as outstanding as the rest of the classes in the coming years.” “As a state-run school with low tuition costs, there are certainly glitches” in the day-to-day running of the school; nevertheless, students believe that William & Mary’s deans and administrators have their best interests at heart. When interacting with law students, the “administration is very forthcoming and responds to student issues swiftly.” Thomas Jefferson’s original vision was to educate “citizen lawyers,” who would con­tribute to their community and adhere to a high code of ethics. To this day, “the Honor Code is really important” at William & Mary, placing trust in the student body to act responsibly. For example, students take exams without proctors—and even on their own time. What’s more, “the sense of civic duty held by the students” creates a sense of shared purpose across the William & Mary community. A student shares, “Every time I have had a question, needed assistance, or wanted to network, I have been met with enthusiasm by administration, professors, older students, library staff, alumni, and even peers.” In terms of job placement, William & Mary maintains a strong reputation in Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area, and the school’s Career Services department generally “focuses on those markets, as that is where the majority of students would like to end up.” However, graduates willing to put in a little extra legwork are able to find placements beyond the capital region. A current student agrees, “Many of my 3L class­mates have already secured positions for the fall outside of the Virginia/D.C. area—New York City, Texas, Florida, Delaware. Our students successfully compete for positions in these larger markets.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 219

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/Master of Public Policy, 4 years; JD/Master of Business Administration, 4 years; JD/Master of Arts in American Studies, 4 years.

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 108
Full-Time Faculty 46
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 9
Part-Time Faculty 53
Faculty Gender 68% Male
31% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 51% Male
49% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 75%
Multi-racial 3%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 10%
Asian 4%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,800 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,208 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $37,008 $27,800

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $37,800 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,208 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $47,008 $37,800

Financial Aid

92% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$39,203 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 23

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

William & Mary Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 161 - 166
LSAT Total 161 - 166

William & Mary Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.45 - 3.84
Total 3.45 - 3.84

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, Extracurricular Activities, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Optional: Interview, Work Experience, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 92%
First Time Pass Rate 89%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 81%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 106

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 95%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 18 9%
Firm Sized 11-25 5 3%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 3%
Firm Sized 51-100 10 5%
Firm Sized 101-250 6 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 5 3%
Firm Sized 501+ 15 8%
Business Industry 19 10%
Government 48 25%
Public Interest 25 13%
Federal Clerkship 12 6%
State Clerkship 22 11%
Other Clerkship 3 2%
Academia 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Seeking 8 4%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 3 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 9%
DC 21%
VA 37%

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