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Wake Forest University School of Law

We graduate broadly educated lawyers, well qualified to join a range of legal practices. Our graduates have an unusual breadth and depth of legal knowledge, plus exceptional skills that make increased specialization possible as their careers develop.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 476
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 159 - 165
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.4 - 3.75
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 92.11%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 87.8%
In State Tuition $39,190

Overview

Overview

About Wake Forest University School of Law

We graduate broadly educated lawyers, well qualified to join a range of legal practices. Our graduates have an unusual breadth and depth of legal knowledge, plus exceptional skills that make increased specialization possible as their careers develop.

Reviews

Wake Forest provides a topnotch legal education to aspiring lawyers who are prepared to work extremely hard. Classes “are incredibly difficult” and “the curriculum [has a greater number of requirements] than your average law school.” While that might cause a few students to complain, most readily acknowledge that this “makes you much more prepared for the bar and practice.” Additionally, Wake’s relatively small size certainly comes with some advantages and disadvantages. As a knowledgeable third-year explains, “Class selection can be somewhat limited. Some classes are only offered every other year, and so a 2L will need to plan ahead for two years, in some instances, in order to ensure he gets a specific course. On the other hand, the small size contributes to a familial setting that I have always found to be one of the school's strongest points.”Students at Wake also agree that professor accessibility is a boon to their education. Indeed, the faculty makes a concerted effort to “actually know your name and get to know you outside the classroom setting, which makes an exceptional academic experi­ence.” Moreover, their “doors are always open” and they frequently “welcome stu­dents…[into] their office to discuss course material or career advice.” It’s truly evident that professors at Wake genuinely “care about your education and want you to under­stand the material.” A thrilled third-year eagerly adds, “All [faculty] members have a true love of teaching (as opposed to research) and their passion shows. I am not exag­gerating when I say that most professors are accessible the entire week and most week­ends. They will literally bend over backwards to help a student.”Perhaps not surprisingly, this openness and accessibility extends to the “very friendly and personable” administration as well. As an impressed second-year tells us, “A few of the deans know all of the students by name, which makes the school feel like a big fam­ily.” Students also appreciate that they “don't dodge tough questions when it comes to policy decisions.” Or, as one happy second-year simply sums up, “The administration at Wake Forest is run like a well-oiled machine.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 22

Description: A program that prepares lawyers educated outside the United States to understand U. S. or Canadian law and jurisprudence.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 161

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/MBA, 4 years JD/MA in Bioethics, 3.5 years JD/MA in Religion, 4 years JD/Div, 5 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 80
Full-Time Faculty 45
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 11
Part-Time Faculty 24
Faculty Gender 55% Male
45% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 71%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 1%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 11%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,190 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $39,190 $39,190

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition N/A Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) N/A N/A

Financial Aid

94% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$59,775 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 15

Average Age Admitted: 24

Incoming Class

Wake Forest University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 159 - 165
LSAT Total 159 - 165

Wake Forest University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.4 - 3.75
Total 3.4 - 3.75

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Resume, Standardized Test Scores, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 85%
First Time Pass Rate 92%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 81%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 65
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 88%
Average Starting Salary $62,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 20 15%
Firm Sized 11-25 10 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 13 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 9 7%
Firm Sized 251-500 6 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 8 6%
Business Industry 18 13%
Government 21 16%
Public Interest 7 5%
Federal Clerkship 9 7%
State Clerkship 4 3%
Academia 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 1 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 15 10%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
DC 7%
VA 8%
NC 53%
International 1%

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