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West Virginia University College of Law

Pursuing an education at West Virginia University College of Law prepares students to be excellent lawyers, able to practice in any state, in the federal judicial system, and in international settings. While providing a foundational legal education, particularly in the first year, the curriculum permits a student to discover his or her own interests through selection of specialized courses in the second and third years. Graduating from West Virginia University College of Law launches students into practice in areas as diverse as corporate securities and family law, from international business transactions to bio-ethics.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 402
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 158
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.14 - 3.65
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 78.95%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 89.2%
In State Tuition $17,240
Out of State Tuition $32,924

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About West Virginia University College of Law

Pursuing an education at West Virginia University College of Law prepares students to be excellent lawyers, able to practice in any state, in the federal judicial system, and in international settings. While providing a foundational legal education, particularly in the first year, the curriculum permits a student to discover his or her own interests through selection of specialized courses in the second and third years. Graduating from West Virginia University College of Law launches students into practice in areas as diverse as corporate securities and family law, from international business transactions to bio-ethics.

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West Virginia University’s College of Law provides students with a “personal, yet professional, atmosphere,” where the “emphasis [is] on being a functional lawyer.” The dirt-cheap tuition (for in-state residents, who comprise the overwhelming majority of students here) and “passionate, intelligent, and helpful” people that make up the faculty, staff, and student body, all converge to offer a “great value” to the happy students that go here. As one might expect from the only law school in the state, the school has “a great relationship with the state and state bar.” This you-rub-my-back-and-I’ll-rub yours rela­tionship leads one second-year student to comment, “If you plan to practice law in West Virginia, the College of Law is a brilliant choice—who better to learn from than the justices and lobbyists who wrote the law?” Indeed, much of the curriculum is designed to groom students into local West Virginia lawyers, with many classes devoted to property law, especially coal, oil, gas, and mineral rights law. Most students do choose to practice within the state after graduation, which helps the school focus both its curricu­lum and its alumni network with stellar results. Career Services is “particularly strong” in placing students in jobs throughout West Virginia, attributable in part to “an active on-campus interview program and in part to WVU’s intimate connection with the West Virginia legal community.”The College of Law enjoys faculty members who are a combination of “inspirational, well-published, and leading state authorities in their subjects.” Professors “care about students as individuals” and “encourage…and help them to achieve whatever types of goals that individual has.” All teachers “know material well and convey the information in an easy-to-understand way.” People are torn as to the efficacy of the Legal Research and Writing Program, which has undergone a recent revamping, but the Academic Excellence Program is available to “provide an essential foundation for struggling students.” The administration at West Virginia University’s College of Law is “very laid-back” and follows the same open-door policy as the faculty. Although there are around 450 students, the administration “seemingly knows everyone’s names,” and it’s not unusual to see “both faculty and administrators lounging with students during lunch hours.” Students share some grievances regarding the rather clunky and inflexible registration system, as courses for first-year students are pretty much set in stone, and “you get the classes at the times they pick, no exceptions.” Fortunately, the diversity of classes expands in the second year of law school, but even then, the online registration process can feel like a “gladiatorial battle to get into the classes you like.” Moral of the story: get there first. “I know many students who routinely have ‘unusual’ schedules made up of whatever was left over after twenty minutes of registration,” says a 2L. Though the law school building is “outdated,” the recently renovated classrooms within are “fantastic,” which is also how students describe WVU Law’s staff—particularly the “very friendly and helpful” library staff, which includes” a librarian that will literally help you at any hour of the night (she’ll even be your Facebook friend).”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 129

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/MPA - 4 years JD/EMBA - 3 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 67
Full-Time Faculty 40
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 6
Part-Time Faculty 21
Faculty Gender 59% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 64% Male
36% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 85%
Multi-racial 4%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $17,240 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,270 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $27,510 $17,240

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $32,924 Same as On-Campus
Housing $10,270 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $43,194 $32,924

Financial Aid

86% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$21,984 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

West Virginia University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 158
LSAT Part-Time 151 - 155
LSAT Total 152 - 158

West Virginia University College of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.14 - 3.66
Part-Time 3.08 - 3.61
Total 3.14 - 3.65

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Academic GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Interview, Work Experience

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 77%
First Time Pass Rate 79%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 83%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 70
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 89%
Average Starting Salary $58,675
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 34 27%
Firm Sized 11-25 1 1%
Firm Sized 26-50 8 1%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 20 16%
Firm Sized 251-500 2 2%
Business Industry 13 10%
Government 9 7%
Public Interest 5 4%
Federal Clerkship 7 6%
State Clerkship 15 12%
Academia 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 8 6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
VA 4%
PA 8%
WV 81%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of West Virginia University College of Law include:

  • Judge Irene Berger - Federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia.
  • Judge Irene Keeley - Federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia
  • Charlotte Lane - former Commissioner on the International Trade Commission
  • Paul Virtue - Partner with Baker & McKenzie
  • Judge Robert King - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

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