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Washington University School of Law

Each first-year law student takes one of the three substantive courses each semester in a small section of approximately 50 students, with the two other substantive courses meeting in sections of approximately 100 students. The fourth course each semester, Legal Research and Writing, is also taught in small groups and workshop style classes by full-time teachers who provide individualized feedback on each student's research and writing projects. Effective with the JD Class of 2014, JD students will be required to take Negotiation during the January Intersession of their 1L year.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 773
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 160 - 168
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.34 - 3.78
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 89.77%
Tuition $47,490

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About Washington University School of Law

Each first-year law student takes one of the three substantive courses each semester in a small section of approximately 50 students, with the two other substantive courses meeting in sections of approximately 100 students. The fourth course each semester, Legal Research and Writing, is also taught in small groups and workshop style classes by full-time teachers who provide individualized feedback on each student's research and writing projects. Effective with the JD Class of 2014, JD students will be required to take Negotiation during the January Intersession of their 1L year.

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The once hidden gem of Washington University School of Law has now become a highly visible gem. The excellent academics, “generous” scholarships, and “great course selections” have made this a law school on the rise, and as firms in national metropolitan centers recognize this, WUSL Law’s reputation only grows. This excellent reputation “has been priceless in the current job market” for recent graduates, and together, “the student body and administration create a fantastic environment which helps to lessen the inevi­table stress of law school.”The “expert” professors are “as accessible as you can possibly find,” and they “are very good at what they do, especially the adjuncts,” keeping the material “interesting” while “really challenging you to critically think.” They also “care a whole lot about your career after school is over if you take time to reach out.” Experience is not difficult to come by here, as “it is relatively easy to get into a clinic or practical course.” One student in particular agrees: “Washington University has provided me the oppor­tunity to gain practical experience while obtaining my JD. Since I've started last year, I've had internships with the New Jersey Attorney General, Federal Public Defender's Office and the New York Attorney General.” These individuals are “not short on theoretical understanding, either.”The Career Services Office is “top notch” and serves as a huge draw to students in choosing WU as their law school; it is “extremely engaged” and “goes out of their way to connect you with employers, alumni, and other resources to aid you in your job search.” “The CSO here is absolutely incredible and I wouldn't be at a different school for anything right now,” says one student. If you want to take an extra semester to do an internship, the office “will work with you to make sure you are getting the educational experience you want, while still completing the requirements for graduation.” One student was able to spend a semester in New York City working full time doing securities regulation while obtaining a full semester's worth of credits. Another claims, “When I was accepted to the school, they asked what city I wanted to work in when I graduated and what practice areas I was interested in. Soon after I provided this information, they began connecting me with countless attorneys doing exactly what I hope[d] to do in the same city that I want[ed] to do it.” Though many students agree that there is “not enough support for public interest careers” (particularly after your 1L summer), it is clear to anyone who attends WUSL Law that the school truly “looks out for its students,” and administrators “are SUPER helpful and bend over backwards to accommodate individual situations.” The schools also host “a medley of workshops every day in order to foster students' employment prospects in what is a very bad legal market.” Hard work sees a direct result here, and unlike some schools that allow any student to interview at any given firm, at WUSL the “employers turn in a list of who they would like to interview that generally includes those with the highest grades and then it tapers downwards.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 21

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

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: 302

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.

Graduates Last Year: 56

Description: An advanced, professional program of the U.S. legal system, Constitution law, and jurisprudence. Includes instruction in legal history, legal sociology, philosophy of law, Constitutional law, legal procedure, and related topics.

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MA in Biology JD/MA in East Asian Studies JD/MBA Business Administration JD/MSW Social Work JD/MA International Affairs JD/MA Islamic and Near Eastern Studies JD/MA Jewish Studies JD/MA Political Economy and Public Policy

Specialty Law Programs

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

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 165
Full-Time Faculty 70
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 14
Part-Time Faculty 81
Faculty Gender 62% Male
37% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 57% Male
43% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 61%
Multi-racial 4%
International 9%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Ethnicity Unknown 5%
Black or African American 9%
Asian 9%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $47,490 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $47,490 $47,490

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$51,830 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $70

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 160 - 168
LSAT Total 160 - 168

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.34 - 3.78
Total 3.34 - 3.78

Admission Considerations

Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Also Considered: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

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

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

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 70%
First Time Pass Rate 90%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 86%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 30 11%
Firm Sized 11-25 15 5%
Firm Sized 26-50 10 5%
Firm Sized 51-100 6 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 13 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 12 4%
Firm Sized 501+ 45 16%
Business Industry 51 18%
Government 33 12%
Public Interest 25 9%
Federal Clerkship 10 4%
State Clerkship 6 2%
Academia 14 5%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 6 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 5 2%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 12 4%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
IL 9%
DC 9%
MO 27%
International 8%

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