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Washburn University School of Law



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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 385
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 150 - 156
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 2.93 - 3.51
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 84.04%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 80.0%
In State Tuition $17,980
Out of State Tuition $28,030




Washburn University is a school with a “hometown” feel and “great community spirit” that offers terrific “bang for the buck.” Students describe their academic experience as “simply fantastic,” and the school as “familial, warm, and comfortable!” If there is a down­side to Washburn, it is its location in Topeka, Kansas. “‘The law school is great, Topeka is really terrible.’ Is a thought that goes through my mind regularly,” a 1L says. However, Topeka, the capital of Kansas, does help the school offer “wonderful networking opportu­nities,” and “the local alumni… are very involved with the school and student events.” Topeka also “has the benefit of being the center of politics in Kansas,” a 1L notes before adding “but that is about it.” Some highlights of Washburn’s School of Law are “the Center of Excellence and Certificate Programs” which “are highly practical and well respected in the industry.”Students say “the administration and professors are great” at Washburn, and everyone is “very approachable, friendly, and willing to help.” “The deans treat us as colleagues and not as mere students,’” a happy 1L says. “They solicit and welcome our views and input on everything we can be part of.” The “highly intellectual, experienced, [and] energetic” professors “are very easy to talk to both in and out of class” and “have an open-door pol­icy.” A few students do grumble about the “grading policies,” wondering “could we get rid of the curve?!” Still, “class sizes are wonderful” and the faculty and staff “are willing to do whatever it takes for their students to succeed.” “Every professor has practical experi­ence from all over the country and many of which are still highly regarded in their respected fields,” one 3L says. Another student states: “I love that the curriculum is taught in a way that you can see the application of the material to real life work experience.”The law school’s facility “was constructed in the 1960s” and is in desperate need of “a cosmetic makeover.” Luckily, the school is “building a new law school soon” after getting “approval of funding for a brand new, $140 million law school.” The current building still houses the “largest research library in the region” and “electronic resources and IT depart­ment [that] are second to none.” “The library and study areas are very good,” “the class­rooms are all of great size,” and “the resources available are more than adequate.” Classes contain “ample room for books, laptop, and legal pad.” However, students have nothing kind to say about the “terrible” and “nonexistent” parking situation. “If you aren't there at 8, expect to be parking half a mile away,” a 3L explains. Still, the “excitement is very high with the announcement of a new building” and students are high on Washburn. “Washburn approaches learning from a community perspective,” a 1L says, explaining what makes Washburn unique. “If we support one another they whole community will flourish, rather than making it a race to the top.”

- The Princeton Review



Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 142

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:

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

A dual degree from Washburn School of Law and Department of Social Work prepares you to practice in areas where the complex worlds of social work and law converge. Although JD- MSW graduates will be well-suited to work in mental health or with children, youth, and the elderly, they will also possess the knowledge and skills for any area where the legal system interacts with the social services delivery system (e.g., criminal and juvenile justice administration, legal services to disadvantaged persons, housing and community development). Students enrolled in the dual degree program may transfer 6 law credits to the M.S.W. and 6 M.S.W credits to the law degree. Recognizing that real-world problems often require solutions from both legal and business perspectives, Washburn offers a dual JD-MBA program. Specific courses are accepted for credit by both the School of Law and School of Business, allowing you to obtain both degrees with a total of 108 credit hours. Students must apply to and be accepted by both programs.

Specialty Law Programs

  • Corporation Securities
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Taxation

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 68
Full-Time Faculty 33
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 7
Part-Time Faculty 28
Faculty Gender 63% Male
36% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 10 : 1


Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 61% Male
39% Female
Student Diversity
White 81%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 3%



Sticker Price


On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $17,980 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,261 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $27,241 $17,980


On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $28,030 Same as On-Campus
Housing $9,261 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $37,291 $28,030

Financial Aid

91% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$28,621 Average financial aid amount



Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $40

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 150 - 156
LSAT Total 150 - 156

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 2.93 - 3.51
Total 2.93 - 3.51

Admission Considerations

Also Considered: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Recommendations

Admission Requirements

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

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



Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 70%
First Time Pass Rate 84%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 90%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 58
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer


Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 80%
Average Starting Salary $48,999
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 43 34%
Firm Sized 11-25 11 9%
Firm Sized 26-50 1 9%
Firm Sized 51-100 2 2%
Firm Sized 251-500 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 3 2%
Business Industry 19 15%
Government 24 19%
Public Interest 3 2%
Federal Clerkship 2 2%
State Clerkship 6 5%
Academia 2 2%
Unknown Employer Type 1 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 3%
Unemployed, Seeking 12 8%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 9 6%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CO 5%
MO 6%
KS 74%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Washburn University School of Law include:

  • Ron Richey - Chair of Exec. Comm. of Torchmark Corp.
  • Delano E. Lewis - Former Ambassador to South Africa
  • Bill Kurtis - Journalist/American Justice
  • Robert J. Dole - Former U.S. Senator
  • Lillian A. Apodaca - Past President Hispanic Bar Association

Associations & Memberships

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