Located in Lexington, Virginia, Washington and Lee University’s School of Law was founded in 1849. It is a small and private law school. It makes use of its established Honor System because honor is a top priority for this school. Washington and Lee Law School offers the standard J.D. degree and it also offers a joint-degree with VCU’s Health Administration program. It offers over 120 electives. Students can participate in its six clinical programs: W & L Community Law Clinic, Tax Clinic, Virginia Capital Clearinghouse, Black Lung Legal Clinic, Community Legal Practice Clinic, and the Criminal Justice Clinic. Washington and Lee Law School has three externship programs for the areas of judicial clerkships, public prosecutors, and general law interests. The school has four journals, such as the Washington and Lee Law Review and the German Law Journal. It has over thirty law student organizations including the Moot Court.
It has three centers and institutes within the school. The centers and institutes are the Transnational Law Institute, Center for Law and History, and Frances Lewis Law Center. Students have a chance to interact with alumni through interview programs in the cities of Boston, New York, Washington D.C., and Dallas. This law school has a program known as the International Tribunals Practicum and this program allows students to be able to learn international law. The professors are active in scholarship and they have been published in many recent law publications. The Wilbur C. Hall law library is home to the Powell Archives and it has many accessible resources for students to use. Many alumni work in the government and have clerkships. Students can become Burks Scholars, which is a program for legal research and writing. The Burks Scholars program allows students to be able to get experience in legal writing by taking classes on legal research and analysis.
Office of Admissions
Sydney Lewis Hall
Lexington, VA 24450-2116
Phone: (540) 458-8503
April 1 is the application deadline. Applicants who wish to be considered for merit-based scholarships should apply by December 31.
Washington and Lee law students must start in the fall.
Number of 2017 applicants: 2,369
Number of 2017 matriculants: 164
Median LSAT: 161
Median GPA: 3.56
LSAT range (25 to 75 percentile): 157 to 163
GPA range (25 to 75 percentile): 3.17 to 3.70
Tuition (2018-2019): $48,110
Room, board and other: $21,370
Total estimated cost of attendance (2018-2019): $69,480
Students who receive grants: 98%
Median grant amount: $22,500
Washington and Lee Law School does not award conditional scholarships.
Bar passage differential: 6.3%
Transfers out: 3
Faculty to student ratio: 10.7 to 1