The School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis

The School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Mary Ann Clifford
Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $70
Part-time program application fee N/A
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The School of Law at Washington University in St. Louis

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 25.4% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.66
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 168

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 25.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 162-169
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.22-3.8
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.66
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 168

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Applicants N/A
Acceptance rate N/A
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) N/A
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants N/A
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants N/A

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
JD/MBA JD/MA Political Economy & Public Policy
JD/MA East Asian Studies JD/MA Islamic & Near Eastern Studies
JD/MSW JD/MA International Affairs
JD/MA Biology JD/MA Jewish Studies
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
Clinical Courses and Externships: http://law.wustl.edu/clinics_programs/;
Summer School Program: http://law.case.edu/summer-institute/;
Centers and Institutes: http://law.wustl.edu/centers_institutes/;
Joint degrees: http://law.wustl.edu/academics/index.asp?id=59
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 162
Seminars 30
Positions available in seminars 503
Positions available in simulation courses 1,346
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 119
Student activities (as provided by the school)
Student-Edited Law Reviews: http://law.wustl.edu/Publications/index.asp;
Competitions and Moot Courts: http://law.wustl.edu/TAP/;
Student Organizations: http://law.wustl.edu/students/index.asp?ID=1005

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 99
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 51
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 435
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 1,237
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 118
Full-time students involved in field placements 175
Full-time students involved in law journals 341
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 61
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 91

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) N/A
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? N/A
Positions filled in part-time program seminars N/A
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses N/A
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses N/A
Part-time students involved in field placements N/A
Part-time students involved in law journals N/A
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions N/A
Part-time students enrolled in independent study N/A

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 10.9:1 – Low
Full- and part-time faculty 144
Full-time minority faculty 14.9%
Part-time minority faculty 10.4%
Total faculty 158
Total faculty (men) 60.8%
Total faculty (women) 39.2%
Total faculty (minorities) 12.0%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#23 Best Law Schools

(3) Ranking by Specialties

#6 in Clinical Training
#15 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#8 in Trial Advocacy

Law Ranking Scores

Score 69
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.7
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 4.1
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.22-3.8
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.66
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 162-169
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 168
Acceptance rate 25.4% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 10.9:1 – Low
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 72.5% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.7% – Medium
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.4% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MO
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 90.0%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 851

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 847

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 4

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 8.3%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 1.0%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.3%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.4%
Female students discontinuing law school 4.0%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director JoAnn Eckrich
Financial aid phone (314) 935-4605
Financial aid application deadline March 1

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $46,042 per year
Room and board $13,000
Books $2,000
Miscellaneous expenses $6,925
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? No
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 38.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 32.5%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.8%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 1.2%
Median grant amount $20,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $10,000–$32,500
Full-time students receiving grants 73.2%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full N/A
Students receiving grants of full tuition N/A
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition N/A
Median grant amount N/A
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) N/A
Part-time students receiving grants N/A

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $101,340
Proportion who borrowed 73.1%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 164,493
Microform titles 18,512
Electronic titles 605,127
Other non-book titles 1,517
Total titles 789,649
Volumes (excluding microforms) 416,425
Volume equivalent microforms 289,305
Total volumes and volume equivalents 705,730
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 0
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 120
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 55
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 8
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 58
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 55
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 6
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 83
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 43
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 3
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 26
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 43
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 0

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library, university information technology department
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 8
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 415
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 300
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 14
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 85
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? No

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 51,839
Total seats available for library users 486
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) The Law Library: http://law.wustl.edu/library/index.asp; State-of the-art facilities: http://128.252.251.212/admissions/pages.aspx?id=99

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar MO
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 94.4% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 90.0%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 269
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 72.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.7%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.9%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.1%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 72.5%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 6.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 18.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.7%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 1.5%
Graduates whose employment status is known 98.5%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 80.7%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 6.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 10.0%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.1%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $100,000
Median private sector starting salary $135,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 61%
Median public service starting salary $55,000

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 3.7%
Percent employed in business and industry 11.5%
Percent employed in government 17.1%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 5.5%
Percent employed in law firms 55.8%
Percent employed in public interest 5.5%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.9%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 28%
Graduates employed out-of-state 67.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 5%
Number of states where graduates are employed 27
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 6.4%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 13.3%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 13.8%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 29.8%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 12.8%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.8%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 5.1%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 7.8%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 3.7%
Employment location unknown 0.4%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations The Career Services Office provides a full spectrum of professional development programming and opportunities for students as well as focused outreach to potential employers across the nation. The CSO commitment to close interaction in matching students with outstanding employment opportunities remains a hallmark of Washington University Law. Visit us at http://law.wustl.edu/career_services/

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 82.5%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 90.5%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 15.2%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 84.8%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 1.8%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 100.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 0.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions N/A