About W&L Law

Washington & Lee University School of LawWashington and Lee University School of Law, or W&L Law, is located in Lexington, Virginia and was founded in 1849. The school has a smaller population than other law schools with only about 350 students. W&L Law is often ranked very highly for the quality of its professors and many alumni cite the small class size as the primary reason why these same faculty members are also praised for their accessibility. The school also benefits from its proximity to Washington D.C., a popular destination for its graduates.

Although there are no specific tracks or concentrations, Washington and Lee University School of Law students can choose classes of interest. In the first year, students are required to take contract law, tort law, civil procedure, criminal law, property law, professional responsibility, administrative law, and international law. They are also assigned a small section where they complete a legal writing course with about 20 classmates. Each student is paired up with an upper-level classmate for mentoring on legal research and Bluebook techniques.

Washington and Lee lawSecond-years take evidence law and constitutional law, as well as a mandatory writing requirement. (Although this can be satisfied by writing for one of the law journals.) There are also plenty of electives and most choose to focus on corporate law or tax law. Third-year students take more electives, but are also involved in courses where they can learn from hands-on experiences. At W&L Law, every semester begins with a two-week immersion course. The fall semester focuses on litigation and alternative dispute resolution, and the spring semester focuses on transactional practice. Also, Washington and Lee University School of Law students must participate in a clinic or externship program in order to graduate.

The clinics are integral to the Washington and Lee University School of Law because they provide real-life experience. There are six legal clinics to choose from: Black Lung Clinic, Community Legal Practice Clinic, Tax Clinic, Criminal Justice, and Immigrant Rights Clinic. Students can also become involved with the centers on campus including the Center for Law and History and the Transnational Law Institute. W&L Law students can also participate in five moot court programs, including the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Competition and the Mock Trial Competition.

Washington and Lee law schoolW&L Law students can choose to write for one of the three academic journals. Writers for the quarterly law review are chosen through a write-on competition at the end of their first year. Outside of academics, students can choose from more than 30 organizations on campus, including chapters of the Black Law Students Association, the Tax Law Society, and the Public Law Interest Students Association. Most students belong to two or three groups during their three years. The school also has a substantial intramural sports program. Students interested in rigorous academics paired with lots of hands-on experiences should look into Washington and Lee University School of Law.


Acceptance Rates

Median Student Scores

LSAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

GPA Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Admissions Information

2020 acceptance rate: 36.73%

Number of 2020 applicants: 1,993

Number of 2020 matriculants: 118

Median LSAT: 163

Median GPA: 3.63

LSAT range (25 to 75 percentile): 157 to 164

GPA range (25 to 75 percentile): 3.32 to 3.79

Application Deadlines

March 1 is the application deadline.

New Washington and Lee University School of Law students must start in the fall.

Financial Aid

Total Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

washington and lee total cost of attendance graph

Median Grants for Students

Washington & Lee law school median grant

Additional Information

Tuition (2020-2021): $50,060

Room, board, and other (2020-2021): $21,941

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $72,001

Students who receive grants: 96%

Median grant amount: $35,000

Score Card

Employment Statistics

Career Placement Results

Transfers Out

Average Bar Passage Differential

Class Size Analysis

Additional Information

Employment Statistics
Employed full-time, long-term, bar passage required: 84.6%
Employed full-time, long-term, JD advantage: 8.2%

Career Placement Results
BigLaw: 14.6%
Federal clerkships: 10.0%

Net Transfers: -4
Transfers Out: 5

Average Bar Passage Differential (first time takers): 12.03%

Class Size Analysis
Under 25: 76%
25-49: 16%
50-74: 6%
75-99: 2%
100+: 0%


Washington and Lee University School of Law

This page was last updated in December 2020.