About Washington Law

Washington University lawWashington University School of Law, or Washington University Law, was founded in 1867. With a slightly smaller population than other leading law schools, there are a little more than 700 students enrolled. Class sizes remain fairly small, with 82 full-time professors augmented by just over 100 part-time faculty members, and there are many opportunities for students to get involved on campus with extracurricular organizations or off campus with externships. Students looking for a vibrant city life will also benefit from being close to downtown St. Louis.

Some students enrolled in the traditional J.D. program choose to participate in one of the five joint degree programs that are usually completed within four years. The most popular programs include the J.D./M.B.A. with the Olin Business School, the J.D./M.A. in Economics with the WU School of Arts and Sciences, and the J.D./M.H.A. in Health Administration with the WU School of Medicine. There is a set curriculum for all students completing the J.D. degree.

Washington University law schoolThe first year is spent taking contracts, property, and torts in the fall and civil procedure, criminal law, and constitutional law in the spring. All first years must also complete a legal research and writing course separated into legal practice and legal research methodologies. Each first-year Washington University Law class is segmented into six sections of about 45 students. Each section is combined with another to form a “super-section,” of about 90 students that will share three professors. Upper-level students can choose their courses; the only mandatory classes are ethics, applied lawyering or professional skills, and a writing or research class.

Washington University law admissionsWashington University Law students can take advantage of the many clinics offered. In fact, the school’s clinical programs are consistently ranked very well. Students can take part in the following clinics: Appellate Advocacy (where their cases can be heard in the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit), Civil Justice, Civil Rights, and Community Justice, Criminal Justice, Congressional and Administrative Law (where students can work in Washington, D.C.), Government Lawyering, Interdisciplinary Environmental, Intellectual Property, and Nonprofit Organizations, and Judicial Clerkship. Along with several legal centers (like the Whitney Harris World Law Institute and the Center on Law, Innovation, and Economic Growth) students can gain hands-on experiences before entering the real world. Some students choose to participate in one of the oldest and largest moot court programs in the country. The Giles Rich Moot Court Competition and the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition are some of the most popular among students.

Washington University law school admissionMany Washington University Law students choose to write for one of the four publications. After their first year, students can participate in a ‘write-on’ competition to be eligible for publication. The journals include “Washington University Law Review” and “Washington University Journal of Law and Policy.”

There are also 34 organizations on campus. Students who want a break from the law scene can partake in the Sidebar Wine Society or the Barely Legal Theater group. Individuals who want a rigorous academic program paired with opportunities to bond with classmates should look into Washington University Law.


Acceptance Rates

Median Student Scores

WUSTL Law median GPA and LSAT

LSAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

GPA Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Admissions Information

2020 acceptance rate: 20.31%

Number of 2020 applicants: 4,545

Number of 2020 matriculants: 221

LSAT (median): 169

GPA (median): 3.88

LSAT (25 to 75 percentile): 162 to 170

GPA (25 to 75 percentile): 3.41 to 3.95

Application Deadlines

Early Decision applications must be submitted by January 15.

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, but applications are, theoretically at least, accepted until August 15 — though we would strongly encourage you to apply by April 1 at the latest!

WUSTL law school students must start in the fall.

Financial Aid

Total Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Median Grants for Students

Additional Information

Tuition (2020-2021): $60,900

Room, board, and other (2020-2021): $24,194

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $85,094

Students who receive grants: 94%

Median grant amount: $45,000

conditional law school scholarships Conditional Scholarships

WUSTL law school does not award scholarships that may be reduced or eliminated based on academic performance other than failure to maintain good academic standing.

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: 89.4%
Employed full-time, long-term, JD advantage: 2.6%

Career Placement Results
BigLaw: 23.4%
Federal Clerkships: 10.6%

Net Transfers: +6
Transfers Out: 10

Average Bar Passage Differential (first-time takers): 10.37%

Class Size Analysis
Under 25: 55%
25-49: 26%
50-74: 13%
75-99: 4%
100+: 2%

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Washington University School of Law

This page was last updated in December 2020.