Washington University School of Law

Washington University School of Law

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Washington University School of Law is one of the larger schools in the region, with 753 students. Last year, it received a record-breaking number of applications. But attending a big school doesn’t necessarily equate with an impersonal education. The private school offers a low student-to-faculty ratio (13-to-1) and a first-year section size of just 65. It has a beautiful campus as well, ranked No. 11 for top law facilities by preLaw magazine.

“We’ve made an incredible commitment to customize the whole process for our students,” said Dean Nancy Staudt. “Let’s face it, they all don’t come in wanting the same thing across the board. Some plan to practice corporate law in New York; others want to study public interest law and intern with conflict resolution organizations in South Africa or at The Hague. We’re offering a much more nuanced curriculum and an increasing number of professional practice experiences.”

Washington University is highly selective, with high LSAT and GPA scores. And it is also an expensive institution — with tuition at $50,152 per year. But a majority of the students receive financial aid, and it has good outcomes.

It boasts the second highest law employment rate in the Upper Midwest: this year — 92.7 percent of the students were employed within 10 months of graduation. Additionally, 88 percent of first-time bar takers passed the exam, higher than the state average. 

That helped the school earn honors as a best-value private law school in the nation, with top academic programs in the country. It was also one of two schools in the vicinity, along with Saint Louis University, to earn an A- in preLaw magazine’s ranking of the best schools for practical training. Upper-level students are all offered a clinical guarantee.

Finally, the school has one of the oldest moot court programs in the country.

“There’s such an incredible excitement that revolves around not just the curriculum,” Staudt said. “We have a community that is so committed. For me, I find that very unusual because law schools can be very traditional, so we’ve retained what’s great but moved into something so beautiful.”

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75th Percentile1693.81
25th Percentile1603.15
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$35000
Percent receiving grants87.50%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 96.90%
NJ Employment91.7
Bar Passage85.20%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2016: Best Value: 
Private # 6
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