Washington University School of Law

Washington University School of Law

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Washington University School of Law is one of the top private law schools in the region. 

It offers a low student-to-faculty ratio and a small first-year section size. It has a beautiful campus as well, ranked as one of the best 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. It also has a high list price, at more than $57,000, but grants bring the net tuition to less than half of that.  

It boasts the highest law employment rate in the Upper Midwest. That helped the school earn honors as a best-value private law school in the nation, with top academic programs in the country. 

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.”

Admission Profile
Application Deadline: 
4/1 8/10
Application Fee: 


Financial Aid Deadline: 


75th Percentile1703.89
25th Percentile1603.39
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$40000
Percent receiving grants91.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 91.70%
NJ Employment92.90
Bar Passage86.77%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2018: Best Value: 
Top Private #4
Best Law Schools 2019: Most Diverse: 
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Public Policy
Real Estate Transactions
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy