Washington and Lee Law School

Rank 40 (USNWR 2023)
Median LSAT
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Also known as

  • Washington and Lee Law School
  • Washington and Lee University
  • W&L wnl

Washington and Lee Law School is a law school located in Lexington, Virginia. The school was ranked 40 in 2023 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for Washington and Lee Law School is approximately 123.

Admissions website: https://law.wlu.edu/admissions

Admissions email: LawAdm@wlu.edu

Admissions phone: 540-458-8503

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Washington and Lee Law School Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 159 164 166
GPA 3.47 3.66 3.78
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 2045 66
# Admissions offers 669 -
Class size 123 19
% Accepted 32.7% 71
% Yield 17.6% 5

During the 2023 application cycle, 2,045 people applied and 669 were offered admission.

Washington and Lee University has a 1L class size of 123, and yield of 17.64%. 118 out of 669 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 17.64% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at Washington and Lee University has a median LSAT of 164. The 25th percentile LSAT is 159 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 166.

The median GPA is 3.66. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.47 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.78.

Washington and Lee Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2022-2023

LSD has stats for 457 applicants for the 2022-2023 application cycle.

The graphs show applicant results plotted against GPA and LSAT. The dotted lines on the graphs represent the 25/50/75th percentiles reported by the school in their ABA 509 report from the previous year.

Each data point represents an LSD user that shared their application results for the benefit of future applicants.

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25th, 50th, 75th refer to percentiles from last year's admitted class

How much does Washington and Lee Law School cost per year?

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Cost of attending Washington and Lee Law School

In 2023, tuition was $54,460 and the annual cost of attending was $74,380 (tuition plus living expenses).

Cost of Attendance (CoA) is the estimated total amount you will have to spend every year to go to school. Unlike tuition, CoA includes expenses like rent, food, and insurance.

Washington and Lee Law School employment outcomes

JD graduates from Washington and Lee University make $100,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the public sector, a grad can expect to make $60,000.

66.1% of law graduates from Washington and Lee University go directly to work for law firms, while 13.8% clerk for a judge. 5.5% of graduates go into public interest.

86.7% of Washington and Lee University graduates pass the bar on their first try.

Some interesting facts about Washington and Lee Law School

Washington and Lee University School of Law, founded in 1849, is in Lexington, Virginia, a three-hour interstate highway drive from Washington, DC. The School of Law is fully accredited by the ABA and is a member of the AALS. Washington and Lee is known for providing its students with an academically rigorous and professionally challenging legal education in an environment characterized by a commitment to students, small classes, a very low student-to-faculty ratio, and a collegial community. The law school is among the nation’s smallest law schools, with approximately 390 total students. Members of the 2017–2018 student body hailed from 40 states, plus the District of Columbia, and 12 foreign countries.

W&L Law offers an innovative curriculum in which students are engaged in distinct yet complementary ways over the course of their three years in law school. At W&L Law, each year of law school builds upon the lessons of the year before but also presents new and different challenges. In the second and third year, students select from an array of real and simulated client-based practice experiences as well as traditional elective offering, with emphasis on preparing students for their chosen path after graduation.

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@WearyVictoriousKingfisher: yep! I was at Richmond's April 5 ASD! I was the red head wearing a blazer! :)
@WearyVictoriousKingfisher: Richmond has to be the prettiest school outside the T14
Absolutely blew me away when I went
Every current student at W&L is super happy. That really stood out to me when I went to ASD this past weekend. Like, who's happy in law school? Apparently W&L students. They love their time there
Did they mention at all how their class is shaping up at ASD? Like how full their class is looking or how many more decisions they have to make
They did for the school whose day I attended but am just curious
@StripedBumpyBeagle I had to leave ASD early to catch a flight so I wouldn't know. Sorry!
@WearyVictoriousKingfisher: no problem! hope you had a good time, was there a pretty good turn out? I attended Wisconsin's and there was about 150 students
@StripedBumpyBeagle: I don't think they did mention that at ASD, but they did repeat that they consistently have the 120ish class size. There were probably 60 or so at ASD maybe slightly more.
@Kerfuffleuffelous: seems in line with their historic class sizes, appreciate the context! Any idea where you are leaning to attend?
Are they still giving out acceptances?
@OutstandingImpartialKingfisher: when did you submit? They sent out the majority of their last acceptances in March and then denied / wl everyone else on hold. Check your status checker to see
They sent the original form to opt in to the waitlist during mid and then late march (to be filled out by 4/1). But there still might be a handful of acceptances to still go out or people who submitted late
@StripedBumpyBeagle: I'm leaning heavily towards W&L. The tight community, the reputation, the job placement power, the happiness levels of current students, the beloved professors, the CoA, the area, etc all seems wonderful
Especially because Emory has been pissing me tf off the last few weeks, especially the past few days lol. After Emory ASD I told everyone that it would be a super steep uphill battle for W&L to convince me not to attend Emory. Well, W&L has proven themselves
@Kerfuffleuffelous: let me know if you have any Emory questions! My college roommate is a 2L there and I have another good friend who is a 1L
@StripedBumpyBeagle: Thank you! I've talked with so many Emory students at this point and I'm leaning so heavily towards W&L that I don't really have any more questions for students rn. But if I do, I'll give you a shout in here. I appreciate the thought!
Where are you leaning towards/have you decided?
Sounds good! I am currently leaning towards Wisconsin as I got $$$$
However, they are very PI focused, which was apparent at ASD. But with their rank and money, hard to pass up. Hoping to see what happens with W&L though
Originally, it was between: Wisconsin, Loyola Chicago, Wake, and W&L. Wake gave me no money & ran out, so I withdrew. So put my first deposit down for Wisc. I am on the WL for W&L but they historically have some decent movement so hoping my loci and what not can turn the needle
Good luck getting of the W&L wl. Madison is a great city, i'd live there easily
I just paid my deposit. Hope to see y'all in the Fall.
Can anyone speak on visiting W&L? I have a visit there next week
Planning to put my deposit down on Monday - anyone think that's cutting too close?
@Pandally: I’ll be putting my deposit down Monday too. Just have to clear my final decision with a legal director. The phone call is scheduled for Monday morning. If he gives me no reason to not go to W&L, consider my deposit already submitted immediately after the call
@Kerfuffleuffelous: nice! Here's to hoping all goes well and we all finally have closure and direction! This process has been stressful lol
Put in my deposit today. Just noting for y’all that the Monday deadline is 5pm ET not midnight
@Pandally: Indeed it has. I was super torn between Emory and W&L but now that I've chosen W&L I feel relief
@Kerfuffleuffelous: yayyyy! We may be classmates this fall! I'm holding out for W&M another month but i feel like the universe wants me to go to W&L... and I'm just fine with that. <3
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