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Washington and Lee Law School

Rank 33 (USNWR 2024)
165
Median LSAT
3.72
Median GPA
31.4%
Acceptance rate

Also known as

  • Washington and Lee Law School
  • Washington and Lee University
  • WASHINGTON AND LEE UNIVERSITY
  • W&L wnl

Washington and Lee Law School is a law school located in Lexington, Virginia. The school was ranked 33 in 2024 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 2024 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 165. The 25th percentile LSAT is 159 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 166.

The median GPA is 3.72. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.4 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.8.

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

LSD has stats for 458 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.

Click on a data point to see that user's profile.

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

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

$54,460.00
Tuition
53rd percentile
$74,380.00
CoA
44th percentile
86.70%
Bar pass rate
69th percentile
$80,000.00
Salary, 25th %
86th percentile
$100,000.00
Salary
80th percentile
$60,000.00
PI Salary
59th percentile
74.60%
Employment rate
88th percentile
66.40%
Grads with debt
31st percentile
$105,520.00
Average debt
60th percentile

Cost of attending Washington and Lee Law School

In 2024, 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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SteelersReignSupreme
12:03
@proximith: That is very true, it is nice of them to be proactive about it. Its good to have an idea of what is happening.
Pandally
12:16
They're aiming for a class of 125-130. I can't imagine everyone deposited. And in that case, some of us deposited but are hoping for WL movement elsewhere. I know it puts people in a spot that are still on the waitlist but we can all thank adcomms for the slow process. Regardless, W&L has an honor policy so they are likely telling the truth about the amount of deposits.
Pandally
12:26
For me, I'm so ready to give up on W&M. The perfect house just went on the market within 5 minutes of w&l. But since my SO is going to be taking on most of the responsibility
Pandally
12:27
I have to at least wait for W&M until may 15th.
SteelersReignSupreme
12:51
@Pandally: I don’t blame you this process is very stressful. I think we are all craving definitive answers. I still have not deposited yet but likely will by the end of this week.
SteelersReignSupreme
12:52
I also wish I knew other people going to law school. Lsdata is my only outlet to discuss it with others in similar situations.
Pandally
12:54
@SteelersReignSupreme: it really is...I guess May 15th will be my day of definitive but it still sucks haha.
Pandally
12:55
@SteelersReignSupreme: same for me. I can't really talk about it with anyone else. The attorneys are busy and its been so long for them. Family and friends don't get it and wish i would shut up about it. 😅 They just don't get it!
hey @proximith - just reach out every other week with a polite email restating that it is your top choice and you would be excited to move to lex. i believe you will get in! my fingers are crossed for u. hope to see u in lex in august!
14:59
Does anyone know if there are potential for scholarship offers if you've been accepted from the wait list?
15:00
It was mentioned at an open house as a possibility, rather than a hard no for waitlisted students, I'm just wondering if anyone has any info.
16:03
@NextLumpySpacePrincess: thank you for advice! i sent out a loci today and ill keep in contact with them! hope i see you in lexington too!
Thank you for the hope! I am kinda worried that they have no spots left tho ;(
9:52
@PaigeHawkins: i only got in on April 15 and got a big scholarship offer today!
WoodChuck21
11:13
Does W&L not have a discord?
Pandally
11:30
@WoodChuck21: i haven't found one
13:34
@alas: I got one today as well!! :D
WoodChuck21
14:13
Should I make one? lol
WoodChuck21
14:15
https://discord.gg/ffm7ah7T
WoodChuck21
14:15
Just made one
OutstandingImpartialKingfisher
15:34
How long does it usually take to hear back after going UR
WoodChuck21
14:50
It took me about two weeks but I've heard varying things from different people
OutstandingImpartialKingfisher
12:00
anybody hear today?
Any movement?
OutstandingImpartialKingfisher
13:59
No decisions this week right
OutstandingImpartialKingfisher
14:28
My date and paragraph disappeared it seems
OutstandingImpartialKingfisher
15:02
Just got in!
OutstandingImpartialKingfisher
15:04
Anyone know when they give out scholarship info
WoodChuck21
11:52
https://discord.gg/2q3GqHV3 Here is the discord server for our class at W&L
crimespreeinOH
11:59
I withdrew my admission today. Hopefully one of you gets it in now.
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