William and Mary Law School

Rank 45 (USNWR 2023)
Median LSAT
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Also known as

  • William and Mary Law School
  • William & Mary Law School
  • W&M

William and Mary Law School is a law school located in Williamsburg, Virginia. The school was ranked 45 in 2023 by USNWR. Annual enrollment for William and Mary Law School is approximately 212.

Admissions website: https://law.wm.edu/admissions/index.php

Admissions email: lawadm@wm.edu

Admissions phone: 757.221.3785

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William and Mary Law School Key Statistics

Previous year ABA 509 data
Percentiles 25 50 75
LSAT 160 165 166
GPA 3.5 3.75 3.85
Miscellaneous Count Percentile
# Applications 1541 52
# Admissions offers 709 -
Class size 212 69
% Accepted 46.0% 42
% Yield 29.8% 51

During the 2023 application cycle, 1,541 people applied and 709 were offered admission.

William & Mary Law School has a 1L class size of 212, and yield of 29.76%. 211 out of 709 applicants who were offered admission accepted, meaning that 29.76% of the people who were offered admission ended up attending the school.

The 1L class at William & Mary Law School has a median LSAT of 165. The 25th percentile LSAT is 160 and the 75th percentile LSAT is 166.

The median GPA is 3.75. The 25th percentile GPA is 3.5 and the 75th percentile GPA is 3.85.

William and Mary Law School LSAT & GPA graph for 2022-2023

LSD has stats for 467 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 William and Mary Law School cost per year?

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Cost of attending William and Mary Law School

In 2023, tuition was $56,014 and the annual cost of attending was $56,014 (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.

William and Mary Law School employment outcomes

JD graduates from William & Mary Law School make $125,000 (median) upon graduation if they work in the private sector. If they go into the public sector, a grad can expect to make $67,137.

45.0% of law graduates from William & Mary Law School go directly to work for law firms, while 16.9% clerk for a judge. 10.0% of graduates go into public interest.

93.8% of William & Mary Law School graduates pass the bar on their first try.

Some interesting facts about William and Mary Law School

At William & Mary Law School, we believe that we prepare students for the ethical practice of law better than any other program in the country.

It all starts with our philosophy of the citizen lawyer, the ideal of the lawyer as skilled advocate and devoted public servant. That concept translates into an academic curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning and the "human element" of the law—compassion, ethics and public service.

In our J.D. program, first-year courses do more than cover the basics. In addition to required coursework in civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, property and torts, every 1L goes through W&M's leading Legal Practice Program. You’ll research and draft memos and briefs, learn how to interview clients and negotiate on their behalf. From the very first day, you'll be putting ethical lawyering skills to practice in a supportive academic setting, trained by both full-time legal writing professors as well as by practitioners in the field.

Legal Practice continues into the second year of law school, where you’ll have the opportunity to specialize in an area of practice as you continue to improve your writing and lawyering skills.

Starting in the second year, you'll also choose from nearly 100 different elective course offerings. Every aspect of modern law practice is covered, from intellectual property to national security to business and corporate law. Our nine clinics and one Practicum will help prepare you for the practice of law and membership in the profession. Students in our clinics provide more than 14,000 hours of service annually to underserved clients that include the elderly, children with special needs, and veterans.

All the while, you'll be engaged in learning opportunities outside the classroom through the Law School's more than 40 student organizations and five student-edited journals. Participation in some of these endeavors, such as the National Trial Team and journals, is eligible for credit.

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@ZestyLaboredHippopotamus: yep! Just my thoughts and feelings. I will likely choose w&l over richmond if I dont get w&m.
@ElderlyScreechingFalcon: mine did that a couple of times before the WL decision. I'm sure they're going to be doing more decisions this week
Oh ok, I thought I was gonna be caught up in the wave this weekend, but that’s reassuring at least
@Pandally: I feel the same way about W&L versus Richmond. I am going to Duquesne ASD on Friday as I am currently choosing between their and Pitt. Hoping for W&L or W&M waitlist to pan out though. I visit W&M on the 18th.
Also what is B-day admission
@SteelersReignSupreme are you doing the student ambassador tour at W&M?
Also b-day admission. Birthday admission! For my birthday.
yo do they update the portal at all when the send decisions
@SonoSilv: my portal has been blank for the majority of the time. I was waitlisted. Email was how they sent the decision
cool cool thank you
@Pandally: Happy Birthday! No I don't think so just a regular tour. What is the student ambassador tour?
@SteelersReignSupreme: thanks! When i scheduled a tour before getting my answer - it was just a tour led by a 2L student to show me around the law school. I didn't get to sit in on any classes or anything.
More added to the WL. Welcome y'all.
Seriously... that email. Whyyyyyy
@Pandally: My heart jumped out of my chest then crashed back down.
@SteelersReignSupreme: right?! The fact that it was then gloating about their ranking kinda left a bad taste in my mouth too. I accepted the invitation for the panel anyways. Like come on...
Yeah thats kinda messed up. Also accepted the invite though.😅
@SteelersReignSupreme: kinda feels like stockholm syndrome in a way. Right? Hahaha
Got rejected. It hurts but oh well ig
@ElderlyScreechingFalcon: sorry buddy. Good luck with the rest of your options. <3
@Pandally: thanks
Did I apply to schools out of my league
Do you guys think it's too late to apply?
@HurriedNippyPirate: partially yes, partially no. You should've probably shifted your spread down about 10-15 spots. Not trying to be rude but you were never going to get into the t14. t20 would be a reach already. applying in the 25-55 range is probably your sweet spot
@OutstandingImpartialKingfisher: it is absolutely too late to apply. You might get accepted but very unlikely to get money, and whatever money you might get is almost certainly less than you could end up with(after negotiating and all that) if you wait and apply early next cycle.
@WasabiPirates: do you know if W&M will always have scholarships available for need-based students or is that something that runs out as well? I'm just wondering if it's even possible if I will receive scholarships if I'm accepted off the waitlist.
@Pandally: There website WL FAQ says it varies on case by case basis. Probably depends how big the scholly was the person had who turned their seat down.
their* thats embarrassing
@SteelersReignSupreme: trueeee! We'll see how they handle the waitlist now that their second secret deadline is passed. Lol
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