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A Washington University Law education will introduce you to all facets of the law, while also empowering you to personalize your curriculum and further investigate your areas of interest. Our program is designed to educate well-rounded, thoughtful attorneys. You will be well-prepared to make a difference for your clients, with a solid foundation in the history of the law and the skills to respond to new challenges.
The above LSAT and GPA data pertain to the 2016 entering class.
|Director of admissions||Mary Ann Clifford|
|Application deadline||August 15|
Law School Admissions details based on 2016 data.
|Approximate number of applications||4113|
The above admission details are based on 2016 data.
|Tuition and fees Full-time:||$53,506 per year|
|Room and board||$14,400|
Law School Cost details based on 2016 data.
Effective with the class of 2013, the Washington University School of Law changed the grading system from number grades (70- 100) to letter grades (A, B, etc.), along with changing the GPAs to a 4.0 scale (based on 31 number grades separated by .06, ranging from 2.50-4.30) that continue to allow the Faculty to distinguish between students’ scores to a greater degree than the systems at most other Law Schools. The conversion scale is:
Effective with the class of 2004 and ending with the class of 2013, the Washington University School of Law instituted a grading system with a scale of 70 - 100. Effective with that graduating class, the middle score in the scale was changed from an 83 to an 87. With this new scale, a grade of 74 or better was necessary to earn credit in a course. A 79 average was necessary to remain in good standing each year and overall in the new scale. The conversion of number grades to letter grades (updated in 2013) is:
Additional Grades Codes:
The law school offers following additional grade codes:
|CR# or CR||Credit|
|CIP||Course In Progress|
|N||Grade Not Recorded|
|NCR# or NCR||No credit|
|I – Incomplete||Incomplete|
|PW||Permitted to withdraw|
|RX||Reexamined in course|
|RW||Required to withdraw|
Boston College Law School does not rank its students. An approximation of grade distributions is issued for the 2L and 3L classes at the end of each semester, and for the 1L class at the end of the Academic Year.
Latin Honors are awarded at graduation as follows:
|Order of the Coif||The Order of the Coif is an honorary scholastic society (http://www.orderofthecoif.org) the purpose of which is to encourage excellence in legal education by fostering a spirit of careful study, recognizing those who as law students attained a high grade of scholarship, and honoring those who as lawyers, judges and teachers attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments. J.D. students who rank in the top ten per cent of their class are selected, barring any disciplinary or honor issues. Based on Order of the Coif rules, in order to be eligible a student must have taken 75% of his/her credits "graded." If a student plans to graduate with the 86 minimum credits required for the J.D, this means s/he must take at least 64 credits graded, and no more than 22 credits non-graded. According to the Order of the Coif, "'Graded courses' are those for which academic accomplishment is recorded on the basis of educational measurement involving four or more discriminators." WUSL's modified pass/fail courses (HP94, P, LP78, F70), such as Pretrial and Trial, count as graded courses per this definition. Credit bearing activities such as publications, competitions (participants and board members), supervised research, Judicial Clerkship, Negotiation, and Non-Law courses do not count as graded courses because there are only two grade discriminators - Credit or No Credit. Students vying for the top 10% should keep this information in mind, especially if considering applying for a semester abroad (which would likely involve at least 12 non-graded credits) or doing an externship (the Congressional/Administrative Law externship has 8 non-graded credits, and other externships usually have 12 non-graded credits). Initiates receive certificates and the honor appears on the transcript.|
|Dean’s List||This honor is bestowed upon J.D. students at the end of the fall and spring semesters and is based on the semester grade point average. Students whose semester GPAs are in the top 1/3 of their J.D. Class make the Dean’s List for that semester. The honor appears on the transcript.|
|summa cum laude||J.D. students graduating in the top 2% of their class earn summa cum laude honors|
|magna cum laude||students in the top 10% earn magna cum laude honors|
|cum laude||students in the top 33 1/3% (top third) earn cum laude honors|
|Honor Scholar||This honor is bestowed upon J.D. students at the end of the academic year and is based on the yearly grade point. J.D. students who rank in the top 10% of their class according to their yearly GPAs are designated as Honor Scholars. Recipients receive a letter from the Dean and the honor appears on the transcript.|
|Name of Award||Awarded for/to|
|The Breckinridge Academic Awards - First and Second Honors||The Breckinridge Academic Awards - First and Second Honors These awards are given at the end of each school year to the two students in each J.D. Class having the first and second highest academic averages for that academic year. The winners receive: certificates and the award appears on the transcripts.|
|Honor Scholar Awards||This honor is bestowed upon J.D. students at the end of the academic year and is based on the yearly grade point. J.D. students who rank in the top 10% of their class according to their yearly GPAs are designated as Honor Scholars. Recipients receive a letter from the Dean and the honor appears on the transcript.|
|Alumni Association Award||This honor is bestowed by the Alumni Association of the School upon the member of the J.D. graduating class who attains the highest grade point average in his or her entire School of Law career. The winner receives a certificate, and the honor appears on the transcript.|
|American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law, Student Excellence Award||This award recognizes an outstanding student in the areas of land use law and/or local government law. The honoree receives a current ABA Section of State & Local Government Law publication and a certificate of recognition from the ABA Section. The honor appear on the transcript.|
|Charles Trobman Memorial Award||This award is in memory of Charles Trobman, JD'95, and is presented to the graduating J.D. student with the highest grade in Immigration Law. The winner receives a certificate and the honor appears on the transcript.|
|Charles Wendell Carnahan Award||This award is given to the graduating J.D. student achieving the highest final grade in Conflict of Laws. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Christophine G. Mutharika International Law Award||This prize was created by Professor A. Peter Mutharika and his family in memory of his late wife, Christophine. The award is given to the graduating J.D. student with the highest grade in International Law. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA) Outstanding Student Award||This award is presented to a J.D. graduating student for excellence in clinical fieldwork based on the high quality of representation provided to clients, and for outstanding participation in an accompanying clinical seminar as determined by exemplary thoughtfulness and self-reflectiveness in exploring pertinent legal and lawyering issues. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Dan Carter-Earl Tedrow Memorial Award||Established by the J.D. Class of 1958 in memory of their classmates, Dan Carter and Earl Tedrow, this award is given to the senior who, because he/she has demonstrated an agreeable and mature attitude, an active interest in law school affairs, a conscientious regard for studies, a helpful and understanding relationship with associates, and an inclination to further the ideals of the legal profession, is selected by the Senior Class as the exemplification of the aims of all those entering the profession of law. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|David M. Becker Public Service Fellow||This award is presented to a J.D. graduating student with demonstrated commitment to public interest legal issues both prior to and while attending the School of Law. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Dean's Leadership Award||This award is presented in some school years by the Dean to a graduating J.D. student in recognition of outstanding leadership and service to the School of Law. The winner receives a book from the Dean, a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Don Sommers Award in Professional Responsibility||Don Sommers Award in Professional Responsibility This award is presented to the J.D. graduating student who received the highest grade in Legal Profession. All ethics curriculum courses with enrollments of at least 30 qualify as “Legal Profession” for purposes of granting this award. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Equal Justice Works Award||This award is presented to J.D. students in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono and public service. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Excellence in Negotiation and Dispute Resolution Award||[formerly the Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution Award] This award is presented to students who have excelled in the Law School's NDR classes or the NDR competitions: Client Counseling, Negotiation, and Representation in Mediation Competitions.|
|F. Hodge O’Neal Corporate Law Award||This award is presented to the J.D. graduating student with the highest grade in Corporations. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Family Law Award||This award is presented to the graduating J.D. student receiving the highest grade in Family Law. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Gary I. Boren Memorial Award||This award was created by Michael Goldstein and the law firm of Suelthaus & Kaplan in memory of Professor Boren. This is awarded to the highest ranking student completing the LL.M. in Taxation. The winner receives a certificate and the honor appears on the transcript.|
|Intellectual Property & Technology Award||This is awarded to the highest ranking student completing the LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Technology Law. The winner receives a certificate and the honor appears on the transcript.|
|International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award||This award is made possible by the International Academy of Trial Lawyers for the encouragement of competent courtroom practice and is to be chosen from J.D. students demonstrating proficiency in advocacy and litigation skills, as demonstrated in classes or competitions. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|International LL.M. Best Advocate Award||This award is presented to a graduating LL.M. student for excellence in analysis and advocacy demonstrated in the Introduction to U.S. Law & Methods courses. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Jack Garden Humanitarian Award||This award is presented to a graduating J.D. student who has contributed significantly to the School of Law or the broader community. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Joseph Kutten Awards in Bankruptcy and Insurance||These awards are presented to the J.D. graduating students who received the highest grades in Bankruptcy and Insurance. The winners each receive a certificate and the awards appear on the transcripts.|
|Judge Amandus Brackman Moot Court Award||This award is presented to a graduating J.D. student for proficiency in briefing and arguing cases in Moot Court competitions. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Judge John W. Calhoun Trial Practice Award||This award is given to the graduating J.D. student who has demonstrated exceptional talent and enthusiasm for trial practice, as demonstrated in classes or competitions. The winner receives a certificate and the honor appears on the transcript.|
|Judge Myron D. Mills Administrative Law Award||This award is presented to the graduating J.D. student who has written the best paper on an Administrative Law topic in a course for credit during each academic year. The Associate Dean will solicit from members of the faculty nominations of student work in the Administrative Law field; the Associate Dean shall call upon one teacher with expertise in Administrative Law to choose the best paper from among those nominated. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Legal Practice Excellence Award||This award is presented for excellence in Legal Practice (first year course). The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|LL.M. Best Advocate Award||[See International LL.M. Best Advocate Award]|
|Mary Collier Hitchcock Prize||This award is presented to one J.D. graduating member of each of the four Washington University publications (Law Review, Journal of Law and Policy, Global Studies Law Review, and Jurisprudence Review) for outstanding writing. The winners receive a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Milton F. Napier Trial Award||This award is made possible by the Lawyers Association. It is presented to a graduating J.D. student who exhibits proficiency in trial advocacy, as demonstrated in classes or competitions. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate Award||This award is presented to a J.D. graduating student for academic achievement, professional image, and commitment to the advancement of women in society. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Philip Gallop Award||This award is presented to the graduating J.D. student receiving the highest grade in Real Estate Transactions. This award given in honor of Mr. Philip Gallop by his family. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Public Service Law Student of the Year||This award is presented to the graduating J.D. student who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment and dedication to serving those most in need. The winner receives a certificate and the honor appears on the transcript.|
|Stuart L. Oelbaum Public Service Fellow||This award is presented to a J.D. graduating student who has demonstrated commitment to public interest legal issues both prior to and while attending the School of Law. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|Washington University Association of Women Faculty Graduate Student Award||This award is presented to a graduating student in recognition of scholarly excellence and leadership potential among women students in the second year of graduate school or beyond. This is a University-wide award that may be awarded to a Law student The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
|William M. Pomerantz Trial Award||Established in May 1987 by the family of William M. Pomerantz, a prominent trial attorney in Hartford, Connecticut, for nearly fifty years, a graduate of Pennsylvania and Boston University Law School, and committed to excellence in the art of trial advocacy. This award is presented to a member of the J.D. graduating class for excellence in regional mock trial competition. The winner receives a certificate and the award appears on the transcript.|
The School publishes four student-edited journals:
Washington University Law Review
Inaugurated as the St. Louis Law Review in 1915 and retitled the Washington University Law Quarterly in 1936, the Washington University Law Review is a student-run academic journal that publishes six issues per year. Our staff selects and edits articles from legal scholars, practitioners, and students, and we welcome submissions on any legal topic.
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
The Journal of Law and Policy is committed to generating a symposium-based publication that brings together communities of scholars, through a mutual and collaborative student and faculty process, emphasizing existing and emerging visions of the law in relation to interdisciplinary and multicultural perspectives, the implications of technology, and the consequences of economic globalization for the purpose of influencing law and social policy. In furtherance of this mission, the Journal of Law and Policy, unlike most law reviews, centers each volume around a pertinent theme or issue. The articles therein are authored by professors of law, legal practitioners, judges, and distinguished scholars from a variety of academic disciplines.
Washington University Global Studies Law Review
Welcome to the internet home of Washington University Global Studies Law Review. Building on Washington University's distinguished reputation, Global Studies presents outstanding articles, book reviews, essays, and notes from prestigious academics, practitioners and prominent students to expand the global community's knowledge and understanding of real-world issues. Global Studies Law Review publishes quarterly.
Washington University Jurisprudence Review
Washington University Jurisprudence Review is the only student-edited, in-print journal of jurisprudence in the United States. The Jurisprudence Review promotes academic discussion and scholarship at the nexus of law and legal theory by publishing two issues per year with works that contribute to analytic, normative, and comparative jurisprudence from scholars both within and without the legal academy. We also seek to enrich the law school experience by fostering critical analysis of the suppositions and theories that underpin the law school curriculum.
The School offers a rich program of lawyering skills competitions to the curricula. Both first-year and upper-class students are encouraged to refine their lawyering techniques through our various lawyer advocacy competitions. Some of the competitions earn academic credit, and all of the competitions provide excellent training in valuable lawyering skills and professional values. The trial and appellate skills competitions are administered by the Trial and Advocacy Program, and client counseling, negotiation, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution (ADR) competitions are administered by the ADR Program. Below are the different moot courts offered here:
Recognizing that acquiring professional skills and values in a real world context is an essential component of legal education, Washington University Law guarantees every interested student at least one clinical opportunity during his or her second or third year of law school.
Listed below are clinical courses available to all law students at Washington University Law:
Starting Salaries (2015 Graduates Employed Full-Time)
|Private sector (25th-75th percentile)||$70,000 - $160,000|
|Median in the private sector||$112,500|
|Median in public service||$60,000|
|Graduates known to be employed at graduation||61.1%|
|Graduates known to be employed ten months after graduation||85.6%|
Areas of Legal Practice
|Graduates Employed In||Percentage|
|Business and Industry||17.6%|
|Public Interest Organizations||6.8%|
Our rich and diverse group of lawyering courses place students out in the community as members of law offices and community organizations at which students provide legal services under the direct supervision of an on-site attorney or judge. These courses expose students to a variety of legal settings in non-profit, community, governmental law offices, and judicial chambers, and a variety of experiences in litigation, policy, judicial and organizational advocacy settings. These externships are local, national and international and include such placements as federal public defender offices, United States Attorneys offices, local, national and international courts, legal services organizations, and Congressional and Administrative offices in Washington, D.C. Washington University Law faculty supervise the experiences of the students in these courses, staying in close contact with the students and their externship supervisors to help them develop their legal skills and to provide a framework for reflection and insight into the legal profession and professional possibilities.
Summer Clinical Opportunities
During the summer, Washington University Law offers a variety of intensive local, national, and international externships. Summer clinical course offerings include the Judicial Clerkship Externship and the Lawyering Practice Externship (LPE). In the summer LPE, students either may seek placements in the regular offices the that the LPE utilize by during the regular academic year or in similar placements in other locations in the United States and abroad.
IP/TL LLM students are encouraged to apply for unpaid internships either during their academic program or the summer after the program. Alumni and friends of the LLM program offer students opportunities at in-house counsel settings and at law firms of all sizes.