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Prof. Brant Hellwig

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Brant Hellwig Named Next Dean of W&L Law

Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio has announced the appointment of Brant Hellwig, professor of law at Washington and Lee University and an expert in the field of federal...


Thursday, February 12, 2015

W&L Named a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

Washington and Lee University has been named to the list of American colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-15 U.S. Fulbright Scholars. Three legal scholars from W&L won Fulbright...

Full Calendar


Date Event
Feb 27to Mar 1
Mar 9to Mar 13
Spring Break
Lewis Hall, All Day
Mar 20to Mar 22
Admitted Student Weekend Open House
Not Applicable, All Day
Mar 21
PILSA Run for the Law
Jordan's Point Park, 9:00 AM
Mar 26
Tucker Lecture: Magna Carta: 800 Years after Runnymede
Millhiser Moot Court Room, 12:00 PM

At a Glance Facts and Figures


Washington and Lee University School of Law is different. We admit that. In fact, we embrace it.

  • Student Body: 374
  • Faculty to Student Ratio: 8 : 1
  • Tuition: $44,440
  • Application Deadline: March 1
  • Class Profile: Class of 2017
Financial Aid:

Approximately 90% of students at W&L Law are receiving some type of financial assistance. About 60% receive some form of merit scholarship. To receive optimal consideration for a merit scholarship, your application should be completed by December 31. No separate scholarship application is required.

Career Outcomes:

One of the greatest things about a law degree is that you can do many — and very different — things with it, and our students pursue a variety of careers upon graduation.

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Explore Our Programs

J.D. Degree:

W&L Law is one of the smallest of the nation's top law schools, with a current total enrollment of 374. Our small size means your path to a J.D. Degree will be not only challenging, demanding and stimulating but also personal, collegial and humane.

First Year | Second Year | Third Year

LL.M. Degree:

The LL.M. in United States Law is a one-year program of study open to a small, highly selective group of foreign-trained lawyers and other graduates of non-U.S. law schools. The program leads to a Master of Law (LL.M.) in United States Law.

Clinics and Externships:

W&L's rigorous third year expands upon the lessons and law of the first- and second-year curriculum, moving students out of the classroom and into the real world of legal practice.

Honor System:

W&L has an Honor System that has been in place for over 100 years. The system is based on the fundamental principle that a spirit of trust makes for a unique educational institution. As it is not codified, the Honor System applies to all aspects of campus life, allowing our students to trust each other and to relax and focus on being law students.

Vistors Welcome All

Schedule a Visit:

While here, you may tour the campus, attend a class and meet with an admissions representative.

Getting Here:

Lexington, VA is a beautiful and historic town in the Shenandoah Valley, three hours southwest of Washington, D.C. and forty-five minutes from Roanoke, VA.

Alumni and Employers

W&L is dedicated to serving individual students and alumni as they further their legal careers. In addition, we work with employers to find the right W&L Law student or graduate to meet their hiring needs.