ABA Required Disclosures (Standard 509)
Standard 509 of the American Bar Association Standards and Rules of Procedure for the Approval of Law Schools requires the Law School to disclose a variety of consumer information on its website. This page provides convenient access to that information.
Washington and Lee University School of Law has been accredited by the American Bar Association since 1923. For more information regarding ABA accreditation: Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610,(312) 988-5000.
Standard 509 Information Report
The ABA Standard 509 information reports contain basic information about the Law School regarding admissions, curriculum, enrollment, financial aid, tuition and other required areas in an ABA-approved format.
Detailed employment statistics about our recent graduates, including the ABA employment summary reports, are available below.
Bar Passage Data
W&L graduates had an 91.49% bar passage rate for first time takers in Virginia on the July 2015 examination, the second highest percentage of Virginia schools.
Overall bar pass data for 2015 is still being collected as different states release their results. However, in New York, our second largest jurisdiction, W&L graduates had a 92.86% bar passage rate.
W&L graduates had an 89.19% bar passage rate for first time takers in Virginia on the July 2014 examination, the second highest percentage of Virginia schools and nearly a tie for first place (the average passing rate for all first time Virginia takers was 72.86%). Nationally, W&L Class of 2014 graduates had a 90% passage rate on bar exams in all states.
Class of 2014 graduates took the bar exam in 26 jurisdictions: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
The five most popular jurisdictions for Class of 2014 graduates were Virginia, New York, California, Georgia and Maryland. The Class of 2014 pass rates for these jurisdictions are listed below. The numbers in parentheses represent total number of 2014 graduates who passed the bar exam divided by the total number of 2014 graduates who sat for the bar exam in that jurisdiction:
- Virginia – 88.9% (32/36)
- New York – 88.2% (15/17)
- California – 87.5% (7/8)
- Georgia – 100% (7/7)
- Maryland – 85.7% (6/7)
ABA Scholarship Retention Data
Washington and Lee Law School does not award scholarships that are conditional on law school academic performance; therefore we do not post an ABA ‘conditional scholarship retention worksheet.’
Transfer of Credit
Our transfer of credit policy is available here.
Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid
Information about tuition and fees is available here.
Information about financial aid is available here.
Information about the refund policies that apply to students who leave school during the semester is available here.
Other Policies and Statements
For more policy information, including the University's non-discrimination statement, click here.