Lexington, VA • Monday, April 02, 2007
Washington and Lee University's School of Law is ranked the 25th best legal program in the country among ABA-accredited law schools, according to new rankings released Friday (March 30) by U.S. News and World Report. The school was ranked 22nd in last year's report.
The annual rankings are based on nearly a dozen indicators including students' college performance and scores on the national LSAT exam for law school admission, the ratio of bar passage to state average and their graduation and job placement rates. W&L equaled or improved its marks in most categories compared to the 2006 report.
The School of Law continues to fare well on indicators that aim to measure the quality of student and faculty interaction. Among the top twenty-five schools, the School of Law has the fourth-best student-faculty ratio of 9.8-to-1 -- bested only by Yale, Stanford, and the University of Chicago, which were respectively ranked the first, third, and sixth best legal programs overall.
As one of the country's smallest law schools with 407 students this academic year, the advantage of W&L's small classes allows frequent interaction between professors and law students in and out of the classroom and while students are working at the School of Law's specialized legal clinics.