J.D. Quick Facts

The Students:

There are 386 students on W&L's law campus representing 38 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 15 foreign countries (Albania, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Germany, India, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Russia, South Korea, the United Kingdom, and Zimbabwe).

The Faculty

The student-to-faculty ratio is 8.5:1. W&L School of Law has 36 full-time professors and 64 adjunct professors. Numerous visiting faculty, lecturers, and visiting practitioners complement our full-time and adjunct faculty.

The Campus and Area

W&L Law is located in the beautiful historic town of Lexington, Virginia.  The school is a 3 hour interstate highway drive from Washington, DC and a 45 minute interstate highway drive from Roanoke, Virginia. Washington and Lee University is the ninth oldest institution of higher learning in the nation, and the law school dates back to 1849. For more information about the history of the law school, please consult this brief history of W&L Law.

A town of roughly 7,000 residents, Lexington is home to Washington and Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute. There are more than 100 culturally and historically significant sites in the Rockbridge County area, and the historic core of the City of Lexington is a Nationally Registered Historic District, as are the Washington and Lee Colonnade and the Virginia Military Institute Post. Lexington and the surrounding area has been the filming location for at least six movies, including, scenes for Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds.
For more information about Lexington, please feel free to consult our Life in Lexington webpageLexington Visitor Center's website, and our list of things to do in Lexington!

Class Size

The entering class size for Class of 2020: 165

Our current first year class consists of 165 students and includes graduates from 115 different undergraduate institutions, and its members hail from 34 different states as well as the District of Columbia. Females make up 49% of the incoming class, and 27% of the class self-identifies as a member of a racial/ethnic minority. Our average age is 23.

GPA & LSAT Scores

Please refer to our Class Profile page for the median scores of our 1L class.


To be considered for admission, J.D. applications should be submitted by March 1. Applicants whose files are completed by the above deadline should expect a decision by March 31. For those applications submitted after March 1, we cannot guarantee a decision by a particular date, but we will make every effort to render a decision in as expeditious a manner as possible.

The 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 Washington and Lee a unique educational institution. As it is not codified, the Honor System applies to all aspects of campus life, and, because of the honor system, our students know they can trust each other, and this trust allows them to relax and focus on being law students.

To learn more about the Honor System here.


We have three journals our students are invited and encouraged to participate in. They are: Law Review, German Law Journal, and the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice. The journals have varying methods by which they select their staffwriters, and the timing of these decisions can often vary between journals. For more information about our journals, visit the journal webpage.

Our Degree

Juris Doctor (J.D.)

Clinics and Externships

We have a number of clinical and externship opportunities, spanning a variety of practice areas. As a result of our curricular reform, all W&L Law students are required to have some "real-client" experience during their second and third years of law school. Our clinics and externships opportunities are: Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse, Immigrant Rights Clinic, Community Legal Practice Center, Black Lung Legal Clinic, Criminal Justice Clinic, Tax Clinic, Public Prosecutors Program, Judicial Clerkship Program, and General Externship Program (which includes the DC externship option).  For more information about our clinical and externship offerings, go to their webpage


$47,165 for the J.D. program. Tuition is set by the University's Board of Trustees at the January meeting prior to each academic year.  More information is available at the Tuition and Fees webpage.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Most students at W&L Law are receiving some type of financial assistance.  The majority of students receive a merit scholarship, which can range in amount from $5,000 to (in a few cases) almost full tuition.  To receive optimal consideration for a merit scholarship, your application should be completed by February 1.  No separate scholarship application is required.  While we do encourage applicants to complete their applications by February 1 to be eligible for merit scholarship consideration, this is not a hard deadline. Scholarship award notifications will accompany an admitted student's admission letter.  We will continue to make scholarship awards throughout the application cycle, however, we may have less funds available to offer to students whose files are completed later in the cycle (after February 1). For additional information on financial aid and scholarships, please see our webpage detailing our merit scholarship process as well as the University's Financial Aid webpage.

Employment Rate

Click here for comprehensive employment data. For more information on the career opportunities available to W&L Law students, please consult the webpage for our Office of Career Strategy.

Contact Information

If you would like more information or have a question about W&L School of Law, contact a member of the Admissions Staff at 540.458.8503 or send an e-mail to lawadm@wlu.edu.