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Welcome to W&L Law

Dear W&L Law Class of 2022,

Congratulations on your acceptance to Washington and Lee University School of Law and for making the decision to join our wonderful community this fall!  This is a very special place and I am confident that you will come to love it as much as I do, and the many who have come before us.  My name is Roy Abernathy and I am the President of the Student Bar Association (SBA).  SBA is the student government at the law school and we are responsible for overseeing over thirty student organizations, as well as planning fun events throughout the year.  As president of the SBA, I also work closely with the administration to ensure that student concerns are voiced and that the administration is responsive to the needs of students.   

Lexington is a wonderful town located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.  Just minutes from dozens of hiking trails and picturesque wineries, we are surrounded by abundant natural beauty.  The charm and community of our small town is palpable.  The SBA hopes to be the conduit that helps law students find community at the law school, across the entire university, and within the broader town of Lexington.  As an organization, the SBA ensures that W&L Law students have opportunities to let loose and have fun throughout the year.  From the welcome party the first week of school, to the fall flag football league, to the series of prominent guests speakers, to Barrister's Ball, and many more events in between, there is always something to look forward to.  This close-knit town atmosphere helps foster the amazing community we have at W&L Law.  You will get to know each of your classmates, run into your professors at Kroger, and grab drinks with alumni at local bars.  We hope that you have already begun to feel a part of our community.  We are excited to welcome each of you in August, and look forward to helping you find your place at W&L and in Lexington!  

If you have questions or concerns as you begin the transition to Lexington and law school, please feel free to reach out.  

Roy Abernathy


The best way to learn more about W&L Law is to talk to us! Connect with other admitted students and our current students on Facebook. Or let us put you in touch with a student who shares your background and interests.

Why W&L Law

Each year, we ask our incoming students to reflect on their law school search and what ultimately led them to W&L Law. Hear their stories below.

"The alumni come back, they want to talk to the current students. I think that says a lot about the school - when people who are no longer here give back, they do it because they want to. That shows what kind of school you're going to." -- Rashanna Butler

"Not only did the bar passage rates and the job placement rates stand out to me, but there seemed to be a greater sense of community, and a lot of organizations I could join. I knew that would be important to me at a Law School." -- Sarah Van Horn

"Look at the student to teacher ratio, because that is a big part. When talking about institutions and how available faculty are to you, that goes a long way to helping you get an education." -- Dami Lawal

"When I came to campus, and got to talk to students and hear about their experiences... there was just no doubt in my mind that it would be a fantastic opportunity to come over here. Really glad that I made that decision." -- Emily Kendall

Accept Our Offer

First Year Students

To accept our offer of admission and secure your place in our Class of 2022, you must:

  • submit an initial non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 by April 15 and
  • submit an additional non-refundable tuition deposit of $500 by June 1

For students admitted after June 1, your entire deposit payment of $1,000 is due by midnight EST on the date given in your offer of admission.

Transfer Students

To accept our offer and secure your place, you must submit your deposit of $500 by the date indicated on your Applicant Status Online (ASO) Status Checker.

If you Decide to Withdraw

If you decide to withdraw from our class, we (and the students hoping for a seat!) would greatly appreciate it if you would let us know as soon as you make your decision. Please notify us by email to

Deferred Enrollment

We consider requests to defer enrollment on an individual basis. Students wishing to defer enrollment should review our policy and email our office for a Request for Deferred Enrollment form. Students granted deferred enrollment must submit the tuition deposits detailed above.

Open House

Save the Date - Open House 2019

Each year the admissions department hosts opportunities for admitted students to enjoy a preview of life as a W&L law student. Please consider attending one of these days to gain the distinctive experience of W&L Law.  The dates for our 2019 Open Houses are:  

  • February 22-23
  • April 5-6