Law School Spotlight: Washington and Lee University School of Law

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    Washington and Lee University School of Law (often referred to as W&L Law or WLU Law) is today's Law School Spotlight. From LSAC's Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools:

    Washington and Lee University School of Law, founded in 1849, is located in Lexington, Virginia, a three-hour interstate highway drive from Washington, DC. The School of Law is fully accredited by the ABA and is a member of the AALS. Washington and Lee is known for providing its students with an academically rigorous and professionally challenging legal education in an environment characterized by a commitment to students, small classes, a very low student-to-faculty ratio, and a collegial community. The law school is among the nation's smallest law schools with approximately 400 total students. Members of the 2011–12 student body hail from 37 states, 5 foreign countries, and 203 different undergraduate institutions.

    W&L Law offers an innovative curriculum in which students are engaged in distinct yet complimentary ways over the course of their three years in law school. Students encounter a linear sequence of learning experiences rooted in the basic assumption that each year of law school should build upon the lessons of its predecessor but also present new and different challenges. The third year is entirely experiential with students learning the law through a considered blend of real and simulated client-based practice experiences.

    Type of school: Private

    Setting: Small town, rural setting

    Size: 395 (approx.)

    Incoming class size: 121 (2011)

    Student-to-faculty ratio: 9.5 to 1

    Acceptance percentage: 24.2% (964 of 3,972 admitted)

    Tuition and fees: $41,947

    Cost of living (single student): $20,138

    Address: Office of Admissions, Sydney Lewis Hall, Lexington, VA 24450
    Phone: 540.458.8503
    Twitter accounts: @WLULaw
    Facebook: Washington and Lee School of Law

    All information (except for social networking and blog information) was gathered from the school's profile on the Law School Admission Council's Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools and the school's website. Please consult the school's website and Office of Admissions with questions regarding this information. 

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