William and Mary Law School

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The Marshall-Wythe School of Law, more commonly known as William & Mary Law School (W&M Law), located in Williamsburg, Virginia, is a law school in the United States. It is a part of the College of William & Mary, the second-oldest college in the United States after Harvard University. William & Mary Law School maintains an enrollment of roughly 600 juris doctor degree seeking students. As a public university, William and Mary charges relatively low tuition. W&M Law has generally been listed in the top 30 in the nation in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of American Law Schools; it was ranked #31 in the 2008 ranking (in a three-way tie with the law schools of Ohio State University and University of Wisconsin-Madison). W&M Law School is the 10th-highest-ranked public university law program on the U.S. News & World Report survey. The Law School's Dean is W. Taylor Reveley III, former managing partner of Hunton & Williams.

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William and Mary Law School Admissions

William and Mary Law School is considered a Competitive law school, which accepts only 37% of its applicants. Comparatively, Wm is Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2026 4567 1653 (36.19%) 199 (4.4%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.40 3.69 3.86
LSAT 158 163 164

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $30,800 $39,800
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: $17,700
  • Living off-campus: $17,700
  • Living at home: $17,700

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 01/15
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: 04/01
  • Application Fee: $50

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William and Mary Law School Community

William and Mary Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Wm is Below Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 48
  • Part Time: 70

Faculty

  • # Female Faculty: 45
  • # Minority Faculty: 5

Ratio

13.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: No
  • Graduate Housing: No
  • Law Specific Housing: No

William and Mary Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. William and Mary Law School 1L section size is 21% larger than law schools in Virginia and 15% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

William and Mary Law School: 155
Virginia Average: 123
PUBLIC School Average: 132

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 418
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 177

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 266
  • Law Journals: 341
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 2.4%
  • Second Year: 4.3%
  • Third Year: 0.5%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

William and Mary Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The William and Mary Law School class of 2021 had an employment rate of 90% with 1% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2021, 100.0%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 43.0%
  • Business: 12.0%
  • Government: 24.0%
  • Public Interest: 6.0%
  • Academia: 1.0%
  • Virginia: 37%
  • New York: 12%
  • District of Columbia: 11%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 100.0%
  • First Time Takers: 215
  • Average School: 88.4%
  • Average State: 75.0%
  • Pass Difference: 13.5%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Virginia: 72.4%
  • Passed: 85 of 100 (85.0%)
  • State Average: 75.0%
  • Difference: 12.6%