Prospective Law Student Consumer Information (ABA Standard 509)
The following consumer information is provided to prospective law students in accordance with American Bar Assocation (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Standard 509 (73 KB PDF) to assist students in making an informed choice about law school.
Note: Unless otherwise indicated, data on this page was submitted to the American Bar Association in October 2012 for the 2012 reporting period.
About Washburn Law
Washburn University School of Law was founded in 1903, became a member of the AALS in 1905, and has appeared on the list of ABA-approved schools since the initial list in 1923. The address and telephone number of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association is: Office of the Consultant on Legal Education/Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654; phone: (312) 988-6738; fax: (312) 988-5681.
The essence of Washburn Law is the commitment of the law school community at every level – from the dean's office to facilities staff – to the success of our students. In addition, the law school emphasizes the ethics and values that are paramount to the profession of law. Its network of more than 7,000 alumni located in all 50 states and internationally includes nationally recognized lawyers, state and federal judges, politicians, journalists, and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies.
- Type of school: Public
- Term: Semester
- Application deadline: 4/1, 11/1 (apply now)
- Application fee: $40
- Financial aid deadline: 7/1
- Can first year start other than fall? Yes (January)
- Student to faculty ratio: 10.4 to 1
- Part-Time Program: No
- Additional information:
- Number of housing spaces available restricted to law students: N/A
- Graduate housing for which law students are eligible: 192
Please note that Washburn Law does not offer a part-time program, an evening program of study, or online courses. References to "part-time" data in the following tables have been removed.
While an applicant's LSAT score and GPA are significant factors, there is no bright-line cutoff. The Admissions Committee uses the highest LSAT score for multiple-test takers. It carefully considers other factors, including a determination of whether the individual would be an asset for the class as a whole based on characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic diversity, international experience, and undergraduate institution.
The following table provides information about applicants. See also student body and entering class profiles.
|# of applicants||604|
|# of offers||354|
|# of matrics||130|
Number of matrics, above, excludes transfer students and returning students counted in a previous year.
Tuition, Fees, Living Costs
See tuition and other costs. Current Kansas and Missouri residents can attend Washburn Law at resident tuition rates. Residents of all other states can qualify for in-state tuition after only six months. (Washburn Law does not have a tuition guarantee program.)
Financial Aid (Grants and Scholarships)
Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance. Contribution to diversity is also considered in making scholarship awards. Topeka is one of the most affordable housing markets in the country. Most students live in the residential areas surrounding the campus.
|Total # of students||413||100|
|Total # receiving grants||215||56.9|
|Less than 1/2 tuition||83||20.1|
|Half to full tuition||83||20.1|
|More than full tuition||69||16.7|
|Median grant amount:||$13,125|
The American Bar Association defines a conditional scholarship as "any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing." At Washburn Law students must maintain a 2.80 GPA to retain their scholarships. Students who lose their scholarship for academic reasons automatically regain the scholarship when their cumulative GPA is raised to 2.80 or higher.
|Students Matriculating In||Number Entering
(Current Academic Year)
(Previous Academic Year)
(Previous Academic Year -1)
(Previous Academic Year -2)
See financial policies.
|2 or more races||0||0.0||0||0.0||0||0.0||0||0.0||0|
|Academic #||Other #||Total #||Total %|
Faculty and Administrators
& others who teach
The following table provides information about curriculum and course offerings. See also list of courses and descriptions.
|Typical first-year section size||52|
|# of classroom course titles beyond first-year curriculum||106|
|# of upper division classroom course sections|
|# of positions available in simulation courses||563|
|# of simulation positions filled||445|
|# of positions available in faculty supervised clinical courses||76|
|# of faculty supervised clinical positions filled||72|
|# involved in field placement positions filled||109|
|# of students enrolled in independent study||24|
|# of students who participated in law journals||59|
|# of students who participated in interschool skills competitions||50|
|# of credit hours required to graduate||90|
| • Is there typically a "small section" of the first-year class,
other than Legal Writing, taught by full-time faculty
|• If yes, typical size offered last year||28|
|• # of seminars||29|
|• # of seminar positions available||479|
|• # of seminar positions filled||390|
See academic calendars.
All entering students participate in the law school's Ex-L program, which begins during an elaborate and rigorous "first week" program designed to teach students the learning strategies they need to succeed in law school. Ex-L includes a structured study-group program in which groups of four to six students meet twice per week to apply cooperative learning strategies to their law school experience under the supervision of carefully trained and supervised upper-division students. Second- and third-year students satisfy advanced writing and oral presentation requirements and take one or more classes from a group of Perspectives on Law courses, and one or more classes from a group of Skills courses.
- First-Year Program
- Upper-Level Requirements
- Upper-Level Electives
- Spring Start Program
- Fast Track Option (Graduate in 2 Years)
- Degree Requirements / Honors at Graduation
For 25 years, the Washburn Law Library has been at the top of all law school libraries for new titles added, its extensive collection, and its innovative use of technology. WashLaw has been a premier legal research portal since its creation in the early 1990s, and it is nationally acclaimed as a comprehensive source for legal information on the Internet.
|Total amount spent on library materials||$1,354,421|
|Study seating capacity inside the library||397|
|# of full-time equivalent professional librarians||9|
|Hours per week library is open||101|
|• # of open, wired connections available to students||15|
|• Has wireless network?||Yes|
Students have wireless access throughout the building. Classrooms include enhanced audio, video, and computer technologies. The state-of-the-art Robinson Courtroom and Bianchino Technology Center offers students the opportunity to practice their skills in a high-tech environment.
|Class and seminar rooms||11,979|
|Clinical courses and programs||2,970|
|Co-curricular and student activities||3,518|
|Administrative and staff||4,151|
|Other (interview rooms, restrooms, halls, storage,
janitorial space, mechanical rooms)
The Professional Development Office offers programs that emphasize assessment of career goals, exploration of varied applications of a legal education, and support for the transition into the professional marketplace. The office makes available extensive resources regarding local, regional, national, and international legal employment in the public and private sectors, graduate and foreign study, and judicial clerkships. Washburn Law graduates enjoy success in seeking employment. Washburn Law alumni can be found in every state and in many other countries.
|Full Time||Part Time|
|Bar Passage Required||82||71||5||3||3|
|Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time||5|
|Start Date Deferred||0|
|Employment Status Unknown||6|
|Law School/University Funded Position|
|Full Time||Part Time|
|Of Employed - Law School/University Funded||0||0||0||0||0|
|Full Time||Part Time|
|Business & Industry||22||8||9||1||4|
(including public defenders)
|State & Local||4||4||0||0||0|
|Employer Type Unknown||2||0||1||0||1|
|State with largest employment - Kansas||70|
|State with 2nd largest employment - Missouri||13|
|State with 3rd largest employment - Colorado||6|
|Number employed in foreign countries||0|
See also profiles and statistics.
Transfer of Credit Policy
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