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About Washburn Law

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. Our network of more than 7,000 alumni located in 49 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: Fall - 8/1 (priority deadline - 4/1); Spring - 12/15 (priority deadline - 11/1) (apply now)
  • Application fee: $0
  • Financial aid deadline: N/A
  • Term: Semester
  • Months students may begin studying law: August / January
  • Months the law school confers degrees: May / June / August / December
  • Number of credit hours required to earn the J.D.: 90
  • Total number of credit hours to be taken in required courses:
      » First Year courses: 29
      » Upper-level courses: 25

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.

Please note that Washburn Law does not offer a part-time program, an evening program of study, or a program of study that consists primarily of online courses. All data in the following tables refers to full-time students unless otherwise indicated.


Admissions

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.

2018 First Year Class
October 6, 2017-October 5, 2018
Total
Completed Applications 472
Offers of Admission 273
Acceptance Rate (Percent) 57.84%
Enrollees from Applicant Pool 110
Enrollment Rate From Completed Applications 23.31%
Enrollment Rate From Offers of Admission 40.29%
Other First-Year Enrollees 3
Total in First-Year Class 113
LSAT 75th percentile 155
LSAT 50th percentile 153
LSAT 25th percentile 150
Number not included in LSAT percentile calculation 0
UGPA 75th percentile 3.69
UGPA 50th percentile 3.35
UGPA 25th percentile 2.98
Number not included in GPA percentile calculation 0

Tuition and Fees, 2018-2019

See also tuition and other costs. Current Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska residents, and active duty and veteran military and their spouses/dependents, 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.)

Per Semester (fees)* Resident Non-Resident Other
Full-Time $35 $35 $0
Part-Time $0 $0  
Per Credit (tuition)* Resident Non-Resident Other
Full-Time $771 $1,204 $0
Part-Time $0 $0  
* Per Semester column may only include fees if a Per Credit Tuition amount is listed.

Living Expenses, 2018-2019

Estimated Living Expenses for singles. See also tuition and other costs.

Living on campus $16,893
Living off campus $16,893
Living at home $16,893

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.

The following table provides information about various forms of financial aid. See also scholarships and financial aid.

Grants and Scholarships
(July 2017-June 2018)
  Total Full
Time
Part
Time
  # % # % # %
Total # of students 326 100 326 100 0 0
Total # receiving grants 210 64 210 64 0 0
Less than 1/2 tuition 68 21 68 21 0 0
Half to full tuition 98 30 98 30 0 0
Full tuition 0 0 0 0 0 0
More than full tuition 44 13 44 13 0 0
75th percentile grant amount   $22,200 $0
50th percentile grant amount   $15,000 $0
25th percentile grant amount   $10,000 $0

Conditional Scholarships

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.A student who loses a scholarship for academic reasons may apply to the Associate Dean for Administration to reinstate the scholarship when the student's cumulative GPA is raised to 2.80 or higher.

Students
Matriculating In
Number Entering
with Conditional
Scholarships
Number Whose
Conditional
Scholarships Have
Since Been
Reduced
or Eliminated
Number Whose
Conditional
Scholarships Have
Since Been
Reinstated
2017-2018 68 18 n/a
2016-2017 47 12 4
2015-2016 67 20 3
2014-2015 77 14 2
2013-2014 61 11 1
2012-2013 54 17 4
2011-2012 60 18 3
2010-2011 77 27 4
2009-2010 60 12 6

Updated April 4, 2019.


Enrollment Data

J.D. Enrollment as of October 5, 2018 / Degrees Awarded
  JD1 JD2 JD3 Total JD
Degrees
Awarded
2017-2018
T M W O T M W O T M W O T TOTAL
Hispanics
(of any race)
7 2 5 0 6 3 3 0 4 1 3 0 17 8
American Indian/
Alaska Native
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Asian 0 0 0 0 4 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 5 1
Black/African
American
5 3 2 0 2 1 1 0 2 1 1 0 9 2
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Two or more races 5 4 1 0 6 3 3 0 6 4 2 0 17 1
Total Minority 17 9 8 0 18 9 9 0 13 7 6 0 48 13
White 91 47 44 0 69 43 26 0 87 56 31 0 247 82
Nonresident Alien 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 5 1
Unknown 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 1 2 0 6 4
Total 112 60 52 0 90 53 37 0 104 65 39 0 306 100
Academic Attrition 2017-2018
  JD1 JD2 JD3 UL
T M W O % T M W O T M W O %
Hispanics
(of any race)
1 1 0 0 16.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
American Indian/
Alaska Native
1 0 1 0 100.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Asian 2 1 1 0 33.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Black/African
American
1 1 0 0 20.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Two or more races 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Total Minority 5 3 2 0 18.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
White 1 1 0 0 1.0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.3
Nonresident Alien 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Total 6 4 2 0 4.5 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.0
Other Attrition 2017-2018
  JD1 JD2 JD3 UL
T M W O % T M W O T M W O %
Hispanics
(of any race)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 8.3
American Indian/
Alaska Native
0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Asian 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Black/African
American
0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Two or more races 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Total Minority 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4.2
White 4 1 3 0 3.9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Nonresident Alien 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Unknown 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
Total 4 1 3 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0.5
Transfers 2017-2018
JD1 Transfers Out 1
Transfers In * 1
75th Percentile JD1 GPA 0.00
50th Percentile JD1 GPA 0.00
25th Percentile JD1 GPA 0.00
* GPA Percentiles provided if School has 12 or more transfers in.
If between 5 and 12 transfers in only 50th percentile will be provided.

Faculty

The following table provides information about faculty. See also full-time faculty profiles and list of adjunct faculty.

Faculty Resources 2017-2018
  Male Female Other Minority Total
Full-time faculty members 17 13 0 5 30
Non-full-time faculty 19 21 0 2 40
Total 36 34 0 7 70
  Full Time Part Time Total
Librarians 7 0 7
Administrators 10 0 10

Curricular Offerings 2017-2018

The following table provides information about the curriculum. See also list of courses and descriptions.

Typical first-year section size,
excluding all small sections
taught by full-time faculty
50
Number of course titles,
beyond the first year curricular,
offered last year
107
Number of upper division
class room course sections
with an enrollment
 
Under 25 88
25-49 22
50-74 7
75-99 1
100+ 0
Number of seats available in law clinics last year 74
Number of field placement positions filled last year 59
Number of seats available in simulation courses 390
Number of seminars 5
Number of co-curricular offerings 16

Employment Outcomes

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 49 states and in many other countries.

American Bar Association
Employment Summary Reports are also available in PDF format:
Class of: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
The following statistics for the Class of 2018 were submitted April 2019.

Class of 2018 Employment Report
at 10 Months After Graduation
(students graduating in December 2017 or May/August 2018)
(see the ABA website (588 KB PDF) for status definitions)
Employment Status
    Full Time Part Time
  Number Long
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Employed
Bar Passage Required 70 68 1 1 0
JD Advantage 13 9 2 2 0
Professional Position 8 5 1 0 2
Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Law School/University Funded 0 0 0 0 0
Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time 2  
Employed
Start Date Deferred 0  
Unemployed
Not Seeking 0  
Seeking 6  
Employment Status Unknown 1  
Total Graduates 100  
Employment Type
    Full Time Part Time
  Number Long
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Law Firms
Solo 5 5 0 0 0
2-10 19 17 0 2 0
11-25 6 6 0 0 0
26-50 2 2 0 0 0
51-100 3 3 0 0 0
101-250 1 1 0 0 0
251-500 3 3 0 0 0
501+ 3 3 0 0 0
Unknown Size 0 0 0 0 0
Business & Industry 16 12 3 0 1
Government
(including public defenders)
22 22 0 0 0
Public Interest 5 5 0 0 0
Judicial Clerkships
Federal 0 0 0 0 0
State & Local 3 3 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0
Education 3 0 1 1 1
Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Total 91 82 4 3 2
Law School/University Funded Position
    Full Time Part Time
  Number Long
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Employed
Bar Passage Required 0 0 0 0 0
J.D. Advantage 0 0 0 0 0
Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 0 0 0 0 0
Employment Location
  Number
State with largest employment - Kansas 49
State with 2nd largest employment - Missouri 19
State with 3rd largest employment - Colorado 4
Number employed in foreign countries 0

See also profiles and statistics.


Bar Passage

Congratulations to Washburn Law alumni:
they achieved a 90.2% pass rate on the
July 2019 Kansas Bar Exam,
exceeding the 85% pass rate for all takers!

Learn more about bar exam preparation and the Washburn Law bar pass program.

See also the 2019 ABA Bar Passage Report (for 2018 bar takers) as a PDF file (106 KB)

First Time Bar Exam Passage

Summary

  A B C D E F G H I
Calendar
Year
Total
Graduates
in
Calendar
Year
# From
Calendar
Year NOT
Taking
Bar Exam
# From
Previous
Years
Taking
Bar For
FIRST
Time in
Calendar
Year
# From
Calendar
Year With
No
Inform-
ation
Total
First
Time
Takers
in Any
Juris-
diction
Total
Who
Passed
the Bar
in Any
Juris-
diction
Percent
Who
Passed
the Bar
in Any
Juris-
diction
ABA First
Time
Weighted
Average
Pass Rate
Law School
Weighted
Average
Pass Rate
2018 93 23 26 0 96 65 67.71% 76.50% 67.71%
2017 100 28 24 0 96 74 77.08% 81.32% 77.08%
2016 99 27 28 0 100 80 80.00% 77.77% 80.00%

2018 Details

Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State Pass % for ABA
Approved Law Schools
Difference
Kansas 52 35 67.31 74.78 -7.47
Missouri 26 17 65.38 82.10 -16.72
Colorado 5 3 60.00 72.98 -12.98
Texas 3 2 66.67 73.12 -6.45
Oregon 3 3 100.00 76.57 23.43
Iowa 1 1 100.00 83.67 16.33
Massachusetts 1 1 100.00 79.60 20.40
Arizona 1 1 100.00 69.77 30.23
Michigan 1 1 100.00 73.91 26.09
Nevada 1 1 100.00 68.37 31.63
Arkansas 1 0 NA 69.61 -69.61
California 1 0 NA 60.34 -60.34

2017 Details

Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State Pass % for ABA
Approved Law Schools
Difference
Kansas 62 46 74.19 81.51 -7.32
Missouri 16 15 93.75 86.30 7.45
Colorado 4 3 75.00 75.37 -0.37
South Carolina 2 2 100.00 71.79 28.21
California 2 1 50.00 66.19 -16.19
Washington 2 0 NA 77.88 -77.88
Oklahoma 1 1 100.00 86.90 13.10
Utah 1 1 100.00 82.61 17.39
Oregon 1 0 NA 82.55 -82.55
Texas 1 1 100.00 76.57 23.43
Montana 1 1 100.00 82.61 17.39
New Mexico 1 1 100.00 85.71 14.29
Wyoming 1 1 100.00 72.73 27.27
Kentucky 1 1 100.00 69.02 30.98

2016 Details

Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State Pass % for ABA
Approved Law Schools
Difference
Kansas 70 56 80.00 77.40 2.60
Missouri 19 17 89.47 83.48 5.99
Colorado 2 2 100.00 76.02 23.98
Florida 2 2 100.00 65.68 34.32
Arkansas 2 0 NA 69.42 -69.42
Arizona 1 1 100.00 63.06 36.94
Utah 1 1 100.00 77.65 22.35
Texas 1 0 NA 77.04 -77.04
California 1 1 100.00 60.05 39.95
Wisconsin 1 0 NA 73.47 -73.47

Ultimate Bar Exam Passage

  A B C D E
Calendar
Year
of
Graduation
Number
of
Graduates
in
Calendar
Year
Graduates Who Sat For
a Bar Examination
Within One Year of Their
Date of Graduation
Graduates Who Sat For
a Bar Examination
Within Two Years of Their
Date of Graduation
Number
With No
Inform-
ation
Number
Who Did
Not Take
A Bar
Examination
    Number
of Takers
Number
Who
Passed
Percent
That
Passed
Number
of Takers
Number
Who
Passed
Percent
That
Passed
  Within
One Year
of Grad-
uation
Within
Two Years
of Grad-
uation
2017 100 95 80 84.21% - - - 0 5 -
2016 99 - - - 96 88 91.67% 0 - 3
2015 117 - - - 116 105 90.52% 0 - 1

Refunds

See financial policies.


Academic Calendar

See academic calendars.


Academic Requirements

All entering students participate in the law school's Academic Support 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. Academic support 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.

See:


Transfer of Credit Policy

See Applying to Washburn Law: Transfer Student.

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The required disclosures and consumer information on this page are provided to prospective law students in accordance with American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Standard 509 (167 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 2018 for the 2018 reporting period. Data for the 2019 reporting period will be posted by mid-December 2019.

Complaints Related to Compliance With ABA Standards

A student with concerns regarding Washburn Law's program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA standards may file a complaint pursuant to ABA Standard 510.