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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: 4/1, 12/1 (apply now)
  • Application fee: $40
  • Financial aid deadline: N/A
  • Can first year start other than fall? Yes (January)
  • Student to faculty ratio (fall 2015): 9.2 to 1
  • Graduate housing for which law students are eligible: 192

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.

GPA and LSAT Scores
January-December 2016 (all full-time)
Total
Number of applicants 420
Number of offers 257
Number of matriculants 112
75th percentile GPA 3.71
50th percentile GPA 3.28
25th percentile GPA 2.88
Number not included in GPA percentile calculation 0
75th percentile LSAT 155
50th percentile LSAT 152
25th percentile LSAT 149
Number not included in LSAT percentile calculation 0

Number of matriculants, above, excludes transfer students.


Tuition, Fees, Living Costs

See tuition and other costs. Current Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska residents, and active duty and veteran milityar 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.)


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 2015-June2016)
  Total Full
Time
Part
Time
  # % # % # %
Total # of students 297 100 286 96.3 11 3.7
Total # receiving grants 215 72.4 215 75.2 0 0
Less than 1/2 tuition 63 21.2 63 22 0 0
Half to full tuition 78 26.3 78 27.3 0 0
Full tuition 5 1.7 5 1.7 0 0
More than full tuition 69 23.2 69 24.1 0 0
75th percentile grant amount   $25,247 $0
50th percentile grant amount   $16,412 $0
25th percentile grant amount   $10,741 $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. 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
with Conditional
Scholarships
Number Whose
Conditional
Scholarships Have
Since Been
Reduced
or Eliminated
Number Whose
Conditional
Scholarships Have
Since Been
Reinstated
2015-2016 67 24 n/a
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 November 15, 2016.


Enrollment Data

JD Enrollment and Ethnicity
(2015-2016 academic year)
  Men Women Full
Time
Part
Time
Total 1st-year JD
Degrees
Awarded
# % # % # % # % # % # %
Hispanics
(of any race)
11 6.2 7 5.7 18 6.1 0 0 18 6 8 7.1 7
American Indian/
Alaska Native
2 1.1 0 0 2 0.7 0 0 2 0.7 0 0 0
Asian 2 1.1 3 2.4 5 1.7 0 0 5 1.7 1 0.9 1
Black/African
American
5 2.8 6 4.9 11 3.8 0 0 11 3.7 5 4.5 5
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Two or more races 4 2.3 2 1.6 6 2 0 0 6 2 4 3.6 3
Total Minority 24 13.6 18 14.6 42 14.3 0 0 42 14 18 16.1 16
White 146 82.5 99 80.5 238 81.2 7 100 245 81.7 89 79.5 79
Nonresident Alien 1 0.6 2 1.6 3 1 0 0 3 1 1 0.9 0
Unknown 6 3.4 4 3.3 10 3.4 0 0 10 3.3 4 3.6 5
Total 177 59 123 41 293 97.7 7 2.3 300 100 112 37.3 100
Transfers In and Out
(10/6/2015-10/5/2016)
Transfers out 2
J.D. Attrition
(10/6/2015-10/5/2016)
Academic # Transfer # Other # Total # Total %
1st year 1 1 3 5 5.1
2nd year 1 1 3 5 5.3
3rd year 1 0 1 2 2
4th year 0 0 0 0 0

Faculty and Administrators

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

Faculty and Administrators
(January-December 2016)
  Total Men Women Minorities
  Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall Spring Fall
Full-time 25 25 15 15 10 10 4 4
Deans, librarians,
& others who teach
4 4 2 2 2 2 0 0
Part-time 28 19 16 9 12 10 1 0
Total 57 48 33 26 24 22 5 4

Class Sizes and Number of Courses Offered

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

Curriculum
(fall 2015, spring and summer 2016, intersessions prior to 8/29/2016)
Typical first-year section size 48
# of classroom course titles beyond first-year curriculum 92
# of upper division classroom course sections  
Under 25 72
25-49 22
50-74 8
75-99 0
100+ 0
# of positions available in simulation courses 780
# of simulation positions filled 436
# of seminar positions filled 117
# of law clinics 7
# of seats available in law clinics identified above 80
# of seats filled in law clinics identified above 73
# of field placement positions filled 66
# of students who enrolled in independent study 7
# of students who participated in law journals 50
# of students who participated in interschool skills competitions 46
# of credit hours required to graduate 90

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: 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
The following statistics for the Class of 2015 were submitted April 2016.

Class of 2015 Employment Report
at 10 Months After Graduation
(students graduating in December 2014 or May/August 2015)
(see page 2 of PDF version of 2015 Employment Report for status definitions)
Employment Status
    Full Time Part Time
  Number Long
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Employed
Bar Passage Required 81 / 67.5% 73 6 2 0
JD Advantage 13 / 10.83% 11 1 1 0
Professional Position 8 / 6.66% 2 1 2 3
Non-Professional Position 2 / 1.67% 0 0 2 0
Law School/University Funded 0 0 0 0 0
Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time 0  
Unemployed
Start Date Deferred 2 / 1.67%  
Not Seeking 2 / 1.67%  
Seeking 9 / 7.25%  
Employment Status Unknown 3 / 2.5%  
Total Graduates 120  
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 36 33 1 2 0
11-25 2 2 0 0 0
26-50 4 4 0 0 0
51-100 2 2 0 0 0
101-250 2 2 0 0 0
251-500 1 1 0 0 0
501+ 3 3 0 0 0
Unknown Size 0 0 0 0 0
Business & Industry 22 11 5 4 2
Government 18 17 1 0 0
Public Interest
(including public defenders)
5 4 0 1 0
Judicial Clerkships
Federal 0 0 0 0 0
State & Local 2 2 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0
Education 2 0 1 0 1
Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Total 104 86 8 7 3
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 70
State with 2nd largest employment - Missouri 10
State with 3rd largest employment - Colorado 5
Number employed in foreign countries 0

See also profiles and statistics.


Bar Passage

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

Note: 2016 bar passage results are preliminary as reported by the individual states. Final results will be compiled and posted at a later date for reporting to the American Bar Association.

Bar Passage Rates - First Time Takers (July 2016)
Jurisdiction   All 1st Time Takers   Washburn 1st Time Takers  
Kansas 84.1% 90.7%
Missouri 83.5% 84.2%
Bar Passage Rates - First Time Takers (February 2016)
Jurisdiction   All 1st Time Takers   Washburn 1st Time Takers  
Kansas 58.0% 50%
Missouri 81.8% 77.8%
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2015)
First Time Takers: 119 Average Pass Difference: -5.07
Reporting %: 79.83 Average School %: 77.89 Average State %: 82.96
Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State % Difference
Kansas 52 38 73.08 82.01 -8.93
Missouri 31 28 90.32 87.34 +2.98
Colorado 12 8 66.67 75.75 -9.08
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2014)
First Time Takers: 110 Average Pass Difference: -1.69
Reporting %: 79.09 Average School %: 85.05 Average State %: 86.74
Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State % Difference
Kansas 60 49 81.67 86.36 -4.69
Missouri 27 25 92.59 87.59 +5.00
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2013)
First Time Takers: 149 Average Pass Difference: -4.01
Reporting %: 73.15 Average School %: 85.32 Average State %: 89.33
Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State % Difference
Kansas 95 82 86.32 89.16 -2.84
Missouri 14 11 78.57 90.44 -11.87
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2012)
First Time Takers: 156 Average Pass Difference: -6.43
Reporting %: 77.56 Average School %: 82.64 Average State %: 89.07
Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State % Difference
Kansas 104 86 82.69 88.57 -5.88
Missouri 17 14 82.35 92.11 -9.76
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2011)
First Time Takers: 134 Average Pass Difference: -5.66
Reporting %: 70.15 Average School %: 84.04 Average State %: 89.70
Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State % Difference
Kansas 85 71 83.53 89.31 -5.78
Missouri 9 8 88.89 93.37 -4.48
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2010)
First Time Takers: 143 Average Pass Difference: -0.71
Reporting %: 72.03 Average School %: 89.32 Average State %: 90.03
Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State % Difference
Kansas 90 80 88.89 90.00 -1.11
Missouri 13 12 92.31 90.24 2.07

Refunds

See financial policies.


Curricular Offerings

See also list of courses and descriptions.


Academic Calendar

See academic calendars.


Academic Requirements

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


Library Resources

Washburn Law Library is often recognized in national surveys for the quality of service provided by its staff and for the extent of its comprehensive digital and print collections. 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.

Informational and Library Resources
Total amount spent on library materials $607,540
Study seating capacity inside the library 401
# of full-time equivalent professional librarians 8
Hours per week library is open (regular schedule) 90.5
Require computer? No
Has wireless network? Yes

Facilities

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.

Square Footage of Law School Building
Class and seminar rooms 11,979
Clinical courses and programs 2,970
Faculty offices 6,170
Co-curricular and student activities 3,518
Administrative and staff 4,001
Library 37,451
Other (interview rooms, restrooms, halls,
  storage, janitorial space, mechanical rooms)
20,967
Total 87,056

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 2016 for the 2016 reporting period. Data for the 2017 reporting period will be posted by mid-December 2017.

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.