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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 2015 (all full-time)
Total
Number of applicants 430
Number of offers 252
Number of matriculants 103
75th percentile GPA 3.52
50th percentile GPA 3.28
25th percentile GPA 2.86
Number not included in GPA percentile calculation 2.00
75th percentile LSAT 155
50th percentile LSAT 152
25th percentile LSAT 149
Number not included in LSAT percentile calculation 1

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 2014-June2015)
 TotalFull
Time
Part
Time
 #%#%#%
Total # of students 323 100 314 97.2 9 2.8
Total # receiving grants 213 65.9 213 67.8 0 0
Less than 1/2 tuition 69 21.4 69 22 0 0
Half to full tuition 96 29.7 96 30.6 0 0
Full tuition 2 0.6 2 0.6 0 0
More than full tuition 46 14.2 46 14.6 0 0
75th percentile grant amount   $21,926 $0
50th percentile grant amount   $14,278 $0
25th percentile grant amount   $7,845 $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
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 January 21, 2016.


Enrollment Data

JD Enrollment and Ethnicity
(2014-2015 academic year)
 MenWomenFull
Time
Part
Time
Total1st-yearJD
Degrees
Awarded
#%#%#%#%#%#%
Hispanics
(of any race)
11 6 7 6.2 17 5.9 1 9.1 18 6.1 6 6.1 7
American Indian/
Alaska Native
2 1.1 0 0 2 0.7 0 0 2 0.7 1 1 2
Asian 2 1.1 3 2.7 5 1.7 0 0 5 1.7 2 2 3
Black/African
American
4 2.2 7 6.2 10 3.5 1 9.1 11 3.7 1 1 3
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Two or more races 5 2.7 0 0 5 1.7 0 0 5 1.7 2 2 1
Total Minority 24 13 17 15 39 13.6 2 18.2 41 13.8 12 12.1 16
White 151 82.1 93 82.3 236 82.5 8 72.7 244 82.2 82 82.8 97
Nonresident Alien 1 0.5 1 0.9 2 0.7 0 0 2 0.7 1 1 3
Unknown 8 4.3 2 1.8 9 3.1 1 9.1 10 3.4 4 4 4
Total 184 62 113 38 286 96.3 11 3.7 297 100 99 33.3 120
Transfers In and Out
(10/6/2014-10/5/2015)
Transfers in 1
    University of Denver (1)
Transfers out 2
J.D. Attrition
(10/6/2014-10/5/2015)
Academic #Transfer #Other #Total #Total %
1st year 5 2 5 12 10.5
2nd year 1 0 1 2 2.2
3rd year 0 0 0 0 0
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 2015)
 TotalMenWomenMinorities
 SpringFallSpringFallSpringFallSpringFall
Full-time 26 27 16 16 10 11 3 4
Deans, librarians,
& others who teach
4 4 2 2 2 2 0 0
Part-time 23 19 16 10 7 9 0 0
Total 53 50 34 28 19 22 3 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 2014, spring and summer 2015, intersessions prior to 8/24/2015)
Typical first-year section size 42
# of classroom course titles beyond first-year curriculum 94
# of upper division classroom course sections  
Under 25 87
25-49 21
50-74 7
75-99 0
100+ 0
# of positions available in simulation courses 554
# of simulation positions filled 401
# of seminar positions filled 129
# of law clinics 7
# of seats available in law clinics identified above 98
# of seats filled in law clinics identified above 88
# of field placement positions filled 55
# of students who enrolled in independent study 9
# of students who participated in law journals 56
# of students who participated in interschool skills competitions 42
# 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: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
The following statistics for the Class of 2014 were submitted April 2015.

Class of 2014 Employment Report
at 10 Months After Graduation
(students graduating in December 2013 or May/August 2014)
(see page 2 of PDF version of 2014 Employment Report for status definitions)
Employment Status
  Full TimePart Time
 NumberLong
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Employed
Bar Passage Required82 / 73.21%81001
JD Advantage13 / 11.6%8023
Professional Position1 / .89%1000
Non-Professional Position2 / 1.79%1100
Undeterminable00000
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time1 / .89% 
Unemployed 
Start Date Deferred1 / .89% 
Not Seeking2 / 1.79% 
Seeking7 / 6.25% 
Employment Status Unknown3 / 2.69% 
Total Graduates112 
Law School/University Funded Position
  Full TimePart Time
 NumberLong
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Employed
Bar Passage Required00000
J.D. Advantage00000
Professional Position00000
Non-Professional Position00000
Total Employed by Law School/University00000
Employment Type
  Full TimePart Time
 NumberLong
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Law Firms
Solo1010000
2-103229012
11-2543010
26-5077000
51-10011000
101-25000000
251-50000000
501+33000
Unknown Size00000
Business & Industry1312100
Government2120001
Public Interest
(including public defenders)
22000
Judicial Clerkships
Federal00000
State & Local33000
Other00000
Education21001
Employer Type Unknown00000
Total9891124
Employment Location
 Number
State with largest employment - Kansas58
State with 2nd largest employment - Missouri19
State with 3rd largest employment - Texas3
Number employed in foreign countries0

See also profiles and statistics.


Bar Passage

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

Note: 2015 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 2015)
Jurisdiction  All 1st Time Takers  Washburn 1st Time Takers  
Kansas81.0%71.4%
Missouri86.7%89.7%
Bar Passage Rates - First Time Takers (February 2015)
Jurisdiction  All 1st Time Takers  Washburn 1st Time Takers  
Kansas84.0%87.5%
Missouri83.3%66.7%
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2014)
First Time Takers: 110Average Pass Difference: -1.69
Reporting %: 79.09Average School %: 85.05Average State %: 86.74
JurisdictionTakersPassersPass %State %Difference
Kansas604981.6786.36-4.69
Missouri272592.5987.59+5.00
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2013)
First Time Takers: 149Average Pass Difference: -4.01
Reporting %: 73.15Average School %: 85.32Average State %: 89.33
JurisdictionTakersPassersPass %State %Difference
Kansas958286.3289.16-2.84
Missouri141178.5790.44-11.87
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2012)
First Time Takers: 156Average Pass Difference: -6.43
Reporting %: 77.56Average School %: 82.64Average State %: 89.07
JurisdictionTakersPassersPass %State %Difference
Kansas1048682.6988.57-5.88
Missouri171482.3592.11-9.76
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2011)
First Time Takers: 134Average Pass Difference: -5.66
Reporting %: 70.15Average School %: 84.04Average State %: 89.70
JurisdictionTakersPassersPass %State %Difference
Kansas857183.5389.31-5.78
Missouri9888.8993.37-4.48
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2010)
First Time Takers: 143Average Pass Difference: -0.71
Reporting %: 72.03Average School %: 89.32Average State %: 90.03
JurisdictionTakersPassersPass %State %Difference
Kansas908088.8990.00-1.11
Missouri131292.3190.242.07

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 $601,428
Study seating capacity inside the library 411
# of full-time equivalent professional librarians 8
Hours per week library is open (regular schedule) 91
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 Assocation (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 2015 for the 2015 reporting period. Data for the 2016 reporting period will be posted by mid-December 2016.

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.