ABA Required Disclosures: Consumer Information Under ABA Standard 509

Data on this page is also available as the Standard 509 Information Report (346 KB PDF) from the ABA.

See also:
  • Employment Outcomes Summary Report (57 KB PDF)
  • Bar Passage Outcomes Report (for 2019 bar takers) (135 KB PDF)

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

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.

2019 First Year Class
October 6, 2018-October 5, 2019
Total
Completed Applications 497
Offers of Admission 254
Acceptance Rate (Percent) 51.11%
Enrollees from Applicant Pool 97
Enrollment Rate From Completed Applications 19.52%
Enrollment Rate From Offers of Admission 38.19%
Other First-Year Enrollees 0
Total in First-Year Class 97
LSAT 75th percentile 157
LSAT 50th percentile 154
LSAT 25th percentile 150
Number not included in LSAT percentile calculation 0
UGPA 75th percentile 3.71
UGPA 50th percentile 3.41
UGPA 25th percentile 3.03
Number not included in GPA percentile calculation 0

1L Tuition and Fees, 2019-2020

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 $779 $1,216 $0
Part-Time $0 $0  
* Per Semester column may only include fees if a Per Credit Tuition amount is listed.

Living Expenses, 2019-2020

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

Living on campus $17,032
Living off campus $17,032
Living at home $17,032

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 2018-June 2019)
  Total Full
Time
Part
Time
  # % # % # %
Total # of students 320 100 320 100 0 0
Total # receiving grants 213 67 213 67 0 0
Less than 1/2 tuition 76 24 76 24 0 0
Half to full tuition 97 30 97 30 0 0
Full tuition 1 0 1 0 0 0
More than full tuition 39 12 39 12 0 0
75th percentile grant amount   $23,000 $0
50th percentile grant amount   $17,000 $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
2018-2019 53 18 n/a
2017-2018 68 18 4
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 December 10, 2019.


Enrollment Data

J.D. Enrollment as of October 5, 2019 / Degrees Awarded
  JD1 JD2 JD3 Total JD
Degrees
Awarded
2018-2019
T M W O T M W O T M W O T TOTAL
Hispanics
(of any race)
8 3 5 0 7 2 5 0 6 3 3 0 21 4
American Indian/
Alaska Native
1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Asian 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 2 0 6 1
Black/African
American
6 2 4 0 3 2 1 0 2 1 0 1 11 2
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Two or more races 5 5 0 0 4 3 1 0 7 3 4 0 16 4
Total Minority 22 12 10 0 14 7 7 0 19 9 9 1 55 11
White 76 36 40 0 79 38 41 0 78 49 29 0 233 87
Nonresident Alien 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 0 4 1
Unknown 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 5 3
Total 100 50 50 0 96 48 48 0 101 60 40 1 297 102
Academic Attrition 2018-2019
  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 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
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
1 0 1 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 1 1 0 0 14.3 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 8.3
Total Minority 2 1 1 0 9.5 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3.2
White 0 0 0 0 0.0 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 2 1 1 0 1.6 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0.5
Other Attrition 2018-2019
  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 0 0 0 0 0.0
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 0 0 0 0 0.0
White 0 0 0 0 0.0 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.6
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 0 0 0 0 0.0 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 2.1
Transfers 2018-2019
JD1 Transfers Out 2
Transfers In * 2
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 2018-2019
  Male Female Other Minority Total
Full-time faculty members 15 14 0 5 29
Non-full-time faculty 18 18 0 2 36
Total 33 32 0 7 65
  Full Time Part Time Total
Librarians 7 0 7
Administrators 10 0 10

Curricular Offerings 2018-2019

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
54
Number of course titles,
beyond the first year curricular,
offered last year
104
Number of upper division
class room course sections
with an enrollment
 
Under 25 85
25-49 14
50-74 8
75-99 1
100+ 0
Number of seats available in law clinics last year 59
Number of field placement positions filled last year 66
Number of seats available in simulation courses 740
Number of seminars 10
Number of co-curricular offerings 19

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: 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
The following statistics for the Class of 2019 were submitted April 2020.

Class of 2019 Employment Report
at 10 Months After Graduation
(students graduating in December 2018 or May/August 2019)
(see the ABA website (1.6 MB PDF) for status definitions)
Employment Status
    Full Time Part Time
  Number Long
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Employed
Bar Passage Required 85 84 0 1 0
JD Advantage 4 1 0 2 1
Professional Position 3 3 0 0 0
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 8  
Employment Status Unknown 0  
Total Graduates 102  
Employment Type
    Full Time Part Time
  Number Long
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Law Firms
Solo 0 0 0 0 0
1-10 25 24 0 1 0
11-25 7 7 0 0 0
26-50 5 5 0 0 0
51-100 7 7 0 0 0
101-250 1 0 0 0 0
251-500 1 1 0 0 0
501+ 2 2 0 0 0
Unknown Size 0 0 0 0 0
Business & Industry 11 8 0 2 1
Government
(including public defenders)
22 22 0 0 0
Public Interest 6 6 0 0 0
Judicial Clerkships
Federal 3 3 0 0 0
State & Local 2 2 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0
Education 0 0 0 0 0
Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Total 92 88 0 3 1
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 72
State with 2nd largest employment - Missouri 11
State with 3rd largest employment - Texas 4
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.

See also the 2020 ABA Bar Passage Report (for 2019 bar takers) (135 KB PDF)

First Time Bar Exam Passage

Summary - 2019

  A B C D E F G H I J
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
Number
of Early
Takers
# From
Calendar
Year With
No
Inform-
ation
Total
First
Time
Takers
in Any
Juris-
diction
Total
Who
Passed
the Bar
in Any
Juris-
diction
Law School
Weighted
Average
Pass Rate
ABA First
Time
Weighted
Average
Pass Rate
Difference
in
Weighted
Average
2019 103 25 23 0 0 101 84 83.17% 84.95% -1.78%

* Total Graduate count excludes Early Takers who also graduated in 2019.

Summary - 2016-2018

  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%

2019 Details

Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State Pass % for ABA
Approved Law Schools
Difference
Kansas 59 54 91.53 87.12 4.41
Missouri 31 25 80.65 82.41 -1.76
6 Remaining Jurisdictions
Colorado, New York, Oklahoma,
South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas
11 5 45.45 80.85 -35.40

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
10 Remaining Jurisdictions
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Iowa,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon, Nevada, Texas
18 13 72.22 72.79 -0.57

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
12 Remaining Jurisdictions
California, Colorado, Kentucky, Montana,
New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina,
Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming
18 13 72.22 77.49 -5.27

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
8 Remaining Jurisdictions
Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado,
Florida, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin
11 7 63.64 70.30 -6.66

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
2018 94 90 82 91.11% - - - 0 4 -
2017 100 - - - 97 82 84.54% 0 - 3
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

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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.

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