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Why WVU Law

The Case for WVU Law.

Our Students Say

Cost of Education

Location

Reputation

Faculty

Our Faculty and Staff Say

  • Low student debt – $85,063 vs. $110,310 national average
  • Great Student to Faculty Ratio – 8:1
  • High Graduate Employment Rate – 62.6% Bar Passage Required and 13.9% JD Advantage for a rate of 76.5% vs. 72.6% national employment rate (ABA, Class of 2016, full-time/long-term 10 months after graduation)

Successful Employment Outcomes

Class of 2016 ABA data; full time/long term employment 10 months after graduation.

  • Bar Passage Required – 62.6%
  • J.D. Advantage – 13.9%
  • Private Practice – 46%
  • Judicial Clerkship – 9%
  • Business & Industry – 20%
  • Government – 9%
  • Public Interest – 8% 
  • Education – 2%

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Average Salary 

Class of 2016 NALP data, full time, 10 months after graduation

  • Bar Passage Required – $59,280
  • J.D. Advantage – $57,455
  • Salary range: $30,000 to $145,000 (all graduates, all jobs)


Clinical Law Opportunities Providing Experiential Learning

  • General Practice 
  • Child & Family Law Clinic with Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation 
  • Immigration
  • Innocence Project
  • Taxpayer Advocacy
  • Land Use & Sustainable Development 
  • United States Supreme Court Clinic
  • Veterans Advocacy 

    Clinical Law Program


Academic Support


Individual Attention

  • Small college with access to all the amenities of a large research university in a vibrant, small city.
  • Student-centered with accessible faculty and staff.
  • Small first-year class size (103 in fall 2015) by design.
  • Legal Research, Reading & Writing classes of just 15-20.
  • All first-year (1L) students are assigned to small groups that have every class together. All 1Ls have every class together by the end of the first week. 

Other Strengths

What Others Say

  • Top 100 Law School, #96 (out of 196 law schools) — U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Graduate Schools Guide
  • #2 Law School in the country for Greatest Community Impact — National Jurist (2017) 
  • Top 50 Best Law School (#34) for lowest student loan debt — Student Loan Hero (2017)
  • #44 in the nation for employment rate (80%) — The Faculty Lounge (2016)
  • Best Value Law School (A) — preLaw Magazine (2016); A- (2015)
  • #42 Go-To Law School — National Law Journal (2015)
  • 'A-' Employment Grade: Best Law Schools — preLaw Magazine (2013)
  • Top 5 Regional Law School for Black Law Students — On Being a Black Lawyer (2012, 2013)
  • 2012 Excellence in Pro Bono Award (Clinical Law Program) — Super Lawyer (2013)
  • Top 25 Law School for Corporate Leadership — SEC data of publicly owned companies (2013)

Location

  • If you want to practice in the state of WV, it is hard to beat a WVU Law degree
  • For students who want to practice elsewhere, WVU Law is within a day’s drive to over half the population of the United States.
  • Loyal alumni network—largest networks outside WV are Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.
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