Our Students Say
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 OutcomesClass 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%
Career Services Center
Average SalaryClass 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
- Innocence Project
- Taxpayer Advocacy
- Land Use & Sustainable Development
- United States Supreme Court Clinic
- Veterans Advocacy
Clinical Law Program
- 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 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.
- Bar Passage Rate of 78% (July 2017, first-time test takers)
- As the only law school in the state, we prepare lawyers by providing exceptional practice-ready learning opportunities and unparalleled access to leaders in the legal community.
- Leaders in energy law and policy
- Well-established college with the 4th oldest student-published Law Review the country.
- Dual Degree Programs — JD/Executive MBA, JD/MPA (Master’s in Public Administration), JD/LL.M. in Energy and Sustainable Development
- Low cost of attendance.
- Scholarships for more than 72% of 1L class (fall 2016).
- J.D. concentrations: Energy & Sustainable Development, Public Interest, Labor & Employment, and International law.
LL.M. programs in Energy & Sustainable Development and Forensic Justice (first in the nation).
- Study abroad opportunities in Mexico, Brazil and Switzerland.
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)
- WVU Law is within a day’s drive to over half the population of the United States.