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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 – $89,635 vs. $104,503 national average

  • Individual Attention/Great Student to Faculty Ratio – 6.9:1

  • High Graduate Employment Rate –  76.5%—including higher than national average for Private Practice (54.7%), Clerkships (13%) and Public Interest (11.9%) jobs. (ABA, Class of 2018, full-time/long-term positions.)

Successful Employment Outcomes

Class of 2018 ABA data; full time/long term employment 10 months after graduation.

  • Bar Passage Required – 66.3%

  • J.D. Advantage – 7.1%

  • Private Practice – 54.7%

  • Judicial Clerkship – 13%

  • Business & Industry – 8.3%

  • Government – 3.5%

  • Public Interest – 11.9%

  • Education – 2.3%

    Career Services Center


Average Salary

Class of 2018 NALP data, full time, 10 months after graduation

  • Bar Passage Required – $62,586


  • Salary range: $26,000 to $165,000 (all graduates, all jobs)


Clinical Law Opportunities Providing Experiential Learning

  • Litigation and Advocacy (aka 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 (part of Litigation and Advocacy clinic)

    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 by design.

  • Legal Analysis, Reading and 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 Law School for Trial Advocacy & Litigation Law (A) and Intellectual Property Law (A-)—preLaw    Magazine (2019)
  • Best Law Schools: Energy and Environmental Law (grade A) — preLaw Magazine (2019, 2018) 
  • Best Law Schools: Employment (grade A) — preLaw Magazine (2019, 2018) 
  • Best Law School (tied for 100) — U.S. News & World Report 2020 Rankings (2019) 
  • Top 100 Law Specialties: Environmental Law #74, Health Care Law #76, Tax Law #96—U.S. News & World Report 2020 Rankings (2019)
  • Top 100 Law School, U.S. News & World Report 10-year average (95.6)—ind. research/USNWR data (2019)
  • Best Value Law School — preLaw Magazine/The National Jurist (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015) 
  • Best Specialties: Public Interest Law — preLaw Magazine (2018) 

  • Best Law Schools: Employment — preLaw Magazine (2018) 

  • #34 Most Affordable Law School — Student Loan Hero (2018) 
  • #31 Law School for Federal Clerkships — independent research, ABA data (2018) 
  • #2 Law School for Greatest Community Impact —The National Jurist (2017) 
  • #14 “Cheapest” Law School — law.com (2017) 
  • #28 Law School for State Attorneys/Solicitors General — Empiricalscotus.com (2017) 
  • #13 Law School for Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio — Internet Legal Research Group (2017) 
  • Top Law School for Public Interest Law (A) and Criminal Law (B+) — preLaw Magazine (2016) 
  • #44 for employment rate (80%)—The Faculty Lounge (2016)
  • #42 “Go-To” Law School — National Law Journal, 2015
  • Top 25 Law School for Corporate Leadership — SEC data of publicly traded companies, independent research, 2014
  • Best Law School for Employment (A-) — preLaw Magazine, 2014
  • 2012 Excellence in Pro Bono Award (Clinical Law Program) — Super Lawyer, 2013

Location

  • WVU Law is within a day’s drive to over half the population of the United States.

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