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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 – $82,683 vs. $111,752 national average

  • Individual Attention/Great Student to Faculty Ratio – 6.2:1

  • High Graduate Employment Rate – 82% v. 75.3% nationally — 74.5% Bar Passage Required jobs and 4.7% J.D. Advantage jobs. (ABA, Class of 2017, full-time/long-term positions)

Successful Employment Outcomes

Class of 2017 ABA data; full time/long term employment 10 months after graduation.

  • Bar Passage Required – 74.5%

  • J.D. Advantage – 4.7%

  • Private Practice – 50%

  • Judicial Clerkship – 17.3%

  • Business & Industry – 6.25%

  • Government – 8.3%

  • Public Interest – 6.25%

  • Education – 3%

    Career Services Center


Average Salary

Class of 2017 NALP data, full time, 10 months after graduation

  • Bar Passage Required – $63,969

  • J.D. Advantage – $62,050

  • Salary range: $21,800 to $122,000 (all graduates, all jobs)


Clinical Law Opportunities Providing Experiential Learning

  • Litigation and Advocacy (formerly 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 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

  • #6 Public Interest Law School in the Nation — preLaw Magazine (2018)

  • Best Law School for Energy and Environmental Law (A) — preLaw Magazine (2018)

  • Best Law School (tied for 106) — U.S. News & World Report 2019 Rankings (2018)

  • Top 20 Best Value Law School —The National Jurist/preLaw Magazine (2017, 2016, 2015)

  • #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)

  • #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

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

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