Washington University School of Law

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Washington University School of Law, is a private American law school located in St. Louis, Missouri. The law school is one part of the seven graduate and undergraduate schools at Washington University in St. Louis. Founded in 1867, the Washington University School of Law is the oldest continually operating private law school west of the Mississippi river. Originally, the law school was located in downtown St. Louis, and in 1904 it relocated to the Danforth Campus of Washington University in St. Louis. Presently, the law school is located in Anheuser-Busch Hall, part of the Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis.

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WUSTL Law School Admissions

WUSTL Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 28% of its applicants. Comparatively, Washu is Significantly Higher than the average cost for law school.

Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2028 4613 1275 (27.64%) 210 (4.6%)
25% Median 75%
GPA 3.18 3.67 3.80
LSAT 161 167 168

Tuition And Financial Aid

In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $51,626 $51,626
Part Time N/A N/A

Living Expenses

  • Living on-campus: N/A
  • Living off-campus: $22,700
  • Living at home: N/A

Important Dates

  • Early Decision 1: 12/01
  • Early Decision 2: N/A
  • Regular Decision: N/A
  • Application Fee: $70

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WUSTL Law School Community

WUSTL Law School is considered to have a Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Washu is Average.

Student body

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Faculty Statistics

  • Full Time: 66
  • Part Time: 105


  • # Female Faculty: 73
  • # Minority Faculty: 19


10.4 Students

1 Faculty

Housing Options

  • On Campus Housing: Yes
  • Graduate Housing: Yes
  • Law Specific Housing: Yes

WUSTL Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. WUSTL Law School 1L section size is 13% larger than law schools in Missouri and 18% larger than all PRIVATE law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

WUSTL Law School: 179
Missouri Average: 156
PRIVATE School Average: 146

Positions Available in Advanced Courses

  • Simulation Courses: 935
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics: 179

Students Involved in Advanced Activities

  • Field Placements: 196
  • Law Journals: 264
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials: 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year: 13.3%
  • Second Year: 1.2%
  • Third Year: 0.4%
  • Fourth Year: 0.0%

WUSTL Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The WUSTL Law School class of 2023 had an employment rate of 98% with 4% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2023, 81.3%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 47.0%
  • Business: 20.0%
  • Government: 15.0%
  • Public Interest: 2.0%
  • Academia: 3.0%
  • Missouri: 31%
  • New York: 11%
  • District of Columbia: 9%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 81.3%
  • First Time Takers: 240
  • Average School: 86.2%
  • Average State: 81.3%
  • Pass Difference: 4.9%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Missouri: 87.6%
  • Passed: 66 of 71 (93.0%)
  • State Average: 81.3%
  • Difference: 5.4%