About W&M Law School
Some say the Declaration of Independence was Jefferson's best work. We respectfully disagree.
Legal education began at William & Mary in 1779, at the urging of Thomas Jefferson. He was governor of Virginia at the time and a member of the College’s Board of Visitors. Jefferson believed that aspiring members of the profession should be trained to be citizen lawyers —passionate legal advocates and honorable human beings. John Marshall, the nation’s fourth chief justice, studied here. So have generations of human rights activists, community leaders and defenders of the wrongfully accused.
Our remarkable history is matched only by our spirit of innovation. Our three-semester Legal Practice Program groups students into "law firms" where they get hands-on experience in every facet of the legal profession from research to closing arguments. And the McGlothlin Courtroom, the hub of the Center for Legal and Court Technology, is the most technologically advanced in the nation.
Our faculty are experienced mentors who exemplify the citizen-lawyer ideal. In every course, they use their professional and personal insights to emphasize the human element of the practice of law. Our students arrive with sharp intellects and wildly diverse talents and dedicate their time to collaborating on projects of real worth.
Our town, Williamsburg, is a perfect fit for the law school lifestyle. It’s a real college town with a thriving cultural, entertainment and outdoor scene. Come down for a visit and see what we mean by "colonial cool."
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