At a Glance
Get to know America's first law school.
William & Mary Law School is one of five graduate and professional schools at the College of William & Mary.
- The College of William & Mary is the second oldest college in the United States, founded in 1693.
- The College of William & Mary was the first to offer professional education in law (1779).
- Three early American presidents—Jefferson, Monroe and Tyler—were educated at the College of William & Mary. Jefferson, Monroe, Henry Clay and Chief Justice John Marshall studied law with George Wythe. Wythe became William & Mary's – and the nation's – first professor of law in 1779.
- William & Mary Law School is historically known as the Marshall-Wythe School of Law and has been accredited by the ABA since 1932.
- 682 students
- From 46 states, the District of Columbia, and 6 countries
- Male/Female ratio: 50%/50%
- Minority students: 22%
- Hold baccalaureate degrees from 311 colleges and universities
Admissions Profile: Class of 2016
- 227 students enrolled from 5,857 applicants
- Acceptance rate: 30%
- From 40 states, the District of Columbia, China, and Japan
- Female/Male ratio: 51%/49%
- Minority students: 10%
- Hold baccalaureate degrees from 149 colleges and universities
- Median LSAT: 164 (75th/25th: 165/161)
- Median undergraduate GPA: 3.73 on a 4.0 scale (75th/25th: 3.88/3.46)
- Average age: 24
- Age range: 20 to 47
- Advanced degrees: 7%
- In addition to the J.D. Class of 2016, 55 students are LL.M. candidates. They hail from China, Indonesia, Mexico, Qatar, Russia, and the United Kingdom.
- Juris Doctor (J.D.): full-time, three-year program
- LL.M. in the American Legal System: full-time, two-semester program for lawyers trained outside the United States
- Joint degrees: J.D. - M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration), J.D. - M.P.P. (Master of Public Policy) or J.D. - M.A. (Master of Arts in American Studies)
Institutes and Programs
- Center for Legal and Court Technology
- Election Law Program
- Human Security Law Program
- Institute of Bill of Rights Law
- Papers of John Marshall and St. George Tucker
- Post-Conflict Peacebuilding Program
- Property Rights Project
- Distinguished scholars in numerous fields including criminal law, environmental law, constitutional law, human rights, antitrust, legal ethics, intellectual property, international law, and post-conflict justice
- Our full-time faculty number 36. They are joined by 73 adjunct professors, who are practicing attorneys specializing in the area of law for which they are hired to teach.
- The McGlothlin Courtroom is the most technologically advanced in the United States
- The Wolf Law Library: Completed in 2007, the library has a collection of more than 400,000 volumes, vast electronic resources and was designed with students in mind. Features abundant seating, two reading rooms, 12 group study rooms, and wireless Internet access on all three floors.
- Furnished, air-conditioned, on-campus graduate apartments with full kitchens.
- Tuition and fees (Virginia residents): $29,000
- Tuition and fees (nonresidents): $38,000
Financial Aid (2013-14)
- Scholarship and fellowship recipients: 83% of the student body
- Total scholarship and fellowship value: $8.1 million
- Military and Veterans: The Commonwealth of Virginia has a number of educational benefits and resources available to help active duty members of the military, veterans, and their families. For more information, please visit the website of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Applicants to William & Mary Law School may also contact Kacie McClain, William & Mary's Veterans Benefits Officer ([[w|klmcclain]]) for more information.