William and Mary Law School

At a Glance

Get to know America's first law school.

William & Mary Law School is one of five graduate and professional programs at the College of William & Mary.

  • The College of William & Mary is the second oldest college in America.
  • The College of William & Mary was the first to offer professional education in law (1779).
  • Three early American presidents—Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler—were educated at the College of William & Mary. Jefferson went on to read law with George Wythe, a Williamsburg lawyer and one of the most distinguished lawyers in colonial America. 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.
Enrollment (2015-16)
  • 711 students
  • From 47 states, the District of Columbia, and 10 countries
  • Male/Female ratio: 46%/54%
  • Students of color: 18%
  • Hold baccalaureate degrees from 321 colleges and universities
Admissions Profile: Class of 2018
  • 201 students enrolled from 4,571 applicants
  • Acceptance rate: 36%
  • From 37 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Estonia, and India
  • Female/Male ratio: 52%/48%
  • Students of color: 18%
  • Hold baccalaureate degrees from 133 colleges and universities
  • Median LSAT: 163 (75th/25th: 164/158)
  • Median undergraduate GPA: 3.69 on a 4.0 scale (75th/25th: 3.85/3.41)
  • Average age: 24
  • Age range: 20 to 38
  • In addition to the J.D. Class of 2018, 28 students are LL.M. candidates. They hail from Algeria, China, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Poland, Thailand, and the United Kingdom. 
Degrees Awarded
  • 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
  • Distinguished scholars and practitioners in numerous fields including criminal law, environmental law, constitutional law, human rights, antitrust, legal ethics, intellectual property, international law, and post-conflict justice.
  • The McGlothlin Courtroom
  • The Wolf Law Library: 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.
Costs (2015-16)
  • Tuition and fees (Virginia residents): $30,800
  • Tuition and fees (nonresidents): $39,800
Financial Aid (2015-16)
  • Scholarship and fellowship recipients: 90% of the student body
  • Total scholarship and fellowship value: $10.7 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 the William & Mary Veterans Benefits Officer ([[w|vabenefits]]) for more information.