At a Glance

Get to know America's first law school.

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

  • William & Mary is the second oldest college in America.
  • William & Mary was the first to offer professional education in law (1779).
  • Three early American presidents—Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe and John Tyler—attended college at 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.  For more information regarding ABA accreditation contact: Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60610, (312) 988-6738.
Enrollment (2018-19)
  • 645 students
  • From 47 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and 14 countries
  • Male/Female ratio: 44%/56%
  • Students of color: 24%
  • Hold baccalaureate degrees from 332 colleges and universities
Admissions Profile: Class of 2021
  • 193 students enrolled from 3,592 applicants
  • From 39 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela
  • Students of color: 15%
  • Hold baccalaureate degrees from 125 colleges and universities
  • Median LSAT: 162 (75th/25th: 164/156)
  • Median undergraduate GPA: 3.76 on a 4.0 scale (75th/25th: 3.90/3.39)
  • Average age: 24
  • Age range: 20 to 39
  • In addition to the J.D. Class of 2021, 28 new students are LL.M. candidates. They hail from China, England, Korea, Nigeria, and Saudi Arabia.
Degrees Awarded
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.
Costs (2019-20)
  • Tuition and fees (Virginia residents): $35,000
  • Tuition and fees (nonresidents): $44,000
Financial Aid (2018-19)
  • Scholarship and fellowship recipients: 92% of the student body
  • Total scholarship and fellowship value: $11.6 million
  • 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 Virginia Department of Veterans Services website at and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia website at For information through the Veterans Benefits Administration, contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at or Applicants to William & Mary Law School may also contact the William & Mary Veterans Benefits Officer ( for more information.