About William & Mary Law School

Get to know America's first law school.

W&M Law School is one of five graduate and professional programs at William & Mary, a premier public research university widely recognized for its outstanding academic reputation, beautiful campus, and vibrant community.  It has a rich history dating back to 1779.

Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, one hour from Richmond and Virginia Beach and three hours from Washington, D.C., W&M Law School offers a welcoming environment for learning. 

Our students come here to pursue excellence and to learn from our passionate teachers and scholars, many of whom are leaders in their field. We offer courses of study for the J.D., combination degrees and LL.M. in American Legal Studies. Our graduates go on enjoy careers throughout the United States and around the world with a wide range of employers.

W&M Law School’s many clinics provide critical legal services to the community in areas such as veterans benefits, immigration, domestic violence and family law. Our Virginia Coastal Policy Center practicum helps students experience the breadth of environmental lawyering while gaining skills that will serve them well regardless of the practice areas they pursue upon graduation.

Opportunity thrives here, with institutes and programs that help to shape law and policy around the world.

Our strong alumni network continues our tradition of the citizen lawyer by leading with integrity in their work and their communities.

Above all else, we are a community that values equity, inclusivity, belonging, and the pursuit of justice.