West Virginia University College of Law

West Virginia University College of Law

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West Virginia University College of Law is the only law school in the state and is a best value law school, earning an A- in 2018. That is partly related to its low tuition, which is one of the lowest in the region at $22,996 in 2017-18. It is also due to a strong employment rate. 

“Being the only law school in the state means that we have a special and close relationship with the bar and the bench," said Dean Greg Bowman. "That benefits our students by giving them unparalleled access to the legal community, particularly in terms of hands-on learning and networking opportunities.”

The Morgantown school offers nine clinics, including domestic violence, tax advocacy, sustainable use and immigration. The school also offers a number of externship opportunities, designed so students get foundational courses in their first year, simulated classes in the second year, and in their third year they can take advantage of practices through clinical programs or externships.

West Virginia excels when itcomes to public interest law and environmental law, earning an A in both. The school's Center for Energy and Sustainable Development aims to play a prominent role in shaping the state's environmental and energy policies. Energy is the cornerstone of the state's economy. It offers an energy law moot court competition and energy law symposia. Its Center for Law and Public Service helps place students in externships. 



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75th Percentile1563.6
25th Percentile1513.06
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$8170
Percent receiving grants80.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 86.80%
NJ Employment82.75
Bar Passage79.81%
Academic Profile
Best Law Schools 2018: Best Value: 
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Real Estate Transactions
Trial Advocacy