Wake Forest University School of Law

Wake Forest University School of Law

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Wake Forest University, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, takes a student-centered approach to legal education. Students have the opportunity to interact with faculty outside of class. Small classes and the low ratio of students to faculty helps make this possible. 

“At Wake Forest, we take pride in a program that nurtures student development into a legal professional who will be successful in every sense of the word,” said Dean Suzanne Reynolds.

Classes are small and the ratio of students to faculty is very low — 10-to-1 — the lowest among Carolina law schools. Wake Forest ranks highly in national law school rankings. 

The school prides itself on teaching the rules of law, but also on emphasizing ethics and ethical behavior. Wake Forest University also provides many hands-on learning opportunities through school-run clinics, externships, and practicum extensions that allow students to turn any upper-level course into an internship.

“Because of a more robust legal market, strong candidates are increasingly interested in a legal education,” Dean Reynolds said. “We find that especially so at Wake Forest, where we have remained true to the values that matter to us while preparing our students for the professional world.”

While it is a private school with higher tuition, it has been aggressive with grants in recent years. In 2017, it discounted tuition by an estimated 46.9 percent, resulting in an estimated net tuition of only $23,460. That has helped it place on preLaw's list of best value law schools. It earned a B+, impressive for a private school. In fact, it ranked No. 6 among private law schools. 

It has improved its employment numbers considerably in recent years, rising from a modified score of 76 percent in 2011 to 87.74 percent in 2017. It also has strong bar pass numbers. It has average around 82 percent a year and recorded a 94.12 percent ultimate pass rate for the Class of 2015. 

The school prides itself on teaching the rules of law, but also on emphasizing ethics and ethical behavior. Wake Forest has several school-run clinics as well as three student-run law journals.

It is a top ranked school for health law and preLaw ranked it No. 9 in the nation for greenest law schools, which was based on curriculum and sustainable practices. Wake Forest also has one of the top moot court programs in the country. 


Admission Profile
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75th Percentile1653.91
25th Percentile1583.62
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Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$35000
Percent receiving grants94.00%
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Employment & Bar Exam Profile
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Post-grad employment 95.40%
NJ Employment[field_nj_employment_rate]
Bar Passage92.71%
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Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Health Law
P. O. Box 7206
North Carolina