Washburn University School of Law

Washburn University School of Law

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Many law schools boast of their practical training additions, but Washburn University School of Law has a long commitment of providing it, school leaders say. Topeka, its location, is the state capital and full of legal opportunities for students.

The school's Law Clinic has eight clinical practice areas and students enrolled in the clinic have been serving clients for more than 40 years. PreLaw magazine ranked it the highest in the region for practical training, giving it a B+.

School professors get to know students personally and make themselves readily accessible by encouraging students to stop by and ask questions, school officials say. The school believes that high-quality legal education is possible only when law students are at the center of all law school endeavors and decisions. 

“The Washburn Law community is so very welcoming and supportive," said Dean Carla Pratt. "Everyone has a spirit of service which means that I can count on our faculty and staff to put students first and that makes being a part of this community something special."

The school is affordable and delivers on results, helping it to earn a B+ for Best Value. The school’s in-state tuition of $21,588 has been expanded to include residents of Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas. Students from other states can apply for resident tuition after living in Kansas for six months.

It improved its employment rate from 63.7 percent in 2011 to more than 80 percent in 2017. It also has an ultimate bar pass rate above 90 percent.

The school was the No. 3 school for government practice, and it excels in business law, taxation, family law and estate planning. It also exceps in trial advocacy and litigation.  

"I have been very pleased to meet Washburn Law alumni throughout the nation who are willing to serve as mentors to help students who want to practice law in their regions of the country," Pratt said. "I have also been very impressed by the careers of our alumni, from serving as Justices on the Kansas Supreme Court, to serving in state government, Congress, and private practice, Washburn Alumni have had an impressive leadership role in both government and the legal profession.”

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75th Percentile1553.71
25th Percentile1492.88
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$16055
Percent receiving grants68.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 83.20%
NJ Employment76.49
Bar Passage77.08%
Academic Profile
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Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Estate Planning
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Tax Law
Trial Advocacy