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By the Numbers

Map: United States showing location of Kansas and Topeka.
Located in the capital city of Kansas, Washburn University School of Law is a public law school conveniently situated in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Washburn Law's impact extends far beyond the state's borders.

Graphic: the number three.
Government Law Ranking

Washburn Law named #3 school in the nation for government law by preLaw magazine, Winter 2018.

Graphic: the number three. Academic Programs

Graphic: the number six. Centers for Excellence

Graphic: the number ten. Certificate Programs

Graphic: the number five. Tuition Waiver States

Residents of the following states are eligible for in-state tuition:Graphic: Shows nearby states that qualify for in-state tuition-- Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri.

  • Colorado
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Active duty and veteran military are also eligible for in-state tuition.

Law Clinic and Skills-Based Learning

Clinic students help real clients with:

Other skills-based learning includes:

Graphic: number four. Dual Degrees

Graphic: 7.1 to 1 student-faculty ratio.
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Calculation is based on FTE teaching resources.

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Student Organizations

Students participate through various organizations in volunteer, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

  • Barrister's Ball donated $11,400 to Topeka Rescue Mission.
  • Children and Family Law Center students worked on a Habitat for Humanity build.
  • Washburn Law Democrats donated the proceeds from their annual Blue Tie Soiree to the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy, in Topeka.

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Recent Recognition
Graphic: Military Friendly logo.

Washburn University designated 2018 Military Friendly® school by Victory Media.

Graphic: preLaw magazine 2017 Best Value Law School recognition.

Recognized as a Best School for Small Law by preLaw magazine in 2015.

Received an "A" ranking (#14 in nation) for business and corporate law and an "A-" ranking (#9 in nation) for tax law, preLaw magazine, Fall 2017 (see pages 46 and 44, respectively, in the issue.

#1 in Kansas for "gold standard" full-time long-term bar required and J.D. Advantage employment, ABA 2017.

Photograph: Robert 'Joe' Pilgrim, recognized by The National Jurist in 2016 as one of the top 5 law students in the United States.

Robert "Joe" Pilgrim recognized as one of the top 5 law students in the nation by The National Jurist, 2016.

Jacob Bielenberg recognized as one of the top 25 law students in the nation by The National Jurist, 2017.

Graphic: U.S. News and World Report number 15 ranking for legal writing in 2018.

Other recognition includes:

  • Named an Outstanding Law School in The Princeton Review, 2011-2016 editions.
Graphic: Cover of National Jurist "Best Schools for Practical Training" issue.

National Jurist recognition for Best Schools for Practical Training in 2014 (top 36 in nation and best in region), 2015, and 2017.

Graphic: Cover of National Jurist "Best Schools for Public Service" issue.

#7 in the nation for full-time Government and Public Interest Employment, National Law Journal, 2017.

Top 16 in the nation for Trial Advocacy, preLaw magazine, 2017.

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Washburn Law Alumni
  • 2 U.S. Court of Appeals Judges
  • 20 Kansas Supreme Court Justices
  • 16 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges
  • Represented Kansas in Congress in all but four terms since 1919, including Senator Robert Dole, '52
  • More than 7,300 current alumni
  • Attorneys in 104 of 105 Kansas counties, in 49 states, and 13 foreign countries and U.S. territories
International Opportunities

  • Summer Study Abroad Program in Barbados
    Opportunity to understand legal systems more fully through comparative study of the Caribbean system.
  • Study Abroad Program at Osaka University Law Schools (Japan).
  • Maastricht Independent Study Abroad Program
    Enroll in one semester or one year of international law and comparative law courses.
  • Study Abroad Programs in Germany, Granada (Spain), London, and The Hague through partner schools.
  • Georgia: Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia – students have collaborated with students from Free University, Tbilisi, Georgia, on amicus briefs submitted to the Constitutional Court of Georgia, and have helped in many other ways to develop legal education in that country.