ABA Required Disclosures: Consumer Information Under ABA Standard 509

The following required disclosures and consumer information are provided to prospective law students in accordance with American Bar Assocation (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Standard 509 (200 KB PDF) to assist students in making an informed choice about law school.

Note: Unless otherwise indicated, data on this page was submitted to the American Bar Association in October 2014 for the 2014 reporting period. Data for the 2015 reporting period will be posted by mid-December 2015.

Data on this page is also available as a 23 KB PDF that reproduces Washburn Law's entry from the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA-Aproved Law Schools.

About Washburn Law

Washburn University School of Law was founded in 1903, became a member of the AALS in 1905, and has appeared on the list of ABA-approved schools since the initial list in 1923. The address and telephone number of the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar of the American Bar Association is: Office of the Consultant on Legal Education/Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar American Bar Association, 321 N. Clark Street, 21st Floor, Chicago, IL 60654; phone: (312) 988-6738; fax: (312) 988-5681.

The essence of Washburn Law is the commitment of the law school community at every level – from the dean's office to facilities staff – to the success of our students. In addition, the law school emphasizes the ethics and values that are paramount to the profession of law. Its network of more than 7,000 alumni located in all 50 states and internationally includes nationally recognized lawyers, state and federal judges, politicians, journalists, and senior executives of Fortune 500 companies.

  • Type of school: Public
  • Term: Semester
  • Application deadline: 4/1, 11/1 (apply now)
  • Application fee: $40
  • Financial aid deadline: N/A
  • Can first year start other than fall? Yes (January)
  • Student to faculty ratio (fall 2014): 10.4 to 1
  • Additional information:
    • Number of housing spaces available restricted to law students: N/A
    • Graduate housing for which law students are eligible: 192

Please note that Washburn Law does not offer a part-time program, an evening program of study, or a program of study that consists primarily of online courses. References to "part-time" data in the following tables have been removed.


While an applicant's LSAT score and GPA are significant factors, there is no bright-line cutoff. The Admissions Committee uses the highest LSAT score for multiple-test takers. It carefully considers other factors, including a determination of whether the individual would be an asset for the class as a whole based on characteristics such as gender, ethnicity, geographic diversity, international experience, and undergraduate institution.

The following table provides information about applicants. See also student body and entering class profiles.

GPA and LSAT Scores
January-December 2014 (all full-time)
Number of applicants 519
Number of offers 332
Number of matriculants 113
75th percentile GPA 3.62
50th percentile GPA 3.28
25th percentile GPA 2.96
Number not included in GPA percentile calculation 0
75th percentile LSAT 156
50th percentile LSAT 151
25th percentile LSAT 148
Number not included in LSAT percentile calculation 1

Number of matriculants, above, excludes transfer students and returning students counted in a previous year.

Tuition, Fees, Living Costs

See tuition and other costs. Current Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska residents can attend Washburn Law at resident tuition rates. Residents of all other states can qualify for in-state tuition after only six months. (Washburn Law does not have a tuition guarantee program.)

Financial Aid (Grants and Scholarships)

Scholarships are awarded based on academic performance. Contribution to diversity is also considered in making scholarship awards. Topeka is one of the most affordable housing markets in the country. Most students live in the residential areas surrounding the campus.

The following table provides information about various forms of financial aid. See also scholarships and financial aid.

Grants and Scholarships
(July 2013-June 2014)
Total number of students 339 100
Total number receiving grants 209 61.7
Less than 1/2 tuition 76 22.4
Half to full tuition 91 26.8
Full tuition 0 0
More than full tuition 42 12.4
75th percentile grant amount: $19,860
50th percentile grant amount: $14,392
25th percentile grant amount: $7,615

Conditional Scholarships

The American Bar Association defines a conditional scholarship as "any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing." At Washburn Law students must maintain a 2.80 GPA to retain their scholarships. Students who lose their scholarship for academic reasons automatically regain the scholarship when their cumulative GPA is raised to 2.80 or higher.

Matriculating In
Number Entering
with Conditional
Number Whose
Scholarships Have
Since Been
or Eliminated
Number Whose
Scholarships Have
Since Been
2013-2014 61 11 1
2012-2013 54 17 4
2011-2012 60 18 3
2010-2011 77 27 4
2009-2010 60 12 6

Updated September 16, 2014.

Enrollment Data

JD Enrollment and Ethnicity
(2014-2015 academic year)
(any race)
11 5.3 8 7 17 5.4 2 22.2 19 5.9 6 5.3 5
American Indian/
Alaska Native
1 0.5 1 0.9 2 0.6 0 0 2 0.6 0 0 1
Asian 6 2.9 1 0.9 7 2.2 0 0 7 2.2 3 2.6 5
6 2.9 8 7 13 4.1 1 11.1 14 4.3 6 5.3 8
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Two or more races 4 1.9 0 0 4 1.3 0 0 4 1.2 0 0 0
Total Minority 28 13.5 18 15.7 43 13.7 3 33.3 46 14.2 15 13.2 20
White 170 81.7 93 80.9 258 82.2 5 55.6 263 81.4 97 81.5 86
Nonresident Alien 2 1 2 1.7 4 1.3 0 0 4 1.2 2 1.8 4
Unknown 8 3.8 2 1.7 9 2.9 1 11.1 10 3.1 0 0 2
Total 208 64.4 115 35.6 314 97.2 9 2.8 323 100 114 35.3 112
Transfers In
Transfers in 2
Thomas M. Cooley Law School 1
Ave Maria School of Law 1
J.D. Attrition
Academic #Transfer #Other #Total #Total %
1st year 3 3 7 13 11.1
2nd year 0 0 2 2 2
3rd year 1 0 2 3 2.5
4th year 0 0 0 0 0

Faculty and Administrators

The following table provides information about faculty and administrators. See also full-time faculty profiles and list of adjunct faculty.

Faculty and Administrators
(January-December 2014)
Full-time 29 28 18 17 11 11 5 4
Deans, librarians,
& others who teach
7 7 5 5 2 2 0 0
Part-time 18 20 12 11 6 9 0 0
Total 54 55 35 33 19 22 5 4

Class Sizes and Number of Courses Offered

The following table provides information about curriculum and course offerings. See also list of courses and descriptions.

(fall 2013, spring and summer 2014, intersessions prior to 8/25/2014)
Typical first-year section size 48
# of classroom course titles beyond first-year curriculum 91
# of upper division classroom course sections  
Under 25 74
25-49 21
50-74 8
75-99 1
100+ 0
# of positions available in simulation courses 540
# of simulation positions filled 420
# of seminar positions filled 229
# of positions available in faculty supervised law clinic courses 95
# of faculty supervised law clinic positions filled 76
# of field placement positions filled 84
# of students who enrolled in independent study 19
# of students who participated in law journals 45
# of students who participated in interschool skills competitions 47
# of credit hours required to graduate 90

Employment Outcomes

The Professional Development Office offers programs that emphasize assessment of career goals, exploration of varied applications of a legal education, and support for the transition into the professional marketplace. The office makes available extensive resources regarding local, regional, national, and international legal employment in the public and private sectors, graduate and foreign study, and judicial clerkships. Washburn Law graduates enjoy success in seeking employment. Washburn Law alumni can be found in every state and in many other countries.

Employment Summary Reports are also available in PDF format:
Class of: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
The following statistics for the Class of 2014 were submitted to the
American Bar Association on April 6, 2015 and updated May 1, 2015.

Class of 2014 Employment Report
at 10 Months After Graduation
(students graduating in December 2013 or May/August 2014)
(see page 2 of PDF version of 2014 Employment Report for status definitions)
Employment Status
  Full TimePart Time
Bar Passage Required82 / 73.21%81001
JD Advantage13 / 11.6%8023
Professional Position1 / .89%1000
Non-Professional Position2 / 1.79%1100
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time1 / .89% 
Start Date Deferred1 / .89% 
Not Seeking2 / 1.79% 
Seeking7 / 6.25% 
Employment Status Unknown3 / 2.69% 
Total Graduates112 
Law School/University Funded Position
  Full TimePart Time
Bar Passage Required00000
J.D. Advantage00000
Professional Position00000
Non-Professional Position00000
Total Employed by Law School/University00000
Employment Type
  Full TimePart Time
Law Firms
Unknown Size00000
Business & Industry1312100
Public Interest
(including public defenders)
Judicial Clerkships
State & Local33000
Employer Type Unknown00000
Employment Location
State with largest employment - Kansas58
State with 2nd largest employment - Missouri19
State with 3rd largest employment - Texas3
Number employed in foreign countries0

See also profiles and statistics.

Bar Passage

Learn more about bar exam preparation and the Washburn Law bar pass program.

Note: 2014 bar passage results are preliminary as reported by the individual states. Final results will be compiled and posted at a later date for reporting to the American Bar Association.

Bar Passage Rates - First Time Takers (July 2014)
Jurisdiction  All 1st Time Takers  Washburn 1st Time Takers  
Bar Passage Rates - First Time Takers (February 2014)
Jurisdiction  All 1st Time Takers  Washburn 1st Time Takers  
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2013)
First Time Takers: 149Average Pass Difference: -4.01
Reporting %: 73.15Average School %: 85.32Average State %: 89.33
JurisdictionTakersPassersPass %State %Difference
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2012)
First Time Takers: 156Average Pass Difference: -6.43
Reporting %: 77.56Average School %: 82.64Average State %: 89.07
JurisdictionTakersPassersPass %State %Difference
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2011)
First Time Takers: 134Average Pass Difference: -5.66
Reporting %: 70.15Average School %: 84.04Average State %: 89.70
JurisdictionTakersPassersPass %State %Difference
Bar Passage Rates (February and July 2010)
First Time Takers: 143Average Pass Difference: -0.71
Reporting %: 72.03Average School %: 89.32Average State %: 90.03
JurisdictionTakersPassersPass %State %Difference


See financial policies.

Curricular Offerings

See also list of courses and descriptions.

Academic Calendar

See academic calendars.

Academic Requirements

All entering students participate in the law school's Academic Skills Program, which begins during an elaborate and rigorous "first week" program designed to teach students the learning strategies they need to succeed in law school. Academic Skills includes a structured study-group program in which groups of four to six students meet twice per week to apply cooperative learning strategies to their law school experience under the supervision of carefully trained and supervised upper-division students. Second- and third-year students satisfy advanced writing and oral presentation requirements and take one or more classes from a group of Perspectives on Law courses, and one or more classes from a group of Skills courses.


Transfer of Credit Policy

See Applying to Washburn Law: Transfer Student.

Library Resources

Washburn Law Library is often recognized in national surveys for the quality of service provided by its staff and for the extent of its comprehensive digital and print collections. WashLaw has been a premier legal research portal since its creation in the early 1990s, and it is nationally acclaimed as a comprehensive source for legal information on the Internet.

Informational and Library Resources
Total amount spent on library materials $776,996
Study seating capacity inside the library 403
# of full-time equivalent professional librarians 8
Hours per week library is open 98
Require computer? No
Has wireless network? Yes


Students have wireless access throughout the building. Classrooms include enhanced audio, video, and computer technologies. The state-of-the-art Robinson Courtroom and Bianchino Technology Center offers students the opportunity to practice their skills in a high-tech environment.

Square Footage of Law School Building
Class and seminar rooms 11,979
Clinical courses and programs 2,970
Faculty offices 6,170
Co-curricular and student activities 3,518
Administrative and staff 4,001
Library 37,451
Other (interview rooms, restrooms, halls,
  storage, janitorial space, mechanical rooms)
Total 87,056