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About Washburn Law

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. Our network of more than 7,000 alumni located in 49 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, 12/1 (apply now)
  • Application fee: $40
  • Financial aid deadline: N/A
  • Months students may begin studying law: August / January
  • Months the law school confers degrees: May / June / August / December
  • Number of credit hours required to earn the J.D.: 90
  • Total number of credit hours to be taken in required courses:
      » First Year courses: 29
      » Upper-level courses: 25

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.

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. All data in the following tables refers to full-time students unless otherwise indicated.


Admissions

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.

2017 First Year Class
October 6, 2016-October 5, 2017
Total
Completed Applications 397
Offers of Admission 252
Acceptance Rate (Percent) 63.48%
Enrollees from Applicant Pool 109
Enrollment Rate From Completed Applications 27.46%
Enrollment Rate From Offers of Admission 43.25%
Other First-Year Enrollees 5
Total in First-Year Class 114
LSAT 75th percentile 155
LSAT 50th percentile 152
LSAT 25th percentile 149
Number not included in LSAT percentile calculation 0
UGPA 75th percentile 3.55
UGPA 50th percentile 3.32
UGPA 25th percentile 2.78
Number not included in GPA percentile calculation 0

Tuition, Fees, Living Costs

See tuition and other costs. Current Kansas, Missouri, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska residents, and active duty and veteran military and their spouses/dependents, 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 2016-June2017)
  Total Full
Time
Part
Time
  # % # % # %
Total # of students 300 100 293 98 7 2
Total # receiving grants 204 68 204 70 0 0
Less than 1/2 tuition 67 22 67 23 0 0
Half to full tuition 75 25 75 26 0 0
Full tuition 0 0 0 0 0 0
More than full tuition 62 21 62 21 0 0
75th percentile grant amount   $26,000 $0
50th percentile grant amount   $16,055 $0
25th percentile grant amount   $10,125 $0

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.

Students
Matriculating In
Number Entering
with Conditional
Scholarships
Number Whose
Conditional
Scholarships Have
Since Been
Reduced
or Eliminated
Number Whose
Conditional
Scholarships Have
Since Been
Reinstated
2016-2017 47 12 n/a
2015-2016 67 20 3
2014-2015 77 14 2
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 January 4, 2017.


Enrollment Data

JD Enrollment as of October 5, 2017 / Degrees Awarded
  1L 2L 3L JD
Degrees
Awarded
2016-2017
T M W O T M W O T M W O T
Hispanics
(of any race)
6 3 3 0 5 2 3 0 7 4 3 0 5
American Indian/
Alaska Native
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1
Asian 6 3 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3
Black/African
American
4 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 5
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Two or more races 8 5 3 0 4 2 2 0 2 2 0 0 0
Total Minority 24 13 11 0 11 6 5 0 13 8 5 0 14
White 85 53 32 0 77 50 27 0 82 44 38 0 81
Nonresident Alien 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 1
Unknown 1 0 1 0 3 1 2 0 4 3 1 0 1
Total 112 67 45 0 92 58 34 0 100 55 45 0 97
Non-Transfer Attrition 2016-2017 (see footnote)
  1L 2L 3L 2L/3L
T M W O % T M W O T M W O %
Hispanics
(of any race)
0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
American Indian/
Alaska Native
0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Asian 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Black/African
American
4 0 4 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Two or more races 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Total Minority 4 0 4 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
White 5 2 3 0 - 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 -
Nonresident Alien 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Unknown 1 1 0 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Total 10 3 7 0 8.9 2 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 1.6
FOOTNOTE: The attrition percentages are measured against enrollment reported in the 2016 AQ. Attrition for 1Ls is measured against the JD1 enrollment in the 2016 AQ. Attrition for 2Ls and 3Ls is combined and measured against the total enrollment of JD2, JD3, and JD4 in the 2016 AQ.
Transfers 2016-2107
1L Transfers Out 0
Transfers In * 1
75th Percentile 1L GPA 0
50th Percentile 1L GPA 0
25th Percentile 1L GPA 0
* GPA Percentiles provided if School has 12 or more transfers in

Faculty

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

Faculty Resources 2016-2017
  Male Female Other Minority Total
Full-time faculty members 17 12 0 4 29
Non-full-time faculty 23 19 0 1 42
Total 40 31 0 5 71

Curricular Offerings 2016-2017

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

Typical first-year section size,
excluding all small sections
taught by full-time faculty
50
Number of course titles,
beyond the first year curricular,
offered last year
88
Number of upper division
class room course sections
with an enrollment
 
Under 25 68
25-49 19
50-74 10
75-99 1
100+ 0
Number of seats available in law clinics last year 63
Number of field placement positions filled last year 69
Number of seats available in simulation courses 894

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 49 states and in many other countries.

American Bar Association
Employment Summary Reports are also available in PDF format:
Class of: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
The following statistics for the Class of 2017 were submitted April 2018.

Class of 2017 Employment Report
at 10 Months After Graduation
(students graduating in December 2016 or May/August 2017)
(see the ABA website (84 KB PDF) for status definitions)
Employment Status
    Full Time Part Time
  Number Long
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Employed
Bar Passage Required 70 64 4 0 2
JD Advantage 6 6 0 0 0
Professional Position 1 0 1 0 0
Non-Professional Position 2 0 0 0 2
Law School/University Funded 0 0 0 0 0
Undeterminable 0 0 0 0 0
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time 3  
Unemployed
Start Date Deferred 1  
Not Seeking 6  
Seeking 6  
Employment Status Unknown 2  
Total Graduates 97  
Employment Type
    Full Time Part Time
  Number Long
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Law Firms
Solo 2 2 0 0 0
2-10 20 18 0 0 2
11-25 4 4 0 0 0
26-50 3 3 0 0 0
51-100 3 3 0 0 0
101-250 1 1 0 0 0
251-500 2 2 0 0 0
501+ 3 3 0 0 0
Unknown Size 0 0 0 0 0
Business & Industry 8 1 5 0 2
Government
(including public defenders)
21 21 0 0 0
Public Interest 3 3 0 0 0
Judicial Clerkships
Federal 0 0 0 0 0
State & Local 8 8 0 0 0
Other 0 0 0 0 0
Education 1 1 0 0 0
Employer Type Unknown 0 0 0 0 0
Total 79 70 5 0 4
Law School/University Funded Position
    Full Time Part Time
  Number Long
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Employed
Bar Passage Required 0 0 0 0 0
J.D. Advantage 0 0 0 0 0
Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional Position 0 0 0 0 0
Total Employed by Law School/University 0 0 0 0 0
Employment Location
  Number
State with largest employment - Kansas 48
State with 2nd largest employment - Missouri 13
State with 3rd largest employment - Virginia 3
Number employed in foreign countries 0

See also profiles and statistics.


Bar Passage

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

First Time Bar Exam Passage – 2017 and 2016

See the summary and the 2017 and 2016 details tables as a PDF file (108 KB)

Summary

  A B C D E F G H I
Calendar
Year
Total
Graduates
in
Calendar
Year
# From
Calendar
Year NOT
Taking
Bar Exam
# From
Previous
Years
Taking
Bar For
FIRST
Time in
Calendar
Year
# From
Calendar
Year With
No
Inform-
ation
Total
First
Time
Takers
in Any
Juris-
diction
Total
Who
Passed
the Bar
in Any
Juris-
diction
Percent
Who
Passed
the Bar
in Any
Juris-
diction
ABA First
Time
Weighted
Average
Pass Rate
Law School
Weighted
Average
Pass Rate
2017 100 28 24 0 96 74 77.08% 81.32% 77.08%
2016 99 27 28 0 100 80 80.00% 77.77% 80.00%

2017 Details

Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State Pass % for ABA
Approved Law Schools
Difference
Kansas 62 46 74.19 81.51 -7.32
Missouri 16 15 93.75 86.30 7.45
Colorado 4 3 75.00 75.37 -0.37
South Carolina 2 2 100.00 71.79 28.21
California 2 1 50.00 66.19 -16.19
Washington 2 0 NA 77.88 -77.88
Oklahoma 1 1 100.00 86.90 13.10
Utah 1 1 100.00 82.61 17.39
Oregon 1 0 NA 82.55 -82.55
Texas 1 1 100.00 76.57 23.43
Montana 1 1 100.00 82.61 17.39
New Mexico 1 1 100.00 85.71 14.29
Wyoming 1 1 100.00 72.73 27.27
Kentucky 1 1 100.00 69.02 30.98

2016 Details

Jurisdiction Takers Passers Pass % State Pass % for ABA
Approved Law Schools
Difference
Kansas 70 56 80.00 77.40 2.60
Missouri 19 17 89.47 83.48 5.99
Colorado 2 2 100.00 76.02 23.98
Florida 2 2 100.00 65.68 34.32
Arkansas 2 0 NA 69.42 -69.42
Arizona 1 1 100.00 63.06 36.94
Utah 1 1 100.00 77.65 22.35
Texas 1 0 NA 77.04 -77.04
California 1 1 100.00 60.05 39.95
Wisconsin 1 0 NA 73.47 -73.47

Ultimate Bar Exam Passage – 2016 and 2015

See the ultimate bar passage table as a PDF file (105 KB)

  A B C D E
Calendar
Year
of
Graduation
Number
of
Graduates
in
Calendar
Year
2016 Graduates Who Sat
For a Bar Examination
Within One Year of
Their Date of
Graduation
2015 Graduates Who Sat
For a Bar Examination
Within One Year of
Their Date of
Graduation
Number
With No
Inform-
ation
Number
Who Did
Not Take
A Bar
Examination
    Number
of Takers
Number
Who
Passed
Percent
That
Passed
Number
of Takers
Number
Who
Passed
Percent
That
Passed
  Within
One Year
of Grad-
uation
Within
Two Years
of Grad-
uation
2016 99 93 85 91.40% - - - 0 6 -
2015 117 - - - 116 105 90.52% 0 - 1

Refunds

See financial policies.


Academic Calendar

See academic calendars.


Academic Requirements

All entering students participate in the law school's Academic Support 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 support 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.

See:


Transfer of Credit Policy

See Applying to Washburn Law: Transfer Student.

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The required disclosures and consumer information on this page are provided to prospective law students in accordance with American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Standard 509 (167 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 2016 for the 2016 reporting period. Data for the 2017 reporting period will be posted by mid-December 2017.

Complaints Related to Compliance With ABA Standards

A student with concerns regarding Washburn Law's program of legal education and its compliance with the ABA standards may file a complaint pursuant to ABA Standard 510.