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 (549 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 2013 for the 2013 reporting period. Data for the 2014 reporting period will be posted approximately mid-December 2014.

Data on this page is also available as a 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
  • Can first year start other than fall? Yes (January)
  • Student to faculty ratio: 9.64 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.


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.

GPA and LSAT Scores
January-December 2013 (all full-time)
Total
# of applicants 618
# of offers 361
# of matriculants 117
75% GPA 3.62
Median GPA 3.30
25% GPA 2.97
75% LSAT 155
Median LSAT 153
25% LSAT 149

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, and Colorado residents can attend Washburn Law at resident tuition rates. Beginning fall 2014 Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska residents qualify for 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 2012-June 2013)
 Total
#%
Total # of students 385 100
Total # receiving grants 186 48.3
Less than 1/2 tuition 55 14.3
Half to full tuition 76 19.7
Full tuition 0 0.0
More than full tuition 55 14.3
75% grant amount: $18,371
Median grant amount: $14,365
25% grant amount: $7,025

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
2013-2014
(Current Academic Year)
61 11 1
2012-2013
(Previous Academic Year)
54 17 4
2011-2012
(Previous Academic Year -1)
60 18 3
2010-2011
(Previous Academic Year -2)
77 27 4
2009-2010
(Previous Academic Year -3)
60 12 6

Updated September 16, 2014.


Enrollment Data

JD Enrollment and Ethnicity
(as of 10/5/2013; all full-time)
 MenWomenTotal1st-yearJD
Degrees
Awdarded
#%#%#%#%
Hispanics
(any race)
9 4.1 9 7.4 18 5.3 7 6 5
American Indian/
Alaska Native
1 0.5 2 1.6 3 0.9 0 0 7
Asian 7 3.2 2 1.6 9 2.7 1 0.9 5
Black/African
American
7 3.2 9 7.4 16 4.7 5 4.3 3
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
1 0.5 0 0 1 0.3 0 0 0
2 or more races 6 2.8 0 0.0 6 1.8 6 5.1 0
Total (Minority) 31 14.3 22 18 53 15.6 19 16.2 20
White/Caucasian 172 79.3 94 77 266 78.5 88 75.2 125
Nonresident Alien 2 0.9 4 3.3 6 1.8 1 0.9 2
Unknown 12 5.5 2 1.6 14 4.1 9 7.7 4
Total 217 64 122 36 339 100 117 34.5 151
Transfers
(10/6/2012-10/5/2013)
Transfers in 3
Transfers out 4
JD Attrition
(10/6/2012-10/5/2013)
Academic #Other #Total #Total %
1st year 3 13 16 11.9
2nd year 0 0 0 0
3rd year 1 0 1 0.7
4th year 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
 TotalMenWomenMinorities
 SpringFallSpringFallSpringFallSpringFall
Full-time 32 29 20 17 12 12 3 4
Other Full-time 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Deans, librarians,
& others who teach
7 7 5 5 2 2 0 0
Part-time 20 17 12 10 8 7 0 0
Total 60 54 38 33 22 21 3 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.

Curriculum
(fall 2012, spring and summer 2013, intersessions prior to 8/19/2013)
Typical first-year section size 53
# of classroom course titles beyond first-year curriculum 109
# of upper division classroom course sections  
Under 25 102
25-49 26
50-74 6
75-99 0
100+ 0
# of positions available in simulation courses 882
# of simulation positions filled 609
# of positions available in faculty supervised clinical courses 84
# of faculty supervised clinical positions filled 72
# involved in field placement positions filled 90
# of students enrolled in independent study 23
# of students who participated in law journals 52
# of students who participated in interschool skills competitions 46
# of credit hours required to graduate 90
Additional information:
  • Is there typically a "small section" of the first-year class,
       other than Legal Writing, taught by full-time faculty
Yes
  • If yes, typical size offered last year 28
  • # of seminars 34
  • # of seminar positions available 550
  • # of seminar positions filled 421

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: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010
The following statistics for the Class of 2013 were submitted to the
American Bar Association on March 17, 2014.

Class of 2013 Employment Report
at 9 Months After Graduation
(students graduating in December 2012 or May/August 2013)
(see page 2 of PDF version of 2013 Employment Report for status definitions)
Employment Status
  Full TimePart Time
 NumberLong
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Employed
Bar Passage Required98 / 64.90%95300
JD Advantage17 / 11.26%15101
Professional Position12 / 7.95%12000
Non-Professional Position3 / 1.99%1020
Undeterminable0 / 0.00%0000
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time4 / 2.64% 
Unemployed 
Start Date Deferred1 / 0.66% 
Not Seeking1 / 0.66% 
Seeking12 / 7.95% 
Employment Status Unknown3 / 1.99% 
Total Graduates151 / 100% 
Law School/University Funded Position
  Full TimePart Time
 NumberLong
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Employed
Bar Passage Required00000
J.D. Advantage00000
Professional Position00000
Non-Professional Position00000
Total Employed by Law School/University00000
Employment Type
  Full TimePart Time
 NumberLong
Term
Short
Term
Long
Term
Short
Term
Law Firms
Solo55000
2-104545000
11-2544000
26-5033000
51-10011000
101-25033000
251-50011000
501+00000
Unknown Size11000
Business & Industry3529420
Government2423001
Public Interest
(including public defenders)
22000
Judicial Clerkships
Federal00000
State & Local55000
Other00000
Education11000
Employer Type Unknown00000
Total130123421
Employment Location
 Number
State with largest employment - Kansas88
State with 2nd largest employment - Missouri11
State with 3rd largest employment - Colorado5
Number employed in foreign countries1

See also profiles and statistics.


Bar Passage

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

Note: 2013 and 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  
Kansas82.0%82.7%
Missouri87.5%95.2%
Bar Passage Rates - First Time Takers (February 2014)
Jurisdiction  All 1st Time Takers  Washburn 1st Time Takers  
Kansas92.0%81.8%
Missouri85.4%77.7%
Bar Passage Rates - First Time Takers (July 2013)
Jurisdiction  All 1st Time Takers  Washburn 1st Time Takers  
Kansas86.0%83.6%
Missouri90.9%80.0%
Bar Passage Rates - First Time Takers (February 2013)
Jurisdiction  All 1st Time Takers  Washburn 1st Time Takers  
Kansas92.0%96.4%
Missouri88.3%70.0%
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
Kansas1048682.6988.57-5.88
Missouri171482.3592.11-9.76
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
Kansas857183.5389.31-5.78
Missouri9888.8993.37-4.48
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
Kansas908088.8990.00-1.11
Missouri131292.3190.242.07

Refunds

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 Success 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 Success 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.


Library Resources

For 25 years, the Washburn Law Library has been at the top of all law school libraries for new titles added, its extensive collection, and its innovative use of technology. 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 $1,036,730
Study seating capacity inside the library 405
# of full-time equivalent professional librarians 7
Hours per week library is open 101
Require computer? No
Has wireless network? Yes

Facilities

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)
20,967
Total 87,056