Legal Writing Program Again Ranked as One of Best in Nation

Washburn University School of Law's Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program is ranked 11th among all law schools in the U.S. News and World Report's 2014 Best Graduate Schools ranking. The LARW program at Washburn Law is the only law school specialty program in Kansas and the Kansas City metro area to receive a national ranking for 2014.

Highlights of the Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program at Washburn Law include:

  • Focus on preparing students for the actual practice of law
  • Professors dedicated to legal writing as primary field
  • Foundation in legal reasoning, research, and oral advocacy

From its inception, the strength of Washburn Law's LARW program has been its commitment by faculty to provide integrated skills education essential in producing competent, practice-ready graduates committed to serving their clients, the legal profession and society at large. Our full-time LARW professors co-direct the first-year program and are members of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD) and the Legal Writing Institute (LWI). As experts in their field, LARW faculty members have shared their teaching expertise with peers at the Free University of Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia and with visiting Chilean law professors.

Washburn Law legal writing professors regularly teach a seminar session in the Washburn Law Clinic, helping students to make a smooth transition between classroom and practice, and our legal writing students regularly observe oral arguments before state and federal appellate courts.

In addition to the U.S. News and World Report ranking, Washburn Law has received a number of accolades within the past year:

  • A Top Law School for Government Jobs
    Washburn Law is one of 20 out of all 200 law schools recognized by National Jurist as a "Top Law School for Government Jobs."
  • Top Law School Library
    Washburn Law was named a top law library, ranked at #19, in the National Jurist's list of Great Law Libraries.
  • An Outstanding Law School
    Washburn Law is one of the nation's most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education service company features the school in the 2012 edition of its book, The Best 167 Law Schools.

Photograph: Travis Pfannenstiel."The most beneficial skill I developed in my first year of law school has been my ability to research and analyze legal issues. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to Washburn's legal writing program and my legal writing professor specifically. I am convinced that they were right when they said research and writing skills are the most important part of practicing law."
-- Travis Pfannenstiel, law student