Recent Accomplishments

Top Law School for Government Jobs

Washburn University School of Law is one of 20 out of all 200 law schools recognized by National Jurist as "Top Law Schools for Government Jobs." Washburn Law was also among the top 20 law schools in the country for the percent of graduates employed as prosecutors and public defenders.

A January 23, 2012 editorial in the Topeka Capital-Journal touts this recognition as bringing "national attention to Washburn University and Topeka and shouldn't go unmentioned."

"Nearly one quarter of Washburn Law graduates pursue careers in government immediately following graduation," said Dean Thomas J. Romig. "This fact spurred the development of our Center for Law and Government, which was launched in 2008 as a way to better prepare Washburn law students with expanded opportunities for public service."

"Our goal was to identify the law schools that have a proven track record of producing graduates for the different segments of public service," said Jack Crittenden, Editor In Chief of National Jurist. "Other rankings may focus on prestige. This study focuses on results."

National Jurist recognized 20 law schools that excel in preparing students for service in government. The complete lists were published in the January issue of National Jurist and the Winter issue of preLaw magazine.

Great Law Libraries

Washburn Law was ranked 19th on list of Great Law Libraries by National Jurist, November 2012 edition.

Outstanding Law School

Washburn Law is one of the nation's most outstanding law schools, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features the school in the new 2012 edition of its book, The Best 167 Law Schools.

Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP-Publisher, commented on the selection process. "We recommend Washburn Law to readers of our book and users of our website as one of the best institutions they could attend to earn a law degree. We chose the 167 law schools for this book based on our high opinion of their academic programs and offerings, as well as our review of institutional data we collect from the schools. We also strongly consider the candid opinions of students attending the schools who rate and report on their campus experiences at their schools on our student survey for the book."

The Best 167 Law Schools: 2012 Edition includes two-page profiles of the schools with write-ups on their academics, student life and admissions, plus ratings for their academics, selectivity and career placement.

The Princeton Review does not rank the law schools in the book on a single hierarchical list from 1 to 167, or name one law school best overall.

U.S. News and World Report Rankings

U.S. News and World Report Rankings Table
Year Overall Ranking Legal Writing Ranking
2014 140 11th
2013 129  
2012 140 13th
2011 3rd Tier 17th

Legal Writing Program Ranking

Our Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Program is consistently recognized as a top program by U.S. News and World Report, listed as 11th in the nation in the 2014 edition. We are one of only a few law schools in the country with full-time, tenured and tenure-track legal writing faculty who are involved in service and scholarship in the national legal writing community.

Best Value

Washburn University School of Law was named a "Best Value" by National Jurist's sister publication preLaw magazine, in its Fall 2011 issue. preLaw recognized 60 schools that offer an affordable education with great job prospects and bar pass rates.