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By the Numbers

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Located in the capital city of Kansas, Washburn University School of Law is a public law school conveniently situated in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Washburn Law's impact extends far beyond the state's borders.

Government Law Ranking

Washburn Law named #7 school in the nation for government law by preLaw magazine, Winter 2020.

3Graphic: the number three. Academic Programs

6 Centers for Excellence

10 Certificate Programs

5 Tuition Waiver States

Residents of the following states are eligible for in-state tuition:Graphic: Shows nearby states that qualify for in-state tuition-- Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Missouri.

  • Colorado
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Oklahoma
  • Texas

Active duty and veteran military are also eligible for in-state tuition.

Law Clinic and Skills-Based Learning

Clinic students help real clients with:

Other skills-based learning includes:

4  Dual Degrees

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Student-to-Faculty Ratio
Calculation is based on FTE teaching resources.

30+Student Organizations

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Student Organizations

Students participate through various organizations in volunteer, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

  • Barrister's Ball donated nearly $8,000 to CASA of Shawnee County in 2020.
  • Children and Family Law Center students worked on a Habitat for Humanity build.
  • Washburn Law Democrats donated the proceeds from their annual Blue Tie Soiree to the Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy, in Topeka.

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Recent Recognition
Graphic: Military Friendly logo.

Washburn University designated 2020-2021 Military Friendly® Gold and Spouse school by Victory Media.

Graphic: preLaw magazine 2021 Top Tax Law School.
Graphic: preLaw magazine 2021 Top Advocacy/Litigation Law School.
Graphic: preLaw magazine 2020 Public Service: Government Law School.

#1 in Kansas for "gold standard" full-time long-term bar required and J.D. Advantage employment, ABA 2017.

Photograph: Jennifer Salva, recognized by The National Jurist in 2019 as one of the top law students in the United States.

Jennifer Salva was recognized in 2019 as one of the top law students of the year by The National Jurist.

Jacob Bielenberg (2017) and Robert "Joe" Pilgrim (2016) have also been recognized by The National Jurist, 2017.

Graphic: U.S. News and World Report number 15 ranking for legal writing in 2018.
Graphic: Cover of National Jurist "Best Schools for Practical Training" issue.

National Jurist recognition for Best Schools for Practical Training in 2014 (top 36 in nation and best in region), 2015, and 2017.

Class Starts
Washburn Law Alumni
  • 2 U.S. Court of Appeals Judges
  • 11 Kansas Supreme Court Justices
  • 16 Kansas Court of Appeals Judges
  • Represented Kansas in Congress in all but four terms since 1919, including Senator Robert Dole, '52
  • More than 7,400 current alumni
  • Attorneys in 103 of 105 Kansas counties, in 49 states, and 17 foreign countries and U.S. territories
International Opportunities

  • Summer Study Abroad Program in Barbados
    Opportunity to understand legal systems more fully through comparative study of the Caribbean system.
  • Study Abroad Program at Osaka University Law Schools (Japan).
  • Maastricht Independent Study Abroad Program
    Enroll in one semester or one year of international law and comparative law courses.
  • Study Abroad Programs in Germany, Granada (Spain), London, and The Hague through partner schools.
  • Georgia: Promoting Rule of Law in Georgia – students have collaborated with students from Free University, Tbilisi, Georgia, on amicus briefs submitted to the Constitutional Court of Georgia, and have helped in many other ways to develop legal education in that country.
No Application Fee
Graphic: No application fee to apply to Washburn Law!