Message from Dean Pratt, February 2020

Dear Washburn Law Community,

As we move further into the new year, I want to thank you for a successful 2019. Last year, we raised over $1.2 million for the new law school building and we raised over $3 million to support students, primarily with scholarships that reduce the amount of money students have to borrow to finance their legal education. Our alumni giving rate was 15%, which is five points higher than the national average, so I must say thank you for your generosity.

Photograph: Statute of Bob Dole on the Washburn University campus.This new year is off to a good start as well. We have received a gift of $1 million for the law school building campaign from a very generous donor in honor of Senator Bob Dole B.A. '52, J.D. '52. The gift will match dollar for dollar ALL new gifts to the law building, up to $1 million. The funds will help establish Dole Plaza, an outdoor gathering and entertaining space adjacent to the new law building at 21st and Washburn. We look forward to completion of the Dole Challenge in honor of one of Washburn Law's most distinguished alumni. This gift and the December announcement of our new $33 million budget and schematic re-design has already created a new momentum for the project, bringing us within just over $1 million of our new budget goal. If you can help us meet this challenge, please visit and click the "Donate" button.

In 2019, we were also successful in raising the overall profile of our entering first year class of students on both LSAT scores and undergraduate grade-point averages. We were also able to raise our bar pass rate. For the July 2019 administration of the Kansas bar, 90.2% of our graduates passed the bar.

Photograph: Washburn Law grads enjoying lunch during the bar exam.
Your Washburn Law Alumni Association supports recent
graduates by providing lunch for bar takers in Kansas
and Missouri during the bar examination.

Finally, we were able to improve the percentage of our graduates who were employed at graduation from 75% in 2018 to 83% in 2019. We are working hard to support our students and maintain this level of success, and we appreciate the support of our alumni in helping us achieve our goals.


Carla D. Pratt
Dean and Professor of Law
Washburn University School of Law

Photograph: Dean Carla D. Pratt.

Carla D. Pratt

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