Liberty University School of Law
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (May 2012)|
|Liberty University School of Law|
|Type||Private ABA-Accredited School of Law|
|Dean||Mathew D. Staver|
|Location||Lynchburg, VA, USA
|Campus||Small city setting|
|Colors||Red, White, & Navy Blue|
The Liberty University School of Law is the law school of Liberty University, a private Evangelical Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia. According to its website, "Liberty University School of Law is a law school committed to academic and professional excellence in the context of the Christian intellectual tradition. We are a law school where what is taught comports with history, objective reality, morality, and common sense. We seek to produce highly skilled practitioners of law who are capable of making positive contributions to their respective legal bars and communities."
The Liberty University School of Law was founded in 2004 as a division of Liberty University, an Evangelical school. The original dean was Bruce W. Green, who was responsible for guiding the school in obtaining Liberty's provisional accreditation by the American Bar Association in February 2006. Green resigned in May 2006 at which time Mathew D. Staver assumed the position. Liberty University School of Law became fully accredited by the American Bar Association in 2010.
Buildings and Campus
The School of Law is located in the North Campus facility on Liberty's campus, and consists of 116,000 square feet (10,800 m2), all of which is located on one level. 34,000 square feet (3,200 m2) of that space is dedicated to Ehrhorn Law Library. The campus also houses the offices of the Liberty Counsel.
Tuition and Financial Aid
Tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $30,396, with estimated costs and fees totaling an additional $18,282. The National Jurist in 2008 ranked Liberty third of all United States law schools in student financial aid. Its tuition then was $24,000 and it awarded a median scholarship of $22,000.
Student and Faculty
The student to faculty ratio is 13.4 to 1, and it has 28 full and part-time faculty. As of 2012, there are 58 full-time students and no part-time students. For incoming students, the median LSAT score is 151 and the median GPA is 3.255. Of the 2010 graduates, 24.6 percent were employed at graduation (which is a "low" ranking for U.S. News & World Report), and 79.2% were employed within nine months. "U.S. News & World Report has recognized the School of Law as being in the top 17 percent of all law schools for placing graduates as law clerks for federal courts."
Statistics and Rankings
In 2007, the School of Law announced an 89% Virginia Bar Exam passage rate from its first graduating class. The bar passage rate exceeded the state average of 72%. In 2008, the School of Law announced a 94.4% first time passage rate on the Virginia Bar Exam, second only to the University of Virginia. In 2011, the School of Law achieved a 100% passage rate on the Virginia Bar Exam for the February exam, though only achieving a 47.83% passage rate for the July exam. The School of Law's most recent pass rate was significantly higher, at 64.29% for overall takers, though nearly 11 percentage points below the state average. Despite the historically high passage rates, the School of Law's ranking given by the U.S. News & Word Report is not published, indicating that it is in the bottom 25% of ranked law schools. Additionally, Liberty University School of Law has reported to National Jurist a 63.40% post-graduation employment rate and a bar exam passage rate of 71.97%.
The School of Law has two partnerships with the Liberty Counsel:
- The Liberty Center for Law and Policy is a joint partnership between the School of Law and the Liberty Counsel. It provides information, research, and expertise to affect legislation and public policy at the local, state, and national level.
- The Center for Constitutional Litigation Clinic.
- Dybis, Karen (October 2008). "Which Law Schools Give Away the Most Money?". The National Jurist. pp. 22–25. Retrieved 2009-08-11.