Liberty University School of Law

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Liberty University School of Law
Liberty University School of Law.png
Coat of arms of the school
Motto Ad Fontes
Parent school Liberty University
Established 2004
School type Private
Dean Keith Faulkner
Location Lynchburg, Virginia, USA
37°21′20″N 79°10′24″W / 37.35556°N 79.17333°W / 37.35556; -79.17333Coordinates: 37°21′20″N 79°10′24″W / 37.35556°N 79.17333°W / 37.35556; -79.17333
Enrollment 173
Bar pass rate 89.66
Website http://www.liberty.edu/law/
ABA profile ABA Profile
Liberty University School of Law logo.png

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."[1] The School of Law offers the following degrees in law: J.D., L.L.M., and J.M.[2]

History[edit]

The Liberty University School of Law was founded in 2004 as a division of Liberty University, an Evangelical school. Liberty University School of Law received provision accreditation in 2006 and became fully accredited by the American Bar Association in 2010.[3]

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. In 2015, Keith Faulkner assumed the deanship at Liberty University School of Law.[4] Faulkner had previously served as the dean of the Campbell University Lundy-Fetterman School of Business.[4]

Buildings and campus[edit]

The School of Law is located in the Green Hall 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.[5] The School of Law's Supreme Courtroom contains an exact replica of the Supreme Court of the United States's judge bench.[6][7]

Tuition and financial aid[edit]

Tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $29,994, with estimated costs and fees totaling an additional $19,108.[8] The Law School Transparency estimated the debt-financed cost of attendance for three years, based on data from the 2015-2016 academic year, is $182,400.[9] In 2016 the U.S. News & World Report ranked Liberty as one of the private law schools that award the most financial aid, providing a median grant of $19,500.[10]

Statistics and rankings[edit]

Student and faculty[edit]

The student to faculty ratio is 8 to 1, and it has 20 full and part-time faculty.[11] As of the Class of 2019, there are 64 full-time students and no part-time students in the 1L class.[12] For incoming students, the median LSAT score is 152 and the median GPA is 3.43.[12] Minorities make up 20% of the class and women 42%.[12] The number of states represented were 40 and 11 foreign countries were represented in the Class of 2019.[12]

Bar Exam passage rates[edit]

In July 2015 and July 2016, the School of Law had first-time passage rates on the Virginia Bar Exam of 93% and 89% respectively.[13] These rates placed them first in 2015 and second in 2016 among the eight law schools in Virginia. The school has also seen recent bar exam success in other states, such as North Carolina.[14]

First-time Takers Bar Exam Pass Rates for Liberty University School of Law[15]
Month Year Liberty University's Bar Passage Rate All Bar Exam Applicants Passage Rate Rank in State
July 2016 89.66% 77.79% 2nd
February 2016 50.00% 65.44% 7th
July 2015 93.33% 75.62% 1st
February 2015 60.00% 67.13% 7th
July 2014 50.00% 72.86% 7th
February 2014 60.00% 69.96% 6th
July 2013 63.89% 79.54% 7th
February 2013 100.00% 65.71% 1st*
*Tied for first with University of Virginia School of Law.

School rankings[edit]

The School of Law's ranking given by the U.S. News & World Report is not published,[16] indicating that it is in the bottom 25% of ranked law schools. Startclass provides it with a smart rank of 169 out of the 207 schools it calculates rankings for.[17] Above the Law (website) has named Liberty University's law school as one of the top five most popular schools in the nation, along with Yale Law School, BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School, and Harvard Law School.[18] In 2015 National Jurist ranked the school as one of the best schools for public service careers in the area of defender/prosecutor training beside schools such as Washington College of Law, Florida State School of Law, and UC Davis School of Law.[19]

Employment[edit]

According to Liberty University's official, ABA-required disclosures, 54% of the Class of 2015 obtained full-time, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[20] Liberty's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 27.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2014 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[21] "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."[22]

ABA Employment Summary for 2015 Graduates[23]
Employment Status Percentage
Employed - Bar Passage Required
54.10%
Employed - J.D. Advantage
1.64%
Employed - Professional Position
8.20%
Employed - Non-Professional Position
1.64%
Employed - Law School/University Funded Position
1.64%
Employed - Undeterminable
0.0%
Pursuing Graduate Degree Full Time
0.0%
Unemployed - Start Date Deferred
1.64%
Unemployed - Not Seeking
0.0%
Unemployed - Seeking
26.23%
Employment Status Unknown
4.92%
Total of 61 Graduates

Partnerships[edit]

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.[24]

The School of Law also partners with the Bedford Commonwealth Attorney's Office for The Prosecution Clinic in order to expose students to prosecution experience.[25]

Notable people[edit]

Alumni[edit]

Faculty[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Law School | Liberty University School of Law". Law.liberty.edu. 2003-07-08. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Liberty Law to Offer an Online LL.M. and Two Other Online Masters Programs in Law". Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  3. ^ "School of Law awarded full accreditation approval by the ABA | Liberty University". www.liberty.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Campbell Business Dean named Liberty Law School Dean - Campbell University". www.campbell.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Campus Facilities | Liberty University School of Law". Law.liberty.edu. 2003-07-08. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  6. ^ Martin, Laira (Fall 2015). "Top moot courtrooms". National Jurist. 
  7. ^ "Law Schools Supreme Courtroom Reflects Supreme Vision | School of Law OLD". www.liberty.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Tuition and Fees | Liberty University School of Law". Liberty.edu. 2003-07-08. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  9. ^ "Liberty University Profile". 1stscorereports.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  10. ^ "Which private law schools award the most financial aid?". grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. Retrieved 2016-10-25. 
  11. ^ "How Does Liberty University School of Law Rank Among America's Best Law Schools?". grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  12. ^ a b c d "Class Profile - 2019 | Liberty University School of Law". www.liberty.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  13. ^ itembridge.com. "VBBE - Exam - Statistics". barexam.virginia.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  14. ^ "Law grads hit 100 percent first-time pass rate on North Carolina Bar Exam | School of Law OLD". www.liberty.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  15. ^ itembridge.com. "VBBE - Exam - Statistics". barexam.virginia.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  16. ^ Liberty University. "Liberty University | Best Law School | US News". Grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  17. ^ "Liberty U School of Law". law-schools.startclass.com. Retrieved 2016-10-22. 
  18. ^ Lat, David. "More Law School Rankings: The Top Ten Most Popular Schools". Above the Law. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  19. ^ "Best schools for public service careers | the National Jurist". www.nationaljurist.com. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  20. ^ "Employment Summary for 2015Graduates" (PDF). Liberty.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  21. ^ "Liberty University Profile". 1stscorereports.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  22. ^ "Liberty University School of Law Reports High Number of Graduates in Judicial Clerkships". Prweb.com. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  23. ^ "Employment Summary for 2015Graduates" (PDF). Liberty.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  24. ^ "About the Center for Constitutional Litigation and Policy". Lc.org. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  25. ^ "News Articles | Liberty University School of Law". Law.liberty.edu. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2015-04-16. 
  26. ^ "State Rep. Matt Krause, District 93 (R-Fort Worth)". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Phill Kline is indefinitely suspended from practicing law". kansascity. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  28. ^ "Biography: Spinden, Paul M. | Liberty University School of Law". www.liberty.edu. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 

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