Washburn University School of Law

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Washburn University School of Law
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Established 1903
School type Public
Dean Thomas J. Romig (Dean)
Location Topeka, Kansas, USA
Enrollment 297
Faculty 29
USNWR ranking 106[1]
Bar pass rate 93.8%[2]
Website www.washburnlaw.edu
ABA profile [2]

The Washburn University School of Law, commonly referred to as Washburn Law, is a public law school located on the main campus of Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. Washburn Law was founded in 1903.


The School of Law was founded in 1903 and opened in downtown Topeka in September of that year under the direction of Dean Ernest B. Conant, a Harvard Law School graduate. He was the only full-time professor, with 23 practicing lawyers serving as part-time faculty.[3]

In 1905, the Association of American Law Schools admitted Washburn Law into its ranks. The first African-American graduated from Washburn Law in 1910, and the first woman graduated from Washburn Law in 1912. The law school moved to the Washburn campus in 1918. In 1923, the American Bar Association included Washburn on its first list of accredited law schools. In 1951, Washburn Law alumni found themselves on both sides of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark civil rights case that would forever change the nation.[3]

Washburn Law implemented a summer study abroad program in 1968 and established a law clinic in 1970. A separate building, adjacent to the law school building, was constructed to house the law clinic in 1977.[3]

A $5.2 million expansion of the law library to accommodate its growing collection occurred in 1990.[3]

WashLaw, initiated in 1991 by the Washburn Law Library, is a legal research portal that provides users with links to law-related materials on the Internet.[3]

Certificate programs allowing students to select an area of concentration within the traditional law school curriculum were established in 1992. The Family Law Quarterly, a publication of the American Bar Association's Family Law Section was edited at Washburn Law from 1992 to 2016.[3]

The law school's more than 7,300 alumni live in 49 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries.[3]

Dual degree programs[edit]

  • Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Accountancy
  • Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work

Certificate programs[edit]

  • Advocacy
  • Business and Transactional Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Family Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • Law and Government
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Tax Law[4]

Centers and programs[edit]

  • Business and Transactional Law Center
  • Children and Family Law Center
  • Center for Excellence in Advocacy
  • Center for Law and Government
  • Center for Oil and Gas Law
  • Center for International and Comparative Law

The Washburn Law Clinic functions as an in-house general practice law firm, providing representation in practice concentration areas such as Children and Family Law, Criminal Defense, State Tribal Court Practice, Civil Litigation, Criminal Appellate Advocacy, and Small Business and Transactional Law. [5]


  • The Washburn Law Journal[6]
  • Washburn Lawyer[7]
  • Washburn Agricultural Law and Tax Report[8]


The first-year curriculum includes Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing, Civil Procedure, Contracts, Criminal Law, Torts, Constitutional Law, and Property Law. All entering students participate in the law school's academic support program designed to teach law students the law school learning strategies they need to succeed.[9]


According to Washburns's official 2015 ABA-required disclosures, 70.0% of the Class of 2015 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment ten months after graduation.[10] Washburns's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 22.5%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2015 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[11]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Washburn for the 2016-2017 academic year is $37,121 for residents of Kansas/Colorado/Missouri/Texas/Oklahoma/Nebraska and $42,791 for residents of other states not previously mentioned.[12] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $128,387 for residents of Kansas/Colorado/Missouri/Texas/Oklahoma/Nebraska and $170,812 for residents of other states not previously mentioned.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 39°02′08″N 95°42′19″W / 39.03556°N 95.70528°W / 39.03556; -95.70528