West Virginia University College of Law

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West Virginia University
College of Law
West Virginia University Seal.svg
Established 1878
Type Public
Dean Gregory Bowman [1]
Students 410
Location Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
Campus Urban
Website http://www.law.wvu.edu/

The West Virginia University College of Law is the professional school for the study of law at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. The law school was established in 1878 as the first professional school in the state of West Virginia. It remains the only law school in the state.

The law school is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is accredited by the American Bar Association.

Admissions[edit]

Class of 2016 Profile

For the Class of 2016, the College of Law enrolled 118 students with an average age of 25. The age range is 21 to 44; with 69% male and 31% female; 8.5% are minority students.

The average LSAT is 153 and average GPA is 3.47. There is no set minimum GPA or LSAT required for admission. The admissions committee considers the entire application to determine the applicant’s likelihood of success in law school.

Residents of West Virginia comprised 73% of the entering class with 27% non-resident. The mission of West Virginia University, as a state land-grant institution, is to educate students in this state. Therefore, residents of West Virginia receive preference in the admission process. No additional preference is given to WVU students.[2]

Rankings[edit]

  • Top 25 Law School for Corporate Leadership – independent research by Professor Robert Anderson, Pepperdine University[4]
  • #15 Best Law School for Public Interest Law – preLaw Magazine (2011)[5]

West Virginia Law Review[edit]

Founded in 1894, the West Virginia Law Review is the fourth oldest law review in the United States and publishes three issues each year. The West Virginia Law Review is a professional, student-governed legal journal that publishes articles of interest to legal scholars, students, legislators, and members of the practicing Bar. The publication, which includes notes, comments, and articles of scholarly and practical value to the legal community, is published by a student editorial board.[6]

Bar Passage Rates[edit]

The most common bar for a student out of West Virginia University College of Law is the West Virginia Bar Exam.

  • July 2013: WVU (79.30)
  • July & February 2012: WVU (76.92) State Avg. (81.57)
  • July & February 2011: WVU (78.95) State Avg. (82.88)
  • July & February 2010: WVU (72.82) State Avg. (76.44)[7][8]

Clinics[edit]

  • General Practice Law Clinic
  • Child & Family Law Clinic with Medical-Legal Partnership
  • Domestic Violence Law Clinic
  • Immigration Law Clinic
  • West Virginia Innocence Project Law Clinic
  • Taxpayer Advocacy Law Clinic
  • Veterans Assistance Project Law Clinic

Additional Clinics:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Law Clinic
  • Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Clinic
  • U.S. Supreme Court Law Clinic[9]

Employment[edit]

According to West Virginia University College of Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 56.9% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[10] West Virginia's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 16.9%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation.[11]

Cost[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at West Virginia University for the 2014-2015 academic year is $32,732 for WV residents, and is $49,022 for non-residents.[12] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $129,033 for WV residents, and is $191,600 for non-residents.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]

Graduates of the West Virginia University College of Law practice in 46 states in the nation, as well as every county of West Virginia.[1] The law school has many notable alumni, which include former governors, judges, businessmen, congressmen, and diplomats:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Expert in international trade law named dean of WVU College of Law". WVU Today (West Virginia University). 2015-04-30. Retrieved 2015-06-12. 
  2. ^ http://law.wvu.edu/admissions
  3. ^ http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/west-virginia-university-03168
  4. ^ "Legal pedigree from the courtroom to the boardroom". W I T N E S S E T H:. Retrieved 2015-06-07. 
  5. ^ http://law.wvu.edu/about/rankings
  6. ^ http://law.wvu.edu/student-life/wv-law-review
  7. ^ http://law.wvu.edu/r/download/178969
  8. ^ http://law.wvu.edu/admissions/why-wvu-law
  9. ^ http://law.wvu.edu/academics/practice-ready-skills/clinical-law
  10. ^ "ABA Required Disclosure". 
  11. ^ a b "West Virginia University Profile". 
  12. ^ "Cost of Attendance". 
  13. ^ "Carl George Bachmann". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "William W. Barron". West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Irene C. Berger". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "John T. Chambers". NNDB. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Robert Charles Chambers". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "William G. Conley". West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Joseph S. Farland". NNDB. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  20. ^ http://www.law.wvu.edu/faculty/full_time_faculty/john_w_fisher_ii
  21. ^ "John W. Fisher, II". West Virginia University. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  22. ^ "Mike Florio". The West Virginia Record. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  23. ^ "Gina Marie Groh". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Ulysses Jaen". AMSL. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  25. ^ "Jeffrey V. Kessler". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  26. ^ "Menis E. Ketchum". The West Virginia Judicial System. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  27. ^ "Robert Bruce King". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  28. ^ "Jon D. Levy". Maine Judicial Branch. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  29. ^ "William C. Marland". West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  30. ^ "Thomas E. McHugh". The West Virginia Judicial System. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  31. ^ "Alan Mollohan". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  32. ^ "Arch A. Moore, Jr.". West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  33. ^ "Robert C. Skaggs, Jr.". NNDB. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  34. ^ "Harley O. Staggers, Jr.". NNDB. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  35. ^ Stephanie Thacker

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