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2012 - 2013 Graduate Catalog 
2012 - 2013 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Law: At a Glance

Get to know America's first law school.

William & Mary Law School is one of five graduate and professional schools at the College of William & Mary.


  • The College of William & Mary is the second oldest college in the United States, founded in 1693.
  • The College of William & Mary was the first to offer professional education in law (1779).
  • Three early American presidents—Jefferson, Monroe and Tyler—were educated at the College of William & Mary. Jefferson, Monroe, Henry Clay and Chief Justice John Marshall studied law with George Wythe. Wythe became William & Mary's – and the nation's – first professor of law in 1779.
  • William & Mary Law School is historically known as the Marshall-Wythe School of Law and has been accredited by the ABA since 1932.

Enrollment (2012-13)

  • 653 students
  • From 42 states, the District of Columbia, and 5 countries
  • Male/Female ratio: 50%/50%
  • Minority students: 23%
  • Hold baccalaureate degrees from 257 colleges and universities

Admissions Profile: Class of 2015

  • 196 students enrolled from 5,573 applicants
  • Acceptance rate: 32%
  • From 33 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, and Liberia
  • Male/Female ratio: 52%/48%
  • Minority students: 20%
  • Hold baccalaureate degrees from 116 colleges and universities
  • Median LSAT: 164 (75th/25th: 166/161)
  • Median undergraduate GPA: 3.74 on a 4.0 scale (75th/25th: 3.84/3.45)
  • Average age: 23.5
  • Age range: 20 to 39
  • Advanced degrees: 6%
  • In addition to the J.D. Class of 2015, 27 students are LL.M. candidates. They hail from China, India, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, and the United States. 

Degrees Awarded

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.): full-time, three-year program
  • LL.M. in the American Legal System: full-time, two-semester program for lawyers trained outside the United States
  • Joint degrees: J.D. - M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration), J.D. - M.P.P. (Master of Public Policy) or J.D. - M.A. (Master of Arts in American Studies)

Institutes and Programs


  • Distinguished scholars in numerous fields including criminal law, environmental law, constitutional law, human rights, antitrust, legal ethics, intellectual property, international law, and post-conflict justice
  • Our full-time faculty number 36. They are joined by 73 adjunct professors, who are practicing attorneys specializing in the area of law for which they are hired to teach.


  • The McGlothlin Courtroom is the most technologically advanced in the United States
  • The Wolf Law Library: Completed in 2007, the  library has a collection of more than 400,000 volumes, vast electronic resources and was designed with students in mind. Features abundant seating, two reading rooms, 12 group study rooms, and wireless Internet access on all three floors.
  • Furnished, air-conditioned, on-campus graduate apartments with full kitchens.

Costs (2013-14)

  • Tuition and fees (Virginia residents): $29,000
  • Tuition and fees (nonresidents): $38,000

Financial Aid (2012-13)

  • Scholarship and fellowship recipients: 69% of the student body
  • Total scholarship and fellowship value: $6.2 million
  • Military and Veterans: The Commonwealth of Virginia has a number of educational benefits and resources available  to help active duty members of the military, veterans, and their families.  For more information, please visit the website of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).  Applicants to William & Mary Law School may also contact Kacie McClain, William & Mary's Veterans Benefits Officer ( for more information.