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Law (J.D.)

The WVU College of Law provides students a unique opportunity to attend a small public law school within a nationally recognized research university. Here you can join diverse students from around the globe who come together in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia to experience public legal education with the intimacy of a fine private law school. Small class sizes and an excellent faculty-student ratio tell part of the story, but not all.

What makes the WVU College of Law experience different is the commitment of the faculty, staff and students to an excellent, inclusive, exciting and supportive educational community in which each student can pursue an individual vision of success in the legal profession.

As the only law school in the state, WVU Law provides students with unparalleled networking opportunities and exclusive access to the legal community.

With a focus on justice, ethics and professionalism, WVU Law offers premier law degree and joint degree programs, and practice-ready experiences through law clinics and externships, guided by professors who are accomplished attorneys and distinguished legal scholars.

Our vibrant culture of excellence fosters diversity and respect, ensuring a balanced and supportive academic community within one of the nation’s leading public research universities.

WVU Law prepares top lawyers and dedicated leaders for careers that span public service, private practice, government and business.

Career Profile

WVU Law’s combination of classroom and clinical experiences ensures solid preparation for future careers. Our career services programs are dedicated to successful employment outcomes and helping students find satisfying employment after graduation. Our strong career support enhances our quality law programs, resulting in our students’ success in finding jobs. For more information visit the WVU Law Meredith Career Services Center.

Program Application Requirements

Statement of Purpose, 2 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Additional Application Information

The following are the essential requirements to apply:

• A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution

• Completion of the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT)

• Application for admission/Credential Assembly Service (CAS) report

A complete application for admission at the WVU College of Law includes:

• An application (available through LSAC)

A personal statement

• Your Credential Assembly Service (CAS) law school report, which must include your two letters of recommendation, score from the LSAT exam, and official transcripts from your undergraduate institution(s).

Start your application process at LSAC. After you apply to WVU Law, you will be able to monitor your status online and even see your decision online.

5904 — WVU Law LSAC code

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

March 1

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Founded in 1878 and ABA accredited since 1923, West Virginia University College of Law is an affordable and nationally recognized top-ranked law school. WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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