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West Virginia University College of Law
West Virginia University
College of Law
School typePublic
DeanGregory Bowman[1]
LocationMorgantown, West Virginia, U.S.
USNWR ranking100 (2020)[2]

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


For the Class of 2022, the College of Law enrolled 115 students with an average LSAT of 154 and an average GPA of 3.46/4.00. The average age is 25, with a range of 21 to 44; 53% are female; 8% self-identify as minority. Out-of-state residents comprise 43% of the Class fo 2022.


  • U.S. News & World Report listed WVU's full-time Juris Doctor program as 100th in the nation in 2019.[2]
  • #74 Best Law School for Environmental Law, # 76 in Health Care Law, #96 in Tax Law[2]
  • Top 25 Law School for Corporate Leadership - independent research by Professor Robert Anderson, Pepperdine University[3]
  • #31 Law School for Federal Clerkships -- independent research, ABA data (2018)[4]
  • #2 Law School for Greatest Community Impact --The National Jurist (2017)[4]
  • Top Law School for Public Interest Law (A) and Environment Law (A) -- preLaw Magazine (2019)[5]
  • Best Value Law School -- preLaw Magazine/The National Jurist (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)[5]

West Virginia Law Review

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

The most common bar exam for a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law is the Uniform Bar Exam. The passing UBE score in West Virginia is 270.

  • ABA Ultimate Bar Passage Rate - 2019: 85.57%
  • ABA Ultimate Bar Passage Rate - 2018: 88%
  • First-time Bar Passage Rate - 2017: 79.81%



  • General Practice Law Clinic[8]
  • Child & Family Law Clinic with Medical-Legal Partnership[9]
  • Immigration Law Clinic[10]
  • West Virginia Innocence Project Law Clinic[11]
  • Taxpayer Advocacy Law Clinic[12]
  • Veterans Assistance Project Law Clinic[13]
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation Law Clinic[14]
  • Land Use & Sustainable Development Law Clinic[15]
  • U.S. Supreme Court Law Clinic[16]


For the Class of 2018, the employment rate for full-time/long-term Bar Passage Required jobs is 66.3%. It is 7.1% for J.D. Advantage jobs. The employment rate for private practice jobs is 54.7%; for judicial clerkships it is 13%; and for jobs in public interest law, it is 11.9%. [17]


The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at West Virginia University for the 2019-2020 academic year is $39,598 for WV residents, and $56,118 for non-residents.[18] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $152,702 for WV residents, and is $206,968 for non-residents.[19]

Notable alumni

Graduates of the West Virginia University College of Law practice in 46 US states, as well as every county of West Virginia.[20] The school has many notable alumni, which include former governors, judges, businessmen, congressmen, and diplomats:


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  39. ^ "Robert Bruce King". Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 2013.
  40. ^ "Jon D. Levy". Maine Judicial Branch. Retrieved 2013.
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