Academic Overview
A Washington University School of Law education will introduce you to all facets of the law, while also empowering you to personalize your curriculum and further investigate your areas of interest. Our program is designed to educate well-rounded, thoughtful attorneys. You will be well-prepared to make a difference for your clients, with a solid foundation in the history of the law and the skills to respond to new challenges.
Our Academic Programs
Bankruptcy, Commercial and Consumer Law
The Washington University Law curriculum empowers students to navigate the intricacies of the contracts and protections that apply to modern consumers. Economics, finance, and the law come together in small classes taught by nationally respected professors.

Clinical Education Program
Our award-winning clinical program helps students connect with attorneys, judges, clients, and legislators to enrich their education and graduate with ample professional experience. With 9 clinics and 9 externships available around the world, students can spend a summer or a semester learning outside the classroom.

Corporate and Business Law
Learn how companies and consumers are protected and regulated in today’s complex economy, with classes in international business, contracts, and more. Students can further enrich their experiences through externships working on Wall Street or with the SEC.

Employment and Labor Law
Learn how to apply the laws that govern work and compensation with a combination of core curriculum and in-depth specialized courses, all taught by professors who are experts in their field. Put these lessons into practice through externships at the Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Intellectual Property and Technology Law
Learn how burgeoning new ideas can remain protected with patent and privacy law firsthand in St. Louis, a city nationally-known for its active startup scene.

International Program
WashULaw students become globally-conscious lawyers through opportunities abroad and on campus. The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute brings top scholars and attorneys from all over the world to campus.

Legal Practice and Legal Research
Strong writing and communication are the foundational skills of a successful lawyer. Legal Practice as a course teaches students to analyze and synthesize cases as they relate to a client’s situation.

Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
A good lawyer must be skilled at negotiation and conflict resolution. Our curriculum is highly committed to courses that address mediation theory and practice in the realm of family, business, entertainment, sports law, and more. An introductory class on the subject is required in the first year.

Washington University Law offers a wide variety of courses devoted to the intricate nuances of taxation, including Federal Income Taxation, Corporate Taxation, Pensions and Tax-Favored Savings, Taxation of Real Estate Transactions, and more. Students can also earn an JD/LLM in Taxation in 6 or 7 semesters of study.

Trial and Advocacy Program
Legal practice and research courses in the first year of study prepare students to work on real cases in local, state, and federal courts as upper-level students, teaching them to think like lawyers. Our Trial Team and numerous Appellate Moot Court Teams argue engaging and realistic cases against their peers, and consistently place in regional and national competitions.

JD Program Requirements
Students have the flexibility to choose their upper-level courses to fit individual interests and career goals. The JD degree requirements allow for a broad legal education, as well as opportunities to specialize.
Law School Scholarships and Financial Aid Available
Washington University School of Law is mindful of the significant cost of a law degree, and we are committed to providing you with an education well worth your investment. All students are considered for a variety of merit-based scholarships when applying, and most receive one. Once accepted, students maintain the scholarship they were awarded upon admission for a full three years of study regardless of academic performance.
Design Your Education
Clinical Education Courses
Externships outside of St. Louis – NY Financial Regulatory, Semester in Practice, Washington, DC Congressional & Administrative Law, among others
Student to faculty ratio
Clinics – Civil Justice, Interdisciplinary Environmental, IP & Non-profit, and more
LLM Programs
Trial Team & Moot Courts
Joint Degrees
Pursue joint degrees through Washington University’s Business, Engineering, Medical, Social Work Schools, and the College of Arts & Sciences
Centers & Institutes – Empirical Research, International Law, and Policy in Medicine & Law
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