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Law School: William & Mary Law School 
Address: P.O. Box 8795 
  (overnight 613 S. Henry St., 23185) 
City: Williamsburg 
State, Zip: VA, 23187-8795 
Country: United States  
Phone: (757) 221-3800 

Administrator Name: Ramona J. Sein 
Administrator Title: Interim Associate Dean 
Phone: (757) 221-7686 
Fax: (757) 221-1611 

Registrar's Name: Associate Dean Lizbeth Jackson 
Phone No: (757) 221-3782 
Names & titles of key CSO staff: Rebecca W. Knowles, Assistant Dean for Career Services
Jennifer M. Thurston, Assistant Dean for Career Services
Judith A. Corello, Career Counselor
Amy Spencer-Westerkamp, Career Services Manager   
Carolyn Teclaw, Career Services Coordinator 

No. of hours required to graduate: 86 

No. of Full-time students 637 
No. of Evening students:
No. of Part-time students:
Total: 637 

'13-'14 Year 1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year Total
Men: 110  101  106  317 
Woman: 107  114  99  320 
Totals: 217  215  205  637 
Black (Men): 12  14  34 
Black (Women): 14  14  37 
Hispanics (Men):
Hispanics (Women):
American Indian/Alaskan (Men):
American Indian/Alaskan (Women):
Asian/Pacific Islander (Men): 12 
Asian/Pacific Islander (Women): 14 
Disabled (Men):
Disabled (Woman):
Openly GLBT (Men):
Openly GLBT (Woman):

Do you offer LL.M. degrees? Yes 
Is LL.M. grading system equivalent to JD system? No 
Do you offer joint degree programs? Yes 
NO. of LL.M. degrees awarded in previous year: 18 

Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other
American Legal System 28
Subjects Full-time Evening Part-time Other

Applications received: 5939 
Size of entering class: 217 
No. of undergraduate colleges represented: 136 
No. of states represented: 36 
In-state enrollment: 71 
Out-state enrollment: 146 
Foreign countries represented:

25% 50% 75%
Grade Point Average Full-time 3.46 3.73 3.82
Overall 3.46 3.73 3.82
Law School Admission Test


Full-time 161 165 167
Overall 161 165 167
In determining GPA and LSAT averages, are all students included? Yes 
  If "No", what percentage is not included?

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Semester Break: Begin Date:
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Clinical Courses/Program Enrollment Based on
Externships: Prior Approval from Externship Director
Criminal Litigation; Federal Government;
Judicial; Nonprofit Organization;
Private Practice/In-House Counsel;
State/Local Government; U.S. Attorney;
VA Attorney General: VA General Assembly
Special Education Advocacy; Veterans' Benefits; Open Registration for 2Ls, 3Ls
Innocence Project; Department of Defense Open Registration for 2Ls, 3Ls
Military Commissions Clinic; Elder Law Open Registration for 2Ls, 3Ls
(beginning 2012-2013) Open Registration for 2Ls, 3Ls
Domestic Violence; Federal Tax; Legal Aid Third-Year Practice
One week Institute of Special Education Advocacy in summer

Is Moot Court a required activity? No 
Please describe program, including when students participate, how board members are selected, etc.
Team members are selected based on an intra-school competition conducted by the Moot Court Board in the spring of the first year. The Board is selected by the previous year's Board.  2Ls and 3Ls compete in inter-school tournaments. Upper-level students can also participate in national trial level competitions, a client counseling competition, and a negotiation competition.

Journals No. of Students Grades Write-on Intv. Other
William and Mary Law Review 79 41 38 top 10%
William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal 70 all n/a
William & Mary Envir Law & Policy Review 69 all n/a
Wm & Mary Journal of Women & the Law 67 all n/a
William & Mary Business Law Review 59 all
Alternative Dispute Resolution Team
American Civil Liberties Union - W&M Chapter
American Constitution Society
Asian-American Law Students Association
Bill of Rights Institute Student Division
Black Law Students Association
Bone Marrow Drive Committee
Business Law Society
Children's Advocacy Law Society
Christian Legal Society
Criminal Law Society
De Vecino a Vecino
Election Law Society
Society of Environmental Law
Federalist Society
George Wythe Society
Honor Council
Human Security Law Society
I'Anson Hoffman American Inn of Court
J. Reuben Clark Law Society
Jewish Law Students Association
Labor & Employment Law Society
LGBT Equality Alliance
Military and Veterans Law Society
Moot Court Team
Multicultural Law Students Association
National Trial Team
Older Wiser Law Students (OWLS)
Outdoor Adventure Club
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Delta Phi
Public Service Fund
Sports & Entertainment Law Society
Student Bar Association
Student Intellectual Property Society
Student Legal Services
Students for Equality in Legal Education
Students for the Innocence Project

Letter Grades Other Grade System? Numerical Equivalents
       A+ 4.3
       A 4.0
       A- 3.7
       B+ 3.3
       B 3.0
       B- 2.7
       C+ 2.3
       C 2.0
       C- 1.7
       D 1.0
       F 0

MINIMUM GRADE REQUIRED TO ATTAIN (Based on May 2013 graduation class)
Top 10%:  
Top 25%:  
Top 33%:  
Top 50%:  
Top 75%:  

Median GPA:  
Minimum grade required for graduation: 2.0 
Do you have a pass/fail option? Yes
If "Yes", please describe: Clinical courses & Trial Ad are Pass/Fail;  Legal Skills is Honors/Pass/Fail.  Students may convert one graded elective course to P/F. 
Are students ranked in their class? Yes
If so, how often? Each semester after 1st year 
Will the school verify student grades? Yes
Please describe policy: The law school cannot verify grades or class rank without the student's consent. 

Name of Award No. Awarded Selection Process
American Bankruptcy Award 1 Student excelling in area of bankruptcy law
Book Awards 1 For highest grade in each eligible class
Dean's Certificate 20 Students exhibiting leadership in law school
Drapers' Scholar 1 For LLM study at University of London
Ewell Award 1 Shows lib. arts educ. thru actions/ academics
Family Law Book Award 1 For most promise for practice of family law
Gambrell Legal Skills Award 14 Top student in each Legal Skills firm
Hermann Prize 1 Most promise for use of technology in law
I'Anson Award 1 Scholarship, character & leadership
Kaufman & Canoles Writing Award 3 Best memoranda in Legal Skills
Kruchko & Fries Award 1 Performance in labor/employment courses
Nat'l Assn of Women Lawyers 1 Most dedicated to women's issues
Order of Barristers 8 Excellence in oral arguments
Order of the Coif 19 Top 10% of graduating class
Rachel Carson Award 1 Excellence in environmental law
Spong Alumni Award 1 Presented to top Gambrell winner
Thomas Jefferson Prize 1 Best published note in Bill of Rights Journal
Thurgood Marshall Award 1 Distinguished public service
Virginia Trial Lawyers Award 1 Best trial skills and integrity
Wayne Lee Book Award 1 Highest GPA first year
William Hamilton Prize 1 Top paper or grade in Legal History
Wythe Prize 1 Character, leadership & service to law school
  % of Class Receiving GPA Required # of Students
Order of the Coif: Top 10%
Summa cum laude: Top 3%
Magna cum laude: Top 10%
Cum laude: Top 25%
Other: n/a

Areas of practice (Include both legal and non-legal positions) % of employed students with jobs in area Employment locations % of students with known location who are in region
Private practice: 31.1  New England: 1.8 
Business and industry: 15.9  Middle Atlantic: 10.4 
Government: 15.9  East North Central: 2.5 
Judicial clerkship: 20.1  West North Central: 0.6 
Military: 7.9  South Atlantic: 71.8 
Public interest organization: 4.9  East South Central: 1.2 
Academic: 4.3  West South Central: 2.5 
Job category not identified: Mountain: 3.7 
Pacific: 3.1 
Non-US: 1.8 

  Jurisdictions: (states and/or metropolitan areas)
                      with the highest % of graduates from the most recent graduating class
Top Locations for Class of 2011: Virginia; Washington, DC; New York; Florida and Maryland (tied); Georgia; New Jersey, Texas, and Illinois (tied)

  Week invitations are sent to employers:
February 27 - March 2, 2012
  OCI requests accepted by:  
  Mail Beginning Date: 02/27/2012
  Phone beginning date: 02/27/2012
  Email beginning date: 02/27/2012 To Email:
  Online beginning date: 02/27/2012 URL:
Please specify any changes in OCI procedures or policies that will be in effect for the first time during Fall 2014 :
OCI date assignment procedure:
 First come first served   Random
 Early/Late Rotation   Out of state employer by geographic location
  OCI Fee?
$300 for firms and corporations w/ 50 or more attys in all offices for Fall OCI
  OCI date confirmation will be sent to employers:
within one week
  if requested our school will coordinate with:
Any Virginia school
  Describe required employer forms:
position description
OCI dates for August: -
OCI dates for Fall: 08/15/2012 - 10/19/2012
OCI dates for Spring: 01/14/2013 - 04/02/2012
  Flyback dates:

  Is video conferencing available?  Yes 
William & Mary offers interviews through Skype and videoconference technology. For more information, see "Other Notes" at the end of our listing.

  Are employers permitted to prescreen?  Yes 
  If "No", explain:

OCI drop date:
Date student materials sent to employer:
Date interview schedule sent to employer:
Postage/express mail fee?
Resume drop starts approximately 3 weeks before OCI; resumes sent at least 2.5 weeks before OCI; schedules will be available in Symplicity and sent by e-mail at least 2 business days before OCI.
Do you provide resume collection or direct mail option for employers not participating in OCI?  Yes 
  Are all OCI conducted in campus buildings?  Yes 
  If "No", describe alternatives and reservation procedure:

Please call us for details regarding any of our interview programs.

Texas Interview Program - Dallas, TX - August 13, 2012

Northeast Interview Program - New York, NY - August 3, 2012

Southern California Interview Program - Los Angeles, CA - August 31, 2012

New England Interview Program - Boston, MA - September 7, 2012

Government and Public Interest Interview Program - Richmond, VA - February 15, 2013

Spring Interview Program - Williamsburg, VA - March 2013

Our students are also invited to participate in interview programs sponsored by others each year in the following cities:

Concord, NH; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Washington, DC
  Diversity Interview Programs:
Our students are also invited to participate in diversity interview programs sponsored by others each year in the following cities:

Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Denver, CO
Houston, TX
Kansas City, MO
Los Angeles, CA
Miami, FL
Minneapolis, MN
Nashville, TN
New York, NY
Richmond, VA
San Francisco, CA
Seattle, WA
St. Louis, MO
Washington, DC
Wilmington, DE

  Will you send, upon request, one package containing resumes/transcripts?  Yes 
  Will you post a notice directing students to apply directly to employer?  Yes 

If you provide job listings for graduates, describe how to send notice, when employers can expect responses, length of time notice is posted (whether in print or online), etc.;
William & Mary posts job listings for students and graduates online at no charge to employers.  We request a position description and application instructions. To list your positions, contact us by phone, e-mail, fax, at, or register for a William & Mary Law School Symplicity account at

Describe any special regulations pertaining to the recruitment of first year students that are in addition to the NALP guidelines. For example, are first year students eligible for spring OCI? When are job notices posted during second semester?
We subscribe to the NALP Principles and Standards for recruiting of first-year students.  We will post job notices for first-years starting in November, and they may begin contacting employers December 1. On-campus interviews for first-year students begin in early February.

We participate in recruitment conferences whose organizers abide by our non-discrimination policy. In addition, we work closely with William & Mary's diversity/minority student organizations and with individual students.

- Spring Break Service Trips: William & Mary law students volunteer during Spring Break, providing legal services, manual labor and community organization skills.
- Street Law: William & Mary law students, serving on teams with lawyers from the international law firm Hunton & Williams, teach diverse and disadvantaged high school students in Richmond, Virginia, about substantive areas of law, the legal profession, and legal career pathways.
- Student Legal Services: Law students assist and provide referrals for members of the William & Mary community in a variety of legal matters.
- Students for the Innocence Project: Assisting the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project's efforts to exonerate wrongly-convicted inmates, students participate in investigation and research of claims of actual innocence.
- William & Mary School of Law's Community Service Program: Students who provide at least 35 hours of community and/or pro bono service during the academic year are recognized at graduation.
- William & Mary School of Law's Public Service Fellowships: Students and recent graduates are awarded fellowships to assist civil legal services offices; public defenders; prosecutors; federal, state, and local government agencies; 501(c)(3) organizations; non-U.S. nonprofit organizations with a public service mission; legislative offices; and judges and courts.
- William & Mary School of Law's Loan Repayment Assistance Program: Graduates working for government agencies or 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 annually in loan forgiveness for a maximum of three years.

See Other Notes at end of our listing for other pro bono programs.

William and Mary does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex/gender, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, political belief, disability, veteran status, age, or any other category protected by the Commonwealth or by federal law. The College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer and actively encourages applications from minorities, women, disabled persons and veterans.

In fulfillment of this policy and by using the services or facilities of William & Mary Law School's Office of Career Services, employers acknowledge that their recruiting and employment practices are consistent with this policy.

An Invitation to Recruit William & Mary Law Students

Hiring attorneys is one of the most important investments you make. We invite you to take a close look at our law students and graduates. Their skill level, professionalism, and enthusiasm for the law will impress you.

William & Mary lawyers begin their legal education with distinguished credentials.  They gain practical, hand-on experience in an innovative, three-semester Legal Skills Program, and enhance their academic and professional backgrounds by completing externships in actual legal settings.  

Our students don't wait until they pass the bar to learn how to practice law. Their lives as lawyers begin, literally, the first day of class. Our award-winning Legal Skills Program is a required, comprehensive course that prepares students to practice law through simulated client representation and classroom instruction. Each student joins an approximately 16-member law office led by a senior partner drawn from the faculty and practicing attorneys. Within the law office and in the context of specific cases, students conduct research, counsel clients and interview witnesses, draft a full range of legal documents, and handle pretrial, trial, and appellate work.

How will a William & Mary graduate fare in practice? Ask our Legal Skills faculty. They work closely with each student on an almost daily throughout the Legal Skills Program.  They are in a position to give a comprehensive evaluation of each student's research, writing, and client relations abilities, skills in negotiation, litigation, and appellate advocacy, ability to manage multiple responsibilities and filing deadlines, and competence in recognizing and responding to ethical issues.

Students also gain practical skills through William & Mary's externship and clinical programs, where they earn credit for work in real-life settings. During semester-long placements, students perform externships with law firms, prosecutors, public defenders, courts, government agencies, civil legal services offices, corporations, and private non-profit organizations.  Students participating in our semester-long clinics represent indigent people in a variety of civil matters; low income Virginia taxpayers before the IRS, U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court; victims of domestic violence in obtaining protection, and the legal issues that arise as a result of such violence; inmates claiming innocence and appealing their convictions; pro se, court appointed, and public defender clients in appellate litigation; children with special needs and their families in special education matters; and military veterans in the filing, adjudication, and appeal of their disability claims with the Veterans Administration.  This exposure to the practice of law through externships and clinics equips students to handle projects involving a broad range of substantive and procedural law and to assist in the actual representation of clients.
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS (continued from page 2)

Virginia Bar Association - W&M Chapter
W&M Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
William & Mary Mediation Society
William & Mary Northeast Legal Society
William & Mary Women's Law Society
Health Law Association
International Law Society
Law Capella
Law Revue
Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Lawyers Helping Lawyers
Volunteer Service Corps
William & Mary Transactional Team


Each year, an increasing number of employers conduct initial screening interviews with our students through Skype and videoconference technology. These remote interviews parallel traditional on-campus interviews in every way, except that employers interview from the comfort and convenience of their offices. After these screening interviews, employers use their normal callback procedures and have extended offers which have been accepted.

For additional information or to schedule Skype and videoconference interviews, please contact the Career Services Manager.


- Williamsburg Community Legal Clinics:  Partnering with volunteers from the Williamsburg Bar Association and the Community Action Agency, students help low-income clients with various legal matters.
- Wills for Seniors: Students work with attorneys from the law firm of Williams Mullen to conduct intake interviews and help draft, execute, and witness wills for clients referred by the Peninsula Agency on Aging.

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