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    Email: lawcareer@wlu.edu
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    Office: Third Floor, Sydney Lewis Hall

    Why Recruit W&L Students?

    By recruiting at W&L Law, you will gain access to a network of exceptional law students and alumni with the education, experience and leadership skills to add value to your organization from day one.


    Curricular engagement is the expectation, not the exception at W&L Law. Learning in small classes and led by a teaching faculty consistently recognized for its instructional facility, students are active participants in their legal education. Consequently, our students are comfortable with the performance expectations inherent in successful legal practice, where lawyers are expected to be agile, dynamic thinkers.

    • Student-faculty ratio: 9.52:1
    • Small upper-level classes (average class size of 22)
    • Intensive first-year writing program taught by full-time, tenure-track faculty who regularly evaluate students’ work and discuss edits and improvements
    • Upper-level writing requirements require students to draft documents lawyers produce: from motions and memoranda to letters and contracts 

    Our most recent entering class, the Class of 2018, consists of 119 students and includes graduates from 83 different undergraduate institutions. Its members hail from 27 different states as well as the District of Columbia and six foreign countries.

    Detailed Profile of the Class of 2018 


    The third-year curriculum consists entirely of practice-based simulations, real-client experiences, and advanced explorations into legal ethics and professionalism. Along the way students make the transition from thinking like a law student to truly thinking like a lawyer. They learn to work in teams, to prioritize projects and meet multiple deadlines. And they continue to learn the law, but they do so the way practicing lawyers do, in the process of solving problems for their clients. Practice opportunities available to students during the third year span the range of legal practice areas, both litigation and transaction based.

    But they don’t do it alone. Our students receive instruction from some of the finest members of the bar and bench in addition to W&L’s stellar faculty. In this safe environment, they take their first steps, and make their first mistakes, as lawyers, so that when they get to you, our students are PREPARED TO PRACTICE.

    Practice opportunities available to students during the third year span the range of legal practice areas, both litigation-based and transaction-based. The result is an impressive list of work products:

    Client Memoranda   •   Complaints and Answers   •   Contract Negotiation   •   Injunction Motions   •   Requests for Admission  •  Copyright Registration   •   Claim Construction Motions   •   Corporate Financing Agreements   •   Twombly Motions   •   Change of Venue   •   Trial Strategy Outlines   •   Open and Closing Arguments   •   Confidentiality Agreements   •   Appellate Briefs   •   Asset Purchase Agreements   •   Motions in Limine   •   Premarital Agreement   •   Bankruptcy Pleadings   •   Legislative Resolutions   •   Direct and Cross Examination   •   Stock Purchase Agreements   •   Engagement Letters   •   Summary Judgment Motions   •   Deposition Summaries   •   Comments on Proposed Regulation  •  Corporate Merger Agreements  •  Regulatory Implementation Plans  •  Motions to Suppress  •  Executive Compensation and Employment Agreements   •   Mediation 

    To see summaries of the practicum courses offered to students during the third year, as well as feedback from employers and students, see the informative brochure.


    During their third year, students perform at least sixty-five hours of law-related service and often work in the public interest in their clinical or externship experiences. In addition, through the professionalism program during the third year, students investigate and discuss a variety of current issues confronting the legal professional including the legal economic model, ethical challenges and client management.


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