In an article published in October called “10 Incredible Law Schools Outside the Ivy League,” College Gazette praised the Washburn University School of Law, located in Topeka.
The article noted that there are over 225 law schools in the US, many of which are placing students into both top 100 law firms as well as smaller companies that provide exceptional salary and benefits even for starting associates.
Here are some ways mentioned to determine which law schools are best:
- A law school should be ABA accredited – that means the Bar says its curriculum is good. There should also be a high percentage of students who pass the bar their 1sttime.
- Close, personalized interaction with professors.
- Financial opportunity; scholarships.
Here is what the article had to say about the Washburn’s School of Law:
“If I told you about a law school where a high percentage of the students passed the bar, would you think I am talking about one of the Ivy-League programs such as Dartmouth, Yale, or Harvard?
Sure, those schools have high bar pass rates.
But so does the Washburn University School of Law, truly one of the great hidden gem law schools throughout the US.
In both 2016 and 2017, National Jurist named students Jake Bielenberg and Joe Pilgrim, students of Washburn University’s School of Law, in their top 25 “Law School Students of the Year.” The distinction is given to students who have shown exemplary contribution and leadership outside the classroom.
The school’s accolades go further – Prelaw Magazine named Washburn University the 3rd best school in the country for Government law in 2018, as well as the 14th best school for Business, Banking, and Corporate Law in 2017.
Within 10 months of graduation, notably 70% of students achieved long-term, JD-requiring employment, which is well above the national average of 62%.”
Notable graduates of the Washburn University School of Law include Delano Lewis, former CEO of NPR, Senator Bob Dole and TV journalist Bill Kurtis.