Washington and Lee University School of Law

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The Washington and Lee University School of Law (also known as W&L Law) is a private American Bar Association-accredited law school located in Lexington in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. Facilities are currently on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Sydney Lewis Hall. W&L Law is known as one of the smallest top law schools in the country, with a total enrollment of approximately 400 students and a 9.52-to-1 student to faculty ratio.


The Lexington Law School, the precursor to W&L Law, was founded in 1849 by Judge John White Brockenbrough and is the 17th oldest law school in the United States. The Law School was not integrated into Washington and Lee University (then known as Washington College) until after the Civil War when Robert E. Lee was president of the university. In 1866, the School of Law was annexed to the university and known as the School of Law and Equity. In 1870, former Virginia Attorney General John Randolph Tucker was appointed to the faculty and later became Dean followed by his son Henry St. George Tucker, Sr. In 1900, the law school moved into the newly built Tucker Hall in memory of Dean Tucker. After significant periods of growth, the law school moved into new Tucker Hall after the original building was destroyed in a fire. After World War II, enrollment increased despite a period of low enrollment during the war. In 1950, the School of Law established its chapter of the Order of the......
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