Overview

Applicants
2,028
Acceptance Rate
53%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.58
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
179

Test Scores

LSAT
157 - 163

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
No

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
Yes

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information


Students Say

Wake Forest provides a top-notch legal education to aspiring lawyers who are prepared to work extremely hard. Classes “are incredibly difficult” and “the curriculum [has a greater number of requirements] than your average law school.” While that might cause a few students to complain, most readily acknowledge that this “makes you much more prepared for the bar and practice.” Additionally, Wake’s relatively small size certainly comes with some advantages and disadvantages. As a knowledgeable third-year explains, “Class selection can be somewhat limited. Some classes are only offered every other year, and so a 2L will need to plan ahead for two years, in some instances, in order to ensure he gets a specific course. On the other hand, the small size contributes to a familial setting that I have always found to be one of the school's strongest points.”
Students at Wake also agree that professor accessibility is a boon to their education. Indeed, the faculty makes a concerted effort to “actually know your name and get to know you outside the classroom setting, which makes an exceptional academic experience.” Moreover, their “doors are always open” and they frequently “welcome students…[into] their office to discuss course material or career advice.” It’s truly evident that professors at Wake genuinely “care about your education and want you to understand the material.” A thrilled third-year eagerly adds, “All [faculty] members have a true love of teaching (as opposed to research) and their passion shows. I am not exaggerating when I say that most professors are accessible the entire week and most weekends. They will literally bend over backwards to help a student.”
Perhaps not surprisingly, this openness and accessibility extends to the “very friendly and personable” administration as well. As an impressed second-year tells us, “A few of the deans know all of the students by name, which makes the school feel like a big family.” Students also appreciate that they “don't dodge tough questions when it comes to policy decisions.” Or, as one happy second-year simply sums up, “The administration at Wake Forest is run like a well-oiled machine.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
92%
Median Starting Salary
$70,000
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
91%
% of job accepting graduates providing useable salary information
58%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
105

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
For a representative list see the Office of Career and Professional Development's website at www.law.wfu.edu

Graduates Employed by Area

9%
Judicial Clerkships

Graduates Employed by Region

6%
Mid-Atlantic
4%
New England
3%
MidWest

Prominent Alumni

George Holding
U.S. Representative representing North Carolina

Robert L. Ehrlich
Former Maryland Governor and Congressman

Joe Cheshire
Nationally known Criminal Defense Attorney, Duke Lacross Case

Thomas Sager
Former SVP and General Counsel, DuPont Legal

Ron Maines
Co-founder, The History Channel

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Mar 15
Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$62,000

% Students Receiving Some Aid
95%

Direct Lender
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$9,900
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,400

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
500
Parent Institution Enrollement
7,351

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
8
Average Age at Entry
24

% Out-of-State
64%
% International
2%

Demographics

21.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
47% female
53% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Students are generally at ease the moment they step onto Wake’s campus. As a second-year shares, “I noticed from my first visit and it still holds true that the quality of people here are second to none. There will always be a spectrum, but on the whole the administrators, professors, and students really do strive for a family atmosphere. All schools pitch this, but Wake really delivers.”
Moreover, there’s a lot of learning to be done outside of the classroom at Wake as well. For example, “respected practicing attorneys, renowned authors, and public figures often speak at on-campus events, and stick around to talk privately with smaller groups of students as well.” Impressively, Wake has also managed to lure United States Supreme Court Justices to campus. Indeed, one ecstatic student brags that a justice “visited an entire day with students during my second year and another... is a regular contributor to the study abroad program in the summer.” This helps to ensure that the court is not seen as” simply some mythical creature students discuss in class, but a tangible entity filled with real people.”
While hometown Winston-Salem might not have the bustling night-life of other, more urban areas, it certainly has “an abundance of great restaurants” of which students are quick to take advantage. Moreover, “nearby outdoor activities make it a great place to spend three years. If you are into hiking or mountain biking you will have ample opportunities to exploit the great locations all over the area, just within a thirty minute drive.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Jay Shively
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
Box 7206
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Phone
336-758-5437

Email
admissions@law.wfu.edu