William & Mary Law School
At William & Mary Law School, we believe that we prepare students for the ethical practice of law better than any other program in the country. It all starts with our philosophy of the citizen lawyer, the Jeffersonian ideal of the lawyer as skilled advocate and devoted public servant. That concept translates into an academic curriculum that emphasizes experiential learning and the "human element" of the law—compassion, ethics and public service. In our flagship J.D. program, first-year courses do more than cover the basics. In addition to required coursework in civil procedure, constitutional law, contracts, criminal law, property and torts, every 1L is assigned to a "law firm" as part of W&M’s groundbreaking Legal Practice Program. You’ll research, draft memos, negotiate, argue motions, file documents in court and take mock cases to trial. From the very first day, you'll be putting ethical lawyering skills to practice in a supportive academic setting.