Study Abroad

William & Mary School of Law

W&M Law School is one of five graduate and professional programs at William & Mary, a premier public research university widely recognized for its outstanding academic reputation, beautiful campus, and vibrant community.

Our students come here to pursue excellence and to learn from our passionate teachers and scholars, many of whom are leaders in their field. Our graduates go on to start their careers throughout the country with a wide range of employers. W&M Law School’s many clinics provide critical legal services to the community in areas such as veterans benefits, immigration, domestic violence, appellate advocacy, and special education.


Juris Doctor (J.D.) – full-time study with combination degrees in Law & Master of Business Administration and Law & Master of Arts in American Studies.

The J.D. degree is the basic law degree. With a J.D. (and after passing a state Bar exam), you can be a lawyer, whether that involves practicing law, or working in business, or politics, or public service, or whatever you want.

The Law School’s required courses, like Torts, Contracts, Property, and others, give you a solid foundation in law and the legal system. After that, the elective curriculum will let you build on that foundation by selecting courses from a wide range of legal specializations. 

Students may choose to take courses in one of several academic concentrations. Concentrations indicate focused coursework and experiential learning or independent research in a particular area of study beyond the required curriculum. Students who successfully complete the concentration will receive a notation on their Law School transcripts.

Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program

Our innovative LL.M. program is designed for foreign-educated students and attorneys who want to compete in an increasingly globalized legal world. We have been welcoming students from all over the world since 1989.

Law Library

The Wolf Law Library, with over 400,000 volumes and 568 seats, offers a superb environment for study, research, and relaxation. We provide access to law and law-related resources and a wide range of services that support the law school curriculum and programs, promote the advancement of legal scholarship, and fulfill the information needs of library users.

The Law Library, completed in 2007, has …..

Two Reading Rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a wooded ravine;

Six lounge areas;

Twelve group study rooms;

Two computer labs (one for technology training);

Ping pong, pool, football, and chess tables;

535 lockers available to students.

The library subscribes to dozens of popular magazines and has a huge fiction collection and more than 2,000 feature films. You can study a recent Supreme Court decision, see historic treasures in our Rare Book Room, and read the New York Times or Rolling Stone.  You can also check out the latest Grisham novel, a movie such as The ArtistMy Cousin Vinny, or Twelve Angry Men, and several TV series such as Breaking Bad or Damages.  The Wolf Law Library has everything you need, or want.

William & Mary Law School
P.O. Box 8795 Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795
(757) 221-3795
(757) 221-6329 (fax)

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