Our Mission and Guiding Principles

Our Mission

Washington University School of Law’s mission is to equip students with knowledge and skills to ethically and effectively practice law and pursue justice in a dynamic and globally interconnected legal environment. We strive to foster a vibrant intellectual culture characterized by rigorous exchange of views and the production and dissemination of influential research. Our school cultivates a collaborative and supportive community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni that prizes diversity and values connection to and service in broader civic and professional communities.

Guiding Priniciples

  1. Students: The law school's job is to prepare our students for meaningful careers by equipping them with knowledge and skills to ethically and effectively practice law and pursue justice in a dynamic and globally interconnected legal environment.
  2. Ideas: The law school embraces a vibrant intellectual culture, characterized by the rigorous exchange of views and  the  production and dissemination of  influential scholarship that advances understanding of law and legal institutions.
  3. Governance: The law school's educational programs are guided by constructive and respectful faculty engagement on important issues.
  4. Community: The law school is a collaborative and supportive community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni that prizes diversity, and values connection to and service in broader civic and professional communities.