Washington University School of Law's greatest strength is its faculty. They are nationally and internationally recognized experts in fields ranging from international law and constitutional law to civil rights, corporate and other private law fields. They come from a broad array of practice and disciplinary backgrounds, and utilize diverse methodologies, such as empirical studies, law and economics, and critical race theory. Many law faculty have graduate degrees in other fields and have joint appointments with other schools and departments at Washington University, including political science, business, economics, history, architecture, social work, African and African-American Studies, women, gender & sexuality studies, and environmental engineering. Complementing their extensive research and scholarship, law professors head the law school's two centers and one institute, devoted to empirical research, innovation and economic growth, international law and multiple clinics and externship programs.
Our faculty are also genuinely committed to teaching. They make it appoint to get to know their students and, with a student faculty ratio of 13:1, are readily accessible to answer questions about class materials, current issues in the law, or career options. Students have many opportunities to work with faculty in small groups through seminars and clinic courses, as well as one-on-one as a research assistant or as part of a supervised research program.
Your relationship with our faculty will continue well beyond your years at Washington University. Many of our faculty remain closely connected to law school alumni and actively participate in helping current students network with alumni in related fields.