MORGANTOWN – The West Virginia University College of Law has been named
a top school for public interest law and criminal law by
“Being ranked so highly in public interest law is
particularly significant for us,"
Gregory W. Bowman, dean
of the WVU College of Law told The West
"Public interest is where lawyers can play a
truly beneficial leadership role in their communities, and that is one of the pillars
of teaching at WVU Law.”
The magazine graded law schools based on the breadth of curriculum offerings
as follows: 30 percent for a concentration, 24 percent for a clinic, 12 percent
for a center, 12 percent for an externship, 9 percent for a journal, 8 percent
for a student group, and 5 percent for a certificate.
After reviewing 204
law schools approved by the American Bar Association (ABA), the publication
awarded WVU College of Law a grade of A for public
interest law. Fifteen law schools shared a grade of A with WVU while only five
received an A+.
West Virginia University, founded in
1867, has a long and rich history as a land-grant university. In 1862, President
Abraham Lincoln signed an act offering land grants of 30,000 acres of federally
owned land to each state that agreed to establish a college to teach
agriculture and engineering.
WVU College of Law was founded in 1878 as the first
professional school in West Virginia. In
2011, The Center for Energy and Sustainable Development and the Land Use
and Sustainable Development Law Clinic were established at the WVU College of
WVU College of Law is the recipient of
several awards including the “Go-To” Law School, Best Schools of Law 2016, Top
25 Law School for Corporate Leadership Top 5 Regional Law School for Black Law 2012
Excellence in Pro Bono Award and the Best Value Law School.
“Public interest is tied to our mission as a
land-grant law school, and we instill that in our students. It’s one reason
that the Public Interest Advocates at WVU Law is one of our most active student
organizations,” Bowman said.
WVU Law’s Center for Law and Public Service coordinates 18 summer
fellowships for students to work at public interest law organizations around
the state, in addition to three postgraduate, yearlong fellowships.
"The Public Interest Advocates helps raise the funds that support these
preLaw magazine was founded in 1997 and is published quarterly through Cypress Magazines in San Diego. Emerging as a publication from The National Jurist, an online legal education news source and magazine founded in 1991, more than 45,000 prospective law students read preLaw magazine, according to its site. It covers topics on law school news, profiles and trends. The print magazine is available through pre-law advisers at more than 350 universities across the nation. It is distributed through honor racks at 100 universities.