2009-2010 School of Law Catalog 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2009-2010 School of Law Catalog archived

Admission, Expenses and Financial Aid

Information regarding admission requirements, scholarship grants and loans will be found in a separate brochure, available on request from the Admissions Office, School of Law, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia 24450, or by telephone at (540) 458-8504.

Students who have completed two semesters of work in other approved law schools with excellent academic records may be admitted with up to 31 hours of credit for such work. Applicants for admission as transfer students should submit all credentials required of first-year applicants and an official transcript showing completion of the law school work for which credit is desired plus a statement of rank or percentile in class.

The non-refundable application fee is $50. To hold a place in the entering class, an accepted applicant must pay an initial deposit of $600, and a final deposit of $600 in June. Tuition for 2009-10 is $18,512.50 per semester for J.D. and $20,365 for LL.M. students. Student fees, including a technology fee of $125, total $518.50 per semester. Living accommodations are available on-campus and off; for on-campus accommodations, the rental for 2009-10 is $3,285 for double room and $6,115 for single room. Dining is available on-campus at several locations. The Legal Flex Plan is designed to provide law students with a convenient means of purchasing meals at all locations on campus. The cost is approximately $300 per semester.

If a student withdraws before the first day of classes of a semester, the full amount of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee then paid by or for the account of the student from private resources (as opposed to payments from federal or state or University financial aid programs, including the Guaranteed Student Loan program), will be refunded, less the advance deposit required of each new applicant or academic transfer ($1,200). If a student withdraws during the first week of classes of a semester and gives written notice of withdrawal, the student’s account will be credited with 75% of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee. If a student withdraws during the second or third week of classes of a semester and gives written notice of withdrawal, the student’s account will be credited with 50% of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee. If a student withdraws during the fourth or fifth week of classes of a semester and gives written notice of withdrawal, the student’s account will be credited with 25% of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee. If no financial aid is involved, the amount of the credit will be refunded, taking into account amounts then paid. Contact the Treasurer in such cases to determine the amount, if any, of refund. If financial aid is involved, refunded amounts will be prorated in accordance with charges paid by financial aid funds and returned to the appropriate financial aid programs. Where federal financial aid programs are involved, the prescribed order of refund is Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loan, Subsidized Stafford Student Loan, Perkins Loan, other Title IV programs, and then the student. Federal regulations govern this policy. When institutional or non-federal funds must be returned to the respective programs, the order may be governed by program regulations, with gift assistance preceding loan assistance. If cash disbursement of financial aid funds has been made to the student, the Financial Aid Office will calculate what portion of the cash disbursement, if any, must be returned to the financial aid programs. Students  who are withdrawing from the University must contact the Financial Aid Office for an assessment of their refund/repayment status. If a student withdraws after five weeks of classes in a semester, either voluntarily or involuntarily, the Comprehensive Tuition Fee is NOT REFUNDABLE. The student activities fee, the Student Bar Association fee and the acceptance deposit are not refundable. All refunds of the Comprehensive Tuition Fee will be subject to federal regulations regarding institutional refund policies.

The School of Law reserves the right to change any fees at any time.

The University may also withhold a student’s grades; withhold the granting of a degree and the issuance of a diploma to graduating students; and, as a last resort, may drop a student from the official rolls. Returning students with unpaid financial  obligations will not be allowed to matriculate until all financial obligations are satisfied. Returning students with records of late payments may be denied permission to enroll for subsequent semesters, and may have their class schedules withheld, until they pay in full in advance for subsequent semesters. Requests for transcripts will not be honored until all amounts owed the University are paid, including University and Federal Perkins Loan payments in accordance with the terms of loan agreements.