The law is a fluid thing. Neither static nor immune to the sweeping global changes that shape it, the law continuously adapts and shifts to reflect the society it serves. Technology also substantially changes the way law is interpreted and practiced. New questions, new situations, and new opportunities constantly arise, and the pace will continue to quicken.

As the milieu and practice of law change, so must the ways in which law is taught. Some law schools, the WVU College of Law notably among them, accept and are motivated by change and innovation. From energy policy to sustainability and from entrepreneurship to the public interest, the WVU College of Law boldly embraces the current core issues that will clearly shape law’s future. The education and training we provide have become more experiential and more real world–focused as we strive to educate those who will shape 21st century law and its practice.

We are a law school on the move, a law school that is not content to rest on tradition. While we honor what’s been accomplished in our nearly 140-year history, we are absolutely committed to fostering an innovative, progressive state of minds in legal education and study. The reason is clear because the people, businesses, and governments of West Virginia expect much from us: knowledge, research, boldness, bright graduates, community service throughout the state, and steady progress toward becoming one of the nation’s top law schools.

We can and will exceed those expectations—but only with your generosity and commitment.

The Trajectory of Success

WVU Law is ranked in the top 100 law schools in America by U.S. News & World Report. National Jurist publications list WVU with the top 15 public interest law schools in the nation. The College’s Center for Energy and Sustainable Development is internationally recognized. Our clinical education programs are on the leading edge and overall our national reputation is ascending.

Our alumni practice throughout West Virginia, across the nation, and around the world. And because WVU is and always will be inextricably linked through our land-grant mission to serve West Virginia, we go the extra mile. Through our Child and Family Law Clinic, for example, WVU College of Law students and faculty members provide pro bono legal services to children and families with limited income as part of a unique partnership with WVU Children’s Hospital. Our Clinical Law Program gives qualified third-year law students the opportunity, under faculty supervision, to represent clients who can’t otherwise afford legal representation. As a result, WVU Law is the first school of law in America to partner with a VA hospital to provide pro bono services to veterans. And innovative legal clinics in entrepreneurship and land use and sustainable development bring new ideas and free legal services to small start-ups and non-profits in these important areas.

The fact that we are part of a leading research university contributes to how we respond to changing technologies and global influences; the strength of our faculty enables us to convert our proactive ambitions into bold and meaningful curricula and experiential learning. Our students benefit from a strong sense of community—and community service, a wealth of innovative and exciting ideas, and powerful links to the people and businesses of West Virginia and beyond.

All we need to shape the next generation of talented, ethical attorneys is your vision, generosity, and commitment. You can help us continue our trajectory by ensuring that our facilities match our aspirations, that we have the resources to attract the finest legal minds to WVU, and that promising students will have the financial help they need to afford a WVU Law education.

Priorities for Tomorrow

The College of Law has identified a list of essential funding priorities that, with your vital support, will power our accomplishments in education and research in the coming decades. A State of Minds: The Campaign for West Virginia’s University is the vehicle through which you can make a difference for students and faculty members as well as our state, national, and global communities.

  • Expanding the WVU College of Law Building
  • Expanding 21st Century Programs
  • Recruiting and Retaining Highly Qualified Students
  • Recruitment and Retention of Highly Qualified Faculty

To learn more about these funding priorities contact Jennie James at 304-293-7367. To learn more about the College of Law visit