West Virginia University College of Law
|West Virginia University College of Law|
|Location||Morgantown, WV, US|
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The West Virginia University College of Law is the professional school for the study of law at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. The law school was established in 1878 as the first professional school in the state of West Virginia. It remains the only law school in the state.
The West Virginia Law Review is the fourth oldest law school journal in the nation having been founded in 1894.
The law school has been a member of the Association of American Law Schools since 1914 and was given full-accreditation by the American Bar Association in 1923. The law school has also maintained a chapter of the prestigious Order of the Coif since 1925.
The West Virginia University College of Law maintains a number of specialized academic programs. Most notable are its Business Law, International Law, Family Law and Public Interest Law programs. It also offers two joint degree programs: the JD/EMBA program with the College of Business and Economics, and the JD/MPA program with the Division of Public Administration.
For the past two years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the West Virginia University College of Law in the top 100 law schools in America. The newly-released 2012 edition ranks the school 95. The 2012 report also commended the law school for its low faculty-student ratio.
Journals and publications
Founded by professor William P. Willey in February 1894, the West Virginia Law Review is the fourth oldest law school journal in the nation. The student editorial board publishes three issues of the journal each year.
Graduates of the West Virginia University College of Law practice in 46 states in the nation, as well as every county of West Virginia. The law school has many notable alumni, which include former governors, businessmen, congressmen and diplomats:
- Joseph S. Farland (L 1938), career diplomat, U.S. Ambassador to Iran, Pakistan, Panama, Dominican Republic
- William W. Barron (L 1934), 26th Governor of West Virginia
- John T. Chambers (L 1974), CEO of Cisco
- Philander C. Knox (L 1879), U.S. Secretary of State
- Arch A. Moore, Jr. (L 1951), three separate terms as Governor of West Virginia
- Alan Mollohan (L 1951), U.S. Congressman from West Virginia
- Harley O. Staggers, Jr. (L 1977), U.S. Congressman from West Virginia
- Carl George Bachmann (L 1915), U.S. Congressman from West Virginia and Minority Whip
- William G. Conley (L 1893), 18th Governor of West Virginia
- Harley M. Kilgore (L 1914), United States Senator
- Darrell McGraw, Attorney General of West Virginia
- William C. Marland, 24th Governor of West Virginia
- Robert Bruce King (L 1968), Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Robert Charles Chambers (L 1977), Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
- Irene C. Berger (L 1979), Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia
- Thomas E. McHugh (J.D., 1964), Justice, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
- Menis E. Ketchum (J.D. 1967), Justice, Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
- Larry Starcher (J.D. 1967), Justice, Ret., Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
- Jeffrey V. Kessler (J.D.), President, West Virginia State Senate
- Jon D. Levy (J.D.), Justice, Maine Supreme Judicial Court