Western State University College of Law

Admissions: Western State University

Fall 2009 Admissions and Enrollment Statistics
Total number of full- and part-time applicants 1,629
Total number of full- and part-time acceptances 792
Overall acceptance rate 48.6%
Total number of full- and part-time first-year students enrolled 188
Number of full-time program applicants 1,266
Number of full-time program acceptances 663
Full-time acceptance rate 52.4%
Number of first-year full-time students enrolled 130
Number of part-time program applicants 374
Number of part-time program acceptances 131
Part-time acceptance rate 35.0%
Number of first-year part-time students enrolled 58
Fall 2009 GPA and LSAT Scores
25th-75th percentile GPA scores for all students 2.81-3.38
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for all students 149-154
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for full-time students 2.83-3.4
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for full-time students 149-154
25th-75th percentile undergraduate GPA for part-time students 2.81-3.36
25th-75th percentile LSAT scores for part-time students 148-154

Careers: Western State University

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2008 administrations)
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar CA
School’s bar passage rate for first-time test takers 64.9%
Statewide bar passage rate for first-time test takers 70.7%
Class of 2008 Graduates
Total graduates 105
Graduates employed at graduation N/A
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 70.8%
Starting Salaries of 2008 Graduates Employed Full-time
25th percentile private sector starting salary $39,250
Median private sector starting salary $55,640
75th percentile private sector starting salary $90,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 73%
Median public service starting salary $60,000
Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2008)
Percent employed in academia 4.0%
Percent employed in business and industry 13.0%
Percent employed in government 6.0%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 0.0%
Percent employed in law firms 76.0%
Percent employed in public interest 1.0%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.0%
Percent employed in a judicial clerkship by an Article III federal judge N/A
2008 Graduates Employment Location
Graduates employed in-state 81%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 0%
Number of states where graduates are employed 12
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 0.0%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 1.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 3.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 0.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 1.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 1.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 84.0%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 9.0%
Employment location unknown 0.0%
Career Services
(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)
Career services operations Sponsor Career Fairs, Career Planning Workshops; one on one career counseling for students and alumni; post jobs for clerks, interns, and associate positions for students and alumni, distribute monthly newsletter of openings; host on campus interviews; participate in Law Advisors of Southern California Career events; recruit alumni mentors and speakers for student organization career events.
Job Type
Bar admission required or anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 67.0%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 18.0%
Professional/other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 11.0%
Nonprofessional/other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 4.0%