Why Hire from Wake Forest

US News and World Report Law 2019 logoWake Forest University School of Law recently ranked #32 of all ABA accredited law schools listed in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report. With the combination of our rigorous curriculum and experiential learning commitment, as well as our ground-breaking Professional Development Course, our students are fully prepared to enter and succeed in today’s legal market.

Our Wake Forest Law curriculum prepares students to work in any jurisdiction of the United States and abroad. Whether their interest lies in becoming an associate in a law firm, a prosecutor, general counsel for a Fortune 500 company, or an entertainment lawyer, they graduate fully prepared for their first day on the job. Hear from Dean Suzanne Reynolds as she explains why Wake Forest Law students and graduates are ‘Ready to Work‘.


What Employers are Saying

“The on-campus interviews at Wake Forest School of Law introduced me to a talented group of rising 2L’s and 3L’s with impressive experiences to date.  So often, I witness new attorneys struggling with the practice management skills needed to be successful and happy (i.e., average stress levels as a working professional).  The students I met have already been exposed to time and billing systems and the nuances of creating concise time entries for presentation to clients.   These candidates were already thinking about how those time and billing entries need to be crafted to accurately reflect the work they were doing in a manner that illustrates value to a client.  I am impressed by the micro-levels of thinking going on among the students I met.  It’s great to hear law students talking about the day-to-day practice management skills a top-notch lawyer needs to kick off a terrific career!”Andrea C. Kirksey, General Counsel & HR Director, Burgeon Legal Group, Ltd. Co., Pawleys Island, SC

“[Our 1L summer intern] produced a thorough, succinct analysis of a nuanced fiduciary duty question.  Her memo was extraordinarily good—particularly when considering that she had not yet taken corporations. The memo would have been well done by a junior associate at a large law firm. Very well done!”  - General counsel of technology company, Raleigh, NC

“[This summer I brought on] my third Wake Forest Law student. One of the prior students had just completed his first year, and the other his second.  I continue to be impressed with the skills and knowledge I have seen.  My intern was always pleasant and cheerful, and seemed to thrive on challenging tasks.  If I had to say one thing alone that I have learned, it is to set the bar high, as intimidation does not seem to be in her vocabulary.”  – Managing partner of business litigation firm, Charleston, SC

“[Our Wake Forest Law intern's] organizational skills and work ethic are second to none, which immediately made him an integral part of the team this summer.  I hope that I was able to give him helpful feedback and direction, despite his already well-developed legal skills and professionalism.” - Public interest attorney, Charlotte, NC 

“We have had 16 interns over a four year period. [Our Wake Forest Law intern] is certainly near the top.  We expose an intern to a variety of situations and adjust our program to meet their capacity. He has no limitations.  He excels.  He is a “go-getter.” We see real promise in his legal career.  This cannot be said of all that we have mentored.  We hope to maintain a relationship with him in the future.” - Office manager of real estate practice, Charlotte, NC (first time having an intern from Wake Forest Law).


Our Graduates have the Highest Bar Passage Rate among NC Law Schools

Photo of a man studying with notes and a highlighter at a table.Wake Forest School of Law graduates had the highest overall bar passage rate (which includes repeaters) at 86 percent among North Carolina law schools for the North Carolina bar exam in July 2017. That’s compared with a state overall passage rate of 62 percent, according to the North Carolina Board of Law Examiners.

Wake Forest graduates also had the highest bar passage rate for first-time takers at 90 percent followed by Duke Law School, with the smallest number of graduates sitting for the North Carolina bar, with 87.5 percent for first-time takers. University of North Carolina and Campbell University law schools followed at 85 and 83 percent, respectively.

“I’m proud to say Wake Forest Law is first among schools with their graduates sitting for the North Carolina bar,” says Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77), who credited the recent graduates’ hard work and enhanced bar preparation programs for the law school’s strong bar passage rate.

The two-section exam includes essay questions designed to test knowledge of North Carolina law and multiple-choice questions that test general knowledge of U.S. law.