The school's curriculum includes a first year of traditional core classes, as well as two required legal perspectives classes in the second and third years. Students focus their studies in one area starting the second year, when they choose electives from specialty areas such as health law, taxation law, cyber law and business law. Students tell Vault that the grading is harsh, held to a strict C curve. For students interested in international and comparative law, WVU Law has study abroad programs in Mexico and Brazil. The school also conducts policy research closer to home through its West Virginia Law Institute.
WVU Law alumni can be found in most West Virginia state government departments and private practices, so it's little wonder that the majority of students take jobs within the state. Morgantown is a small city, so social life revolves around campus. The undergraduate population gets fairly rowdy, particularly on football game days, and law students can join in the revelry or seek entertainment elsewhere with other members of their class.