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Seattle University School of Law

The Seattle University business and law joint degree program is designed to allow students interested in obtaining both the JD and a graduate degree in business to complete the degrees in less time than if the two degrees were obtained independently outside the program. Students are able to complete the degrees in less time because, through the program, specified courses taken at the School of Law may count toward the graduate business degree and specified courses taken in the Albers School of Business and economics may count toward the JD degree.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 961
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 154 - 159
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.07 - 3.54
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 76.0%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82.0%
Tuition $39,884

Overview

Overview

About Seattle University School of Law

The Seattle University business and law joint degree program is designed to allow students interested in obtaining both the JD and a graduate degree in business to complete the degrees in less time than if the two degrees were obtained independently outside the program. Students are able to complete the degrees in less time because, through the program, specified courses taken at the School of Law may count toward the graduate business degree and specified courses taken in the Albers School of Business and economics may count toward the JD degree.

Reviews

Seattle University “[offers] a great academic experience” while fostering “a challeng­ing but supportive environment.” The “great faculty, tremendous core values, [and] excellent course selection,” are influenced by the school’s Jesuit tradition. This “mission of social justice” divides the opinions of students. Some praise it as “one of the greatest strengths of this school.” The school’s location in one of America’s hippest cities “affords many opportunities for externships and doing pro bono work.” Seattle offers many ben­efits, both socially and career-wise, to students. The school is very “connected to the local legal community.”“The facilities are outstanding” at Seattle University, with a “bright and open” build­ing that is “really nice, modern, and inviting.” The law school is “always a comfortable temperature,” has “excellent wireless access,” and features “plenty of places to study and plenty of plug ins for laptops.” There are “tons of places to meet in groups or hide to study alone,” especially in the library where you can even “eat and drink” while hitting the books. “The library staff [is] very accessible and helpful” and “even the custodial staff and the baristas are sweethearts.”Academically, the most constantly praised program is easily the “top notch” “number 1 ranked legal writing program.” “The legal writing program really shines and local employers take that into account when making hiring decisions,” a 1L explains. “It’s the only reason anyone that has a job after graduation got that job,” says a 3L. “One of the highlights really has to be the center for professional development,” and students also praise the law clinics. The “very passionate” professors “literally beg students to come to office hours.” Some do suggest professors can be “a mixed bag.” “The professors and deans are very accessible and willing to talk to/work with students to solve any prob­lems,” and they work to ensure classes are “always a collaborative and encouraging but challenging environment.” A 2L elaborates: “The teaching focus is traditional with mod­ern twists: how would this rule of evidence apply to text messages? Is opening an email an unlawful search? What free sources of research are available on the internet?” However, one 2L fears that “the theme of ‘social justice’ has overrun the theme of creat­ing employable lawyers.” “I loved every class and for the first time in my educational career, I actually WANTED to do my homework!” one pleased student declares. The “very down to earth” administration also receives praise for being “more than capable of answering just about every question you could have.” Some students do think the admiration should work to make “the night program more equal to the day program,” and in general the administration should “focus more on preparing students for employ­ment following graduation.” A 2L sums up their experience thusly: “The entire focus of the program, from top to bottom, is: You CAN do this and you CAN be amazing at it.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 310

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

Along with the highly regarded Albers School of Business we offer eight joint degree programs; Master of Business Administration (J.D. /M.B.A), Master of International Business (J.D. /M.I.B), a Master of Science in Finance (J.D. /M.S.F), or a Master of Professional Accounting (J.D ./M.P.A.C.). We also now offer a (J.D. /M.P.A) with the Institute for Public Service, a J.D./Master of Sports Administration and Leadership (J.D./M.S.A.L.) and a J.D./Masters in Transformational Leadership (J.D./M.TL) with the School of Theology and Ministry. The programs can be complete in 4 years

Specialty Law Programs

  • Commercial
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 117
Full-Time Faculty 58
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 11
Part-Time Faculty 48
Faculty Gender 59% Male
40% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 49% Male
51% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 67%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 5%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 4%
Black or African American 3%
Asian 11%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,884 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $39,884 $39,884

Financial Aid

95% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$51,390 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $60

Incoming Class

Seattle University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 154 - 159
LSAT Part-Time 152 - 158
LSAT Total 154 - 159

Seattle University School of Law's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.08 - 3.54
Part-Time 3.03 - 3.55
Total 3.07 - 3.54

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Standardized Test Scores, Resume, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Optional: Interview, Extracurricular Activities, Work Experience, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#9 Most Chosen By Older Students
#10 Most Diverse Faculty

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 84%
First Time Pass Rate 76%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 64%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 55
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 82%
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 71 27%
Firm Sized 11-25 9 3%
Firm Sized 26-50 4 3%
Firm Sized 51-100 8 3%
Firm Sized 101-250 3 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 9 3%
Business Industry 78 29%
Government 33 12%
Public Interest 20 8%
Federal Clerkship 1 0%
State Clerkship 12 5%
Academia 4 2%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 5 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 38 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 7 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
OR 2%
CA 3%
WA 88%
International 1%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Seattle University School of Law include:

  • Lee Lambert - President, Shoreline Community College
  • William Marler - Food Safety Advocate
  • Sean Parnell - Governor of Alaska
  • Justice Charles Johnson - Washington State Supreme Court
  • Angela Rye - T.V. Analyst and Commentator

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