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University of Washington School of Law

To earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Washington School of Law, a student must meet the residence requirements and must complete at least 135 quarter hours of credits satisfactory to the Law School, including credits for all required courses. Details on credit distributions and limitations are given in the Graduation Requirements. Under changes to ABA Accreditation Standard 304, adopted in August 2004, all law schools shall require that the course of study for the J.D. degree be completed no sooner than 24 months and not longer than 84 months after a student has commenced law study at the law school or a law school from which the school has accepted transfer credit. Additionally, a law school shall not permit a student to be enrolled in any term [semester] in coursework that, if successfully completed, would exceed 20 percent of the total coursework required by that school for graduation. For schools on other academic schedules, such as the quarter system, the maximum term course load is proportionate to that for schools on semester systems. Finally, a student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve class hours.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 557
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 162 - 166
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.5 - 3.82
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 81.44%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 97.0%
In State Tuition $29,948
Out of State Tuition $42,918

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About University of Washington School of Law

To earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Washington School of Law, a student must meet the residence requirements and must complete at least 135 quarter hours of credits satisfactory to the Law School, including credits for all required courses. Details on credit distributions and limitations are given in the Graduation Requirements. Under changes to ABA Accreditation Standard 304, adopted in August 2004, all law schools shall require that the course of study for the J.D. degree be completed no sooner than 24 months and not longer than 84 months after a student has commenced law study at the law school or a law school from which the school has accepted transfer credit. Additionally, a law school shall not permit a student to be enrolled in any term [semester] in coursework that, if successfully completed, would exceed 20 percent of the total coursework required by that school for graduation. For schools on other academic schedules, such as the quarter system, the maximum term course load is proportionate to that for schools on semester systems. Finally, a student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve class hours.

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The University of Washington School of Law, one of three law schools in the country on the quarter system, offers great opportunities to control your own legal education and lots of opportunities for learning and experience outside class. The school is well known for its numerous student organizations, many of which have a big public interest/community volunteering aspect; there’s also a public service requirement that has “spawned many interesting externship and clinic opportunities for students.” Still, students say that despite the touting of public service law, most of the events and funding are driven almost solely by these groups, and the school “doesn’t offer much formal curriculum in that area.” The Contorts program here is especially “spectacular,” as it “allows students to look at a legal problem from a variety of perspectives which you don’t get by looking at torts and contracts individually.” Small section sizes help make UW seem cozier, and while the forced curve and the newly introduced class rankings system does mean that it can be a competitive place, this competition is “mostly because people want to do well, not because they want others not to do well.” The collaborative atmosphere between the students and faculty is a great boon to the school and makes for a great working environment and a very collegiate atmosphere, so “gunners and ultra-competitive attitudes are frowned on here.” Many of the professors are brilliant in their field, and they “bring their own expertise and practical real world experience in the field in ways that really animate and extend the subject matter.” Their willingness to discuss almost anything outside of class is deeply appreciated by students, even if there are “a few professors that should never be allowed anywhere near 1Ls.” The law building is new and built with a grant from Bill Gates, so classrooms and study areas are “clean and up-to-date,” and the building itself is “light and spacious” and has incred­ible views out over the sound and downtown Seattle. Classes are recorded and podcast for those with parental responsibilities (an accommodation “especially invaluable to student-parents“) and the law library is amazing and gorgeous, with librarians that “are among the best anywhere.”The administration is genuine in their care for students, and one of the deans even hired an on-call psychologist for students to use for free in the interest of helping them to maintain their mental health, but the two hands-down weakest areas are found in Financial Aid and Career Services. The single administrator who runs all of the Financial Aid accounts for the law school is “unable to answer routine questions” and “can tell you the ins and outs of computer solitaire, but wouldn’t know where to find a grant or extra loan if it bit him on the butt,” and the Career Services office is “great if you want to work in a private law firm” or stay in Washington to practice, but “if you want to work in international human rights/humanitarian law or domestic nonprofit law” the institutional resources aren’t really there, and “job postings themselves are mostly centered in the Pacific Northwest.” “They are more talk than action and somewhat out of touch with what employers are really looking for,” says a student.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 0

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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.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Graduates Last Year: 43

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 14

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

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.

Graduates Last Year: 183

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.

Graduates Last Year: 3

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.

Graduates Last Year: 11

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

Can set up with 90 graduate programs at UW

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 117
Full-Time Faculty 56
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 5
Part-Time Faculty 56
Faculty Gender 58% Male
41% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 9 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 66%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 6%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 4%
Asian 12%
American Indian or Alaska Native 2%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $29,948 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,626 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $46,574 $29,948

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $42,918 Same as On-Campus
Housing $16,626 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $59,544 $42,918

Financial Aid

85% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$30,000 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: January 15

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 162 - 166
LSAT Total 162 - 166

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.5 - 3.82
Total 3.5 - 3.82

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Extracurricular Activities, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Work Experience, Recommendations, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#153 National Liberal Arts Colleges High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 100%
First Time Pass Rate 81%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 64%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 100
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 97%
Average Starting Salary $90,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 23 14%
Firm Sized 11-25 11 7%
Firm Sized 26-50 5 7%
Firm Sized 51-100 8 5%
Firm Sized 101-250 5 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 3 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 10 6%
Business Industry 22 14%
Government 28 17%
Public Interest 17 10%
Federal Clerkship 4 2%
State Clerkship 21 13%
Academia 4 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 2 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 10 6%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
AK 3%
CA 9%
WA 66%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of University of Washington School of Law include:

  • Virginia B. Smith - President Emerita, Smith College; Mills College
  • William H. Gates - Attorney; Foundation Chair
  • Betty Fletcher - Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals (9th Circuit)
  • Gerry Alexander - Chief Justice, Washington Supreme Court
  • Tom Foley - Former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

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