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Gonzaga University School of Law

With its focus on practical skills and legal theory, Gonzaga's new curriculum will prepare you for the day-to-day realities of a legal career. Our approach emphasizes skills training and professionalism from the first semester of law school through the last, while also providing a solid grounding in legal theory and philosophy.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 460
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 152 - 157
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.0 - 3.58
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 73.94%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 81.1%
Tuition $35,460

Overview

Overview

About Gonzaga University School of Law

With its focus on practical skills and legal theory, Gonzaga's new curriculum will prepare you for the day-to-day realities of a legal career. Our approach emphasizes skills training and professionalism from the first semester of law school through the last, while also providing a solid grounding in legal theory and philosophy.

Reviews

“Smaller classes, smaller community, close knit school identity.” Much at Gonzaga University, a small Jesuit school in Spokane, Washington, is couched in terms of size, but size does not define the school. With a “very accessible” administration, an “amazing” classroom environment, and “intellectual property professors who are experts in their field,” Gonzaga’s impact on students is larger than its size would suggest. Perhaps that’s because its size affords students a chance to work closely with administrators and instructors alike. “Communication between faculty and students is pretty good,” stu­dents note, with leadership that is “very accessible and approachable but respectable.” The same is said about the “great” professors here. “All seem qualified, engaging, and effective instructors,” a group who “come from excellent schools from around the coun­try and have many years of professional experience.”Technology and access to information is paramount at Gonzaga. The “top notch” facilities and “incredibly helpful library assistants” make research a breeze. “There is a concerted effort to familiarize students with every online resource that is available (as well as) with information in more traditional formats.” In addition, “the library and staff work very hard to ensure students have access to the most relevant and up to date mate­rials.” This works hand-in-hand with the accolades the legal research and writing pro­gram receives. This four-semester program, with an optional fifth semester, gives stu­dents “an ability to research better than most and have experience drafting multiple legal memorandums, motions to the court, and appellate briefs.”The new required skills labs during 1L year “need drastic improvements,” due in part to an inconsistent approach between professors, but this is balanced by the two-year LRW program, “which really helps a student compete for hard to get internships and compete with bigger schools like U.W.” The idea is to give students practical, hands-on experience that will allow them to succeed in the real world. The school also has “an excellent mentorship program that they do not force the students to participate in even though it is an excellent opportunity.” In addition, “the clinic and externship require­ments are great. They require real world experience so you are practice ready when you graduate.” Overall, the “wonderful facilities, faculty that cares about the students, and very helpful professional development office” make Gonzaga stand taller than its size would seem to allow.

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 161

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

JD/MBA, JD/MAcc, JD/MSW; 3 to 4 years.

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 53
Full-Time Faculty 24
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 3
Part-Time Faculty 26
Faculty Gender 60% Male
39% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 17 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 75%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 4%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Ethnicity Unknown 13%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $35,460 Same as On-Campus
Housing $11,359 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $46,819 $35,460

Financial Aid

98% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$52,073 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 15

Average Age Admitted: 26

Application Fee: $50

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 152 - 157
LSAT Total 152 - 157

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.0 - 3.58
Total 3.0 - 3.58

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA

Important: Recommendations, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Standardized Test Scores, State Residency, Undergraduate GPA, Recommendations

Optional: Work Experience, Extracurricular Activities, Interview

Rankings

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 81%
First Time Pass Rate 74%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 69%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 42
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 81%
Average Starting Salary $46,700
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 39 30%
Firm Sized 11-25 5 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 2 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 1 1%
Firm Sized 501+ 2 2%
Business Industry 42 33%
Government 11 9%
Public Interest 4 3%
Federal Clerkship 1 1%
State Clerkship 10 8%
Academia 3 2%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 2%
Unemployed, Seeking 20 12%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 5 3%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
ID 6%
UT 10%
WA 60%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Gonzaga University School of Law include:

  • George Nethercutt - U.S. House of Representatives, former
  • Paul Luvera - Plantiffs Attorney, lead in tobacco litigation
  • Mike McGrath - Chief Justice, Montana Supreme Court
  • Barbara Madsen - Chief Justice, Washington Supreme Court
  • Christine Gregoire - Governor, State of Washington, former

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