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Seattle University School of LawSeattle University School of Law is committed to social justice, offering a renowned faculty, the country’s No. 1 Legal Writing Program and other skills training to a diverse body of students who understand the responsibility that comes with their education and want to be leaders in creating a more just world.
Our students tell you what they love about Seattle University School of Law in these online profiles and videos.
Read about the varied careers our alumni enjoy because of their law degrees.
Our Program of Legal Education
Seattle University School of Law is a vibrant, intellectual community. Innovative projects, compelling conferences and important scholarly work create a robust atmosphere for students and faculty.
Our Legal Writing Program is the top-ranked program in the United States, offering students an innovative, practice-oriented legal writing curriculum that prepares them for lawyering. The Legal Writing professors are dedicated teachers and nationally known authors who have high expectations – and know their students can meet them.
Our rigorous program of legal education balances tradition and innovation to ensure our students receive an outstanding education and the practical skills to prepare them for a variety of careers in a changing legal profession. Highlights of our academic program include a first-year curriculum that allows students to take electives as 1Ls.
Our professors are experts in their fields and great teachers. You will learn from former U. S. Supreme Court Clerks, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as renowned legal scholars and theorists. The wealth and breadth of their experience and expertise make the classroom – and the law school as a whole – a place where rigorous study, academic excellence and collegiality thrive.
While there are foundational courses all students will take, we strive for innovation, providing first-year students the opportunity to take electives in the spring semester and offering a wide selection of courses for those interested in a particular area of the law. The law school offers a number of joint degrees, in which you can earn your J. D. and master’s degree from Seattle University at the same time.
Seattle University School of Law is the only law school in Washington to offer a Part-Time Program geared to the needs of working professionals, and our program is ranked among the best in the country. Evening courses allow students the flexibility to keep working and complete law school in three and a half years.
Our Access Admission Program considers an applicant’s life experience and promise in addition to traditional admission criteria. This program, one of the few remaining true access programs in the country, is literally changing the face of the legal profession. Students admitted through the program are supported by the Academic Resource Center.
Our curriculum is enhanced by the experiential opportunities available.
Our clinical program is ranked in the Top 20 and offers a variety of
courses, giving students the chance to represent real clients. The
Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic is home to a ground-breaking Mental Health
Court Clinic, the first Indian Wills Clinic in the country, and a Civil
Rights Amicus Clinic, in which students will participate in the planning
and writing of amicus briefs on important civil rights cases from across
Equally important, the school offers an extensive externship program
with placements at a variety of civil, criminal and judicial settings in
Seattle, Washington state, the nation, and the world.
Internship and externships are available at sites ranging from
Anchorage, Alaska, to Washington, D. C. , and from Cambodia to Costa
Rica. The externship experience helps the student move from law school
to practice more easily. Both the faculty supervisor and the site
supervisor guide the extern in reflecting on experiences in practice.
Committed to Social Justice
Our students are committed to making a difference. They understand the responsibility that comes with their education and want to be leaders in creating a more just world. Law school students are volunteering their time, serving as mentors who helped create Seattle’s first Youth Traffic Court, playing chess after school with underprivileged youth and teaching citizenship classes at a nearby community center.
Much of this work begins at our Access to Justice Institute, which
inspires all students to work for justice, no matter where their careers
take them. ATJI links students with volunteer and pro bono
opportunities, connect students with the equal justice community and
educates the law school and wider community about pressing social
Seattle University School of Law is the only law school in the state to offer a post-graduate fellowship for a graduate to work with an organization on a specific social justice project involving underserved or marginalized individuals or communities. The fellowship enables students to protect the rights of the most vulnerable and support legal services agencies that struggle for funding.
The Public Interest Law Foundation award grants to place students in summer internships at agencies ranging from Northwest Justice Project to the Death Penalty Litigation Clinic and the Corporation for Enterprise Development in Washington, D. C.
Seattle University School of Law is the most diverse law school in the Northwest. We embrace and seek diversity in our community, welcoming students, faculty and staff of different races, ethnicities, religions, ages, disabilities, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds and points of view, knowing this diversity enriches the experience for all.