UW Law School

The University of Washington School of Law is the law school of the University of Washington. It is generally regarded as the top law school in the Pacific Northwest, as well as one of the top thirty law schools in the United States, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report. It is located on the northwestern portion of the University of Washington, Seattle campus, in the newly constructed William H. Gates Hall. It is a fully ABA-accredited law school, first established in 1899.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Contact Website (Website) http://www.https://www.law.uw.edu/
Admissions Dean (Admissions Dean) lawadm@uw.edu
Location (Location) Seattle, WA
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Quick Facts

Founded : 1889
ABA Accredited : Yes
AALS Member : Yes

Rankings

US News Week : 33
Vault Top 25 : N/A
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Median LSAT : 164
Median GPA : 3.65
Acceptance Rate : 27%


Washington Law School Admissions

Washington Law School is considered a Moderately Competitive law school, which accepts only 27% of its applicants. Comparatively, Washington is Higher than the average cost for law school.

  Applications Offers Matriculated
Class of 2021 2877 775 (26.94%) 170 (5.9%)
  25% Median 75%
GPA 3.41 3.65 3.78
LSAT 159 164 166

Tuition And Financial AID

  In-State Resident Non-Resident
Full Time $31,962 $44,124
Part Time N/A N/A
Living Expenses  
Living on-campus: $19,425
Living off-campus: $19,425
Living at home: $8,355

Important Dates

Early Decision 1 : 11/15
Early Decision 2 : N/A
Regular Decision : 03/15
Application Fee : $60

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Washington Law School Community

Washington Law School is considered to have a Highly Favorable student to faculty ratio. The average class size for 1L sections is approximately Above Average compared to other law schools. Student diversity at Washington is Below Average.

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FACULTY STATISTICS

  • Full Time : 52
  • Part Time : 68

FACULTY

  • # Female Faculty : 61
  • # Minority Faculty : 18

RATIO

9.6 Students

1 Faculty

HOUSING OPTIONS

  • On Campus Housing : Yes
  • Graduate Housing : Yes
  • Law Specific Housing : No

Washington Law School Curriculum

The size of 1L sections affects the quality and consistency of teaching in law schools. Generally with smaller 1L section sizes, students receive more individualized attention. University of Washington 1L section size is 30% larger than law schools in Washington and 35% larger than all PUBLIC law schools.

1L Section Size Comparison

Washington Law School: 204
Washington Average: 143
PUBLIC School Average: 132
  • Positions Available in Advanced Courses
  • Simulation Courses : 494
  • Faculty Supervised Clinics : 182
  • Students Involved in Advanced Activities
  • Field Placements : 165
  • Law Journals : 156
  • Moot Court/Mock Trials : 0

Attrition Rates

  • First Year : 2.5%
  • Second Year : 0.0%
  • Third Year : 0.0%
  • Fourth Year : 0.0%

Washington Law School Employment

Deciding to attend law school requires a large financial investment with the goal of securing employment upon graduation. The University of Washington class of 2016 had an employment rate of 83% with 3% pursuing an additional degree.

Employment Comparison

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In 2016, 86.9%% of students reported their employment status 9-months after graduation.

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Type of Employment

  • Law Firms: 44.0%
  • Business: 15.0%
  • Government: 15.0%
  • Public Interest: 9.0%
  • Academia: 2.0%
  • Washington: 82%
  • California: 5%
  • District of Columbia: 3%

Bar Passage Rates

  • Reporting: 86.9%
  • First Time Takers: 198
  • Average School: 84.3%
  • Average State: 80.7%
  • Pass Difference: 3.6%

Top Bar Jurisdiction

  • Washington : 80.7%
  • Passed : 145 of 172 (84.3%)
  • State Average : 80.7%
  • Difference : 3.6%