Seattle University

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901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

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U.S. News Rankings

Ranking score and category
Rank Category Name
#87 Best Law Schools


#25 in Part-time Law

Law School Overview

The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at Seattle University is $60. The part-time program application fee at the School of Law at Seattle University is $60. Its tuition is full-time: $40,486 per year and part-time: $33,729 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 12.2:1. The School of Law at Seattle University has 103 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The Seattle University School of Law is a large, private law school with the only part-time law program in Washington state. The institution has a high law school ranking for its legal writing program, which includes a training course throughout law students’ first year. Students can also get training in one of about 15 specializations, including business law, environmental, natural resource and land use law, and intellectual property law. For students interested in earning two degrees at once, Seattle University School of Law offer joint degree programs including a J.D./M.B.A. in conjunction with the University of Seattle Albers School of Business and Economics and a J.D./Master of Sport Administration through the Seattle University College of Arts and Sciences.

Students can get hands-on training through the Seattle University School of Law’s Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, where they counsel real clients and deal with trusts and estates, nonprofit organizations, and more. The Seattle University School of Law operates a variety of centers and institutes, including the Adolf A. Berle, Jr. Center on Corporations, Law, and Society; the Access to Justice Institute; and the Center for Indian Law and Policy.

Outside of class, students might consider a variety of law school organizations to join, including the Entertainment and Sports Law Association and the Wine and Beverage Law Society. Eligible students may also consider joining a legal journal, including the Seattle University Law Review and the Seattle Journal for Social Justice.

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Year founded 1972
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline N/A
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee $60
Admissions phone (206) 398-4200
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 103
Student-faculty ratio 12.2:1
Total faculty 115

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 659
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 311


Tuition and fees

full-time: $40,486 per year
part-time: $33,729 per year

Room and board $14,697


Employed at graduation2 21.1%
Median private sector starting salary $55,000
Median public service starting salary $50,200


Total volumes and volume equivalents 401,620

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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