University of Washington

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Campus Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195

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#10 in Tax Law

Law School Overview

The School of Law at University of Washington has an application deadline of March 15. The full-time program application fee at the School of Law at University of Washington is $60. Its tuition is full-time: $31,983 per year (in-state) and full-time: $45,024 per year (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 8.9:1. The School of Law at University of Washington has 104 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

With an entering class size of roughly 190 students, the University of Washington School of Law offers a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. J.D. students can concentrate their legal education through several tracks including Asian Law, Environmental Law, and Public Service Law. The law school is also known for its top-ranked Law Librarianship program. UW Law offers J.D. students concurrent or joint degree programs in conjunction with other academic departments at the University of Washington, including a J.D./M.B.A. through the Foster School of Business, a J.D./Master in Health Administration through the School of Public Health, and a J.D./Master of Public Administration through the Evans School of Public Affairs.

Law students must complete at least 60 hours of public service before graduation, either through school clinics, such as the Innocence Project Northwest or the Tribal Court Public Defense; through externships; or through involvement with Street Law, an law and democracy education programs. There are about 40 student organizations at UW Law, as well as four legal journals: the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal; the Shidler Journal of Law, Commerce & Technology; the Washington Law Review; and the Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy.

Notable alumni of the University of Washington School of Law include William Gates, Sr., cochair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and father of Bill Gates, and Tom Foley, former Speaker of the House of Representatives and U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

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Year founded 1899
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 15
Full-time program application fee $60
Part-time program application fee $0
Admissions phone (206) 543-4078
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 104
Student-faculty ratio 8.9:1
Total faculty 112

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 541
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 182


Tuition and fees

full-time: $31,983 per year (in-state)
full-time: $45,024 per year (out-of-state)

Room and board $14,076


Employed at graduation2 50.8%
Median private sector starting salary $95,000
Median public service starting salary $55,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 671,501

* 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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