Discover the University of Washington School of Law

As one of the nation's oldest and leading public law schools, we meld a traditional focus on the rule of law with a modern approach to solving problems and advancing social justice. We actively encourage students to explore their passions and equip them with the intellectual tools and hands-on legal experience they need to be practice-ready lawyers able to work in any field they choose.

Our location in Seattle—a vibrant hotbed of technology, innovation, progressive policymaking, philanthropy and more—provides a real-world learning environment as well as programs and partnerships to support future lawyers and professionals.

Why UW Law

A world-class research university

The University of Washington is one of the world's pre-eminent public higher education and research institutions. Ranked #5 in Reuter's Top 100 World's Most Innovative Universities, UW has more than 100 members of the National Academies, educates more than 54,000 students annually and since 1974, is among the top five universities in receipt of federal research funding.

Commitment to public service

Advancing access to justice, facilitating a fair and thriving global marketplace and fostering an environment of inclusivity and equity is integral to who we are. We are a public institution, and as such, public service is at our core.

Leading faculty and research

An expansive and deep legal education begins with exceptional faculty. With half holding advanced degrees beyond their law degree, our faculty are driving public and institutional dialogue on issues at the intersection of industry, invention, society and integration.

What I think makes UW Law unique is the focus on your passions, and how you can come here, and do things you really care about and get recognized for that.
— James Prescott