Public Service and Public Interest
Public service is a core value of the UW School of Law and a key pillar of the law school's mission to be Leaders for the Global Common Good.
We realize our commitment to public service in many ways. To fulfill the Juris Doctor requirement, every student performs 60 hours of public service legal work. The public service requirement provides students with the opportunity to witness the importance of pro bono legal work and deepens their commitment to justice and the rule of law.
Students access information and opportunities about public service in two key ways. Our Clinical Law program provides an opportunity for rich learning combined with service. The Center for Public Service Law offers a wide array of programming, professional development and career coaching for students to fulfill their public service goals.
UW School of Law professor Sean O’Connor has filed a brief in the famous “Blurred Lines” music copyright case, arguing for full composition credit for those who worked in the “aural tradition” and did not use traditional musical notation.
A host of events, from business and human rights, to developing legal systems in Asia, to the implications of Brexit address critical issues across the spectrum of international and comparative law.
2016 marked another year that the University of Washington School of Law led Washington law schools in the July Washington Bar Exam passage rate.