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.
The Public Interest Law Association (PILA) awarded 28 grants to fund unpaid, public interest internships this summer. Since 1995, PILA has provided well over a million dollars in grant funds.
The University of Washington School of Law is proud to announce the 2017 recipients of the Gates Public Service Law (PSL) Scholarship: Dashni Amin, Karla Davis, Lindy Laurence, Maya Ramakrishnan and Bailey Russell.
2016 marked another year that the University of Washington School of Law led Washington law schools in the July Washington Bar Exam passage rate.