J.D. Admissions Non-Degree and Visiting Applicants


A student who has completed one or more years in a J.D. program at a law school that has been accredited by the American Bar Association may apply to visit the University of Washington School of Law for one or more quarters, but no longer than one full academic year.

Application Deadlines

  • June 1 - Summer Quarter
  • August 1 – Fall Quarter or Full Academic Year
  • December 1 - Winter Quarter
  • March 1 - Spring Quarter

Academic Credit

UW Law is on a quarter system. Semester-hour credits are converted to quarter-hour credits at a ratio of 1:1.5; e.g., 30 semester credit hours will convert to 45 quarter credit hours.

Federal Financial Aid

The University of Washington does not offer visiting students federal student aid. Visiting students must consult with their financial aid department at their home law school.

Nondiscrimination Policy

UW Law provides for a selective admission process with the objective of attracting students who demonstrate the strongest prospects for high quality academic work. This selective admission process shall assure that the University's educational opportunities shall be open to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, pregnancy, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability or veteran status. The process of admission shall be mindful of the need for diversity in the student body and for highly-trained individuals from all segments of the population. For more information, please see the full policy.

Applicant Responsibility and Accuracy of Information

Applicants are under a continued obligation to notify the law school immediately of any and all circumstances and events that may occur from the date an application is submitted to the first day of enrollment that may change any of the responses to their application. UW Law reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if the candidate fails to maintain satisfactory scholastic standing for work in progress, if final records fail to show completion of courses and/or degrees required for admission, or if the admission decision was based on incomplete, inaccurate or misleading information furnished by the applicant. In addition, the law school may also report its findings to LSAC's Misconduct and Irregularities Committee.

Character and Moral Fitness

Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or other serious crime are eligible for admission into the law school; however, because state bar associations often prohibit persons with criminal records from being admitted to the bar regardless of their degrees or training, it may be impossible for such individuals to practice in some states. 

In addition to the bar examination, there are character, fitness and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Application Instructions

An application is complete and ready for evaluation when the following items are received:

  • Application - Please email lawadm@uw.edu for instructions on how to submit the application.
  • $60 Application Fee - The application fee will be collected through LSAC.
  • Personal Statement - Please provide a statement that addresses the compelling academic and/or personal need to attend classes at the University of Washington School of Law, and the objectives you hope to achieve. Please limit your response to 500 words.
  • Résumé - Please provide a résumé detailing any significant vocational, non-vocational, extracurricular or community activities, volunteer work, honors, awards, any service in the Armed Forces, job descriptions and major areas of responsibility, along with dates of employment (mm/yyyy) and the number of hours per week devoted to such activities, publications, or other information that you believe the University of Washington School of Law should consider in evaluating your application. Also please include details as to any foreign language proficiencies you possess, including the level of ability with regard to speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing. Your resume may not exceed three (3) typewritten pages.
  • Letter of Good Academic Standing - Please arrange for a Letter of Good Academic Standing to be sent directly to the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. This letter should be prepared from your law school registrar or academic dean and must (a) state that you are in good academic standing and eligible to continue; and (b) state that earned credits at the UW Law will be accepted, including the maximum number of credits permitted.
  • Official Law School Transcript - Please arrange for your official law school transcript to be sent directly to the law school's Office of Admissions & Financial Aid.

Please note: all records become part of the official file. They will not be returned or duplicated.