J.D. Program

Prospective Student Information

What better way to experience life as a law student at the University of Washington School of Law than to visit us at William H. Gates Hall? We invite you to take a tour of the building, visit and observe a law school class, meet with the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid staff, and get a real taste of law student life by spending time with our Student Ambassadors. We recommend planning your visit around lunchtime during the academic year when classes are in session. Please be sure to check the Academic Calendar for details

Building Tours

Guided Tours: We offer guided tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:30pm. Guided tours are led by current law school students (Student Ambassadors), by appointment only, scheduled at least a week in advance by submitting a Visit Request Form, and last approximately thirty (30) minutes. The guided tour is scheduled during the students’ lunch hour when various student organization meetings, guest speakers, and workshops are hosted throughout the quarter. Hence, you will get a sense of our active law school community as our Student Ambassador guides you around William H. Gates Hall.

Guided tours are offered during most, but not all, weeks of the Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. We are only able to accommodate guided tour requests during the dates listed below in the schedule and on the Visit Request Form link above.

Self-Guided Tours: Visitors who wish to tour the building on their own may pick up a Self-Guided Tour booklet at the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, Room 231, during regular business hours.

Attend a Law School Class

Class Visitor Conduct:  Please notify us of your intent to visit a class by using the Visit Request Form. Please arrive early, take an available seat in the back of the class, and be sure to silence your cell phone. To avoid disrupting the learning process, please plan to attend the entire class. If the professor offers a break, you may choose to leave at that time. Feel free to introduce yourself to the professor, but please do so at the end of class.

Occasionally a class will be canceled on short notice, and while we will do our best to notify scheduled attendees of the change, that's not always possible.

Autumn Quarter 2015 Visitation Schedules
(October 5 - December 2)

First-Year Courses
Contracts M/W 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM Prof. S. O’Connor Room 138
Civil Procedure I M/T/W/Th 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM Prof. E. Porter Room 127
Torts T/Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM Prof. R. Calo Room 117
Torts T/Th 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM Prof. Z. Said Room 119
Upper-Division Courses
Environmental Law M/W 8:30 AM – 10:20 AM Prof. S. Knudsen Room 127
Business Organizations M/W/F 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Prof. D. Drake Room 133
Administrative Law M/W/F 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Prof. K. Watts Room 127
Labor Relations & The Law T/Th 8:30 AM - 10:20 AM Prof. L. Vaughn Room 119

Directions and parking information for William H. Gates Hall

Please note that the law school will be closed on the following dates in observance with national holidays/campus observances. No tours or class visits will be available these days:

  • November 11, 2015 - Veterans Day
  • November 26 & 27, 2015 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • January 18, 2016 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • February 15, 2016 - Presidents' Day
  • May 30, 2016 - Memorial Day

Walk-in Visits

While we encourage you to schedule your visit in advance, we also welcome walk-in visitors. Please stop by the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, Room 231, to ask any questions about the law school and our admissions process or to pick up a self-guided tour booklet.  We will do our best to accommodate walk-in requests, but please note that we cannot guarantee that an admissions officer will be available.

Visiting During the Summer or Interim Periods

Although the above guided tour and designated law school class schedules are not available during the summer and interim periods, we still welcome your visit to the School of Law. The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid is open regular business hours during the summer and interim periods.

We sincerely hope you enjoy your visit at the University of Washington School of Law.

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