Planning a Visit
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.
UW Law is fortunate to have our group of friendly Student Ambassadors to welcome and meet with students. If you are a prospective student who is unable to make it to campus for a tour but would like a current student's perspective on UW Law, we encourage you to check out our Student Ambassador Council page, read the member bios, and contact a SAC member directly with your student-experience questions. Our SAC members also regularly blog about their experiences at UW Law here!
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.
Guided Tours: We offer guided tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:30 PM during the academic year. Guided tours are by appointment only, scheduled at least a week in advance by submitting a Visit Request Form, and last approximately thirty (30) minutes. (Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you encounter errors with the Visit Request Form.)
Guided tours are scheduled during the students’ lunch hour when various student organization meetings, guest speakers, and workshops are hosted throughout the quarter. This gives our prospective students 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.
Visit a Law School Class
Class Visitor Conduct: Please arrive early and introduce yourself to the professor as a visiting prospective student. Please take an available seat in the back of the class, and be sure to silence your cell phones. 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.
Occasionally a class will be cancelled on short notice, and while we will do our best to notify scheduled attendees of the change, that's not always possible: we appreciate your understanding!
Class visits will resume in October 2017. Please check our website in late September for class visit information.
Please note that the law school will be closed on the following dates in observance with national holidays/campus observances. No tours, class visits, or meetings will be available these days:
- January 2, 2017 - New Year's Day observed
- January 16, 2017 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
- February 20, 2017 - Presidents' Day
- May 29, 2017 - Memorial Day
- July 4, 2017 - Independence Day
- September 4, 2017 - Labor Day
Meet with an Admissions Representative
If you'd like to make an appointment to meet with an Assistant Director of Admissions, please email us and we would be happy to schedule you an appointment. You can also select this option in the Visit Request Form if you are also visiting a class and/or taking a guided tour.
Directions & Parking
Directions and Parking information for visitors can be found here. We are in Room 231 of the William H. Gates Building, which is also known as the UW School of Law building.
While we encourage you to schedule your visit in advance, we 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. For UW Law admissions news, updates, and information on our recruiting events and upcoming presentations, please fill out this form.