University of Washington School of Law

University of Washington School of Law

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The University of Washington, in Seattle, is the highest ranked law school in the Pacific Northwest, ranked No. 28 by The National Jurist and U.S. News & World Report. With the best employment rate in the region, it is a popular choice. That also means it is difficult to get into. Its acceptance rate is only 21 percent, its LSAT range is the highest in the region, and its GPA is one of the highest.

Like other schools in the region, a small enrollment and low student-to-faculty ratio of 9-to-1 makes for a personalized education.

“I’ve been pleasantly delighted to see the balance between a collegial place and an intellectual global environment,” said Dean Kellye Testy. “I think this is very rare. There are many great academic institutions, but you want them to be warm and welcoming. The community is just so lovely. It just makes what we do so much fun because everyone enjoys their role in the community.”

University of Washington has a lower bar pass rate than most schools in the nation — at 81 percent. But that is largely due to a very challenging state exam. The state bar pass rate is 64 percent.

The school also offers six J.D. specializations including Asian law, environmental law and comparative law. Additionally, it has a long clinical history, with more than 65 percent of students participating in at least one clinic before graduation.

While it has the highest non-resident tuition in the region at $42,918, most students qualify for in-state tuition of $29,948 and graduate with an average debt of $90,348. 

Published Fall 2013

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75th Percentile1653.8
25th Percentile1573.43
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time
Living Expenses
Median grant$15000
Percent receiving grants69.00%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 90.30%
NJ Employment79.66
Bar Passage85.05%
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Environmental/Natural Resource Law
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Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
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Tax Law
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