The University of Washington School of Law (UWLS) is located in Seattle, Washington. Among the areas of specialization represented are labour law, tax law, international law, environmental and water law, family law, real property law, laws concerning business organization, commercial law, constitutional law, the law of sex and race discrimination, American Indian law, intellectual property, and health law. At the UW School of Law it is the goal to lead in t he delivery of professional legal education by preparing students for the challenge of practice in the 21st century, and by producing influential scholarship dedicated to the development of law, legal institutions and policies that advance justice throughout the nation and the world.
The Law School offers post-graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Asian and Comparative Law, Health Law, Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Law of Sustainable International Development, Taxation. The Law School also offers a program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Asian and Comparative Law.
To earn a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Washington School of Law, a student must meet the residence requirements and must complete at least 135 quarter hours of credits satisfactory to the Law School, including credits for all required courses.
The Law School, in collaboration with other University graduate programs, offers a certificate program in Public Health Genetics and a certificate program in Intellectual Property Law and Policy. These certificate programs are available to students already enrolled in university degree programs. The programs are designed to foster mutual exchange of information across disciplines and to enhance student understanding of the role of law in their primary areas of graduate study and future careers.
Law Librarianship Program
The Law School provides facilities and instruction for lawyer candidates for the Masters of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree with a special certificate in Law Librarianship and for other students in the School of Library and Information Science who elect specialized training in law librarianship.
The Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library is one of the finest law libraries in the country. Its collection is among the largest university law collections on the West Coast and currently numbers more than 5,25,000 volumes. In addition to an extensive research collection, it supports the Asian Law, Law of Sustainable Development, and Tax graduate programs and serves as a federal depository for selected U.S. government documents. Law students also have access to the seventeen other libraries of the University, which hold more than six million additional volumes. Access is provided to all UW collections. The law library subscribes to computerized databases, such as LEXIS-NEXIS and WESTLAW. CD-ROM technology and full Internet accessibility is a growing part of the library's broad-based access to legal and non-legal information resources. A highly-trained staff of 38 facilitates access to a wide variety of legal information needs and services.
Clinics at the UWLS
The clinical law program is central to the law school's public service and access to justice efforts. Each year, a variety of clinics offer diverse practice opportunities to law students. Nearly 60% of each JD class enrolls in a clinic. The UW School of law is committed to providing an innovative, student-focused learning environment that prepares the students to become highly skilled lawyers in a globally competitive world. The UW students gain a strong foundation in legal theory, the skills necessary for success in the changing legal profession, and an awareness of their ethical and public service responsibilities.
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-3020