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2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Law

Annette Clark, MD, JD, Dean
John Eason, JD, LL.M, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Donna Claxton Deming, JD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs

Web: http://www.law.seattleu.edu/

Degrees Offered

Juris Doctor (JD)
Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration (JD/MBA)
Juris Doctor/Master of Professional Accounting (JD/MPAC)
Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Finance (JD/MSF)
Juris Doctor/Master in Sport Administration (JD/MSAL)
Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (JD/MACJ)
Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration (JD/MPA)
Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (JD/MATL)

Seattle University School of Law, the Pacific Northwest’s most diverse law school, educates great lawyers to be powerful advocates for justice. The school enrolls about 800 students representing more than 250 undergraduate schools and drawn from the top third of the national law school applicant pool. The law school offers a rigorous curriculum, outstanding teacher-scholars, and exceptional lawyering skills training from the country’s No. 1. ranked Legal Writing Program, clinics, and externships that provide real-world experience. The School of Law also offers a variety of joint degrees with the Albers School of Business and Economics, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Theology and Ministry.

Seattle University School of Law is the Washington law school with a part-time program and flexible schedules geared to meet the needs of working professionals. Entering students may begin legal studies in the summer or in the fall, take classes in the day or evening, and complete their first year in 9, 12, or 15 months, as described below. Students can choose to attend year-round and complete law school in 2 ½ years.

Full-time Summer Entry

All entering students may choose to start early by completing a single class in the summer, thereby reducing their fall course loads. Three options are available: two meet in the late afternoon and the other in the evening, Monday through Thursday. Summer term is six weeks.

Full-time Fall Entry

Students who begin studies in the fall take 16 credits in the fall term and 14 credits in the spring term to complete their first-year legal studies over the traditional nine-month period. Classes convene between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Part-time Summer Entry

This program of evening-only classes is designed for students with employment or personal obligations during the day. Law school commences in the summer with a single course, and the course load over the fall and spring terms is four classes each term for a total of 21 credits. The final first-year course is completed the second summer. Classes convene after 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Admission Requirements

In determining those applicants who will be admitted to the School of Law, the Admissions Committee considers three primary factors:

  • Performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT);
  • Undergraduate academic record; and
  • Personal accomplishments.

At least two evaluators review each application. In all cases, qualitative factors weigh heavily in the admission decision. These might include exceptional professional achievements, outstanding community service, or evidence of particular talents or backgrounds that will contribute especially and significantly to the law school community.

Seattle University embraces a wholly nondiscriminatory admission policy and philosophy. We welcome applications from all persons without regard to age, gender, race, religion, national origin, marital status, sexual or political orientation or disability.

Candidates for admission must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment. In addition, applicants must have received a competitive score on the LSAT, and have registered with the Law School Data Assembly Service. Applicants should submit required application materials at the earliest possible date after they are available, and complete their applicant file no later than April 1 of the year they wish to attend.