Gonzaga University  - School of Law campus

Overview

Applicants
886
Acceptance Rate
67%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.28
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
125

Test Scores

LSAT
151 - 155

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
April 15

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$50

LSDAS Service Used
Yes

Applicants accepted in terms other than fall
Yes

Transfer Applicants Accepted
Yes

Deferred Admission
No

Other Admission Factors

Academic

LSAT Score
Undergraduate GPA

Overall


Faculty Information

Total Faculty
40

40
Female
10
Minority

Students Say

“Smaller classes, smaller community, close-knit school identity.” Much at Gonzaga University, a small Jesuit school in Spokane, Washington, is couched in terms of size, but size does not define the school. With a “very accessible” administration, an “amazing” classroom environment, and “intellectual property professors who are experts in their field,” Gonzaga’s impact on students is larger than its size would suggest. Perhaps that’s because its size affords students a chance to work closely with administrators and instructors alike. “Communication between faculty and students is pretty good,” students note, with leadership that is “very accessible and approachable but respectable.” The same is said about the “great” professors here. “All seem qualified, engaging, and effective instructors,” a group who “come from excellent schools from around the country and have many years of professional experience.”

Technology and access to information is paramount at Gonzaga. The “top notch” facilities and “incredibly helpful library assistants” make research a breeze. “There is a concerted effort to familiarize students with every online resource that is available (as well as) with information in more traditional formats.” In addition, “the library and staff work very hard to ensure students have access to the most relevant and up to date materials.” This works hand-in-hand with the accolades the legal research and writing program receives. This four-semester program, with an optional fifth semester, gives students “an ability to research better than most and have experience drafting multiple legal memorandums, motions to the court, and appellate briefs.”

The new required skills labs during 1L year “need drastic improvements,” due in part to an inconsistent approach between professors, but this is balanced by the two-year LRW program, “which really helps a student compete for hard to get internships and compete with bigger schools like University of Washington.” The idea is to give students practical, hands-on experience that will allow them to succeed in the real world. The school also has “an excellent mentorship program that they do not force the students to participate in even though it is an excellent opportunity.” In addition, “the clinic and externship requirements are great. They require real world experience so you are practice ready when you graduate.” Overall, the “wonderful facilities, faculty that cares about the students, and very helpful professional development office” make Gonzaga stand taller than its size would seem to allow.

Career overview

Career Rating
87
Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
74%
Average Starting Salary
$53,090
% of graduates who are employed within nine months of graduation
81%

Career Services

On campus summer employment recruitment for first year JD students
Yes

On campus summer employment recruitment for second year JD students
Yes

# of Employers that Recruit on Campus Each Year
21

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Various law firms; various local and state government entities, including military; various corporate entities.

Graduates Employed by Area


Graduates Employed by Region


Prominent Alumni

Christine Gregoire
Governor, State of Washington, former

Barbara Madsen
Chief Justice, Washington Supreme Court

Mike McGrath
Chief Justice, Montana Supreme Court

Paul Luvera
Plantiffs Attorney, lead in tobacco litigation

Kelly Cline
Executive VP, Fox Cable Legal Affairs

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Feb 1
Application Deadlines
Mar 1

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$41,918

% Students Receiving Some Aid
88%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,360
Estimated On-Campus Room and Board
$11,205
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$11,205
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$5,327
Fees
$150

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
339
Parent Institution Enrollement
7,423

Number of Foreign Countries Represented
3
Average Age at Entry
26

% Out-of-State
54%
% International
2%

Demographics

17.00%
% Under-represented Minorities

100% are full time
0% are part time
42% female
58% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Comfortable and inviting, the “collegial, friendly, laid back atmosphere” of Gonzaga “is definitely a plus.” The “small, close-knit law school environment” fits well with the “modern and pleasant” facilities and “beautiful” building with a student lounge completed in 2013. “It has been a great place to spend the last three years.” In some ways, the easygoing atmosphere is designed to offer balance to the “difficult” classes. As one student notes, “The law school experience is challenging enough without having to deal with difficult people and difficult conditions.”

That said, “there is a glaring lack of diversity at the school.” As a Jesuit school, a certain conservative atmosphere comes as no surprise, but some students complain about an “overall sense of intolerance” in some areas. “While I recognize that it is a Jesuit Catholic school,” one student said, “this is counter to the school’s mission of tolerance and respect for all.” Those who do fit into the atmosphere here, though—and most do—find that “students are encouraged to work together and have good relations with each other.” Indeed, “it is easy to standout, get personalized attention, and get involved at Gonzaga Law.” This kind of camaraderie is welcome, since many students complain that Spokane is a “boring” town. Students must often create their own distractions, which tend to focus on outdoor activities like biking, rock climbing, and more. Thankfully, Glacier National Park, Banff, Seattle, Northern Idaho, and lower British Columbia are all within a few hours, making weekend getaways varied and easily accessible.


More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Campus-wide network
No

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Susan Lee
Director of Admissions

Address
P. O. Box 3528
721 N. Cincinnati Street
Spokane, WA 99220-3528

Phone
800-793-1710

Email
admissions@lawschool.gonzaga.edu