Overview

Applicants
1,460
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average Undergrad GPA
3.33
Accepted Applicants Who Attend
256

Test Scores

LSAT
151 - 157

Deadlines

Application Deadlines
March 1

Application Process

Rolling Admissions
Yes

Application Fee
$60

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
Letters of Recommendation
Essay / Personal Statement

Selectivity Rating

Faculty Information


Students Say

Seattle University “[offers] a great academic experience” while fostering “a challenging but supportive environment.” The “great faculty, tremendous core values, [and] excellent course selection,” are influenced by the school’s Jesuit tradition. This “mission of social justice” divides the opinions of students. Some praise it as “one of the greatest strengths of this school.” The school’s location in one of America’s hippest cities “affords many opportunities for externships and doing pro bono work.” Seattle offers many benefits, both socially and career-wise, to students. The school is very “connected to the local legal community.”
“The facilities are outstanding” at Seattle University, with a “bright and open” building that is “really nice, modern, and inviting.” The law school is “always a comfortable temperature,” has “excellent wireless access,” and features “plenty of places to study and plenty of plug ins for laptops.” There are “tons of places to meet in groups or hide to study alone,” especially in the library where you can even “eat and drink” while hitting the books. “The library staff [is] very accessible and helpful” and “even the custodial staff and the baristas are sweethearts.”
Academically, the most constantly praised program is easily the “top notch” “number one-ranked legal writing program.” “The legal writing program really shines and local employers take that into account when making hiring decisions,” a 1L explains. “It’s the only reason anyone that has a job after graduation got that job,” says a 3L. “One of the highlights really has to be the center for professional development,” and students also praise the law clinics. The “very passionate” professors “literally beg students to come to office hours.” Some do suggest professors can be “a mixed bag.” “The professors and deans are very accessible and willing to talk to/work with students to solve any problems,” and they work to ensure classes are “always a collaborative and encouraging but challenging environment.” A 2L elaborates: “The teaching focus is traditional with modern twists: how would this rule of evidence apply to text messages? Is opening an email an unlawful search? What free sources of research are available on the internet?” However, one 2L fears that “the theme of ‘social justice’ has overrun the theme of creating employable lawyers.” “I loved every class and for the first time in my educational career, I actually WANTED to do my homework!” one pleased student declares. The “very down to earth” administration also receives praise for being “more than capable of answering just about every question you could have.” Some students do think the administration should work to make “the night program more equal to the day program,” and in general the administration should “focus more on preparing students for employment following graduation.” A 2L sums up their experience thusly: “The entire focus of the program, from top to bottom, is: You CAN do this and you CAN be amazing at it.”

Career overview

Pass Rate for First-Time Bar Exam
76%
% of graduates who are employed within ten months of graduation
82%

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
55

Employers who most frequently hire graduates
Perkins Coie,, K and L Gates, Davis Wright Tremaine, Riddell Williams, Dorsey Whitney,Graham and Dunn and Miller Nash

Graduates Employed by Area

44%
Private Practice
29%
Business/Industry
12%
Government
8%
Public Interes
5%
Judicial Clerkships
2%
Academic

Graduates Employed by Region

1%
International
1%
Mid-Atlantic

Prominent Alumni

Angela Rye
T.V. Analyst and Commentator

Justice Charles Johnson
Washington State Supreme Court

Sean Parnell
Governor of Alaska

William Marler
Food Safety Advocate

Lee Lambert
President, Shoreline Community College

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
Feb 15

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Annual Total Aid Package Awarded
$54,000

% Students Receiving Some Aid
98%

Direct Lender
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$43,500
Estimated Off-Campus Room and Board
$18,000
Estimated Cost for Books / Academic Expense
$1,500
Fees
$80

Student Body Profile

Total Enrollment
793
Parent Institution Enrollement
7,273

Average Age at Entry
27

% International
0%

Demographics

32.50%
% Under-represented Minorities

79% are full time
21% are part time
51% female
49% male

Campus Life

Students Say

Seattle University “hosts frequent events both social and otherwise,” which fosters “camaraderie between students.” The student body is somewhat divided “between the day and evening students,” two groups that are “different and [do] not socialize with each other.” This may be exacerbated by the fact that “most of the school events, activities, and classes are geared towards day-students.” The school’s location “the midst of a great Seattle neighborhood” provide plenty of nightlife and off-campus activities. “Seattle is definitely gray and rainy, but that is part of the package,” and students enjoy “being located in such a progressive city.”

More Information

% of Classrooms with Internet Access
100%

Admissions Office Contact

Contact
Gerald Heppler
Interim Director of Admission

Address
901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

Phone
206-398-4200

Email
lawadmis@seattleu.edu