"Choosing to attend law school here was the best choice I ever made and changed the direction of my career and life. The more you know us, the more you'll know what a special place Seattle University School of Law is."
Dean Annette E. Clark
Class of 1989
Prospective Student FAQ
What are the School of Law's admission requirements?
As a candidate for admission, you must have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to your enrollment, you must have received a competitive score on the Law School Admission Test, and you must have registered with the JD Credential Assembly Service. (LSAT scores are valid for three years. Scores older than three years may be considered by petition.) For complete details on the application process, please refer to the School of Law Bulletin or the Application Process page.
When is the application deadline?
You should submit required application materials at the earliest possible date after they are available and complete your applicant file no later than March 1 (priority deadline) of the year you wish to attend. However, please realize that we use a rolling admission process; meaning, we evaluate files as they become complete.
Does it matter when I turn in my application?
Yes, it can make a difference. We have a rolling admission process. The committee begins reviewing completed applications in late December. Although the final deadline is not until March 1, we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.
How much is the application fee?
$60 U.S.D. if you apply after January 15th. The fee is waived if you apply before January 15th.
What factors are considered in the admission decision?
The Admission Committee emphasizes three factors:
- performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT);
- undergraduate academic performance; and
- personal accomplishments.
How does the Admission Committee view multiple LSAT scores?
If an applicant has more than one LSAT score, the Committee normally gives greater weight to the highest score. However, the Committee does not disregard previous scores, and applicants are encouraged to discuss issues surrounding their prior performance in an addendum to their application.
Will the committee look at my application if I get it in early, but still am missing some information?
No. The committee will not review a file until we have all application materials including the JD CAS report, both letters of recommendation, the application fee, personal statement, and resume. In addition, all questions on the application must be answered in full. Your application must be complete before it will be reviewed by the committee.
Who should I ask to write my two (2) letters of recommendation?
Recommendations that focus on your academic skills (writing, analytical abilities, etc.) are especially helpful. If you have been out of an academic setting for a number of years, employers and/or other professional colleagues are often best prepared to submit recommendations on your behalf.
In what way should I submit my letters of recommendation?
Arrange to have two (2) letters of recommendation submitted on your behalf. Of particular influence are evaluations from professors or professional colleagues who can comment on your ability to analyze complex material and to speak and write with fluency, economy, and precision. Your references must be sent through the Law School Admission Council letter of recommendation service.
How do I check the status of my file?
Thank you for your application to Seattle University School of Law. In order to keep you up to date on the most current information regarding your file, you may check the status of your application weekly. Information will be updated each Tuesday. Please note that it can take up to 3 to 4 weeks for your file to complete based on the timing of the arrival of your JD CAS report and other materials. We encourage you to make sure that all appropriate transcripts, letters and fees are with LSAC.
I have already submitted my application but now I would like to add additional information, what should I do?
Due to the high number of applicants, we strongly discourage the submission of supplementary application materials after the initial application has been received by the Office of Admission. Please ensure that your application is complete and of the utmost integrity at the time it is submitted. However, a limit of no more than two additional documents may be submitted via PDF only. The submission of supplementary materials may delay the Admission Committee's ability to timely review of an otherwise complete application.
Does the School of Law offer a part-time program?
Seattle University is proud to offer the only part-time evening program of legal education in Washington state. Created to meet the needs of working professionals, this three-and-a-half-year program meets Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. or there is a day option that allows students to choose between a Monday through Friday schedule and a two day a week program.
Does the School of Law offer joint-degree programs?
Yes. Along with the highly regarded Albers School of Business we offer four joint degree programs; Master of Business Administration (J.D. /M.B.A), Master of International Business (J.D. /M.I.B), a Master of Science in Finance (J.D. /M.S.F), or a Master of Professional Accounting (J.D ./M.P.A.C.). We also now offer a J.D./Masters with the Institute for Public Service (J.D. /M.P.A), a J.D./Master of Sports Administration and Leadership (J.D./M.S.A.L.) and a J.D./Masters in Transformational Leadership (J.D./M.TL) with the School of Theology and Ministry. Student participants of the joint-degree program must be admitted separately to both the School of Law and the graduate program.
When does the School of Law begin accepting applications?
Application materials are available to candidates in the fall. The Admission Committee makes 90 percent of all admission decisions between January 1 and March 1. We will start accepting applications on October 1.
My file is complete. Can I call the office to see if my file is in committee OR if a decision has been made on my file?
We do not give admission decisions over the phone. Please note all decisions with the exception of offers of admission will be sent via e-mail. You may check your admission status and decision online. Statuses are updated as soon as a decision is made on your file.
How much is tuition?
For tuition the academic year and a complete breakdown of the cost of attending Seattle University School of Law, please see the Financial Aid Tuition Information page.
When do classes begin for the entering class?
There is a REQUIRED orientation for all students this Thursday before the formal start of the academic year. For the full calendar, please see the Academic Calendar.
What are the requirements for transferring to the School of Law?
In addition to the materials required for first-year applicants, transfer applicants must submit:
- an official transcript that covers the entire period of attendance at the law school in which the student was previously enrolled;
- a letter from the dean of that law school certifying that the student is in good standing and eligible to return to study; and
- a class rank. The letter of good standing and class rank must cover the entire period of attendance and must be based on no less than completion of the first year.
What is the deadline for transfer applications?
While there is no official deadline, you are encouraged to submit your application before August to allow the Admission Committee enough time to make a decision in advance of the late-August start of school.
Are there any resources I can read prior to law school?
We have compiled a list of suggested readings by title, author and ISBN number.