Legal Writing ranked No. 1; law school on the rise

March 13, 2012

Seattle University School of Law continues to rise in the overall rankings released today by U.S. News and World Report, and the Legal Writing Program was ranked No.1 in the country. The Part-Time program and clinical program also were ranked among the best in the country in the 2013 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.

"While these rankings are just one measure of success, we are gratified to be recognized for the outstanding education we provide to a diverse body of students," Dean Mark C. Niles said. "Our faculty members are committed scholars and mentors to our students, providing a sound legal education and important skills training."

The Legal Writing Program is a model for law schools nationwide has consistently been recognized as among the country's best. Seattle University School of Law was one of the first law schools to establish a three-year legal writing curriculum, use the process approach to teaching legal research and writing, and have a full-time writing advisor.

Known for their innovative, practice-oriented legal writing curriculum and cutting-edge use of teaching technology, Seattle University's legal writing professors are dedicated teachers and nationally known authors. Faculty members have published six books and countless articles about legal writing and research. They also founded the Legal Writing Institute, a 2,200-plus member organization that has worked to foster the development of legal writing in law schools across the country and in numerous foreign countries. Faculty members have taught legal writing in Russia, India, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa.

The Part-Time Program ranked 13th in the country. It is the highest ranked evening program west of the Mississippi and provides a comprehensive evening program designed for working professionals who want to earn a law degree while continuing to work full-time.

The clinical program, run through the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, is ranked 18th in the country. It provides students the opportunity to work on real cases in a variety of legal areas, ranging from international human rights to youth advocacy.