Legal Writing No. 1 again; Clinic ranked 18, and law school moves up overall

March 11, 2014

For the sixth consecutive year, Seattle University School of Law has the top Legal Writing Program in the nation, and its clinical and Part-Time Programs also are among the best, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2015 edition of Best Graduate Schools.

Along with the No. 1 ranking for legal writing, the law school rose in the overall rankings, to 87. The Clinical Program is ranked 18th, the Part-Time Program is ranked 25th, and the law school is16th on the index of the country's most diverse law schools. The 2013-14 entering class is 39 percent students of color — the most diverse in the Northwest.

"I am so proud of my faculty and staff colleagues at Seattle University School of Law for their commitment and dedication in preparing our students to be great lawyers," Dean Annette E. Clark said. "These rankings are an imperfect and incomplete measure of the quality of the legal education we provide, but the recognition is gratifying."

The consistently high rankings of the clinical and Legal Writing programs demonstrate the benefits of integration, cooperation, and creativity for students. The Legal Writing Program is a national model, and graduates leave law school prepared to research, write and advocate at the highest level.

Through the Legal Writing Collaborative, a unique partnership between the Legal Writing Program and the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, first-year students get to work on a real legal problem affecting clients. These projects provide exceptional training in practical skills and ignite student passion for the practice of law.

In the clinic, students and faculty represent clients in a variety of practice areas, ranging from international human rights to youth advocacy and administrative law. Students make a real difference in the lives of clients who otherwise might not have legal representation.

The law school is home to the state's only Part-Time Program for working professionals, with evening classes that allow students the flexibility to keep working or taking care of their families, while completing law school in three-and-a-half years. The students in the program boast superb academic records, impressive career credentials, and a range of work and life experience.

 "All of these programs together make Seattle University School of Law a unique community," Clark said. "We combine academic and intellectual challenge with practical skills training to educate powerful advocates for justice."