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Seattle University (School of Law)




Seattle University is an urban oasis atop Seattle's First Hill, distinguished by 46 acres of lush green lawns and lovingly landscaped gardens and grounds. Sullivan Hall, home to the School of Law, is located on the eastern edge of campus. This five-floor, handsomely appointed structure features a lengthy list of amenities that, taken together, represent a prototype for law schools of the future: a street-front law clinic; state-of-the-art classrooms and study areas; a modern and impressive law library; a cutting-edge courtroom complex; and spacious student lounges and activity centers. In its spectacular facility, the School of Law is destined to become the preeminent private law school in the West.

Seattle University School of Law is fully accredited by the American Bar Association and holds full membership in the Association of American Law Schools.

The School of Law provides an excellent legal education in congruity with the overall educational mission of Seattle University. Reflecting the Jesuit tradition of academic distinction, we commit ourselves to preparing our students for the highest degree of professional performance. The 21st century presents novel and exciting challenges for legal practitioners, and we are dedicated to anticipating these challenges and educating our students to meet them. Our curriculum, designed with an eye to the future, enables our students to develop the intellectual abilities and practical skills necessary for a full range of career options -- whether they choose to enter solo or large-firm practices, serve as government or public interest lawyers, or use their legal educations to enhance civic leadership or business careers.

Our teaching is both demanding and humane; it blends legal theory, doctrinal analysis, and comprehensive practical-skills training. Our faculty is dedicated to scholarship and professional activities, for we recognize that the quality of teaching is enhanced by learning, that intellectual progress is inherently valuable, and that the pursuit of justice is furthered by dialogue with colleagues inside and outside of the law. Together, and through all of these pursuits, our faculty, administrators, and staff seek to be role models for the principled and public-spirited attorneys that we wish our students to become.

Reflecting the Jesuit tradition of open inquiry, social responsibility, and concern for personal growth, we commit ourselves to freedom of conscience, thought, and speech. We educate lawyers who will lead and serve others with integrity and compassion. We aspire to foster the finest qualities of leadership and service: clear and critical thinking, effective communication, wise judgment, ethical behavior, and a charitable spirit. We explore with our students the purposes of the law, examining the value contexts in which citizens make decisions and take action. We conceive of legal ethics as a lifetime in the law at the service of justice, rather than as the mere observance of a professional code. We ask our students to exercise critical intelligence and to evolve a generosity of spirit as they grow professionally. Ultimately, we challenge our students to contribute to the common good by shaping an equitable legal system so that the American people may honor the law and respect its lawyers.

Our students are, and will remain, distinctive and diverse. We admit students whose life experiences and talents demonstrate the ability, intellect, and character to complete our program successfully, whether they are entering directly after college, changing careers, or combining legal education with their ongoing professions. We actively seek diversity in our community, welcoming qualified persons of different races, ethnicities, religions, ages, disabilities, genders, sexual orientations, socioeconomic backgrounds, and points of view.

With a bold spirit and a steadfast commitment to academic distinction, open inquiry, and social responsibility, the Seattle University School of Law strives to promote learning in law as the cornerstone of effective democracy.

Several areas come together to create the dynamic community that is Seattle University School of Law, including programs that encompass unique educational opportunities and community-based outreach. These programs not only complement the curriculum, faculty research interests and student activities, they blend legal theory with the practical in an effort to explore the purposes of the law.

The faculty and staff of Seattle University School of Law understand the unique role they play in the legal education, mentoring, and support of our law students.
Our faculty is dedicated to teaching and learning, and uses a variety of pegagogies and technologies to enhance the learning process and support a variety of learning styles. This emphasis does not come at the expense of scholarship or activism, however. SU Law faculty understand the connection between quality instruction, professional development and academic excellence. Blending interests and roles only furthers the pursuit of justice and intellectual progress, and enables them to cultivate those values in our students.

Information Services facilitates the use of technology and library services to enhance instruction, the curriculum, scholarship and learning. As partners in this endeavor, the Technology Department and the Law Library provide institutional support to faculty, students and staff on all matters regarding technology and information media, print and electronic resources, computing and networking, and research services. Complementary pursuits both within and outside of the Seattle University community enhance the knowledge and expertise available to support the entire SU Law community.

SU Law is a practice-based law school that combines the teaching of traditional legal doctrine with the development of effective, hands-on practice skills. In addition to a wide range of academic basic and not-so-basic courses, our curriculum also includes a renowned legal writing program, several real-client clinics, and an active externship program. SU Law offers two joint degree programs, J.D./M.B.A. and J.D./Master's in International Business.

SU Law is also proud to sponsor the Access to Justice Institute, which grows out of our core mission to prepare our students for a lifetime of service to justice. ATJI works with the Access to Justice community and organizes and oversees SU Law student volunteers who help fulfill the need for legal services for the poor, the vulnerable, and the historically underserved.

Our students are exceptionally computer-savvy. They're required to have laptops to take advantage of the school's state of the art computer technology and wireless network. Our faculty also makes extensive use of online resources, resulting in students who use time and technology effectively to do research and solve problems.

SU Law has both full-time day and part-time evening students. Many of our students have significant professional experience in business, government, the sciences, and social services, and a substantial number hold advanced degrees. We are particularly proud of the diversity of our student body: approximately 20% of the student population are students of color, and a significant number are first-generation immigrants.

Our academic year comprises two semesters: fall semester usually begins the last week of August, with final exam period ending in mid-December. Spring semester usually begins the second week in January, with classes ending at the beginning of May and final exam period ending in mid-May. Classes during the summer term are held only in the evenings.

All SU Law students are required to take the following first year classes:
* Civil Procedure
* Contracts
* Criminal Law
* Legal Writing I
* Property
* Torts
There are also several required upper-division courses:
* Constitutional Law
* Evidence
* Legal Writing II
* Professional Responsibility

SU Law's renowned writing program comprises Legal Writing I, a year of basic research and development of objective writing skills such as drafting memoranda and client letters, and Legal Writing II, an additional semester of advanced research and development of persuasive writing skills, including a memorandum in support of a motion and an attendant appellate brief. Legal Writing II also includes two oral arguments.

SU Law has always emphasized the development of practical skills to accompany the study of traditional legal doctrine. We have a lively clinical program in which supervised students combine legal theory with hands-on, real world practice and represent real clients with real issues. SU Law offers clinics in law practice (juvenile defense and special education), administrative law, bankruptcy, immigration law, intellectual property/artists, not for profit organizations, professional responsibility, and trusts and estates.

We also have a very active externship program in which students earn credits by working in a court or in a law-related organization under the close supervision of a judge or an attorney.

As a private school, SU Law is tuition-driven. For the 2006-2007 academic year, tuition costs for a full-time student will exceed $27,000. Many of our students incur substantial debt in pursuit of their legal educations and must consider debt servicing when making career plans.



School name:Seattle UniversitySchool of Law
Address:Sullivan Hall 901 12th Avenue
Zip & city:WA 98122-1090 Washington
Phone:206-398-4000
Web:http://www.law.seattleu.edu
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