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Future LLM Students

University of Washington School of Law

William H. Gates Hall, Box 353020, Seattle, WA 98195-3020, USA
Phone: 206.543.4551 | Website: www.law.washington.edu

Introduction

The Vision: To shape and define just and sustainable laws and policies through scholarly discovery, ethical advocacy, inspired teaching, and generous public service. The University of Washington School of Law aspires to be the best public law school in the nation and one of the world's most respected centers for interdisciplinary legal studies.

The Mission: To serve as and to educate our students to be leaders for the global common good. Our students are asked to rethink and defend their conceptions of the law and its relation to social problems. First-year students are often surprised to learn that their principal objective is not to "learn the law" but rather to develop the intellectual tools and skills necessary to work as professionals. They gain experience in analyzing cases, statutes, and other legal materials, thereby learning the structure and operation of the legal system.

Law School Enrollment

Each fall, an entering class of about 180 JD students and 150 LLM students begins the study of law. The high number of applications received each year allows the School of Law to select an exceptional student body. Our students are academically sound and culturally diverse. Their educational and professional backgrounds create a stimulating intellectual atmosphere.

Physical Facilities

William H. Gates Hall opened in September 2003. The building houses classrooms, a student lounge, a coffee/snack kiosk, locker areas, the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, and faculty, administration, and student organization offices. The building itself is fully accessible to people with disabilities and is equipped with Braille identifiers.

The law school offers:

  • wireless Internet access throughout the building;
  • outlets in each classroom seat;
  • classrooms equipped with audio/visual equipment including CD/DVD players and recording equipment;
  • podiums wired for Internet access (most with built-in computers); and
  • computer labs with 28 PCs for general use.

Our Library

The Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library houses a collection of more than 650,000 volumes establishing it as one of the largest university law collections on the West Coast. CD-ROM technology and full Internet accessibility is a growing part of the library's broad-based access to information resources. A highly trained staff of 38 facilitates access to a wide variety of legal information needs and services. Law students also have access to the 17 other libraries of the University of Washington.

Fitness

The students have access to the University of Washington Intramural Activities Building that offers: a fitness center, five gyms (basketball, volleyball, badminton), squash courts, Crags Climbing Center, an indoor jogging track, multi-activity studios, a swimming pool, saunas, racquetball/handball courts, a group cycling studio, sports fields (softball, flag football, soccer, rugby, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse), tennis courts, a tennis practice wall, and a golf range, as well as opportunities for archery, dance, equestrian, ice hockey, kayaking, rowing, sailing, skiing, table tennis, water polo, water skiing, and yachting.

Housing

The university offers housing in residence halls, apartments, and family housing. In addition, the Student Housing Affairs office maintains lists of rental houses, apartments, and boarding houses in the neighborhood.

LLM Programs/Areas of Specialization

Students in the LLM programs at the UW School of Law have opportunities to take full advantage of our collaborative arrangements with theall university's medicine, nursing, public policy, international studies, technology transfer, environment, engineering, and business schools. In addition, the law school has strong ties to global businesses, foundations, and government and nongovernmental organizations, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Office of the US Attorney, Uplift International, Landesa, and PATH—an international nonprofit organization for global health.

Asian and Comparative Law LLM

Lawyers who want to be recognized as truly expert in the legal systems and cultures of China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, or Central Asia, as well as lawyers from these countries wishing to learn US law and conduct comparative law studies, choose the Asian and Comparative Law program. It is a challenging program that builds professional competence in the substantive laws of one or more Asian jurisdictions and develops comparative legal research and writing skills. Students in this track complete a sequence of Asian and comparative law courses, general law courses, and a major legal research and writing project. After graduation they pursue legal careers in Asia, Europe, or the United States, focusing on Asia-related transnational work. Some graduates become legal academics or pursue policy-related careers.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); May 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts from LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service accepted
  • Approximately 20 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $36,000

For more information, please visit the Asian Law Center website, or contact:

Mie Murazumi
Academic Program Coordinator
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall, Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
USA

Phone: 206.543.2283
Fax: 206.616.3426
E-mail: gradlaw@uw.edu

Global Business Law LLM

Students in this program focus on US and international business law courses, as well as practice-oriented courses that simulate global transactions. The law school provides a large selection of courses, including international contracting, international trade, and international business transactions. Graduates pursue legal careers as global business lawyers, entrepreneurs, or government lawyers responsible for economic policy and regulation.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); May 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts from LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service accepted
  • Approximately 20 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $36,000

For more information, please visit the Asian Law Center website, or contact:

Mie Murazumi
Academic Program Coordinator
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall, Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
USA

Phone: 206.543.2283
Fax: 206.616.3426
E-mail: gradlaw@uw.edu

Sustainable International Development Law LLM

Poverty, hunger, overpopulation, transitional political systems, and resource distribution are a few of the most basic issues confronting the world today. Many of them unfold amidst a complex web of looming national, comparative, and international legal problems. This program is the first at a US law school to focus on international development law. It is designed for lawyers who seek to develop a career in the many intersecting fields of sustainability and international development. The core courses for this track focus a legal lens on contemporary issues of sustainability such as climate change, income redistribution population limitation, food production, environmental damage, and natural or man-made constraints on growth. Courses also examine the theory and practice of donor-assisted rule-of-law work in different regions. There is growing need for persons with these skills in foreign-government ministries; in agencies such as the Agency for International Development, the World Bank, and the United Nations; on legislative staffs; and in nongovernmental organizations and elsewhere in the private sector.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); May 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts from LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service accepted
  • Approximately 15 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $36,000

For more information, please visit the program website, or contact:

Mie Murazumi
Academic Program Coordinator
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall, Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
USA

Phone: 206.543.2283
Fax: 206.616.3426
E-mail: gradlaw@uw.edu

Intellectual Property Law and Policy LLM

Intellectual property law is no longer just for patent specialists. In today's world, intellectual property law touches everything from stem cell lines, medicine, and electronic toothbrushes to garments, card games, and footballs (both kinds). This program provides students with intensive education and training focused on emerging intellectual property legal issues relating to technological innovation in all fields. The University of Washington is located in one of the premier IP-producing regions in the world. Scientists, computer programmers, aerospace engineers, medical researchers, singers, and writers are all here, developing things that they hope will change the world. UW is right in the mix, providing leadership to encourage innovation.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); June 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts required: LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service accepted
  • Approximately 30 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $32,000

For more information, please visit the Intellectual Property Law and Policy Graduate Program website, or contact:

Jennifer Snider
Program Manager
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall, Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
USA

Phone: 206.616.3809
Fax: 206.543.5671
E-mail: iplaw@uw.edu

LLM in Taxation

The Graduate Program in Taxation offers the range of courses and flexibility to study everything from sophisticated international business transactions to drafting estate planning documents. The program draws faculty from experienced practitioners in the Pacific Northwest. These practitioners, along with a distinguished full-time faculty, provide LLM students with the knowledge, tools, and skills to be outstanding tax professionals. Our Federal Tax Clinic allows students to represent real clients in disputes with the IRS. Classes are generally scheduled in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate students who work while earning their degree.

  • Application deadline:
    • International applicants: February 1 for fall quarter only
    • US applicants: July 1 (fall quarter); November 1 (winter quarter); February 1 (spring quarter)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts required: LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service accepted
  • Approximately 35 full-time and 30 part-time students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $25,000

For more information, please visit the Graduate Program in Taxation website, or contact:

Kelly Ruhig
Program Manager
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall, Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
USA

Phone: 206.543.6704
Fax: 206.685.4469
E-mail: lawtax@uw.edu

Health Law LLM

Health Law is a dynamic, growing area of specialized legal practice and the University of Washington is leading the way. Our Health Law LLM Program harnesses the strengths of internationally known schools of law, medicine, public health, and public policy to create a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach for improving individual and global health.

  • Application deadline: February 1 (international applicants); June 1 (US applicants)
  • Application fee: $85
  • Transcripts required: LSAC LLM Credential Assembly Service accepted
  • Approximately 8–15 students participate in this program each year
  • Tuition: approximately $32,000

For more information, please visit the Health Law LLM website, or contact:

Jennifer Snider
Program Manager
University of Washington School of Law
William H. Gates Hall, Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98195-3020
USA

Phone: 206.616.3809
Fax: 206.543.5671
E-mail: jsnider@uw.edu

Our Faculty

The University of Washington School of Law offers a student-to-faculty ratio of 10:1. Faculty areas of specialization include labor law, tax law, international law, environmental and water law, family law, real property law, laws concerning business organization, commercial law, constitutional law, the law of sex and race discrimination, American Indian law, intellectual property, and health law. In addition, there are several faculty members specifically interested in questions of legal history, legal philosophy, and law and social science. These interests are reflected in the school's curriculum.

Our Classes

The Law School classes are uniquely designed to team JD and LLM/PhD students and Visiting Scholars in the same classroom and often in teams working on practical problems. The unique mix of US and international LLM students in one program also provides a valuable reciprocal learning experience.

Bar Examinations

We expect many of our students to sit for the New York or California Bar as part of their preparation for the next stage of their careers. We team with a commercial provider of bar preparation courses, so that students may attend bar preparation classes on the UW campus.

Student Services and Organizations

There are 43 registered student journals and organizations, and over 700 student organizations at the university level. Of particular interest to LLM students are the Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, the International Law Society, Technology Law Society, Student Health Law Organization, and the Business Law Association.

Career Services

The Center for Professional and Leadership Development provides professional development coaching, recruiting opportunities, electronic job-search tools, and events. Many of the events and activities are planned to create and promote new relationships among attorneys, alumni, and UW School of Law students. The center believes it can serve its mission through core values of integrity and mutual respect, teamwork, superior competence, open and honest communication, and confidentiality.

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