Legal Writing Program Number One Again

Seattle University School of Law has the country’s best legal writing program and is among the most diverse law schools, according to U.S. News and World Report’s annual rankings. The law school also continues to move up in magazine’s Top 100.

“While the rankings are only one measure of our success, it’s gratifying to know that others recognize what we already know: that we train excellent lawyers who are dedicated to social justice,” Dean Kellye Testy said. “We are extremely proud of the legal education we provide.”

The Legal Writing Program is known for its innovative, practice-oriented legal writing curriculum and use of cutting-edge teaching technology. The law school also founded the 1,600-member Legal Writing Institute, a recognized leader in developing programs around the country and abroad. Faculty members are recognized for their knowledge and dedication to students. The curriculum they have developed has set the standard for legal writing.

“Our legal writing program is a model for law schools throughout the country,” Program Director Laurel Oates said.

The ranking was based on evaluations by law faculty at schools throughout the country. Those programs named by the most faculty go to the top of the list.

Seattle University School of Law is also among those where students are “most likely to encounter classmates from different racial or ethnic groups,” according to U.S. News & World Report.

“Diversity has always been an important goal at this law school,” Assistant Dean for Admissions Carol Cochran said. “Having a broad mix of students and faculty from different ethnic, racial, intellectual and social backgrounds creates a richer atmosphere for everyone at the law school.”

The overall rankings in the magazine’s annual edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools are based on a formula derived from a number of factors, including assessment by peers and judges, entering student GPAs and LSAT scores, acceptance rate, faculty-student ratio, bar passage and number of graduates employed nine months after graduating. It does not look at the mission of the school, student satisfaction or other aspects that make each school unique.

“While the rankings are important, they do not portray the whole picture of what a special, vibrant place this is,” Testy said.