U.S. News rankings recognize Seattle University School of Law's rise;
Legal Writing No. 1 and part-time program makes first-ever list
Seattle University School of Law has the best Legal Writing Program and one of the top part-time programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2010 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.
For the first time, U.S. News this year ranked part-time programs at law schools. Seattle University School of Law was ranked 12th nationwide. The School of Law also continues to make impressive progress in the overall rankings, moving up more than 20 spots in the past three years, and remains one of the most diverse law schools, with the 21st highest diversity ratio in the nation.
"These rankings are one way to acknowledge the hard work being done by our impressive faculty to educate outstanding lawyers who are leaders for a just and humane world," Dean Kellye Testy said. "While they are only one measure of success, it is gratifying to be recognized by our peers for the excellent legal education we provide, and for our Legal Writing and part-time programs specifically."
The School of Law is on an upward trajectory, drawing nationally known scholars to the faculty, seeing a surge in faculty publications in prestigious journals and increasing the quality of the applicant pool and admitted students. The largest and most diverse law school in the Northwest, the Seattle University School of Law is committed to twin goals of academic excellence and education for justice. It is home to several esteemed centers and institutes.
It 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, legal writing professors are dedicated teachers and nationally known authors. They also founded the Legal Writing Institute, which has worked to foster the development of legal writing in law schools across the country and in numerous foreign countries. As recognized leaders in their field, faculty members have taught legal writing in Russia, India, Uganda, Kenya and South Africa.
The School of Law has the only part-time program in the state, and has provided this comprehensive program for working students for more than 30 years. It enrolls about 230 students every year.
"The part-time program is a sought-after option for outstanding students who want to earn a law degree while balancing work, family or other obligations," Testy said. "It offers the same quality of instruction and faculty as our full-time program."