Law school's Legal Writing Program again tops U.S. News rankings

(April 22, 2010) Seattle University School of Law continues to be at the top of the list of Legal Writing Programs, and its part-time and clinical programs are also among the country's best, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2011 edition of America's Best Graduate Schools.

The Legal Writing Program tied for No 1. The program that has become a model for law schools nationwide has consistently been recognized as the country's best. The clinical program at the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic ranked tied for 14th in the country, and the law school's part-time program was 20th. The law school remains one of the most diverse law schools, with the 21st highest diversity index, and is among the top 100 law schools.

The largest and most diverse law school in the Northwest, Seattle University School of Law is committed to twin goals of academic excellence and education for justice.

"We are proud of our outstanding faculty who work so hard to ensure the best program of legal education for both full-time and part-time students," said Annette Clark, interim dean. "The strength of our legal writing and clinical programs signifies our commitment to providing integrated skills education so that our students graduate as competent, ethical and reflective lawyers who are committed to serving others."

Seattle University School of Law was one of the first law schools to establish a three-year legal writing curriculum, using 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 Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic offers a broad variety of courses that give students the opportunity to work on real cases. The Clinic teaches students the habit of reflection, the value of collaboration and unforgettable lessons about what it takes to make justice a reality in the lives of those who cannot afford to pay for legal services. The clinical offerings include the pioneering Mental Health Court Clinic, Administrative Law Clinic, Arts Legal Clinic, Bankruptcy Clinic, Community Development and Entrepreneurship Clinic, Domestic Violence Clinic, Immigration Law Clinic, Mediation Clinic, Mental Health Court Clinic, Not for Profit Organization Clinic Predatory Lending Clinic, Trusts and Estates/Indian Trusts and Estates Clinic and Youth Advocacy Clinic.

Seattle University 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.

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