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Juris Doctor Program


New students may enter the School of Law only in autumn quarter. Instruction begins for first-year students a few days earlier than the time set for upper-class students. Beginning students must have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university prior to commencing the study of law.

All applicants are required to take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and to register for the Law School Data Assembly Service (LSDAS). Registration packets and test information are available at most law schools and from Law School Admission Council, Box 2000, 661 Penn Street, Newtown, PA 18940-0998. Email:

No specific prelaw course is required or recommended, and the School of Law subscribes to the remarks set forth on prelaw preparation in The Official Guide to U.S. Law Schools (2000 Edition). Applications for admission to the next entering class must be postmarked no later than January 15. To be assured of consideration for admission, an applicant must have complete credentials, including the LSDAS report, filed in the School of Law by February 1. An application fee (at this writing, $50) also is required.

Transfer Applicants

Students who have completed at least one year at a member school of the Association of American Law Schools may apply to this school for admission with advanced standing with credit for no more than one year of such work. A student who has completed or expects to complete at least two years of work at a member school of the Association of American Law Schools and who expects to graduate from that member school may apply to this school for admission as a non-degree candidate.

Applicants should request application forms and instructions from the admissions office in time to permit filing of all application materials by July 7.

Applications are considered only if vacancies exist. Selection of the applicants is based on evidence either (1) that the candidate can produce above-average work at this law school, or (2) that the candidate will contribute to the diversity of the student body.

Students working on law degrees to be conferred by the University have priority over non-degree candidates in the selection of courses. This policy is in accordance with the general University policy on the registration of nonmatriculated students.

Financial Aid

Students in need of financial assistance may receive University aid, School of Law aid, federal loans, or aid from all of these sources. To be considered for aid, applicants must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by February 28. FAFSAs are available in December at most college financial aid offices, or may be obtained by writing or calling the Office of Student Financial Aid, 105 Schmitz Hall, Box 355880, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, 206-543-6101, Applicants for admission should not wait until they have been admitted before applying for financial aid.

School of Law grants are awarded primarily on the basis of financial need, although scholarship, or other factors may be considered with regard to certain awards. Inquiries concerning School of Law aid should be addressed to Financial Aid Coordinator, School of Law, Condon Hall, Box 354600, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-4600;


A more detailed statement on admission policy and application procedure is available in the School of Law. Requests for application materials and the University law school bulletin should be addressed to Law School Admissions, Condon Hall, Box 354600, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-4617;; 206-543-4078.