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Visiting the Law School

What better way to experience life as a law student at the University of Washington School of Law than to visit us at William H. Gates Hall? We invite you to take a tour of the building, visit and observe a law school class, meet with the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid staff, and get a real taste of law student life by spending time with our Student Ambassadors.

Planning and Scheduling Your Visit

Visits and tours are scheduled through the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid. Our business hours are weekdays from 9am to 5pm.

We recommend planning your visit around lunchtime during the academic year when classes are in session. We have both self-guided and student-guided tour options. You do not need to fill out a tour request form for the self-guided tour option. You may pick up a self-guided tour booklet from our office during business hours.

We offer guided tours at 12:30pm; tours are led by a current Student Ambassador. Students also have the opportunity to visit a class either before or after the guided tour. The guided tour is scheduled during the students' lunch hour when various student organization meetings, guest speakers, and workshops are hosted throughout the quarter. Hence, you will get a sense of our active law school community as our Student Ambassador guides you around the building and Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library during the tour. Please read below the details and instructions to RSVP for a guided tour and/or class visit.

Building Tours

Guided Tours: We offer guided tours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 12:30pm. Guided tours are lead by current law school students (Student Ambassadors), by appointment only, scheduled at least a week in advance by submitting a Visit Request Form, and last approximately thirty (30) minutes.

Guided tours are offered during most, but not all, weeks of the Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters. We are only able to accommodate guided tour requests during the dates listed below in the schedule and on the Visit Request Form link above.

Self-Guided Tours:  Visitors who wish to tour the building on their own may pick up a Self-Guided Tour booklet at the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, Room 231, during regular business hours.

Attend a Law School Class

Class Visitor Conduct:  Please notify us of your intent to visit a class by using the Visit Request Form above. Please arrive early, take an available seat in the back of the class, and be sure to silence your cell phone. To avoid disrupting the learning process, please plan to attend the entire class. If the professor offers a break, you may choose to leave at that time. Feel free to introduce yourself to the professor, but please do so at the end of class.

Occasionally a class will be canceled on short notice, and while we will do our best to notify scheduled attendees of the change, that's not always possible.

Winter Quarter 2015

January 12 - March 6

First-Year Courses





Contracts M/W 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM Prof. Sean O'Connor Room 133
Property M/W 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Prof. Greg Hicks

Room 138

Civil Procedure M/W 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Prof. Sanne Knudsen Room 119
Upper-Division Courses Schedule Time Instructor Room
Criminal Procedure M/W/F 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM Prof. Mary Fan Room 117
For directions to William H. Gates Hall and information about parking on campus, please click here.

Please note that the law school will be closed on the following dates in observance with national holidays. No tours or class visits will be available these days:

  • January 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
  • February 16, 2015 - Presidents' Day
  • May 25, 2015 - Memorial Day

Walk-in Visits

While we encourage you to schedule your visit in advance, we also welcome walk-in visitors. Please stop by the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid, Room 231, to ask any questions about the law school and our admissions process or to pick up a self-guided tour booklet.  We will do our best to accommodate walk-in requests, but please note that we cannot guarantee a guided tour without prior scheduling.

Visiting During the Summer or Interim Periods

Although the above guided tour and designated law school class schedules are not available during the summer and interim periods, we still welcome your visit to the School of Law. The Office of Admissions & Financial Aid is open regular business hours during the summer and interim periods.

We sincerely hope you enjoy your visit at the University of Washington School of Law.

Additional Visit Information

Applicants interested in any of the Ph.D. or LL.M. law programs should contact the individual program about visiting.

Questions? Contact Admissions.

Last updated 2/24/2015