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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 during regular business hours (weekdays from 9am to 5pm).

We recommend planning your visit around lunchtime during the academic year when classes are in session. We offer guided tours at 12:30pm, and the opportunity to visit a class- either before or after the guided tour. The guided tour is given 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 we walk around the building and Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library during the tour. 

Building Tours

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

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.

Visit a Law School Class

Class Visitor Conduct:  Please arrive early, take an available seat in the back of the class, and be sure to silence your cell phones. 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.

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

 Fall Quarter 2014

September 29 - November 21

First-Year Courses





Property M/W 9:00 AM - 10:20 AM Prof. Robert Anderson 119
Contracts M/W 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM Prof. Sean O'Connor


Civil Procedure M/W 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Prof. Craig Allen 138
Upper-Level Courses Schedule Time Instructor Room
Federal Courts & The Federal System M/W 10:30 AM - 12:20 PM Prof. Lisa Manheim 119
Evidence M/W 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Prof. Maureen Howard 133
Introduction to American Law W 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM Prof. Theo Myhre 207
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:

  • November 11, 2014 - Veterans Day
  • November 27-28, 2014 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • January 19, 2015 - 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 9/23/2014