For Immediate Release

Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law


UW School of Law Specialty Programs Ranking Rise

SEATTLE - The U.S. News & World Report rankings for the UW School of Law specialty programs have all risen in the magazine's annual look at America's best graduate schools.

"We are extremely pleased to be recognized by our peers for our extraordinary graduate and clinical law programs," said Interim Dean Greg Hicks. "We continue to work hard developing our programs at the UW School of Law so that our students have the best experiential legal education offered."

USNWR ranked the specialty law programs at the UW School of Law as follows:

  • Tax Law ranked at 15 (up from 18 in 2007)
  • International Law ranked at 16 (up from 21 in 2007)
  • Environmental Law Program ranked at 17 (up from 18 in 2007)
  • Intellectual Property Program ranked at 20 (up from 23 in 2007)
  • Clinical Law was ranked 28, the first time this specialty program has made the USNWR rankings
  • The UW School of Law was ranked 30 out of all U.S. law schools in the report, maintaining its position as a top 10 American public law school

Established in 1899 and accredited by the American Bar Association since 1924, the UW School of Law is located in William H. Gates Hall on the Seattle campus. The law school has 66 full-time faculty members, over 500 J.D. students and 135 graduate students. It is home to top ranked graduate programs in intellectual property, clinical law, environmental law, tax law, and international law, as well as the William H. Gates Public Service Law Program.

In addition, USNWR has ranked the UW Information School Law Librarianship Program number one for the third year in a row. The Law Librarianship Program at UW was created in 1940 is designed to prepare lawyers with an existing J.D. degree to serve as law librarians in courts, federal and state government, law schools, corporations, and law firms. The program is directed by Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services Penny Hazelton. Mary Hotchkiss, Director of Academic Advising, also teaches in the program.

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