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Life Outside the Classroom

Law students may be notoriously busy with school, but that doesn't mean life stops outside the classroom. Take an urban city, set it at the water's edge and in the shadow of mountains and you have one of the most livable cities in the U.S. Combine the opportunities found in a major city with an active student body and the result is a vibrant community in which to participate academically and socially. Our community includes the university and the surrounding city, which are alive with intellectual, cultural and social possibilities.

Living in Seattle

Renowned for its coffee shops, mountain views and rich art scene, Seattle provides countless opportunities for both professional and personal growth. Our famous companies include Costco, Amazon, Microsoft, REI, Starbucks, and Boeing, to name a few, and the region is home to a number of smaller, highly successful technology companies. It is also a thriving center for medical, biomedical and biotechnology research, and is a living laboratory for natural resource and environmental protection efforts.

As to the city itself, a few myths prevail. For starters, despite its nickname of “the rainy city,” Seattle averages just 35-38 inches of precipitation a year, less than Miami (55) New York (47), or Boston (42). With 30 miles of bike-pedestrian trails, 90 miles of signed bike routes, and 16 miles of bike lanes on city streets, it's no surprise Seattle has more two-wheeled commuters than any other American city. It could also be one of the reasons that in 2005 Men's Fitness magazine ranked Seattle its “Fittest City.”

Seattle has much to offer by arts and culture, too. In addition to other local and community arts organizations, the city has a professional symphony, ballet and opera. Seattle's biggest arts and culture event — Bumbershoot — takes place every Labor Day weekend, with everything from fire dancing to readings by famous authors, to live concerts by some of the hottest bands of the day. Late in the spring, Seattle is home to its own film festival. In 2005 the Seattle International Film Festival screened 348 films culled from more than 59 countries worldwide—including 10 world, 18 North American and 10 U.S. premieres.

Of course, all of that's just within the city limits. Located between the Puget Sound and Lake Washington, Seattle is surrounded by water. With the Cascade mountains to the east, the Olympics to the west, and Mt. Rainier just 54 miles southeast of the city, hiking and snow sports also reign in the Northwest.

As to where students live, the opportunities abound. Most students live off-campus: from funky Fremont to the incredibly diverse Capitol Hill, a variety of neighborhoods are a short bus ride away from campus. Campus housing is also available through the University.

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Last updated 3/29/2013