William H. Gates Hall

Architecture & Technology

In 2003, the law school moved into its new home, the beautiful and technologically advanced William H. Gates Hall. Named in honor of one of the School of Law's most distinguished graduates, Gates Hall is a stunning architectural achievement that offers University of Washington law students a technologically sophisticated and inspiring learning environment. Huge lecture halls, reminiscent of an earlier era, give way to intimate learning environments that encourage lively and interactive group discussions. The Magnuson/Jackson Moot Courtroom - the largest lecture hall in the building - features semi-circle tiered seating for nearly 200 people. Equally inspiring are the separate appellate courtroom and several smaller mock trial rooms.


Gates Hall's well-designed classrooms and courtrooms enhance your educational experience with the latest technology. Wireless access throughout the building and interactive media in the classrooms enhance the learning environment. Our technology supports distance learning and allows students and faculty to collaborate with colleagues around the world. All courtrooms have the capability to videotape mock proceedings and study rooms in the library house video-playback equipment for review and critique.

If you choose not to own or don't have access to a personal computer, the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library (William Gates Hall floors L1 and L2) provides terminals in the student lounge in L113, as well as public computer terminals in the library commons area. There are also multiple computer labs on the UW Seattle campus.

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