Students at the UW Law School have many opportunities to experience our law-in-action philosophy — an approach that differentiates it from other law schools. Our extensive curriculum places an emphasis on the dynamics of the law: how the law both reflects and causes social change, and how the law as it is practiced can differ from the law described in the statutes.
The first-year small-section program teaches the fundamentals of legal analysis and reasoning in a supportive setting. In the first semester, one of the students four classes occurs in a small section — a class having approximately 30 students. This gives students the opportunity to receive one-to-one feedback, and, because students from these small sections take all their other classes together, study groups and friendships develop naturally among classmates.
In the second and third years of law school, students have time both to explore the curriculum and to develop the lawyering skills they need. Students choose courses from an extraordinary breadth and depth of offerings: they explore cutting-edge legal issues in the classroom and apply their knowledge in one of our many study-abroad or clinical programs.