The Curriculum: Law in Action

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. Our small-group program is the cornerstone of the first-year curriculum. In the first year, one of your classes will be a small section of 20 to 30 students, where you'll receive one-on-one feedback on your analysis and writing. Students from your small section will also be in some of your other first-year classes, making it easy for study groups and, perhaps more importantly, friendships.

In the second and third years of law school, you will have time to both explore the curriculum and to determine where your interest lie and to continue developing the lawyering skills you will need when you graduate. You will choose your 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.

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