The student handbook is a collection of practical information about the UW Law School. It is intended to provide you with answers to some common questions and guidance about how to find answers to the less common ones. It is important that, when you have a question, you check to see if the answer is here.

Please take the time to look through the student handbook; knowing what’s in it could save you time and make life at the Law School easier for you. The student handbook is the place to start when you have questions, but it is only a start. You can get more detailed information through the Law School website at and through individual consultations with the Academic Affairs staff, Student Affairs staff, and the Office of Career and Professional Development, as well as other administrators or faculty. This is particularly true in regard to graduation requirements and career planning.

You may also find it helpful to familiarize yourself with the Law School Rules, which are referenced throughout the handbook. As you progress through your legal education, you will find all of these resources play a significant role in your success. Please consult them frequently as questions arise in the next few years.

Please let us know if there are things we can do to make the next edition of the student handbook more helpful. Send ideas and corrections to the Academic Advisor.

We hope you have a successful year.

The Student Handbook is updated continually. The online version at is the most updated version.

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