University of Washington (Seattle) ON HOLD for 2024-2025!

University of Washington in Seattle, United States of America is an exchange destination for student at the School of LAW



Studying law in the United States is very different from studying law in many other countries. In various countries, students begin their law studies immediately following graduation from high school or secondary school; most universities in other countries require only a high school diploma or the equivalent in that country to admit students to their law faculties. In the US, however, law is a professional academic field, the equivalent of a graduate degree in other parts of the world.

Law schools in the US are part of public or private universities that grant Juris Doctor (J.D.) degrees. The Juris Doctor program generally lasts three years for full-time students and four years for part-time students. The first year of law school is generally considered to be the most difficult because of the core classes, exams, and the Socrates method. The Socrates method is a method used in most law school classes in which the professor cold calls on students to state a case or respond to a case-based question. This intimidates many students, particularly international students, who might be afraid to speak up in class, but most international students do just fine.

Student experiences

Student experiences Seattle 


General information for exchange students

Course information (Law)

School of Law

Study in de USA (Fullbright Center)



Academic calendar

Quarter system: 1 semester = 1 or 2 quarters, 2 semesters = 3 quarters

Autumn quarter: September - December
Winter quarter: January - March
Spring Quarter: end of March - June

Academic Calendar


Students with a grade point average (GPA) equivalent to 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) will be given first priority by UW.

Language Requirement: for students who have been taking law classes at Utrecht in English, a Language Proficiency statement can be provided by the International Office.
Without formerly attending classes in English at UU, one of the following minimum English language proficiency tests score (test scores must be less than two years old) required:
• 580 on the TOEFL
• 237 on the TOEFLC
• 92 on the TOEFLiBT
• 7.0 on the IELTS


Areas of study open for exchange students


Courses at Master level


Estimated living costs per month

More information here. You can ignore the tuition fee as this does not apply to you.



You can find information on this university’s credits in the credit conversion table

Housing assistance

On campus housing is available for students who indicate they are interested in on campus housing in their UW exchange application. There are also many off campus options should students want to live off campus.

With the assigned UW student number, the student will be able to apply for on-campus housing (“dorms”). However, law students are considered professional (post bachelorette) students and therefore get priority 4 for a residence hall room. There is typically a long waiting list (especially for autumn quarter, and most likely won't have a room until winter quarter).

More information here.

Health Insurance

More information


Please look at their website


Number of places available

1-2 places per year.

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Do you have any questions about this partner university or would you like to know more?

Contact the International Exchange Office of the Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance.

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