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.

University of Washington is an exchange destination for Utrecht University School of Law students in Seattle, Washington, United States of America



Student experiences
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
Summer Quarter: June - August

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



Number of places available

1-2 places per year.

More information

More information about studying abroad: in Dutch and in English.

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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Contact details International Exchange Office

Attention! Due to the developments concerning the corona virus, all of our walk-in hours are cancelled until further notice.

You can reach us at for questions or othe signing of documents. Please mention your UU student number and field of study. 

You will be able to reach us by phone on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 1.30 PM to 3 PM +31 (0)30 253 7289.

Vera Noot
non-Europe: Paula Banning
For questions or appointments, please contact the exchange coordinators at

International Exchange Office - Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance
Janskerkhof 3
3512 BK Utrecht
The Netherlands