School of Law

Practice-ready lawyers


Seattle U Law is committed to educating practice-ready lawyers through hands-on learning. At the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, students work on real cases, serving real clients who might otherwise not have an advocate on their side. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 131 clients were served through the clinic.


Our 13 clinical courses, overseen by award-winning director Lisa Brodoff, provide an integrated, comprehensive experiential education. Working closely with experienced faculty and committed supervising attorneys, our students seek asylum on behalf of immigrants in danger, offer business advice to eager entrepreneurs, and draft estate plans for disabled or elderly clients. Students conduct interviews, prepare documents, examine witnesses and address judges, opposing counsel, and other decision makers. This combination of responsibility and support is the hallmark of the clinic experience.


During Seattle U Gives, we invite you to invest in our highly ranked Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic. Your support will help us continue educating practice-ready graduates whose excellent writing and advocacy skills set them apart. Our outstanding faculty are dedicated experts in their fields, and our cross-departmental teaching innovations prepare our students to advocate, research, analyze, think, and write like lawyers.


Our students come to law school because they are dedicated to helping people and our clinics make that happen. No matter the size of your gift, your support makes a difference for our students and the greater community. Additionally, every dollar given will be matched 1:1 with a gift to the Law Annual Fund by the Law Alumni Board!


We also invite you to help us unlock a special Challenge Gift from Jim and Lanette Peterson, who have offered $5,000 to inspire more community philanthropy! They will donate $2,500 to the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic for every 50 gifts made up to a total of $5,000 (100 gifts). Please join us in unlocking this gift!


A gift of $30 covers a trip to the Northwest Detention Center

A gift of $50 covers the translation of a 200-word document

A gift of $100 covers 1-hour of phone interpreter services

A gift of $250 covers the cost of some expert witness statements


Our students and graduates are leaders and changemakers committed to the service of others. Your generosity enhances the foundation upon which we educate powerful advocates for justice, both inside and outside the classroom. Thank you for joining us in educating the next generation of lawyers!

Board of Regents Match: SU Fund
Thank you to the Board of Regents for their generous match that resulted in $10,410 for the SU Fund!
$10,410 MATCHED
Law Alumni Board Match
Thanks to the generosity of the Law Alumni Board, all gifts made to the Seattle University School of Law on Seattle U Gives will be matched dollar for dollar up to $6,000.
$6,000 MATCHED
New Donor Match
Thank you to the Alumni Board of Governors who sponsored a $1,119 match for first time donors!
$1,119 MATCHED
Parents and Guardians Gift Challenge
Thanks to the generosity of our Redhawk Parent and Family Leadership Council, a challenge gift of $2,700 to the Catalyst Fund for Student Success and Engagement will be unlocked after 100 parents/guardians make a gift to any area during Seattle U Gives. The Catalyst Fund empowers Student Development staff to strengthen existing programs and respond with innovative initiatives to help meet students’ social, intellectual and spiritual needs. Examples are the Emergency Needs Fund for our most financially challenged students and the Food Pantry for students experiencing food insecurity.
100 / 100 Gifts
Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic Fund Challenge
In honor of the School of Law’s upcoming 50th anniversary in 2022, the first 50 gifts made to the law school will unlock $2,500 thanks to the generosity of Jim and Lanette Peterson.
50 / 50 Gifts
Scholarship Challenge
If we reach 75 gifts to any scholarship fund it will unlock a $7,500 gift to the Annual Scholarship Fund, thanks to the generosity of P. Weber, Class of 1975.
75 / 75 Gifts
Affinity Giving
Giving by relationship to Seattle U
What is your relationship to SU?
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Friend of the University 525
2 Alum 519
3 Parent/Guardian of Student 445
4 Current Student 367
5 Faculty/Staff 291
6 Parent/Guardian of Alum 121
7 Current Faculty or Staff 88
8 Retired Faculty or Staff 12
Area Giving
Gifts by Seattle U college, area or initiative
Rank College, Area or Initiative Gifts
1 Men's Soccer 259
2 Track and Field & Cross Country 204
3 Women's Soccer 189
4 Softball 164
5 Center for Community Engagement 164
6 Spirit Squad 148
7 Women's Rowing 120
8 Men's Basketball 119
9 Men's and Women's Swimming 114
10 Red Winged Leadership Award 76
11 Men's and Women's Golf 71
12 School of Law 71
13 College of Arts and Sciences 68
14 Center for Science and Innovation 57
15 SU Fund 57
16 Indigenous Peoples Institute 54
17 Baseball 50
18 Women's Basketball 48
19 Volleyball 48
20 Albers Accounting Lab 47
21 Annual Scholarship Fund 47
22 Fostering Scholars 47
23 College of Nursing 46
24 RAMP-up 45
25 College of Education 44
26 Mens and Women's Tennis 42
27 Redhawk Club 33
28 Office of Multicultural Affairs 32
29 Sports Medicine & Strength and Conditioning 26
30 Center for Environmental Justice & Sustainability 22
31 Wellness and Health Promotion 20
32 KXSU 102.1 FM 18
33 Women of SU Endowed Scholarship 17
34 Center for Student Involvement 16
35 SU Youth Initiative Scholarship 13
36 School of New and Continuing Studies 12
37 STEM Diversity Fund 10
38 School of Theology and Ministry 6
39 Seattle University Opportunity Grant 6
40 Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons 3
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