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!

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