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east of Seattle in Spokane.
Gonzaga is on the smaller side, with an
enrollment of just over 300 students.
The school's bar passage rate of 83 percent is better than the state rate of 78 percent. Annual tuition is a moderate $37,245,
about average for private schools in the
region, but the average estimated tuition
discount is 36 percent.
Its legal research and writing program is
ranked No. 12 nationally, a reflection of its
two years of required legal writing courses,
rather than the one year required by most
Arizona Summit Law School officials
don't focus on traditional rankings, saying
that they reflect exclusivity. The school is
the No. 1 most diverse law school, according
to preLaw, and it has a tradition of offering educational opportunities to minorities
who may not be able to get into other law
The school said in a statement that "it
was organized and is led by experienced legal
educators and professionals who believe
there is a need for more progress in adapting
legal education to the realities of law practice
and diversifying the nation's least diverse
white collar profession."
The Phoenix school is in the midst of a
merger with an unnamed university. It has
not yet identified the buyer, but it recently
reassigned its dean, Shirley Mays, to oversee
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College
of Law is among the leaders across the
country for practical training. It ranked No.
12 in preLaw's Best Schools for Practical
Training. With one of the lowest studentto-faculty ratios in the country, the school
offers small classes, along with individual
and small-group opportunities, said Dean
"The College of Law is committed to
doing everything possible to help every student pass the bar exam and to obtain, and
succeed in, a rewarding professional career,"
Adler said. "Our curriculum balances a
well-rounded legal education with live client
training and other opportunities to obtain
practical legal skills."
Plus, that all takes place in a state-of-theart building that was designed to enhance
innovation. The LEED platinum building
opened in 2015.
University of Utah and Lewis & Clark
Law School are two of the "greenest" law
schools in the country, and they emphasize
sustainable buildings and practices as well as
Lewis & Clark, in Portland, Ore., is a
student-driven school. Students serve on
administrative committees, including those
for admissions, curriculum, budgeting and
"Their opinions are valued, and they
have real input on what goes on here," said
Shannon Davis, assistant dean for admissions and communications. "In helping to
govern the law school, they make the community their own."
The school is known for its environmental, natural resources and energy law
program, the oldest and one of the best in
It's one of three law schools in Oregon.
The oldest law school in the Pacific
Northwest is Willamette University College
of Law, in Salem, the capital of Oregon.
Based on a liberal arts college model,
Willamette University has a small and supportive environment for students.
"With nearby business opportunities and
plenty of outdoor activities, Salem is the
ideal place to study law and prepare for a
successful legal career in law, government
or business," Dean Curtis Bridgeman said.
"Our own legal centers, clinics and placement office have close ties to the upper
echelon of the state's legal community.
Willamette's relationships with our good
neighbors enhance our students' access to
the processes and people who shape new and
University of Oregon School of Law, in
Eugene, was established in 1884 and was
one of the first law schools accredited by the
American Bar Association, in 1923.
Concordia University School of Law,
in Boise, Idaho, is the newest school in the
region. It welcomed its first class in 2012
and received provisional accreditation from
the ABA in 2015, meaning its graduates
were eligible to take the bar in Idaho and
across most of the country. It is part of
Concordia University, a Lutheran school in
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