Gonzaga University School of Law is an American Bar Association accredited law school. Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association, 321 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654, 312-988-6738.
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Curricular Offerings 2016 - 2017
Typical first-year section size, excluding all small sections taught by full-time faculty: 49
Number of course titles, beyond the first year curricular, offered last year: 65
Number of upper division class room course sections with an enrollment:
Under 25: 54
25 to 49: 17
50 to 74: 6
75 to 99: 0
100 +: 0
Number of seats available in law clinics last year: 114
Number of field placements positions filled last year: 119
Number of seats available in simulation courses: 228
For the class entering in 2018
Median LSAT: 154
Median GPA: 3.32
Full Admissions Data (2018)
Admission to law school does not guarantee admission to a state bar. It is the responsibility of each applicant to consult the rules and regulations of the Committee of Bar Examiners of the state in which they intend to practice to determine whether there is anything that might affect their eligibility to the Bar, and whether they are required to register with the Bar of that state when they commence the study of law.
In addition to a bar examination, there are character, fitness, and other qualifications for admission to the bar in every U.S. jurisdiction. Applicants are encouraged to determine the requirements for any jurisdiction in which they intend to seek admission by contacting the jurisdiction. Addresses for all relevant agencies are available through the National Conference of Bar Examiners.
- Pass rate for first time GU Law test takers: 77.3%
- State Average: 68.5%
- All Gonzaga Test Takers: 73.9%
- Pass rate for first time GU Law test takers 82%
- State Average: 68.7%
- All Gonzaga Test Takers: 83.1%
- Pass rate for first time GU Law test takers 33%
- State Average: 49.2%
- Pass rate for first time GU Law test takers 73.9%
- State Average: 72.3%
- Pass rate for first time GU Law test takers 69.2%
- State Average: 57.7%
- Pass rate for first time GU Law test takers 73.5%
- State Average: 70.4%
Full Bar Exam Statistics, 2008-2018
Enrollment & Attrition Data
For a detailed snapshot of the class entering in 2018, visit our Admissions Class Profile.
Gonzaga University School of Law Learning Outcomes
1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of law and the legal system
2. Graduates will demonstrate analytical and problem-solving skills.
3. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively as professionals.
4. Graduates will demonstrate competency in legal practice skills.
5. Graduates will demonstrate the ability act in an ethical and professional manner.
6. Graduates will demonstrate the willingness to serve the profession and the community at large.
Scholarship Retention Data
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Students completely withdrawing must obtain a Complete Withdrawal form from the Law Registrar’s Office.
Financial Aid refunds will be returned in accordance with governmental and University regulations. The University reserves the right to change any costs and/or provisions without notice. It further reserves the right to withhold student information, including transcripts of record and diplomas, until said student’s account has been paid in full.
No student will be allowed to register for an ensuing semester if a balance is owed for a prior semester.
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Law school credits are eligible for transfer to Gonzaga Law School if the credit was earned at another law school fully accredited by the American Bar Association. Only law school credits for which the student received a grade of “C” or better will be available for transfer to Gonzaga Law School. Transfer credits will not be considered in computing the student’s grade point average or class rank.
Transfer credits from courses taken prior to matriculation at Gonzaga Law School
No credit will be given for any courses taken at any educational institution prior to matriculation at Gonzaga Law School unless the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs approves those credits for transfer pursuant to this rule. In no event, may the Associate Dean approve for transfer to Gonzaga Law School more than a maximum of one third (1/3) of the credits needed for awarding the J.D. degree.
Transfer credit for courses taken at another law school after matriculation at Gonzaga Law School
No credit will be given for courses taken at another law school after matriculation at Gonzaga Law School except as provided in subparagraphs (a) through (d) herein:
- Associate Dean approval.
The student must obtain written approval from the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs prior to enrollment in the course, including foreign study abroad programs offered through another law school. No approval will be given for taking a course at another law school unless the student has a compelling reason for doing so. Serious health matters, family problems, or taking a course not offered at this law school but of substantial importance to a student’s career objective are examples of compelling reasons; the desire to finish law school in the locality where a student may wish to practice law is not a compelling reason.
- Final semester visit away.
If the student is visiting at another law school in the final semester of study toward the J.D. degree, the student must achieve the semester final grade point average that would place that student in good standing on the visiting away school’s grading standard.
- Maximum credits.
A student will not receive credit for more than sixteen (16) credit hours of the credits required for the J.D. degree (whether from summer school, regular sessions, or foreign study abroad) taken at or through another law school after matriculation at Gonzaga Law School. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs may make an exception to this credit hour limitation for good cause.
- Study abroad programs.
A study abroad program is any program where classes are taken outside the United States. To enroll in any study abroad program (whether offered by Gonzaga Law School or through another law school), the student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or above by the end of the fall semester preceding the summer the program is offered. In applying this rule, any advisory grades received by students after the fall semester immediately preceding the summer for which the student wishes to register, will be counted as if they were terminal grades.