Welcome seed money for UWT Law

The News Tribune Editorial Page


UPS Law School

The former UPS law school was housed in the Rhodes Center in downtown Tacoma.

UWT Law?

It could happen — and it should happen.

Tacoma lost its law school in 1999 after the University of Puget Sound sold it to Seattle University. That left a big gap in the academic offerings in the South Sound. Aspiring attorneys now have to travel — or move — to Seattle or Portland for a law degree; nothing else is available between the two cities.

Now a bipartisan group of state senators led by Steve O’Ban, R-Tacoma, is trying to plow some seed money into efforts to cultivate a new law school at the University of Washington Tacoma. As part of the Senate budget, they’re including $400,000 to help jump-start donations to a UWT program.

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