Anita M. Steele


This essay presents the history of the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Founded in 1972, the law school is a relatively young institution, still in its teens. Its gestation period, however, extends back at least sixty years. As long ago as 1912, prominent Tacoma attorneys proposed to found a law school associated with the University of Puget Sound (UPS). In the ensuing years, officials at UPS periodically raised the issue of creating a law school. Various studies were undertaken, but it was not until the late 1960s that a school of law was considered again as seriously as it had been in 1912.