Seattle downtown and mountain skyline

A Lawyer's Guide to Seattle


There is something for every lawyer in Seattle.

Seattle, otherwise known as the Emerald City, is a lively destination in the Pacific Northwest that provides diverse culture, nature, and opportunities. Beyond its iconic skyline punctuated by the Space Needle, Seattle offers numerous experiences tailor-made for legal professionals.

Whether you're in town for business or leisure, check out our guide to exploring the city's legal landmarks, indulging in its culinary delights, and finding new ways to further your career. There is something for every lawyer in Seattle.

Read on for our Seattle travel guide and discover why it's a must-visit destination for legal minds.

Seattle William H. Gates Hall University of Washington (UW) School of Law
William H. Gates Hall at the University of Washington

Legal Landmarks

For lawyers visiting Seattle, exploring the city's legal landmarks is a must. Start your tour at the King County Courthouse. It’s a beautiful building that has served as the main courthouse in the area for over 100 years. Take a guided tour to learn about its fascinating history and observe the judicial process in action.

Next, venture to the William Kenzo Nakamura United States Courthouse, named after the decorated World War II veteran and Medal of Honor recipient. This modern courthouse hosts a variety of federal cases and offers a glimpse into the federal legal system.

You could also make a stop at the University of Washington School of Law. Whether you're an alum or simply curious about legal education, the school's picturesque campus and renowned faculty make it a worthwhile destination.

Seattle skyline sunrise
Downtown Seattle

Networking Opportunities

Seattle's legal community is vibrant and welcoming, providing ample opportunities for networking and professional development. Seattle is also the home of the 2024 DRI Annual Meeting! Sign up now to receive updates about the meeting, including early registration rates, programming highlights, networking events, and more! We’re excited to see you there on October 16-18!

Seattle Museum of Pop Culture
Museum of Pop Culture

Cultural Exploration

Beyond its legal landscape, Seattle is a cultural hub brimming with attractions to suit every taste. Immerse yourself in the city's music scene with a visit to the Museum of Pop Culture, dedicated to celebrating the diverse spectrum of popular culture.

Art enthusiasts will delight in exploring the Seattle Art Museum, home to a vast collection of artworks spanning continents and centuries. From ancient artifacts to contemporary masterpieces, there's something to inspire and captivate every visitor.

Of course, no visit to Seattle is complete without stopping by the famous Space Needle, where you can order food and cocktails at the top or simply enjoy 360-degree views of the city.

Seattle Public Market Center and Farmers Market signs
Pike Place Market

Culinary Delights

Seattle's culinary scene is as diverse as it is delicious, offering a culinary adventure for every palate. Enjoy delicious seafood at Pike Place Market, where vendors display a variety of fresh options from the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 1907, many consider the market “the soul of Seattle.”

For a taste of the city's international flavors, explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and Ballard, known for their eclectic dining options ranging from Thai street food to modern Scandinavian cuisine.

Love coffee? You’re in luck! Seattle is the home of Starbucks, and you can visit the original store in Pike Place or the Starbucks Reserve Roastery. There are also plenty of local cafes and coffee shops that are worth paying a visit to.

Mount Rainier National Park Seattle
Mount Rainier National Park

Outdoor Exploration

Seattle's natural beauty is unparalleled, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation. Take a stroll along the scenic waterfront or embark on a hike in the nearby Cascade or Olympic mountain ranges for a refreshing escape from the bustle of city life.

Seattle is also near the San Juan Islands, one of the best places to spot whales, especially orcas! Take a ferry over the Puget Sound or schedule a whale-watching tour. Bainbridge Island, a small city in western Washington state, is also a short ferry ride away!

Audience in a music concert cheering and clapping

Music Scene

Did you know Seattle is one of the only cities that is solely credited with the birth of its own music genre? It’s true! Grunge, which is a mix of punk and heavy metal, originated in the city in the mid-1980s. Famous Seattle musicians include Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, and many more. If grunge isn’t your cup of tea, the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix is full of other music venues spotlighting everything from jazz to pop.

Whether you're exploring the city's legal landmarks, networking with fellow attorneys, or immersing yourself in its cultural and culinary offerings, Seattle offers a wealth of experiences for lawyers both on and off the clock. Plan your next visit to the Emerald City and discover why it's a destination like no other for legal professionals.

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Not heading to Seattle anytime soon? Don’t worry – DRI offers events across the US, as well as virtual programming, throughout the year. Learn more about our upcoming events.

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