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Legal Education in the Heart of the Nation’s Capital


LEGAL WORLD GW Law’s long history of academic excellence and innovation is complemented by our Washington, D.C., location. The law school is just four blocks from the White House, across the street from the World Bank, and within walking distance of influential international organizations and federal government agencies, law firms, courts, and international dispute settlement bodies. Amid this vibrant community, our students benefit from world-class legal instruction and abundant opportunities for externships and networking.





At GW Law, learning takes place in a close-knit community that cares deeply about helping students realize their individual goals. DEAR FUTURE GW LAW STUDENT,

It delights me immeasurably that you are considering applying to the George Washington University Law School. In these pages, you will discover what makes the GW Law experience unique among American law schools. At GW Law, learning takes place in a welcoming, close-knit community that cares deeply about helping you realize your individual goals. We hear consistently from our students that the hallmark of the GW Law experience is collegiality rather than competitiveness. It is not uncommon for our students to share class outlines, support one another as they prepare for moot court competitions, and form lifelong friendships with classmates and faculty members. Given the variety and depth of our curriculum, GW Law students find the creative and intellectual space to explore a wide array of legal practice areas as they strive to identify the area of law best suited to them. Our privileged location just four blocks from the White House provides our students with unparalleled experiential learning opportunities at the center of our nation’s power. At GW Law, we integrate professionalism throughout the curriculum and offer an array of outstanding global initiatives to meet the needs of the changing legal landscape. We also provide myriad opportunities for mentorship, as well as in-depth exploration of personal goals and career opportunities. Moreover, our strong, committed alumni network throughout the U.S. and in many key markets around the globe cares deeply about your success. Above all, we at GW Law seek to ensure that our students craft the professional lives that will matter most to them. We take the long view of your career—and we assist you in doing the same as together we work to transform your significant investment of time and resources into a lifetime of professional success and fulfillment. We look forward to meeting you here in Washington. Sincerely,

BLAKE D. MORANT Dean and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law | JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM


Legal Education in the Heart of the Nation’s Capital

The GW Law Experience The GW Law experience emphasizes professionalism, marries theoretical knowledge with practical skill development, and places students in the heart of the nation’s capital. The D.C. Advantage GW Law is housed a mere four blocks from the White House, two blocks from Big Law on K Street, and within minutes of Capitol Hill, the State Department, federal courts, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and international organizations. We help our students make the most of this prime location through externships, relationships with accomplished alumni, and nearly 430 events each year that bring to campus Supreme Court justices, World Bank officials, environmental policymakers, military leaders, and leaders in the social justice movement, just to name a few.

A World-Renowned and Dedicated Faculty Our faculty members routinely testify before Congress, litigate leading cases, collaborate with think tanks, serve on international courts and commissions, and work at the highest levels of government. First and foremost, however, they teach and mentor our students.

Real-World Application of the Law Through hands-on opportunities in externships, clinics, and national and international moot court competitions, our students develop the skills essential for working professionals, along with an understanding of those skills in practice. For instance, students who hold judicial externships through our Field Placement Program also must enroll in the course The Craft of Judging, where they gain insight into the role of judges and the application of the law.

Professional Preparation We work closely with students from their first year to reinforce the values and ideals of the legal profession. Students gain knowledge of legal practice in courses like The Art of Lawyering, as well as through participation in externships and clinics, where they gain invaluable hands-on experience in professional settings. 4




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Collaborative Learning From the start of their legal education, GW Law students benefit from our emphasis on creating a collaborative, distinctive legal education. With a broad curriculum, GW Law allows students to explore various areas of the law in depth to find what they love. In addition, we offer flexible pathways to legal education. Students may switch between full-time and part-time status easily, so they can take advantage of job opportunities while in law school, accommodate family responsibilities, and plan their education to fit changing needs. Our 1Ls are assigned to one of six small cohorts we call the Inns of Court, and students take all 1L classes with their Inn cohort. Within each Inn, students are provided: • an advisory team of faculty, staff, and upper-class students who help them transition to and thrive in law school and assist them in developing their legal career paths. Students work with their advisors both in group and one-on-one settings. • both formal and informal sessions on topics such as: how to succeed in law school, wellness, and professional development. Students also have opportunities to meet with alumni and practicing attorneys so they can build a wide circle of professional relationships and learn about a range of legal practice areas and settings. • a strong emphasis on career satisfaction and career development. We help students determine what type of career will be meaningful to them and develop career strategies that will lay the foundation for their post graduate job search. This dynamic combination of support and career development from the start of each student’s legal education sets the GW Law experience apart from all others.









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Faculty GW Law faculty members are scholars and practitioners with strong reputations in the legal community. Our faculty members are among the most cited law faculty in the nation, appearing in print, online, and on air, in media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, CNN, MSNBC, Huffington Post, and NPR. But first and foremost, each faculty member is devoted to teaching. Our faculty members are respected scholars and authors of leading casebooks and works for general readership alike. Many remain involved in practice, whether arguing cases before the Supreme Court or serving as counsel to foreign governments. GW Law has approximately 100 full-time faculty and deans and more than 200 adjuncts providing instruction to our students. The law school’s adjunct faculty reflects the extraordinary wealth of talent in and around Washington, D.C. Federal judges, partners in law firms, counsel to U.S. government agencies, and officials from major international institutions teach specialized courses in their fields of expertise. Because of the size of our faculty, we are able to offer many small, seminarstyle courses—ensuring that students have meaningful and frequent access to their professors. With years of experience at the bar and on the bench, our professors bring valuable insight to the classroom, affecting the life and education of each student as they influence and inform national and international legal opinion.

Nine GW Law professors are former Supreme Court clerks, and during the past decade, seven GW Law grads have clerked for Supreme Court justices. | JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM


Explore the Law in Depth Choose from more than 275 elective courses—one of the largest course catalogs of any law school. Courses are focused in 18 practice areas, some of which offer more than 60 courses. ADMINISTRATIVE LAW AND GOVERNMENT REGULATION Administrative Law Antitrust Law Campaign Finance Law Communications Law Congressional Investigations Seminar Energy Law and Regulation Food and Drug Law Genetics and the Law Government Lawyering Health Care Law Health Care Law Seminar Higher Education Law Homeland Security Law and Policy Information Privacy Law Law in Cyberspace Lawyers, Lobbying, and the Law Legislation Legislative Analysis and Drafting Local Government Law Public Justice Advocacy Clinic Public Law Seminar Race, Racism, and American Law Selected Topics in Public Law Telecommunications Law Trademark Law and Unfair Competition Voting Rights Law ADVANCED TORTS Admiralty Complex Litigation Environmental and Toxic Torts Genetics and the Law Insurance Law and Medicine Products Liability Remedies Vaccine Injury Clinic ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION Alternative Dispute Resolution Client Interviewing and Counseling Consumer Mediation Clinic Environmental Negotiations Health Law Rights Clinic International Arbitration International Negotiations Labor and Employment Arbitration and Mediation Mediation Negotiations BUSINESS AND FINANCE LAW Admiralty Advanced International Trade Antitrust Law Banking Law Banking Law Seminar




Business Bankruptcy and Reorganization Business Planning Chinese Business Law Commercial Paper—Payment Systems Consumer Protection Law Corporate Finance Corporate Taxation Corporation Law Seminar Corporations Creditors’ Rights and Debtors’ Protection E-Commerce Employee Benefit Plans Federal Income Taxation Foreign Direct Investment Insurance International Arbitration International Banking and Investment Law International Business Transactions International Business Transactions Seminar International Commercial Law The International Competition Law Regime International Finance International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism International Negotiations International Project Finance International Taxation International Trade Law Introduction to Transactional Islamic Law Land Use Law Law and Accounting Law of Real Estate Financing Law of the European Union Legal Drafting (Mergers and Acquisitions) Legal Drafting (Transactions) Modern Real Estate Transactions Nonprofit Organizations: Law and Taxation Partnership and LLC Taxation Public Law Seminar Regulation of Derivatives Regulation of Mutual Funds and Investment Advisers Secured Transactions Secured Transactions and Commercial Paper Securities Law Seminar Securities Regulation Selected Topics in Public Law Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic Takeovers and Tender Offers Trade and Sustainable Development Trade Remedy Law Unincorporated Business


Organizations and Agency Law U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation Venture Capital Law White Collar Crime COMMERCIAL LAW Admiralty Banking Law Business Bankruptcy and Reorganization Commercial Paper—Payment Systems Consumer Mediation Clinic Consumer Protection Law Creditors’ Rights and Debtors’ Protection E-Commerce Entertainment Law Insurance International Banking and Investment Law International Business Transactions International Business Transactions Seminar International Commercial Law International Finance Introduction to Transactional Islamic Law Regulation of Derivatives Secured Transactions Secured Transactions and Commercial Paper Sports and the Law Venture Capital Law CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND CIVIL RIGHTS Civil Rights Legislation Communications Law Conflict of Laws Constitutional Law II Constitutional Law and the Supreme Court Constitutional Law Seminar Counterterrorism Law Disabled People and the Law Domestic Violence Law Employment Discrimination Law Family, Child, and State Federal Courts Federal Indian Law Federal Sentencing Seminar Gender Discrimination and the Law History of the U.S. Constitution Homeland Security Law and Policy Immigration Clinic Immigration Law I Immigration Law II Intelligence Law Law and Religion Law in Cyberspace The Law of Democracy

Law of Race and Slavery Law of Separation of Powers Lawyers, Lobbying, and the Law Legislation Military Justice National Security Law Public Interest Lawyering Race, Racism, and American Law Sexuality and the Law U.S. Foreign Relations Law Voting Rights Law CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure Comparative Military Law Computer Crime Counterterrorism Law Criminal Law and Procedure Seminar Criminal Procedure Criminal Tax Litigation Drugs and the Law Environmental Crimes Project Federal Sentencing Seminar Forensic Science International Criminal Law Law and Criminology Law Students in Court Military Justice Prisoners Project White Collar Crime ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY LAW Administrative Law Advanced International Trade Law Air Pollution Control Animal Law Seminar Atomic Energy Law Coastal, Navigation, and Wetlands Resource Law Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes Energy and the Environment Energy Law and Regulation Environment and Energy Policy Practicum Environmental and Toxic Torts Environmental Crimes Environmental Crimes Project Environmental Issues in Business Transactions Environmental Law Environmental Law Seminar Environmental Law Clinic Environmental Lawyering Environmental Legislation Project Environmental Negotiations Federal Facilities Environmental Law Issues Human Rights and Environmental Protection International Climate Change Law International Environmental Law

International Trade Law Natural Resources Law Oil and Gas Law Regulation of Toxic Substances Risk Trade and Sustainable Development Water Pollution Control Wildlife and Ecosystems Law FAMILY LAW AND ESTATE PLANNING Domestic Violence Law Elder Law Estate Planning Family, Child, and State Family Justice Litigation Clinic Family Law Family Law Seminar Feminist Legal Theory Gender Discrimination and the Law International Family Law Sexuality and the Law Trusts and Estates Trusts, Estates, and Professional Responsibility Wealth Transfer Taxation GOVERNMENT PROCUREMENT LAW Comparative Public Procurement Formation of Government Contracts Government Contracts Government Contracts Advocacy Government Contracts Cost and Pricing Government Contracts Seminar Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Seminar Performance of Government Contracts HEALTH LAW Administrative Law Antitrust Client Interviewing and Counseling Corporations Elder Law Employee Benefit Plans Environmental and Toxic Torts Evidence Family Law Family Law Seminar Federal Income Taxation Food and Drug Law Genetics and the Law Health Care Law Health Care Law Seminar Health Rights Law Clinic Insurance Law and Medicine Law and Psychiatry Trusts and Estates Vaccine Injury Clinic INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW Advanced Trademark Law Antitrust Law Art, Cultural Heritage, and the Law Seminar Chemical and Biotech Patent Law Computer Crime Computer Law Copyright Law Design Law Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S.

International Trade Commission Entertainment Law The Federal Circuit Genetics and the Law Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Seminar Information Privacy Law Intellectual Property Intellectual Property Antitrust Seminar Intellectual Property Law Seminar International and Comparative Patent Law International Copyright Law International Intellectual Property Law in Cyberspace Licensing of Intellectual Property Rights Patent Appellate Practice Patent Enforcement Patent Law Patent Strategies and Practice Selected Topics in Intellectual Property Law Trademark Law and Unfair Competition

Introduction to Transactional Islamic Law Islamic Law Law of Japan Law of Race and Slavery Law of the European Union Law of the People’s Republic of China Law of the Sea Law of War Nation Building and the Rule of Law National Security Law Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy Public International Law Seminar Refugee and Asylum Law Regional Protection of Human Rights Space Law Trade and Sustainable Development Trade Remedy Law Traditional Jewish Civil Law U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation U.S. Foreign Relations Law

INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE LAW Advanced International Trade Law Chinese Business Law Comparative Constitutional Law Comparative Law Comparative Law Seminar Comparative Public Procurement Counterterrorism Law Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S. International Trade Commission Foreign Direct Investment Human Rights and Environmental Protection Human Rights Lawyering Immigration Clinic Immigration Law I Immigration Law II International and Comparative Patent Law International Arbitration International Banking and Investment Law International Business Transactions International Business Transactions Seminar International Climate Change Law International Commercial Law The International Competition Law Regime International Copyright Law International Criminal Law International Environmental Law International Family Law International Finance International Human Rights Clinic International Human Rights of Women International Intellectual Property International Law International Law of Human Rights International Litigation International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism International Negotiations International Organizations International Project Finance International Taxation International Trade Law

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LAW Employee Benefit Plans Employment Discrimination Law Employment Law Gender Discrimination and the Law Labor Law Sports and the Law Unincorporated Business Organizations and Agency Law LITIGATION AND THE JUDICIAL PROCESS Adjudicatory Criminal Procedure Admiralty Advanced Appellate Advocacy Appellate Practice Civil Procedure Seminar Comparative Constitutional Law Comparative Military Law Complex Litigation Conflict of Laws The Craft of Judging Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction Services Clinic Criminal Procedure Criminal Tax Litigation Environmental and Toxic Torts Evidence Family Justice Litigation Clinic The Federal Circuit Federal Courts Government Lawyering Insurance Law and Rhetoric Law Students in Court Military Justice Nation Building and the Rule of Law Pre-Trial Advocacy Products Liability Race, Racism, and American Law Remedies Selected Topics in Civil Procedure Role of the Federal Prosecutor Scientific Evidence Seminar Vaccine Injury Clinic NATIONAL SECURITY AND U.S. FOREIGN RELATIONS LAW Comparative Military Law

Computer Crime Computer Law Congressional Investigations Seminar Counterterrorism Law Cybersecurity Law and Policy Disaster Law Homeland Security Law and Policy Human Rights Lawyering Immigration Law Information Privacy Law Intelligence Law International Criminal Law International Law International Law of Human Rights International Litigation International Money Laundering, Corruption, and Terrorism Law of Separation of Powers Law of the Sea Law of War Litigation with the Federal Government Military Justice Nation Building and the Rule of Law National Security Law National Security Law Seminar Nuclear Nonproliferation Law and Policy Public International Law Seminar Refugee and Asylum Law Regional Protection of Human Rights Space Law U.S. Export Control Law and Regulation U.S. Foreign Relations Law Veterans Law PROPERTY AND LAND DEVELOPMENT Housing Law and Policy Law of Real Estate Financing Modern Real Estate Transactions Partnership and LLC Taxation Property and Real Estate Law Seminar Unincorporated Business Organizations and Agency Law TAXATION Business Planning Corporate Taxation Criminal Tax Litigation Employee Benefit Plans Federal Income Taxation International Taxation Law and Accounting Nonprofit Organizations: Law and Taxation Partnership and LLC Taxation State and Local Taxation Law and Policy Tax Policy Seminar Wealth Transfer Taxation

* Courses are typically offered at least once per year. Some courses are offered in multiple program areas and therefore may appear more than once in the lists above. Course listing based on 2015-16 Law School Bulletin. | JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM


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Advanced Academic Focus Areas The law school curriculum includes opportunities for advanced study. The seven programs listed below offer LLM degrees for those who hold JD degrees. Many classes enroll both JD and LLM students, giving JD students the benefit of interacting with classmates who are experienced professionals. Intellectual Property Law For more than 100 years, GW Law has been a national leader in intellectual property education and scholarship. The origins of GW Law’s Intellectual Property Law Program date back to 1895, when the law school established a master’s of patent law program; its alumni already had written the patents for Bell’s telephone, Mergenthaler’s linotype machine, and Eastman’s roll film camera, among hundreds of others.

Government Contracts Established in 1960 by legendary Professors Emeriti Ralph C. Nash Jr. and John Cibinic Jr., GW Law’s Government Contracts Program is the only one of its kind in the United States and is recognized around the world as a leader in the field.





International and Comparative Law Our program in International and Comparative Law is consistently rated among the best in the nation. The international law faculty includes a current member of the U.N. International Law Commission, the first woman nominated by the United States to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a renowned scholar of Chinese law.

Environmental and Energy Law Established at the beginning of the modern environmental law era, the law school’s Environmental and Energy Law Program has been at the forefront of education in the field for more than 40 years. The program has expanded its focus to encompass the international issues related not only to the environment but to energy sourcing as well.

Litigation and Dispute Resolution The Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program attracts faculty that includes sitting judges from local and federal courts, officials from the U.S. Department of Defense, and litigators from top law firms.

National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law During the past five years, GW Law has continued to develop its offerings in the burgeoning area of National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law. With our location in D.C., at the epicenter of study in the field, GW Law can offer a wide array of courses, experts, and activities related to the field. In addition, the university houses the National Security Archive, which provides a trove of declassified documents pertaining to national security for advanced research. Recently, the law school hosted international symposiums on cutting-edge issues of cybersecurity and Internet freedom.

Business and Finance Law The recently expanded Business and Finance Law Program highlights GW Law’s unique strengths, including an expert faculty, an extensive curriculum, access to both the Washington and international regulatory communities, and important links to the New York and international financial markets. The Center for Law, Economics & Finance, a think tank within the law school, was designed as a focal point for the study and debate of major issues in economic and financial law. | JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM


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Practical Work Experience GW Law students experience real and practical preparation for their legal careers through a variety of opportunities, both within and outside the classroom. Field Placement Program Through the Field Placement Program, more than 700 students each year earn academic credit while they participate in dynamic, hands-on externships in government, public interest, and the judiciary. In addition to academic credit, students receive supervision by leading legal practitioners and practical experience that helps jump-start their careers. Recent placements include: • Federal Communications Commission

• U.S. Department of Justice

• Human Rights Watch

• U.S. Department of State

• Judges from U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Court of Federal Claims, D.C. Court of Appeals, and D.C. Superior Court

• U.S. Patent and Trademark Office • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

• The Nature Conservancy

• U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Judiciary Committees

• Public Defender Services

• White House Office of Legal Counsel

• Smithsonian Institution

• World Bank

Moot Court Competitions Through moot court competitions, students augment the skills learned in class with realistic training in lawyering skills. Students present cases in competition before actual judges. In 2015, GW Law competed against teams from 189 law schools and won the National Moot Court Competition hosted by the New York City Bar Association. Over the past five years, GW Law has won four prestigious international moot court competitions. Our renowned Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition was judged by Chief Justice John Roberts in 2006, Justice Samuel Alito in 2007, Justice Antonin Scalia in 2009, Justice Elena Kagan in 2012, and Justice Sonia Sotomayor in 2014. Justice Alito returned in 2016 to preside over the Van Vleck competition. 18




The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics GW Law was one of the first law schools in the nation to embrace clinical education. At the Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics, our students learn important skills that they can apply across many kinds of law practice while representing actual clients. These clinics are not simulations; students do real-life legal work—with real impact—under the supervision of faculty and practitioners. In fact, in the past few years, our students have successfully argued for asylum for clients, litigated human trafficking cases, and argued a winning case before the Maryland Court of Appeals that changed how criminal trials are conducted across the state. Current clinics include: • Animal Law Litigation Project

• International Human Rights Clinic

• Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction Services Clinic

• Law Students in Court

• Domestic Violence Project

• Public Justice Advocacy Clinic

• Family Justice Litigation Clinic • Health Rights Law Clinic

• Small Business and Community Economic Development Clinic

• Immigration Law Clinic

• Vaccine Injury Clinic

• Neighborhood Law and Policy Clinic

Pro Bono Activities GW Law’s pro bono activities can be traced back to 1914, but the law school has recently expanded and re-energized its pro bono program. Headed by Alan Morrison, a legendary U.S. public interest lawyer, the program builds additional opportunities for engagement and practical training. Some programs are open exclusively to GW Law students, including the Cancer Pro Bono Project, the Veteran’s Law Pro Bono Project, and the District Record Sealing Service, among others. Students can participate in other projects during winter break, such as working with the Special Master in charge of assessing damages after the BP oil spill. Students also may undertake semester-long public interest externships for credit through the Field Placement Program. The Class of 2016 volunteered a record 68,369 pro bono hours, marking the highest number of pro bono hours submitted and the highest number of students involved. In addition, the school awards nearly 100 public interest summer fellowships annually and provides loan repayment assistance to graduates embarking on public interest careers. | JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM


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Opportunities for Engagement Beyond the classroom, GW Law offers numerous opportunities to gain international perspective, leadership and management skills, and legal research and writing skills. Study Abroad The law school offers students the opportunity to broaden their perspectives with study abroad programs during the summer or the academic year: AUGSBURG: A summer program covering transnational economic law and the relevance of EU law to the global economy MUNICH: A summer program in intellectual property law THE NETHERLANDS AND MILAN: Exchange programs with prestigious institutions—the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, and Università Commerciale “Luigi Bocconi” in Milan, Italy





NORTH AMERICAN CONSORTIUM ON LEGAL EDUCATION (NACLE): A one-semester program for second- and third-year students to study law at select Canadian and Mexican law schools OXFORD: A summer program in international human rights law SYDNEY: A one-semester student exchange program with the University of Sydney Law School in Australia

Student-edited Journals Students can apply for membership on one of eight legal journals: • The American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal • Federal Circuit Bar Journal

• The George Washington Law Review • International Law in Domestic Courts • Journal of Energy and Environmental Law

• Federal Communications Law Journal

• The Public Contract Law Journal

• The George Washington International Law Review

Student Organizations GW Law offers more than 50 student organizations. These groups sponsor speakers, arrange panel discussions, and hold social events, all designed to both foster camaraderie and increase the student body’s understanding of the law.

The Jacob Burns Law Library Among the largest and most prestigious academic law libraries in the United States, the Jacob Burns Law Library houses more than 700,000 volumes and equivalents, along with a variety of legal and law-related databases and automated indexes. It offers a research collection rich in the historic and contemporary legal materials of America, as well as international and comparative materials. The Burns Library’s Special Collections Archive preserves more than 35,000 volumes of historical legal works printed during the 15th through 19th centuries, plus early manuscripts, some of which predate this period. The law library is noted for its continental historical legal materials, and the French Collection is considered one of the largest and most significant assemblages of early French law in the United States.

Five current members of the U.S. Supreme Court have come to campus to preside over the finals of the Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court competition. | JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM


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Constitutional Law Lives Here Within one mile of GW Law’s campus, you’ll find the National Archives, which houses the U.S. Constitution, as well as the Capitol and the White House, where the Constitution was shaped. Among the faculty, you’ll find numerous constitutional scholars teaching constitutional law.


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GW LAW The law school is housed in a nine-building complex on GW’s Foggy Bottom campus. The complex features modern classrooms, three fully equipped moot court rooms, multiple student lounges and conference rooms, and WiFi access throughout.

1 THE WHITE HOUSE Four blocks from GW Law, the White House—seat of the nation’s executive branch—and nearby Executive Office Building provide several field placement opportunities in fields such as constitutional law and administrative law.

2 WORLD BANK Through its work helping fund improvements in developing countries, the World Bank—only a block from GW Law—is a valuable resource for students interested in international law and finance law.


MONETARY FUND (IMF) Located right across the street from the law school, the IMF oversees the global financial system and gives students the chance to observe international law and finance law in action.

4 DEPARTMENT OF STATE The executive branch’s agency of foreign affairs, the State Department is a Foggy Bottom landmark three blocks from GW Law. It provides students with a first-hand look at international law at the highest level.







the U.S. Court of Federal Claims hears claims made against the U.S. government. At the same location, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has nationwide jurisdiction in a number of subject areas. GW Law students can find clerkships with judges in both courts.

6 ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES Made up of 35 nations in North and South America, the OAS works to preserve peace and further development on both continents. GW Law students can find placements in fields as varied as trade law and drug law.


THE PERFORMING ARTS As the nation’s official center for performing arts, the Kennedy Center hosts a variety of cultural events and is home to the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Ballet, and the Washington National Opera.


11 SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION The famed Smithsonian “Castle” is the headquarters of the institution, which oversees 17 Washington museums, including the National Air and Space Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

10 JEFFERSON MEMORIAL These three monuments to 12 ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION American presidents are some of AGENCY (EPA) the most recognizable landmarks in Students interested in environD.C. All are within walking distance mental law can find field of the law school. placements at this federal agency


charged with protecting human health and the environment. The EPA’s headquarters are a short Metro ride from GW Law.


CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES Recent field placements on Capitol Hill have included the Senate Health, Education, and Pensions Committee; the Senate Judiciary Committee; and the House Republican Judiciary Committee.



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The Hill is easily accessible from GW Law by Metro.


With the world’s largest collection of legal materials, the Library of Congress is an excellent research resource for law students in all areas of specialization.

ideal venue for students to observe high-profile legal proceedings, as well as pursue clerkships and field placements. During the past decade, seven GW Law grads have gone on to clerk for Supreme Court justices. The court is accessible by Metro. 17

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GW Law students frequently find field placements at the government’s legal headquarters, working

in fields ranging from counterterrorism to intellectual property litigation. The Justice Department is a short Metro ride from the law school.

U.S. DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA The federal trials court for Washington, D.C., offers clerkship opportunities in the chambers of its judges. The district court is Metro-accessible from GW Law.


OFFICE This Alexandria, Virginia, office is a center of the intellectual property law community. Recent GW Law students have been placed in the Office of the Commissioner. The Patent and Trademark Office is easily reached by Metro and is a 20-minute drive from the law school. | JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM


Graduate Housing


The George Washington University The George Washington University comprises more than 10,000 undergraduates, more than 15,000 graduate students, and 10 graduate schools. The campus offers students the resources of a large, world-class university, including the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, a 183,000-square-foot fitness facility with top-tier amenities, and Lisner Auditorium, one of the city’s leading performing arts centers. Two university-sponsored housing options are available to incoming law students. Both are within blocks of the law school and the Foggy Bottom–GWU Metro station. THE ASTON (pictured, top left), a 117-unit residential house at 1129 New Hampshire Ave., NW, is open to first-year law students. The Aston’s one-person efficiency apartments are furnished, and all utilities, including cable television and high-speed Internet access, are provided. THE COLUMBIA PLAZA HOUSING PROGRAM provides assistance to GW Law students in securing an apartment (by serving as a reference and guarantor) in a privately owned, multi-building complex at 2400 Virginia Ave., NW, adjacent to the GW campus. The complex offers spacious unfurnished apartments, with utilities included in the rent.






A City of Neighborhoods

Washington, DC Few cities can match Washington, D.C.’s urban energy, international flavor, and cultural offerings. D.C. is home to world-class museums, including 17 of the 19 museums of the Smithsonian Institution—many of which are free or offer student discounts—as well as bookstores, theaters and concert halls, seasonal festivals, professional sports teams, coffee bars, and an eclectic mix of restaurants. GW Law students can easily access almost any part of the D.C.-metro area using Metrorail and Metrobus. From the Foggy Bottom–GWU Metro stop, located right on campus, students can arrive within minutes at internships on Capitol Hill, a game at Nationals Park, or an exhibit at the National Gallery. GW Law is close to several other D.C. areas that provide students and their families with a variety of diversions. Rock Creek Park, to the north of Foggy Bottom and more than twice the size of New York City’s Central Park, features biking and jogging trails, concert facilities, a nature center, and a planetarium. D.C. is primarily a city of neighborhoods, each with a unique character. The city’s population is highly educated and multinational. From vibrant neighborhoods full of nightlife and restaurants, like Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, to charming residential areas such as Capitol Hill, to trendy new areas like the U Street Corridor and Columbia Heights, D.C. offers a diverse, engaging urban experience.

WHITE HOUSE NEIGHBORS When new presidents are elected, our students walk four short blocks east of campus to the White House and join the festivities. Whether for a demonstration, a celebration, or simply a glimpse of the presidential helicopter landing on the South Lawn, GW Law students have a front-row seat. | JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM


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Your Future Through a host of services, GW Law grads can prepare for and pursue diverse, exciting career opportunities in every sector, all over the world. Career Center The Career Center is dedicated to helping students develop personalized career plans. GW Law has one of the largest legal career counseling teams in the country. The career counselors in the Career Center collectively represent more than 80 years of experience in legal and counseling professions. The counselors, who are all trained, licensed attorneys, are assigned to each of the six first-year student sections. Each counselor follows that cohort of students throughout the three or four years of law school, but students also are free to meet with any of the counselors in the Career Center office. Our counselors have expertise in multiple areas of employment, including law firms, judicial clerkships, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, federal and state courts, and private sector employers. As a result, our alumni hold clerkships; work at large, medium, and small law firms; serve in government positions; and work in international and domestic business ventures, among other positions.

Alumni Networking With more than 28,000 alumni throughout the world and in every area of practice, GW Law can connect students with a vast network of mentors, advisors, and career contacts. The Alumni Career Advisor Network puts current students and recent graduates in touch with alumni who can provide career advice and opportunities. The law school counts among its alumni several senators and executive cabinet officers, state and federal judges, and many prominent leaders in business, industry, and government.

Mentorship From our students’ first days at GW Law, we work with them to develop an individualized strategy to approach their legal education and subsequent career. First-year students receive individual and group mentorship and benefit from weekly sessions on networking, informational interviews, and the job search process, among many other programs. In addition, second-year students can be paired with alumni mentors who can help advise them along the path to success.





Career Preparation and Recruitment Opportunities The Career Center provides students and alumni with a wide range of services. Individual Career Counseling: Career Center counselors meet individually with students to assist in all basic tools preparation (i.e., résumés, cover letters, application procedure assistance), employment market insight (i.e., career options, interpreting organizational research, and job-search strategy), and personal career counseling (including self-assessment, skills recognition, and development). Professional Development Programming for First-Year Students: The Career Center creates programming for 1L students that usually includes cover letter and résumé writing workshops, speaker events, alumni presentations, and a panel of upper-level students discussing their 1L summer jobs. Skills Training and Practice-Area Programs: The Career Center maintains an active programming schedule throughout the year. Programs that explore specific practice areas provide an excellent opportunity to network with practicing lawyers, many of whom are GW Law alumni. Career Resource Library: Our Resource Library collection includes hundreds of resources ranging from general information on legal career planning to employer profiles and contact information. Fall and Spring Job Recruitment Programs: We offer one of the largest on-campus legal interview programs, along with multiple off-campus recruitment programs. Job Postings: Thousands of summer and permanent opportunities are posted every year, including summer positions, part-time jobs during the academic year, full-time positions for evening students, entry-level attorney positions, judicial clerkships, internships, and teaching opportunities. Job vacancies are updated daily. Diversity Events and Programs: Minority students are served through an annual job fair, programs in collaboration with minority student groups, and a Career Center counselor dedicated to serving minority students. Evening Student Programming: Extended hours and flexible scheduling are offered, along with a counselor dedicated to serving evening students. The Career Center has developed programming specifically for evening students. Public Interest Job Fairs and Initiatives: The Career Center facilitates student interviews with public interest employers annually through the Public Interest Recruiting Program (co-sponsored with the Georgetown University Law Center), the Government Internship Fair, and the Equal Justice Works Career Fair. Our public interest counselor also assists students in identifying pro bono opportunities. | JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM


Career Outcomes GW Law has consistently been one of the top law schools in placing graduates with large law firms and public sector employers. This chart indicates the employment outcomes for 2015 graduates—95 percent of whom are employed.













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Bar Passage

After GW Law

Last year, GW Law’s new graduates sat for the bar in more than 20 states. The top 10 bar exams most frequently taken by GW Law graduates are listed below.


1. New York

6. Illinois

GW Law’s clerkship office helps students and alumni pursue postgraduate judicial clerkships. Our clerkship office provides strategic advice regarding all aspects of the judicial clerkship application process.

2. Virginia

7. Massachusetts

Over the past decade, the clerkship office has placed:

3. Maryland

8. Florida

• 7 U.S. Supreme Court clerks

4. California

9. New Jersey

• 140 federal appellate court clerks

5. Pennsylvania

10. Texas

• 60 state supreme court clerks

International Employment Given the strength of GW Law’s International Law Program and the extent of its international alumni network, graduates pursue work or research throughout the world. In recent years, GW Law graduates have worked in more than 20 countries. | JURIS DOCTOR PROGRAM


Admissions & Financial Aid Applying Applications must be submitted electronically through the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) at All applicants also must register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) and send their official transcripts to LSAC.

ALL APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT: A completed application, including résumé A two-page personal statement LSAT scores (taken within the last five years) All official academic transcripts At least one letter of recommendation via CAS Application fee of $80 (U.S. dollars) PLEASE NOTE: The application fee will be waived for all first-year applicants.

Ways to Apply 1. Regular Admission Process 2. Binding Early Decision Process 3. Binding Presidential Merit Scholarship Program (Full Tuition)





1. Regular Admission Process The fall JD application deadline is March 1 for those seeking admission through the regular—not early decision—process. Regular admission decisions will be made on a rolling basis between November and May. Admitted applicants will be required to make nonrefundable seat deposits between April and July.

2. Binding Early Decision Process The Binding Early Decision Program is designed for applicants who have researched their law school choices and are certain that GW Law is their top choice. This program allows those applicants a means of expressing to the Admissions Committee their commitment to attend GW Law if admitted. Early Decision applicants are given priority review. Admitted applicants will be eligible for need-based grants; applicants for whom merit award consideration is a prerequisite for matriculation should not apply through this program. The application deadline is February 1.

3. Binding Presidential Merit Scholarship Program (Full Tuition) The Binding Presidential Merit Scholarship Program is designed for applicants who have researched their law school options and have determined that GW Law is their top choice. Unlike the Binding Early Decision Program, all applicants admitted through the Presidential Merit Scholarship Program will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship. The admissions process is rolling; early application is strongly encouraged. The application deadline is February 1.

Transfer and Visiting Students

Need-Based Grants

The law school accepts a limited number of transfer and visiting students each semester. Applicants must submit a completed application, an official transcript of all law school course work, an official undergraduate transcript, and a letter from the applicant’s law school stating that the applicant is in good academic standing. Transfer students also must submit a copy of their CAS report. Transfer applications are due June 15 for fall entry or November 15 for spring entry. Visiting student applications are due June 15 for the fall semester, November 15 for spring, or May 10 for summer.

Grants are awarded to admitted and continuing students based on financial need and availability of resources. Students must apply for grants each year by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS profile with parental data as soon as possible after January 1.

Applicants who apply by March 1 will be considered under the Early Action Transfer Program. Applicants accepted through this program will receive provisional acceptance on the basis of fall semester transcripts; final acceptance will be determined after spring transcripts are received. The law school will not issue an I-20 form for visiting international students.

Financing The law school works with students on an individual basis to ensure that each receives the most generous aid package available.

Merit Scholarships All admitted applicants will be considered for meritbased scholarships. These awards, which vary in amount, are based on the strength of applications; no separate scholarship applications are required. Starting in late January, we will send e-mails regarding merit scholarships on a rolling basis to those who have been admitted.

Financial Aid for Transfer and Visiting Students Financial aid for transfer and visiting students is available in the form of loans only.

Financial Aid Office The GW Law Office of Financial Aid can be reached at 202.994.6592 or



GW Law at a Glance 2015 ENTERING CLASS


Applicants: 6,710

JD full-time tuition: $54,244

Enrolled: 473

JD part-time tuition: $1,980 per credit hour

Women: 55%

GW Law offers comprehensive financial aid packages based on merit, need, and availability of funds.

Minorities: 37% Median GPA: 3.71 Median LSAT: 165 Distribution: The 2015 entering class represented 215 colleges and 11 countries. Of these students, 169 graduated from college with honors. In addition, 62 percent took off one year or more before enrolling in law school, and 43 of those students hold advanced degrees. SELECTED JOINT DEGREE PROGRAMS

VISIT US Prospective JD candidates are invited to visit the law school Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Schedules for guided tours are posted on our website at Contact the Office of Admissions at

• JD/Master of Business Administration

Sophia Sim, Associate Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

• JD/Master of Public Administration

JoSie Shelby-Wilson, Director of Admissions

• JD/Master of Public Policy

Matthew Dillard, Assistant Director of Admissions

• JD/Master of Public Health • JD/MA in International Affairs • JD/MA in Security Policy Studies • JD/MA in Asian Studies • JD/MA in European and Eurasian Studies • JD/MA in Middle East Studies • JD/MA in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies

HOW TO APPLY Applications must be submitted electronically through the Law School Admission Council at A two-page personal statement and a résumé are required. All undergraduate transcripts and at least one letter of recommendation must be processed through LSAC’s Credential Assembly Service. Applicants must sit for the LSAT by February 2017.

• JD/MA in Women’s Studies


• JD/MA in History with a concentration in U.S. Legal History

Binding Early Decision: February 1 Binding Presidential Merit Scholarship: February 1 Regular Admission: March 1

• JD/Master of Education FACULTY Full time: 100 Adjunct: More than 200 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND MENTORING All incoming students receive comprehensive professional development throughout their first year and access to an individual alumni mentor.


PLEASE NOTE: The application fee will be waived for all first-year applicants.




Applicants admitted through the Binding Presidential Merit Scholarship Program will be awarded a full-tuition scholarship. Admissions Office The George Washington University Law School 700 20th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20052 202.994.7230


The George Washington University does not unlawfully discriminate against any person on any basis prohibited by federal law, the District of Columbia Human Rights Act, or other applicable law, including without limitation, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. This policy covers all programs, services, policies, and procedures of the university, including admission to education programs and employment.

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