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Learn About Law Where Laws are Launched: Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC [By Devon Pryor] Prospective law students would be hard-pressed to find a more advantageously located place to study law than Georgetown University Law Center. Situated in the heart of Washington, DC, Georgetown University Law Center is close to Capitol Hill and the National Mall. The Houses of Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Department of Justice are within walking distance of the campus. What better way to study law than in the midst of the most legal-minded and politically charged community in the nation?

Georgetown University Law Center was

clinical programs, joint degree programs,

part-time J.D. program at Georgetown

founded in 1870 and, according to the

and public interest programs. In

University Law Center.

university’s website, was the first law school

accordance with the founding principles

in the nation to be established by a Jesuit

of Georgetown University Law Center,

Graduate programs are also offered by

higher education facility. The law program

the J.D. program is available to students

the university and cover a variety of focus

at Georgetown University was originally

enrolled either full-time or part-time.

areas. The list of available graduate law

founded as an evening program, and its

The full-time program offers courses in

degrees includes an LL.M. in Taxation,

genesis was closely associated with the

more than 25 traditional legal fields of

an LL.M. in Securities and Financial

strong government presence in the area.

study, as well as a number of clinics for

Regulation, a Doctor of Juridical Science,

When the first catalog for the law center

specialization. This track is six semesters

and programs catering to international

was published in 1870, standards were set

in length, which equates to three

students and individualized study. In

for serving the higher education needs of

academic years. During the first year,

the fall of 2007, these programs will be

local professionals. As the university’s

students must complete 30 credit hours of

accompanied by a program offering an

website records, this first catalog announced

core requisite courses, followed by 12 to

LL.M. in Global Health Law and a program

that classes would “be held in the evening

18 credit hours per semester during the

offering a Master of Studies in Law for

in order to facilitate the attendance of

second and third years.

Journalists (M.S.L.), which will offer journalists who report on legal issues a

gentlemen who are engaged in the service of The part-time J.D. program is stretched

means of gaining valuable and solid legal

out in order to lighten the per-semester

backgrounds in order to augment their

The close ties the university’s law program

course load and allow ample time for

reporting skills and their familiarity with

shares with the history of our nation’s

working students to succeed. This

legal subject matter.

government and judicial system have made

program requires only 23 credit hours

it one of the most highly respected and

of core requisite courses during the

In addition to the aforementioned graduate

well-developed legal education programs

first year, followed by eight to 11 credit

law degree programs, Georgetown University

in the country. The variety of degree

hours per semester in the following

Law Center also offers graduate certificate

options and focus areas at Georgetown is

years. This track is usually completed

programs. These revolve around specialty

extremely impressive. No matter what

in eight semesters and an additional

subjects such as employee benefits, estate

academic cravings law students might

summer session. The part-time program

planning, the World Trade Organization,

possess, at the Georgetown University Law

continues Georgetown University

international human rights, national security,

Center, they are sure to find programs that

Law Center’s tradition of serving the

and refugee/humanitarian emergencies. A

fit their desired paths.

educational needs of working students

number of clinical programs, international

and is attended by full-time employees

and transitional programs, public interest

The list of degree programs at Georgetown

working in federal government positions,

programs, and joint degree programs are

University Law Center includes Juris

law firms, trade associations, and various

also available at the university. The many

Doctor programs, graduate programs,

other organizations. As noted by the

options, as well as specifics on these and

graduate certificate programs,

university’s website, former Senator

other degree programs, can be explored via

international and transitional programs,

George Mitchell is a graduate of the

the school’s website.

the government.”

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In addition to its extensive and well-

than 100,000 volumes of private and public

Academic Programs

established repertoire of degree programs,

international law within its two-story

www.law.georgetown.edu/academic.html

Georgetown University Law Center has the

quarters. The Hotung building also houses a

third-largest law library in the country. The

moot court auditorium modeled on the U.S.

Campus Life

five-story Edward Bennett Williams Law

Supreme Court.

www.law.georgetown.edu/

Library holds more than 1 million volumes. Inside the Eric E. Hotung International Law Building, dedicated in 2004, another law library-the John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library-holds more

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