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The George Washington University Law School

The Law School's curriculum and diverse academic opportunities are designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to become effective advocates in any setting-large or small firm, public interest organization, government agency, academia, or the judiciary. Students are likewise prepared to serve in any capacity-counselor, litigator, mediator, negotiator, legislator, or lobbyist. In addition to learning the fundamentals of law, our students have the opportunity to craft their own academic program by choosing among 250 course offerings-one of the most comprehensive catalogs of any law school in the nation. They gain hands-on legal experience through in-class instruction and a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including clinics, skills competitions, and outside placement positions-all of which are enhanced by the Law School's D.C. location.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 1673
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 161 - 168
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.32 - 3.78
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 93.26%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 95.0%
Tuition $47,535

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Overview

About The George Washington University Law School

The Law School's curriculum and diverse academic opportunities are designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to become effective advocates in any setting-large or small firm, public interest organization, government agency, academia, or the judiciary. Students are likewise prepared to serve in any capacity-counselor, litigator, mediator, negotiator, legislator, or lobbyist. In addition to learning the fundamentals of law, our students have the opportunity to craft their own academic program by choosing among 250 course offerings-one of the most comprehensive catalogs of any law school in the nation. They gain hands-on legal experience through in-class instruction and a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including clinics, skills competitions, and outside placement positions-all of which are enhanced by the Law School's D.C. location.

Reviews

The caliber of the “limitless” resources available to a George Washington University law students are outstanding, and the location cannot be beat; its various connections to federal agencies, lobbyists, firms, and judges in the area make it easy to find some area of law that will interest any student, as well as allowing for a wealth of outside place­ment and internship possibilities. “I have enough room in my schedule to go hear oral arguments at the Supreme Court or the Federal Circuit Court,” says a student. “Nearly everyone I know has had the opportunity to intern in the federal or D.C. courts or some federal agency,” says another. Even if students aren’t happy with the Career Development office (and many outside of the top 15 percent of the class are not), there’s the matter of the upstanding reputation with employers. “People that don’t get jobs that attend GW either (1) didn’t try hard enough to diversify where they were applying (particularly, geographically—people seem to forget there are jobs outside D.C., NY and the coasts), or (2) aren’t trying hard enough period,” says a 3L. Add to that stellar academics, and this “close knit, high energy” school is definitely on the move, though the price tag can be steep. The somewhat high enrollment means “at times it feels a bit crowded” at GW, but the law school complex is very big, and the school has done a good job of expanding spaces, having recently developed a café for students and enlarging student conference spaces. In addition to the excellent law library, at one’s fingertips on any given day there are lectures, panels, and workshops.The Student Bar Association is one of the best in the nation, which is a reflection of the close relationship between the students and the administration, who “make a clear effort to engage students on the decisions of the law school.” GW Law’s Dean is a “terrific fun­draiser and cheerleader,” and even normally teaches a 1L Criminal Law class. The empha­sis placed upon professors’ teaching abilities is reflected in the inclusion of a student panel on the Faculty Appointments Committee, where students’ views as reflect­ed in their reports to the faculty are “given serious consideration during the appointment process.” It shows, too, as the professors at GW are first-rate; there are “so many ‘must-takes’ here that you are guaranteed a great professor (at least by reputation) for each major doctrinal course.” Indeed, GW Law professors are well-known locally and nationally, and “it’s not unusual to attend a professor’s class, and then later see him or her on the televi­sion that evening.” These superstars are approachable as well, and “you would be hard-pressed to go to a student function and not find a friendly face from the faculty and staff enjoying time away from the formal school setting and lending their wisdom and wit to the outside student life.” Classes mix theory and practice, placing an emphasis on didactic ability, and “There can be a little tough love involved” if needed. Each lecture “is an expe­rience,” and while the Socratic Method is used, it is used “very gently, and tends to create more of an open discussion format than a fear-invoking grilling process.” However, stu­dents would like to see their torts class expanded to two semesters. The student culture and atmosphere at GW Law rounds out the experience, as “people actually like each other and enjoy a good conversation, whether studying or not.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 19

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law and process related to the regulation of businesses and the financial services industry. Includes instruction in corporate law, antitrust law, securities law and regulation, negotiation, incorporation, partnerships, trusts, and related topics

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 24

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing the energy industry, environmental protection, natural resources and land use, and related topics.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.

Graduates Last Year: 598

Description: A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of law, for taking state and national bar examinations, and for advanced research in jurisprudence. Includes instruction in the theory and practice of the legal system, including the statutory, administrative, and judicial components of civil and criminal law.

Job Opportunities:

Lawyers
Represent clients in criminal and civil litigation and other legal proceedings, draw up legal documents, or manage or advise clients on legal transactions. May specialize in a single area or may practice broadly in many areas of law.
Judicial Law Clerks
Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers
Conduct hearings to recommend or make decisions on claims concerning government programs or other government-related matters. Determine liability, sanctions, or penalties, or recommend the acceptance or rejection of claims or settlements.
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators
Facilitate negotiation and conflict resolution through dialogue. Resolve conflicts outside of the court system by mutual consent of parties involved.
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
Arbitrate, advise, adjudicate, or administer justice in a court of law. May sentence defendant in criminal cases according to government statutes or sentencing guidelines. May determine liability of defendant in civil cases. May perform wedding ceremonies.
Law Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in law. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA; JD/MPA; JD/MA International Affairs; JD/MA History; JD/MA Women's Studies JD/MPH, all can be completed in 4 years with full-time and summer attendance

Specialty Law Programs

  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial
  • Constitutional
  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Environmental
  • Government Services
  • Human Rights
  • International
  • Labor
  • Legal History
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Property
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 275
Full-Time Faculty 98
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 19
Part-Time Faculty 158
Faculty Gender 69% Male
30% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 55% Male
45% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 62%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 0%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Ethnicity Unknown 10%
Black or African American 6%
Asian 11%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $47,535 Same as On-Campus
Housing $13,600 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $61,135 $47,535

Financial Aid

87% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$35,000 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $80

Incoming Class

The George Washington University Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 162 - 168
LSAT Part-Time 160 - 168
LSAT Total 161 - 168

The George Washington University Law School's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.31 - 3.78
Part-Time 3.32 - 3.73
Total 3.32 - 3.78

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Important: Recommendations

Admission Requirements

Required: Personal Essay, Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Standardized Test Scores

Optional: Extracurricular Activities, Interview, State Residency, Work Experience

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#9 Best Career Prospects

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 88%
First Time Pass Rate 93%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 82%

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 95%
Average Starting Salary $136,643
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 44 8%
Firm Sized 11-25 21 4%
Firm Sized 26-50 12 4%
Firm Sized 51-100 21 4%
Firm Sized 101-250 25 5%
Firm Sized 251-500 29 5%
Firm Sized 501+ 103 19%
Business Industry 38 7%
Government 118 22%
Public Interest 70 13%
Federal Clerkship 23 4%
State Clerkship 24 4%
Academia 14 3%
Unknown Employer Type 2 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 22 4%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 4 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
NY 10%
VA 10%
DC 51%
International 2%

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