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Total Program Enrollment 1926
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 165 - 170
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.43 - 3.82
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 90.38%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92.3%
Tuition $48,835

Overview

Overview

Reviews

The “prestigious,” “ridiculously large,” and tangentially Jesuitical Georgetown University Law Center is “a choose-your-own-adventure school” in “a prime downtown D.C. location.” “The sheer variety of the offerings is stunning,” declares a 2L. “If you are looking to do something, odds are there is a club, or a class, or a journal, or some other event on this campus that is targeted at that.” The range of courses is “extremely impressive and covers a broad spectrum of subjects.” Georgetown is “a particularly great choice for students looking for opportunities in public interest or government.” “Its international focus is without par,” and there are several study abroad programs offered. In addition to the orthodox first-year curriculum, you can take an alternative set of 1L courses that emphasize the interconnected impact of government regulation and “concentrates on making law school applicable to the legal world.” The clinics “cover a breathtaking array of topics.” Internships and externships galore on Capitol Hill and all over D.C. during the academic year give students “a leg up on summer internships and future employment.” Another fabulous feature here is the Supreme Court Institute’s moot court program. Attorneys who are about to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court routinely practice their oral arguments on Georgetown’s campus “in front of professors” in “a perfect, scaled-down replica of the actual Supreme Court (right down to the carpet­ing).” “It’s remarkably educational to see an advocate’s dry run” and “then, a week later, actually go watch the same argument” for real.Some of the “classes are very large [during the] first year” but faculty members are “very accessible” and they generally manage to “turn dull information into lively debate.” “The professors make all the reading and writing worthwhile,” encourage “diverse points of view, and [take] an interest in students’ academic, professional, and personal lives,” gushes a 3L. Professors are also “extremely accomplished” and they “bring fantastic experience and knowledge to the classroom.” Often, though, “the ‘big-name’ professors are the worst teachers because they just tell war stories that are irrele­vant to the exam, albeit interesting.” Some students tell us that the top brass is “hard­working” and “surprisingly accessible for a big school.” “They definitely make a very conscious effort to make the school seem smaller,” opines a 1L. Others students say that “a ton of red tape” plagues Georgetown. “It seems like nothing is ever done on time,” they say, and the registrar is “sloppy and inefficient.”Career Services staffers are “far from uber-helpful life coaches,” and “There is a gen­eral feeling among the student body that Career Services is more interested in statistics (e.g., how many students went to big firms) than in helping students find paths that will make them happy.” An optional first year program titled The Search Before the Search (SBTS) encourages students to reflect on their own strengths and interests while provid­ing insight into the myriad opportunities available to Georgetown law graduates. The Georgetown brand has “an amazing domestic and international presence,” though. “A huge range of firms and government agencies” recruits on campus each year. The pool of alumni is colossal. “Georgetown has amazing support for public interest students” as well, including a discrete office tailored to help them “pursue careers and co-curricular options.” The biggest chunk of graduates stay in Washington, D.C., or head to New York City or California. About 50 percent go into private practice. “The facilities are comfortable and more than adequate” here. Classrooms “are in great condition.” The five-story law library is “enjoyable to spend time in and has plenty of nooks and crannies.” The law school is located “away from the main campus.” But “ The proximity to SCOTUS (The Supreme Court), the Capitol, the White House, and the many international institutions in D.C. make for a special experience.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 27

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: 153

Description: An advanced, professional study of tax law and taxation procedures in U.S. or Canadian jurisdictions affecting individuals and corporations.

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: 72

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies, and regulations governing transnational business and commercial practices, including the specialized tax law related to international financial transactions.

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: 647

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.

Graduates Last Year: 13

Description: An advanced, professional study of the law, policies and regulations affecting the health care industry, health professions, health services and insurance industries, and patients.

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.

Joint Degree Programs Offered

JD/MBA, JD/MPH, JD/MPP, JD/MSFS, JD/MAAS-4 years; JD/MAGES-4 years; JD/MALAS, JD/MAREES, JD/MASSP, all 4 years; JD/PhD Government and JD/PhD or MA Philosophy, both 4+ years; and JD/LLM taxation, JD/LLM international business and economic law, JD/LLM national security law, and JD/LLM securities and financial regulation, all 3.5 years.

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 297
Full-Time Faculty 146
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 22
Part-Time Faculty 129
Faculty Gender 67% Male
32% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 11 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 54% Male
46% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 50%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%
Multi-racial 1%
International 3%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 30%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $48,835 Same as On-Campus
Housing $23,545 N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $72,380 $48,835

Financial Aid

77% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$60,335 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: March 1

Average Age Admitted: 24

Application Fee: $85

Incoming Class

Georgetown University Law Center's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these exam grades:

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 165 - 170
LSAT Part-Time 163 - 170
LSAT Total 165 - 170

Georgetown University Law Center's entering class of 2012 enrolled having these college GPA's:

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.43 - 3.82
Part-Time 3.22 - 3.74
Total 3.43 - 3.82

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

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

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#8 Best Career Prospects

U.S. News & World Report

#259 National Universities High School Counselor Rankings

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 76%
First Time Pass Rate 90%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 81%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 400
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 92%
Average Starting Salary $160,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 30 5%
Firm Sized 11-25 4 1%
Firm Sized 26-50 7 1%
Firm Sized 51-100 14 2%
Firm Sized 101-250 24 4%
Firm Sized 251-500 38 7%
Firm Sized 501+ 186 32%
Business Industry 33 6%
Government 93 16%
Public Interest 88 15%
Federal Clerkship 24 4%
State Clerkship 20 3%
Academia 11 2%
Unknown Employer Type 3 1%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 4 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 29 5%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 12 2%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
CA 6%
NY 19%
DC 44%
International 2%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of Georgetown University Law Center include:

  • Brendan Sullivan (CÂ’64, LÂ’67, HÂ’11) - Partner, Williams & Connolly
  • The Hon. Marc Morial (LÂ’83) - President & CEO, National Urban League
  • Gov. Mitch Daniels (LÂ’79) - Governor of Indiana
  • Savannah Guthrie (LÂ’02) - TODAY co-host, third hour, and Chief Legal Analyst
  • Senator George Mitchell (LÂ’61) - Partner & Chair Emeritus, DLA Piper

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