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George Mason University School of Law

Although George Mason offers a number of structured specialization options, students are not required to specialize in their legal studies. Many students enter law school without a clearly defined area of interest. Those students may pursue a general course of study, choosing electives as their interests develop.

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Program At a Glance

Total Program Enrollment 636
Incoming LSAT Scores (25th-75th Percentile) 158 - 164
Incoming GPA (25th-75th Percentile) 3.27 - 3.79
Bar Exam First Time Pass Rate 90.55%
Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 93.0%
In State Tuition $24,623
Out of State Tuition $39,561

Overview

Overview

About George Mason University School of Law

Although George Mason offers a number of structured specialization options, students are not required to specialize in their legal studies. Many students enter law school without a clearly defined area of interest. Those students may pursue a general course of study, choosing electives as their interests develop.

Reviews

George Mason University’s law students agree that “The professors are brilliant” and “Mason is a hidden gem that prepares students for actual practice better than any other law school out there.” However, there’s plenty more to say about the school that incites a disagreement typical of students who are being taught to argue for a living. Some contend that “One of the school’s strengths is the four-semester legal writing require­ment” while some refer disparagingly to “the nightmare of a writing program that the school has instituted.” Others synthesize the two arguments: “The students often com­plain about the [legal writing] program, but most recognize that it is tremendously useful and will help them with future legal opportunities.” Students are similarly divided on GMU’s pedagogical ethos: some assert that “there is a very good blend of theory and practical knowledge conveyed” in the curricula, while others maintain that “the empha­sis on economics in many ways is distracting from understanding the black letter law” or that “This is a patent law heavy school with unequal opportunities for students with social science rather than hard science backgrounds.” GMU is stringent about its gradu­ation requirements, leading some students to complain about “too many required courses,” yet students also appreciate that “There are many classes available to practice both courtroom advocacy and writing skills, and taking part in these classes has given me invaluable experience for litigation.”In terms of faculty, administration, and other on-campus support, students feel that GMU’s “Administration is vested in student outcomes” and that “The staff is unbeliev­ably open to outside discussion and help providing high government contacts and net­working.” The university’s ten-minutes-away proximity to Washington, DC, provides a major asset to job-seeking graduates “with ready access to fabulous internships and other educational opportunities at a public school price.” This proximity also creates a culture of working lawyers amongst its faculty: “most of the professors aren’t just profes­sors. They’re also practicing attorneys or policy specialists who have major influences on their respective fields, and on the development of those fields.” Students find the school’s facilities “Extremely up to date” and “outstanding,” and extol the librarians: “The librarians are perhaps the most wonderful people on campus.” There are some complaints about the law school’s relationship to the rest of the university: students claim “The law school is like the estranged step-child to the main campus,” that they “could use better amenities,” and that they sometimes “feel like nothing more than a cash cow to the main campus in Fairfax” due to rising tuition prices in the last few years. That said, Virginia locals appreciate the “in-state tuition rate,” which is “relatively cheap.”

- The Princeton Review

Academics

Academics

Degree Programs Offered

Graduates Last Year: 261

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/MPP: Information on the JD/MPP can be found at www.law.gmu.edu/academics/llm.html. JD/MA or PhD in Economics: The law school offers credit for certain classes taken by students enrolled in GMU's Master's or PhD program in Economics. More information can be found here: www.law.gmu.edu/academics/regulations

Specialty Law Programs

  • Corporation Securities
  • Criminal
  • Government Services
  • International
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual Property

Faculty Information

Total Faculty 118
Full-Time Faculty 38
Deans, Librarians, and Others Who Teach 2
Part-Time Faculty 78
Faculty Gender 71% Male
27% Female
Student Teacher Ratio 14 : 1

Accreditation

Accredited by American Bar Association

Student Body

Student Body
Gender Breakdown 58% Male
42% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage
White 82%
Multi-racial 2%
International 2%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 6%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Finance

Finance

Sticker Price

In-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $24,623 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $24,623 $24,623

Out-of-State

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $39,561 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A N/A
Books N/A N/A
Total (before financial aid) $39,561 $39,561

Financial Aid

78% Graduate students receiving financial aid (loans and grants)

$45,731 Average financial aid amount

Admissions

Admissions

Application Information

Deadline for Regular Decision: April 1

Average Age Admitted: 25

Application Fee: $35

Incoming Class

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

Exam Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
LSAT Full-Time 156 - 164
LSAT Part-Time 160 - 165
LSAT Total 158 - 164

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

Enrollment Type 25th - 75th Percentile
Full-Time 3.31 - 3.79
Part-Time 3.0 - 3.75
Total 3.27 - 3.79

Admission Considerations

Important: Recommendations, Undergraduate GPA, Personal Essay

Admission Requirements

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

Optional: Work Experience, Interview, State Residency

Rankings

Rankings

The Princeton Review

#5 Most Conservative Students

Outcomes

Outcomes

Bar Exam Results

Percent Reporting 82%
First Time Pass Rate 91%
Avg. Pass Rate In This State 80%

Campus Recruitment

Number of Employers Recruiting on Campus 100
First Year Recruitment Time Summer
Second Year Recruitment Time Summer

Employment

Percent Employed (9 Months After Graduation) 93%
Average Starting Salary $60,000
Job Sector Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Firm Sized 2-10 41 20%
Firm Sized 11-25 12 6%
Firm Sized 26-50 3 6%
Firm Sized 51-100 3 1%
Firm Sized 101-250 7 3%
Firm Sized 251-500 4 2%
Firm Sized 501+ 9 4%
Business Industry 33 16%
Government 47 23%
Public Interest 15 7%
Federal Clerkship 4 2%
State Clerkship 11 5%
Academia 14 7%
Unknown Employer Type 1 0%
Unemployed Number of Graduates Percent of Graduates
Unemployed, Not Seeking 3 1%
Unemployed, Seeking 8 4%
Pursuing Graduate Degree 2 1%

Top Employment Locations

State Percent Employed
MD 6%
DC 34%
VA 44%

Famous Alumni

Well known alumni of George Mason University School of Law include:

  • Kelly McNamara Corley - Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Discover Financial Services
  • Deborah Cohn - Commissioner for Trademarks, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • The Hon. Scott Clarkson - Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • The Hon. Maureen Ohlhausen - Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli - Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia

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