George Washington University Law School
|The George Washington University Law School|
|Dean||Gregory Maggs (interim)|
|Location||Washington, DC, USA|
The George Washington University Law School, commonly referred to as GW Law, is the law school of The George Washington University. It was founded in 1825 and is the oldest law school in Washington, D.C. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. It is located on the main campus of The George Washington University at the corner of 20th and H Streets in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.
Though it would be decades before The George Washington University would be established by an Act of Congress, the George Washington University Law School—founded in 1825, closed in 1826 due to financial difficulty, and then reorganized in 1865—was the first law school in the District of Columbia.
In 1865, the president of Columbian College (now The George Washington University) facilitated the purchase of a building owned by Trinity Church for the purpose of holding law classes. In 1867, the school graduated its first class, who represented twenty two of the then thirty seven states. The Master of Laws degree program was adopted by the school in 1877. In 1900, the school was one of the founding members of the Association of American Law Schools. In 1954, it merged with National University School of Law of Washington.
Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, William Strong, David J. Brewer, Willis Van Devanter and John Marshall Harlan were among those who served on its faculty. Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Justice Samuel Alito, Justice Antonin Scalia, and Justice Elena Kagan presided over its moot court in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2012 respectively. 
Students enrolled in the J.D. program come from 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Marshall Islands, the Virgin Islands, and nine other countries. The Law School also enrolls students from approximately 45 countries each year in its Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degree programs.
The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. GW Law has one of the largest curricula of any law school in the nation with more than 250 elective courses covering every aspect of legal study.
The school currently has about 2,000 degree candidates: 1,400 full-time JD students, 300 part-time students, and 300 post-J.D. candidates from the United States and approximately 55 other countries.
In addition to the juris doctor degree, GW Law offers the following joint degrees:
- J.D./M.A. in History with a concentration in U.S. Legal History, Women’s Studies, Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s Studies, and Master of Public Policy
- J.D./M.A. in International Affairs: Science, Technology, and Public Policy; Security Policy Studies; Asian Studies; Latin American Studies; European and Eurasian Studies; International Development Studies; and International Trade and Investment Policy
The following advanced degrees are offered:
- Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental Law, Business and Finance Law, International Environmental Law, Government Procurement and Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law, Government Procurement Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law.
- Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is offered to a very limited number of candidates.
GW Law is currently ranked 21st in the 2013 Law School Rankings of U.S. News & World Report, and its part-time J.D. program is ranked second. Furthermore, the school is ranked fourth in intellectual property law and seventh in international law.
According to Brian Leiter's recent law school rankings (an alternative to the U.S. News survey), GW Law ranks 12th in the nation for Supreme Court Clerkship Placement (2000–2008), 19th for student numerical quality, and 18th for law faculties with the most “scholarly impact” as measured by citations during roughly the past five years.
Additionally, Vault ranked GW Law No. 20 in its 2008 Top 25 Law Schools Survey, which emphasized the employability and preparedness of graduates of U.S. law schools based on a survey of lawyers and legal recruiters from the nation's largest firms.
Academic recognition for students
Students are not supplied with individual class rankings; instead, the school recognizes their relative academic performance with two scholar designations.  The top 1%-15% of the class is designated George Washington Scholars. The top 16%-35% of the class is designated Thurgood Marshall Scholars.
Location and facilities
GW Law is located in the heart of Washington's Foggy Bottom neighborhood, across the street from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund headquarters, and a few blocks away from the State Department and the White House.
The Jacob Burns Law Library holds a research collection of more than 600,000 volumes.
In 2000, the law school began a major building and renovation scheme to create an integrated, modern learning facility. The school has expanded into buildings on the east side of the University Yard.
The Law School currently occupies nine buildings on the main campus of The George Washington University. The Law School's main complex comprises five buildings anchored by Stockton Hall (1924) located on the University Yard, the central open space of GW's urban campus. Renovated extensively between 2001 and 2003, these buildings adjoin one another, have internal passageways, and function as one consolidated complex. Three townhouses directly across from the main complex house the Community Legal Clinics, Student Bar Association, and student journal offices.
Notable alumni of The George Washington University Law School include:
- E. Ross Adair, U.S. Representative from Indiana (1951–1971) and U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia (1971–1974)
- Earl E. Anderson, Ret. General United States Marine Corps
- Rocky Anderson (1978), former mayor of Salt Lake City
- Richard A. Appelbaum, Ret. U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral
- Vaughn Ary - Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
- Ian C. Ballon (1986), Internet lawyer and author of several law books, including a 4-volume legal treatise on e-commerce law
- William Barr (1977), former United States Attorney General
- Jedediah Hyde Baxter, son of Portus Baxter and Surgeon General of the United States Army
- A. Bruce Bielaski (1904), second director of the Bureau of Investigation
- Árpád Bogsch (1956), former Director General (1973–1997) of the World Intellectual Property Organization
- Garry E. Brown (1954), former U.S. Congressman from Michigan
- Warren Brown (1998), founder and owner of Cake Love, and host of Sugar Rush on the Food Network
- Jacob Burns (1924), corporate attorney, educator and philanthropist
- James C. Cacheris (1960), judge U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Gordon Canfield (1926), former U.S. Congressman from New Jersey
- Margaret Carlson, American journalist and currently a columnist for Bloomberg News
- Mona Charen, political analyst and best-selling author
- Bennett Champ Clark, former United States Senator
- Floyd I. Clarke, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- James P. Coleman (1939), former Governor of Mississippi and chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- William Henry Coleman, former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- Charles Colson, Leader in the Christian right movement, former Special Counsel to Richard Nixon, and jailed for conspiring during the Watergate scandal
- John Blaisdell Corliss (1875), former United States Congressman
- George B. Cortelyou, cabinet member in the Theodore Roosevelt administration
- Matthew Cowley, former Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Patricia Ann Curran (1974), former Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas
- Ewin L. Davis (1899), former U.S. Congressman from Tennessee
- Mary DeRosa (1984), former Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs in the Obama Administration
- Allen Dulles (1926), longest serving (1953–61) director of the CIA
- John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State in the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration
- John James Duncan, Jr. (1973), United States Congressman for the Second District of Tennessee
- David Eisenhower (1976), author and grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Lee E. Emerson, Governor of Vermont, 1951-1955
- Carmen E. Espinosa (1976), First Hispanic judge for the Connecticut Superior Court, Connecticut Appellate Court, and the Connecticut Supreme Court
- David Falk (1975), agent of Michael Jordan
- W. Mark Felt (1940), former associate director of the FBI and Watergate scandal informant also known as "Deep Throat"
- Stanley Finch (1908), first director of the Bureau of Investigation
- John James Flynt, Jr. (1940), United States Congressman from Georgia
- John L. Fugh (1960), former Judge Advocate General
- J. William Fulbright (1934), former United States Senator, creator of the Fulbright Fellowships
- Ralph A. Gamble (1911), former U.S. Congressman from New York
- Stephen Warfield Gambrill (1896), former United States Congressman
- Gregory G. Garre (1991), former Solicitor General of the United States
- Ernest W. Gibson, Jr., former Governor of Vermont, U.S. Senator, judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
- Dan Glickman (1969), Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America
- Camillo Gonsalves, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations
- Joyce Hens Green, (1951), senior judge U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Harold H. Greene (1954), former judge U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, presided over lawsuit which broke up AT&T's vertical monopoly.
- L. Patrick Gray, former acting director of the FBI during the Watergate scandal
- Will A. Gunn, was sworn in as the General Counsel for the Department of Veterans Affairs on May 26, 2009
- Kenneth R. Harding (1937), former Sergeant at Arms of the United States House of Representatives (1972–1980)
- Patricia Roberts Harris (1960), First African American woman to serve in the United States Cabinet as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Jimmy Carter administration
- John D. Holum, Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security under Bill Clinton.
- J. Edgar Hoover (1917), longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Harry R. Hughes (1952), former governor of the state of Maryland
- Sarah T. Hughes (1922), first female federal judge seated in Texas, and only woman to administer the oath of office to the President of the United States
- Edwin F. Hunter (1938), longest sitting U.S. District Court judge in the nation
- Daniel Inouye (1953), United States Senator, (D-HI)
- Charles James (attorney), assistant attorney general and general counsel of Chevron-Texaco
- Leon Jaworski (1926), Special Prosecutor during the Watergate Scandal.
- Rod Johnston, former Wisconsin State Senator
- Barbara Milano Keenan (1974), judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- David M. Kennedy, former United States Secretary of the Treasury
- Michael Kinsley, political commentator and journalist, former co-host of CNN's Crossfire
- Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, Foreign Minister of India
- Bruce M. Lawlor, retired United States Army Major General and former Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security
- Francis La Flesche, first professional Native American (Omaha) anthropologist
- Ted Lerner, real estate mogul and owner of the Washington Nationals major-league baseball team.
- Wilma B. Liebman (1974) Chair, National Labor Relations Board
- Belva Ann Lockwood (1872), first woman to argue before the United States Supreme Court
- Carlos F. Lucero (1964), judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- Larry MacPhail, Hall of Fame baseball executive for Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees; pioneered night baseball in 1935.
- Frank Moss (1937), former United States Senator, (D-UT)
- George B. Nelson (1902), former Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
- Francis G. Newlands (1869), congressman and drafter of the Newlands Resolution to annex the Republic of Hawaiʻi
- Frank Neuhauser (1940), patent attorney and winner of the first National Spelling Bee in 1925
- Edward S. Northrop (1937), Majority Leader of Maryland State Senate (1958–1961), Chair of the Finance Committee (1958), nominated by President Kennedy in 1961 for a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Elevated to Chief Judge and held that position until 1981.
- Eric O'Neill (2003), FBI agent whose work led to the arrest and life imprisonment conviction of Robert Hanssen
- Gregory K. Orme (1978), Judge Utah Court of Appeals
- Carmen Ortiz (1981), first woman and the first Hispanic to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
- Yasmine Pahlavi, Crown Princess of Iran
- Maria Pallante (1990), current U.S. Register of Copyrights
- Barbara Pariente (1973), current Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
- Marybeth Peters (1971), former U.S. Register of Copyrights
- Pedro Pierluisi (1984), current Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico to the United States Congress.
- Sharon Prost (LLM 1984), judge United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Randall Ray Rader (1978), judge United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Jim Ramstad (1973), congressman whose work led to ending discrimination against those suffering from mental health and addiction problems.
- Harry Reid (1964), United States Senator, current Senate Majority Leader, (D-NV)
- Michael W. Rice, Chairman and CEO of Utz Quality Foods
- Ron Ricks, Executive Vice President—Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer of Southwest Airlines
- Kenneth Francis Ripple (1972), judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- James Robertson (1965), judge U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, presided over Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.
- Mikheil Saakashvili (1996), President of Georgia
- Grant Sawyer, former Governor of Nevada
- William K. Sessions III (1972), chief judge U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont and Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission
- D. Bruce Sewell (1986), Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Apple, Inc. and former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Intel Corporation. 
- James Shannon, former U.S. Congressman and Massachusetts Attorney General
- Mary Schapiro, (1980), Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. First woman to chair the SEC.
- M. Gerald Schwartzbach (1969), California criminal defense attorney
- John W. Snow (1967), former United States Secretary of the Treasury
- Scott C. Taylor (1992), Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Symantec Corporation. 
- Harry Aubrey Toulmin, Sr. (1882), patent attorney to the Wright Brothers
- James E. Webb (1936), second administrator of NASA
- Robert Wexler (1985), congressman, (D-FL)
- Ernest L. Wilkinson (1926), President of Brigham Young University 1951-1971
- Nathan Hale Williams, film and television producer, entertainment lawyer
- Earle D. Willey, former U.S. Congressman from Delaware
- Seth M. Zachary (1976), Chairman of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
- Kyle Zimmer, founder of First Book
- Joshua Soule Zimmerman, West Virginia House Delegate
- John Banzhaf
- Jerome A. Barron
- Paul Schiff Berman
- Robert Brauneis
- Thomas Buergenthal
- Naomi Cahn
- Steve Charnovitz
- Mary Cheh
- Donald C. Clarke
- Ronald K. L. Collins
- Lawrence Cunningham
- Laura A. Dickinson
- Phyllis Goldfarb
- Susan R. Jones
- Susan L. Karamanian
- Orin Kerr
- F. Scott Kieff
- Gregory E. Maggs
- William Kovacic
- Alan Morrison
- Ralph Oman
- LeRoy C. Paddock
- Randall Ray Rader
- Alfreda Robinson
- Jeffrey Rosen
- Joan E. Schaffner
- Steven L. Schooner
- Dinah L. Shelton
- Jonathan Turley
- John M. Whealan
- Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr.
- The George Washington Law Review
- The George Washington International Law Review
- The American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal
- The Federal Circuit Bar Journal
- International Law in Domestic Courts
- The Public Contract Law Journal
- The Journal of Energy and Environmental Law
- "Probing the Law School’s Past: 1821-1962". The George Washington University. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
- "Supreme Court justice joins faculty". The GW Hatchet. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- "Roberts judges moot court competition". 1/15/2012.
- "Moot Court Competition". C-Span. Retrieved 1/15/2012.
- "Kagan rules in annual moot court competition".
- "Welcome New Students". GW Law. Retrieved 2011-02-14.
- "GW Law Welcomes Incoming Class of New Students". Nota Bene. Retrieved 2009-09-22.
- "Welcome New Students". GW Law. Retrieved 2010-08-19.[dead link]
- "Admissions and Financial Aid". GW Law. Retrieved 2009-09-24.
- Overview of Academics at GW Law
- GW Law at a Glance
- U.S. News & World Report: The George Washington University Law School Profile
- U.S. News & World Report: Part-time Law Rankings
- U.S. News & World Report: Intellectual Property Law Rankings
- U.S. News & World Report: International Law Rankings
- "TOP 25 LAW FACULTIES IN SCHOLARLY IMPACT, 2005-2009". Brian Leiter's Law School Rankings. Retrieved 2010-04-15.
- "Top 25 Law School Rankings". Vault 2008 Top 25 Law Schools Survey. Vault.com. Undated. Retrieved 2009-06-08. [dead link]
- "Jacob Burns Law Library". The George Washington University. Retrieved 26 January 2012.
- "Major General Vaughn A. Ary". Headquarters, United States Marine Corps. Retrieved 14 Oct 2013.
- Biography at the University of Chicago
- Brown, Emma (2011-03-21). "Frank Neuhauser, winner of first national spelling bee, dies at 97". Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-04-03.