Columbus School of Law
|The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law|
|Motto||Deus Lux Mea Est - God Is My Light|
|Dean||Daniel F. Attridge|
|Location||Washington, D.C., US|
Over 600 Juris Doctor students attend CUA Law. Incoming classes are typically composed of about 150 hundred students, including day and night programs. Around 2,600 students apply annually. Half of the law school's 11,000 alumni practice in the greater Washington, D.C. area. CUA Law is located slightly two miles north of the United States Capitol and a five-minute walk from the Brookland/CUA D.C. metro station.
The law school was established in 1897. Its name comes from ties to The Knights of Columbus.
The Columbus School of Law remains close to its roots in the Roman Catholic Church. The campus features a chapel with daily mass. In 1994 the law school opened a state-of-the art 170,000-square-foot (16,000 m2) facility to house its program. The new building includes the Kathryn J. DuFour Law Library, the Walter A. Slowinski and Haislip and Yewell Courtrooms, and the three-story Keelty Atrium.
Catholic University's J.D. program can be completed over three years of full-time day study or four years of part-time evening study.
The school also offers an LL.M. program in American law with the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. It allows Jagiellonian law students and students enrolled in the CUA-JU LL.M. program to study the essential substantive and procedural elements of the legal system of the United States.
In addition to its J.D. program, Catholic University offers six institutes for specialized study. The program is designed to give students the opportunity to pursue a specified concentration of courses. Each institute accepts approximately 15 students each academic year. They are:
- Institute for Communications Law Studies
- Comparative and International Law Institute
- Law and Public Policy Program
- Securities and Corporate Law Program
- Interdisciplinary Program in Law and Religion
Academics & student activities
The Columbus School of Law has several law journals, including the Catholic University Law Review, the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy, and the Journal of Law, Philosophy & Culture. The school also has a moot court program, with teams practicing in international law, communications law, labor law, constitutional law, securities law, national security, and a trials competition. Additionally, there are more than thirty active student organizations on campus.
Founded in 1969, the Columbus Community Legal Services offers three distinct clinical courses: the General Practice Clinic; the Families and the Law Clinic; and Advocacy for the Elderly. In addition, the school offers a general practice clinic, a criminal prosecution clinic, a mediation clinic, an SEC Student Observer Program, and both a civil and criminal D.C. Law Students in Court Program.
On March 22, 2012, U.S. News & World Report included the school in its list of "10 Law Schools That Lead to the Most Debt" with the average indebtedness of graduates being $142,222.
According the law professor blog The Faculty Lounge, 36.6% of the Class of 2012 was employed in full-time, long-term positions requiring bar admission, ranking 181st out of 197 law schools. 
- Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation: 85.8%
- Percentage of class employed in private practice: 36.6%
- Percentage of class employed in government: 26.3%
- Percentage of class employed in business: 26.3%
- Percentage of class employed in judicial clerkship: 6.7%
- Private practice median salary: $100,000
- Government sector median salary: $60,000
- Business sector median salary: $76,000
- Judicial clerkship median salary: $44,000
- Public interest sector median salary: N/A
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Graduates include U.S. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, U.S. Senator Robert Patrick Casey, Jr., of Pennsylvania, U.S. RepresentativeKathy Hochul of New York, Justice Peggy A. Quince of the Florida Supreme Court, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission member Naomi C. Earp, Former FCC Commissioner Kathleen Q. Abernathy, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Rhode Island House Minority Leader, Robert A. Watson, Chief Judge Edward J. Damich of the United States Court of Federal Claims, former National Labor Relations Board Chair John H. Fanning, Chief Administrative Law Judge James G. Gilbert of the United States Postal Service, B. Jeffrey Cravath, Senior Vice President of Fannie Mae, Christine Luchok Fallon, Reporter of Decisions for the U.S. Supreme Court, Susan Longley, State Senator from Maine and Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill.
- LLM at CUA
- Rosin, Gary. "Full Rankings: Bar Admission Required, Full-Time, Long Term", The Faculty Lounge, 30 March 2013. Retrieved on 2 May 2013.