George Washington University Law School
|The George Washington University Law School|
|Parent school||George Washington University|
|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. Originally founded in the 1820s, GW Law is the oldest law school in Washington, D.C.
The school was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1923 and was 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.
According to GW Law's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 77.8% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, bar passage-required employment nine months after graduation.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Student Life
- 4 Campus
- 5 Admissions
- 6 Post-graduation employment
- 7 Costs
- 8 Rankings
- 9 Notable alumni
- 10 Notable faculty
- 11 References
- 12 External links
The George Washington University Law School was founded in the 1820s but closed in 1826 due to low enrollment. The law school was reestablished in 1865 and was the first law school in the District of Columbia.
Law classes resumed in 1865 in the Old Trinity Episcopal Church and the school graduated its first class of 60 students in 1867. The Master of Laws degree program was adopted by the school in 1897. 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.
J.D. students are required to take courses on civil procedure, criminal law, constitutional law, contracts, introduction to advocacy, legal research and writing, professional responsibility and ethics, property, and torts.
GW Law offers more than 275 elective courses each year. The school boasts particularly robust offerings in business and finance law, environmental law, government procurement law, intellectual property law, international comparative law, litigation and dispute resolution, and national security and U.S. foreign relations law.
- J.D./M.B.A. with the School of Business
- J.D./Master of Public Administration with the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
- J.D./Master of Public Policy with the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
- J.D./M.A. with the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences in History (with a concentration in U.S. Legal History), in Women’s Studies, or in Public Policy (with a concentration in Women’s Studies)
- J.D./M.A. with the Elliott School of International Affairs
- J.D./Master of Public Health with the Milken Institute School of Public Health
- J.D./Public Health Certificate with the Milken Institute School of Public Health
The school also offers 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. The Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is offered to a very limited number of candidates.
Instead of supplying students with individual class rankings, GW Law recognizes academic performance with two scholar designations. The top 1%-15% of the class is designated George Washington Scholars while the top 16%-35% of the class is designated Thurgood Marshall Scholars.
GW Law publishes eight journals:
- The George Washington Law Review
- The George Washington International Law Review
- The American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal
- The Federal Circuit Bar Journal
- The Federal Communications Law Journal
- International Law in Domestic Courts Journal
- The Public Contract Law Journal
- The Journal of Energy and Environmental Law
With more than 1,600 J.D. students enrolled in the 2013-2014 academic year, GW Law had the fifth largest J.D. enrollment of all ABA-accredited law schools.
In the 2013-2014 academic year, 25.2% of GW Law students were minorities and 46.2% were female.
Students enrolled in the J.D. program come from 206 college and 11 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.
GW Law students can participate in 60 student groups.
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 collection of more than 700,000 volumes.
In 2000, the law school began a major building and renovation plan. 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.
In order to apply for the J.D. program, must have taken in the LSAT within the past five years and must submit a personal statement and at least one letter of recommendation. Applications are considered on a rolling basis starting in October and must be submitted by March 1.
According to GW Law's official 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 77.8% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation. GW Law ranked 62nd out of the 201 ABA-approved law schools in terms of the percentage of 2013 graduates with non-school-funded, full-time, long-term, bar passage required jobs nine months after graduation.
GW Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 8.6%, indicating the percentage of the Class of 2013 unemployed, pursuing an additional degree, or working in a non-professional, short-term, or part-time job nine months after graduation. 93.7% of the Class of 2013 was employed in some capacity, 0.3% were pursuing a graduate degree, and 5.8% were unemployed.
The total cost of full-time attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at GW Law for the 2014-2015 academic year is $78,040. GW Law's tuition and fees on average increased by 4.24% annually over the past five years.
The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $298,885. The average indebtedness of the 76% of 2013 GW Law graduates who took out loans was $123,693.
GW Law is ranked 20th in the 2014 Law School Rankings of U.S. News & World Report and its part-time J.D. program is ranked second. The school is ranked third in intellectual property law, sixth in international law, and 11th in environmental law.
The National Law Journal ranked GW Law 21st in its 2014 Go-To Law Schools list, a ranking of which law schools sent the highest percentage of new graduates to NLJ 250 law firms. GW Law came in 29th in Above The Law's 2014 law school rankings.
GW Law ranked 62nd out of the 201 ABA-approved law schools in terms of the percentage of 2013 graduates with non-school-funded, full-time, long-term, bar passage required jobs nine months after graduation.
According to Brian Leiter's law school rankings, GW Law ranked 17th in the nation for Supreme Court Clerkship Placement between 2003 and 2013, 19th in terms of student numerical quality, and 16th for law faculties with the most “scholarly impact” as measured by numbers of citations.
- Warren Brown (1998), founder of Cake Love and host of Sugar Rush on the Food Network
- Dan Glickman (1969), former Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, former United States Secretary of Agriculture, and former U.S. Congressman from Kansas
- Charles James (1979), former General Counsel of Chevron-Texaco, former Assistant Attorney General
- Michael W. Rice, Chairman and CEO of Utz Quality Foods
- Ron Ricks (1976), Executive Vice President, Chief Legal & Regulatory Officer of Southwest Airlines
- D. Bruce Sewell (1986), Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Apple, Inc. and former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Intel
- Scott C. Taylor (1992), Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Symantec
- Edwin M. Durso (1978), Executive Vice President, Administration for ESPN
- David Falk (1975), agent for Michael Jordan
- Gary Gertzog (1983), former Senior Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel for the National Football League
- Ted Lerner (1950), owner of the Washington Nationals
- Larry MacPhail (1910), Hall of Fame baseball executive for Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees
Government and politics
U.S. Congress members
- E. Ross Adair, U.S. Representative from Indiana (1951–1971) and U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia (1971–1974)
- Garry E. Brown (1954), former U.S. Congressman from Michigan
- Gordon Canfield (1926), former U.S. Congressman from New Jersey
- Bennett Champ Clark, former United States Senator
- William Henry Coleman, former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- Félix Córdova Dávila, former Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico from Puerto Rico
- John Blaisdell Corliss (1875), former United States Congressman
- Ewin L. Davis (1899), former U.S. Congressman from Tennessee
- John James Duncan, Jr. (1973), United States Congressman for the Second District of Tennessee
- John James Flynt, Jr. (1940), United States Congressman from Georgia
- 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
- Ernest W. Gibson, Jr., former Governor of Vermont, U.S. Senator, judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
- Daniel Inouye (1953), United States Senator, (D-HI)
- Frank Moss (1937), former United States Senator, (D-UT)
- Francis G. Newlands (1869), congressman and drafter of the Newlands Resolution to annex the Republic of Hawaiʻi
- 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)
- James Shannon, former U.S. Congressman and Massachusetts Attorney General
- Robert Wexler (1985), congressman, (D-FL)
- Earle D. Willey, former U.S. Congressman from Delaware
Other federal officials
- William Barr (1977), former United States Attorney General
- A. Bruce Bielaski (1904), second director of the Bureau of Investigation
- Floyd I. Clarke, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- George B. Cortelyou, cabinet member in the Theodore Roosevelt administration
- 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
- 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
- Gregory G. Garre (1991), former Solicitor General of the United States
- 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
- Leon Jaworski (1926), Special Prosecutor during the Watergate Scandal.
- David M. Kennedy, former United States Secretary of the Treasury
- Bruce M. Lawlor, retired United States Army Major General and former Chief of Staff at the Department of Homeland Security
- Wilma B. Liebman (1974) Chair, National Labor Relations Board
- Eric O'Neill (2003), FBI agent whose work led to the arrest and life imprisonment conviction of Robert Hanssen
- Maria Pallante (1990), current U.S. Register of Copyrights
- Marybeth Peters (1971), former U.S. Register of Copyrights
- Mary Schapiro, (1980), Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. First woman to chair the SEC.
- John W. Snow (1967), former United States Secretary of the Treasury
- James E. Webb (1936), second administrator of NASA
State and local government
- Rocky Anderson (1978), former mayor of Salt Lake City
- James P. Coleman (1939), former Governor of Mississippi and chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Patricia Ann Curran (1974), former Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas
- Lee E. Emerson, Governor of Vermont, 1951-1955
- Harry R. Hughes (1952), former governor of the state of Maryland
- Rod Johnston, former Wisconsin State Senator
- 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.
- Carmen Ortiz (1981), first woman and the first Hispanic to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts
- Árpád Bogsch (1956), former Director General (1973–1997) of the World Intellectual Property Organization
- Camillo Gonsalves, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations
- Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, Foreign Minister of India
- Yasmine Pahlavi, Crown Princess of Iran
- Pedro Pierluisi (1984), current Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico to the United States Congress
- Mikheil Saakashvili (1996), President of Georgia
- James C. Cacheris (1960), judge U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- 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
- 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
- Barbara Milano Keenan (1974), judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- Carlos F. Lucero (1964), judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Carmen E. Espinosa (1976), First Hispanic judge for the Connecticut Superior Court, Connecticut Appellate Court, and the Connecticut Supreme Court
- George B. Nelson (1902), former Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
- Gregory K. Orme (1978), Judge Utah Court of Appeals
- Barbara Pariente (1973), current Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
- Grant Sawyer, former Governor of Nevada
- Joshua Soule Zimmerman, West Virginia House Delegate
- Ian C. Ballon (1986), Internet lawyer and author of several law books, including a 4-volume legal treatise on e-commerce law
- Jacob Burns (1924), corporate attorney, educator and philanthropist
- Charles Colson, Leader in the Christian right movement, former Special Counsel to Richard Nixon, and jailed for conspiring during the Watergate scandal
- Francis La Flesche, first professional Native American (Omaha) anthropologist
- Belva Ann Lockwood (1872), first woman to argue before the United States Supreme Court
- Frank Neuhauser (1940), patent attorney and winner of the first National Spelling Bee in 1925
- M. Gerald Schwartzbach (1969), California criminal defense attorney
- Harry Aubrey Toulmin, Sr. (1882), patent attorney to the Wright Brothers
- Nathan Hale Williams, film and television producer, entertainment lawyer
- Seth M. Zachary (1976), Chairman of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
- Margaret Carlson, American journalist and currently a columnist for Bloomberg News
- Mona Charen, political analyst and best-selling author
- David Eisenhower (1976), author and grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Michael Kinsley, political commentator and journalist, former co-host of CNN's Crossfire
- Earl E. Anderson, Ret. General United States Marine Corps
- Richard A. Appelbaum, Ret. U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral
- Vaughn Ary - Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
- Jedediah Hyde Baxter, son of Portus Baxter and Surgeon General of the United States Army
- Murdock A. Campbell (1919), United States Army Major General and Adjutant General of the Vermont National Guard
- John L. Fugh (1960), former Judge Advocate General
- Sidney A. Wallace, retired United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral
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