Georgetown University Law Center
|Georgetown University Law Center|
|Motto||Law is but the means — Justice is the end|
|Parent school||Georgetown University|
|Parent endowment||$1.162 billion|
|Location||Washington, DC, United States
|Enrollment||1,860 JD, 441 LL.M, 17 SJD|
|Faculty||126 (ft), 159 (pt)|
|Bar pass rate||90.96%|
|ABA profile||ABA Profile|
Georgetown University Law Center is the law school of Georgetown University, located in Washington, D.C. Established in 1870, the Law Center offers J.D., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees in law. As the second largest law school in the United States, Georgetown Law often touts the advantages of its wide range of program offerings and proximity to federal agencies and courts, including the Supreme Court.
Georgetown Law is one of the T14 law schools, which have been consistently ranked in the top 14 by U.S. News & World Report since the inception of that magazine's law school rankings. In the 2013 edition, Georgetown was ranked the #13 law school in the nation overall. Additionally, it has the #1 part-time J.D. program, and it ranked #1 in clinical programs, #2 in international law, #2 in tax law (LL.M.), #5 in trial advocacy, #6 in environmental law, and #7 in healthcare law.
In Brian Leiter's law school rankings, Georgetown ranks within the top ten law schools based on selectivity, student quality, and Supreme Court clerkship placements. Georgetown Law was ranked 5th in the Super Lawyers rankings, which measures the number of graduates from each law school who are voted Super Lawyers.
Opened as Georgetown Law School in 1870, Georgetown Law was the first law school run by a Jesuit institution within the United States. Georgetown Law has been separate from the main Georgetown campus (in the neighborhood of Georgetown) since 1890, when it moved near what is now Chinatown. The Law Center campus is located on New Jersey Avenue, several blocks north of the Capitol, and a few blocks due west of Union Station. In 1989, the school added the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library and in 1993, the Gewirz Student Center opened, providing on-campus living for the first time. The "Campus Completion Project", finished in 2005, brought the addition of the Hotung International Building and the Sport and Fitness Center.
The Georgetown Law School's original wall (or sign), is preserved on the quad of the present-day campus.
Georgetown Law is one of the top ten most selective law schools in the United States, and in recent years has received more applications than any other law school. For the class entering in the fall of 2012, 2,296 out of 9,535 J.D. applicants (24%) were offered admission, with 575 matriculating. The 25th and 75th LSAT percentiles for the 2012 entering class were 165 and 170, respectively, with a median of 169. The 25th and 75th undergraduate GPA percentiles were 3.43 and 3.82, respectively, with a median of 3.72. In the 2012–2013 academic year, Georgetown Law had 1,671 full-time J.D. students and 261 part-time J.D. students.
Career Placement Georgetown Law hosts one of the largest on-campus recruitment programs in the country, with nearly 7,000 interviews taking place.
Graduating Class of 2010 Career Placement Stats (according to the university's website in 2011)
Median Starting Salaries
Private Sector $160,000
Public Interest $40,000
Types of Practice Private Practice 51.7% Government 14.7% Public Interest 14.2% Judicial Clerkships 9.7% Business/Academic/Other 9.7%
Location of Practice Washington, DC 42.19% New York 15.92% West Coast 9.11% International 1.3% Other 31.48%
The Law Center is located in the Capitol Hill area of Washington, D.C. It is bounded by 2nd St. NW to the west, E St. NW to the south, 1st St. NW and New Jersey Avenue to the east, and Massachusetts Avenue to the north.
The campus consists of five buildings. Bernard P. McDonough Hall (1971, expanded in 1997) houses classrooms and Law Center offices and was designed by Edward Durrell Stone. The Edward Bennett Williams Law Library building (1989) houses most of the school's library collection and is one of the largest law libraries in the United States. The Eric E. Hotung International Law Center (2004) includes two floors of library space housing the international collection, and also contains classrooms, offices, and meeting rooms. The Bernard S. and Sarah M. Gewirz Student Center (1993) provides housing mostly for 1Ls. A four-level Sport and Fitness Center (2004) includes a pool, fitness facilities, and cafe, and connects the Hotung Building to the Gewirz Student Center.
The Georgetown Law Library supports the research and educational endeavors of the students and faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center. It is the second largest law school in the United States and as one of the premier research facilities for the study of law, the Law Library houses the nation's fourth largest law library collection and offers access to thousands of online publications.
The mission of the library is to support fully the research and educational endeavors of the students and faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center, by collecting, organizing, preserving, and disseminating legal and law related information in any form, by providing effective service and instructional programs, and by utilizing electronic information systems to provide access to new information products and services.
The collection is split into two buildings. The Edward Bennett Williams Law Library (1989) is named after Washington, D.C. lawyer Edward Bennett Williams, an alumnus of the Law Center and founder of the prestigious litigation firm Williams & Connolly. It houses the Law Center's United States law collection, the Law Center Archives, and the National Equal Justice Library. The Williams library building consists of five floors of collection and study space and provides office space for most of the Law Center's law journals on the Law Library's first level.
The John Wolff International and Comparative Law Library (2004) is named after John Wolff, a long-serving member of the adjunct faculty and supporter of the Law Center's international law programs. The library is located on two floors inside the Eric E. Hotung building. It houses the international, foreign, and comparative law collections of the Georgetown University Law Center. Wolff Library collects primary and secondary law materials from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Scotland, and South Africa. English translations of primary and secondary legal materials from other jurisdictions and compilations of foreign law on special topics are also included.
In addition to foreign law, the Wolff Library maintains an extensive collection of public and private international law, focusing on international trade, international environmental law, human rights, arbitration, tax and treaty law. The collection also includes documentation from many international organizations, including the International Court of Justice, the United Nations, the European Union, and the World Trade Organization.
Georgetown Law'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 offers LL.M. programs in Taxation, Securities and Financial Regulation, and Global Health Law, as well as a general LL.M. curriculum for lawyers educated outside the United States. Georgetown launched a Master of Studies in Law (M.S.L.) degree program for professional journalists in the 2007–08 academic year. It also offers the highest doctoral degree in law (J.S.D.).
Students are offered the choice of two tracks for their first year of study. "Curriculum A" is a traditional law curriculum similar to that taught at most schools, including courses in contracts, constitutional law, torts, property, criminal procedure, civil procedure, and legal research and writing. Four-fifths of the day students at Georgetown receive instruction under the standard program (sections 1, 2, 4, and 5).
"Curriculum B" is a more interdisciplinary, theoretical approach to legal study, covering an equal or wider scope of material but heavily influenced by the critical legal studies movement. The Curriculum B courses are Bargain, Exchange and Liability (contracts and torts), Democracy and Coercion (constitutional law and criminal procedure), Government Processes (administrative law), Legal Justice (jurisprudence), Legal Practice (legal research and writing), Legal Process and Society (civil procedure), and Property in Time (property). One-fifth of the full-time JD students receive instruction in the alternative Curriculum B program (Section 3).
Students in both curricula participate in a week-long introduction to international law between the fall and spring semesters.
Juris Doctor Programs
Notable current faculty include (the following is a non-exhaustive list):
- James V. Feinerman, James M. Morita Professor of Asian Legal Studies; Co-Director, Georgetown Law - Asia
- Charles F. Abernathy
- Rosa Brooks
- Randy Barnett, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory and Guggenheim Fellow in Constitutional Studies, author of Restoring the Lost Constitution, The Structure of Liberty, and a constitutional law casebook.
- Jeffrey Bauman, professor of corporate law and author of several casebooks on the subject
- Paul Clement, former Solicitor General
- David D. Cole
- Alberto Alemanno
- Anthony E. Cook, professor of, and noted authority on, constitutional and civil rights law
- Richard Diamond, former partner at Steptoe & Johnson, former Supreme Court clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger.
- Mary DeRosa, Deputy Counsel to the President for National Security Affairs in the Obama Administration
- Viet D. Dinh, former Assistant Attorney General of the United States, chief architect of the USA PATRIOT Act, Supreme Court clerk for Sandra Day O'Connor.
- Kenneth Feinberg, "compensation czar" or "pay czar" for the Obama Administration
- Michael Gottesman
- Vicki C. Jackson, constitutional scholar and former Supreme Court clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall.
- Neal Katyal, Former Acting Solicitor General, lead counsel in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, former Special Assistant to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder and Counsel to Mr. Holder on National Security Affairs, law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.
- Frederick J. Kenney, Judge Advocate General of the United States Coast Guard
- Marty Lederman, former Attorney Advisor in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel
- Robert Long, former Deputy Solicitor General, partner at Covington & Burling
- David Jay Luban, Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy,
- John Mikhail, Associate Dean and Professor of Law and Philosophy
- Glen Nager, head of Jones Day's appellate practice, general counsel to the United States Golf Association (USGA), former Supreme Court clerk for Sandra Day O'Connor.
- Eleanor Holmes Norton, delegate to the United States House of Representatives
- Julie O'Sullivan, former assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, former Supreme Court clerk to Sandra Day O'Connor.
- Nina Pillard, nominee to judgeship on the D.C. Circuit.
- Robert Pitofsky, former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission
- John Podesta, former Clinton chief of staff, head of the Obama transition team.
- Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, former attorney-advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice, former Supreme Court clerk for Justice Kennedy.
- Milton Regan, Jr., former law clerk to Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr.
- Paul Rothstein, noted authority on evidence.
- Laurence H. Silberman, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
- Louis Michael Seidman, Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Constitutional Law, constitutional law theorist, author of Our Unsettled Constitution and co-author of a widely used constitutional law casebook; former Supreme Court clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall.
- Ronald Pearlman, former Chief of Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation.
- Colonel Samuel C. Mahaney, Former National Security Fellow, Harvard University and Capitol Hill Fellow, Georgetown University.
- Seth Waxman, former Solicitor General
Former professors include:
- William Brennan, Supreme Court Associate Justice
- Father Robert Drinan, U.S. Congressman
- Martin D. Ginsburg, prominent tax attorney and late husband of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- John G. Roberts, Jr., Chief Justice of the United States
- Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Associate Justice
- Mark Tushnet, prominent critical legal studies proponent, constitutional law scholar, and author of many books.
- Mari Matsuda, prominent critical race theory scholar. (continues to teach a short course at Georgetown Law)
- Charles R. Lawrence, III, prominent critical race theory scholar. (continues to teach a short course at Georgetown Law)
Georgetown University Law Center has eleven student-run law journals and a weekly student-run newspaper, the Georgetown Law Weekly. The journals are:
- Georgetown Law Journal
- American Criminal Law Review
- Annual Review of Criminal Procedure
- Georgetown Immigration Law Journal
- Georgetown International Environmental Law Review
- Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law
- Georgetown Journal of International Law
- Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy
- Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics
- Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy
- The Tax Lawyer
- Georgetown Journal of Law and Modern Critical Race Perspectives
- Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the United States, in 1934
- Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, in 1957
- Expressed by Joseph A. Cantrel (Class of 1922), at the 50th Anniversary Celebration in December 1920. See official site
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- USNWR 2012
- ABA Law School Data
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- "SUPREME COURT CLERKSHIP PLACEMENT, 2000 THROUGH 2010 TERMS". Retrieved 2011-03-02.
- "Ranking of Top 40 Law Schools by Student (Numerical) Quality 2010". Retrieved 2011-03-02.
- "2010 Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Rankings". Retrieved 2011-03-02.
- "http://www.leiterrankings.com/students/2010_top40lawschools.shtml". Brian Leiter's Law School Ranking. Retrieved 2011-03-02.
- "JD Frequently Asked Questions". Georgetown University Law Center. Retrieved 2011-07-19.
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- Wilson, David McKay. "Making Masterpieces", Bowdoin Magazine, Spring 2004. Accessed August 27, 2008.
- Robert Pear (November 15, 2008). "Jacob J. Lew". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
- Halbfinger, David M. "Man in the News; Flexibility in Victory; James Edward McGreevey", The New York Times, November 7, 2001. Accessed December 4, 2007. "He received a law degree from Georgetown in 1981 and a master's in education from Harvard in 1982."
- "Senate Confirmation Hearings: Day 5". The New York Times. New York City. January 12, 2006. Retrieved May 9, 2012. "(Senator Spector) Ms. Nolan ... from Georgetown in 1980."
- "President Obama Announces New White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler". Washington, D.C.: The White House. June 2, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2012.
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