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Georgetown University Law Center
Georgetown University Seal.svg
Motto Law is but the means — Justice is the end[1]
Parent school Georgetown University
Established 1870
School type Private
Parent endowment $1.162 billion[2]
Dean William Treanor
Location Washington, DC, United States
38°53′54″N 77°0′45″W / 38.89833°N 77.01250°W / 38.89833; -77.01250
Enrollment 1,860 JD, 441 LL.M, 17 SJD
Faculty 126 (ft), 159 (pt)
USNWR ranking 13[3]
Bar pass rate 90.96%[4]
Website http://www.law.georgetown.edu/
ABA profile ABA Profile
The Hotung International Law Center and the GULC fitness center, seen across the south quad.

Georgetown University Law Center (also known as Georgetown Law) 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.[5] 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.[6]

The Law Center is one of the 14 law schools that consistently place at the top of U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings.[7]

According to Georgetown Law's 2013 ABA-required disclosures, 83.7% of the Class of 2013 obtained full-time, long-term, JD-required employment nine months after graduation.[8]

Reputation[edit]

Georgetown Law has placed in U.S. News & World Report's top 14 (out of over 200) law schools every year since the inception of the magazine's law school rankings.[9] In the 2014 edition, Georgetown was ranked the #13 law school in the nation overall and its part-time J.D. program was ranked #1. The school also ranked #1 in clinical programs, #3 in international law, #3 in tax law, #4 in trial advocacy, #7 in healthcare law, and #8 in environmental law.[10] The 2014 QS World University Rankings list Georgetown as the 17th-best law school in the world and 8th-best in the United States.[11]

In law professor Brian Leiter's most recent law school ranking, Georgetown ranked within the top ten law schools in selectivity, student quality, and Supreme Court clerkship placements respectively.[12][13] Georgetown Law was ranked 5th in the 2010 Super Lawyers ranking, which measures the number of graduates from each law school who are voted Super Lawyers.[14]

Georgetown Law consistently receives the most J.D. applications of any law school in the United States.[15]

History[edit]

The school's original sign, preserved on the north quad of the present-day campus.

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. The school added the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library in 1989 and the Gewirz Student Center in 1993, providing on-campus living for the first time. The "Campus Completion Project" finished in 2005 with 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.

Admissions[edit]

Georgetown Law is one of the top ten most selective law schools in the United States,[16] and in recent years has received more applications than any other law school.[17] 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.[18] In the 2012–2013 academic year, Georgetown Law had 1,671 full-time J.D. students and 261 part-time J.D. students.[18]

Employment[edit]

Georgetown Law hosts one of the largest on-campus recruitment programs in the country, with nearly 7,000 interviews taking place during the school's designated Early Interview Week (also known as On-Campus Recruiting, or OCI).[19]

Of the 645 graduates in the Georgetown Law class of 2013 (including both full- and part-time students), 540 (83.7%) held long-term, full-time positions that required bar exam passage (i.e. jobs as lawyers). 363 graduates (56.3%) were employed in the private sector, with 245 (38%) at law firms with over 250 attorneys. 238 graduates (36.9%) entered the public sector, with 89 (13.8%) employed by the government, 81 (12.6%) employed in public interest positions, 57 (8.8%) in federal or state clerkships, and 10 (1.6%) in academic positions. 83 graduates (12.9%) received funding from Georgetown Law for their positions.[20]

The median starting salary for a 2013 graduate in the private sector was $160,000. The median starting salary for a 2013 graduate in the public sector (including government, public interest, and clerkship positions) was $57,408.[20]

238 graduates (36.9%) in the class of 2013 were employed in Washington, DC, 144 (22.3%) in New York, and 45 (7%) in California. 12 (1.9%) were employed outside the United States.[20]

Georgetown Law's Law School Transparency under-employment score is 7.4%, 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.[21]

As of 2011, Georgetown Law alumni account for the second highest number of partners at NLJ 100 firms. It is among the top ten feeder schools in eight of the ten largest legal markets in the United States by law job openings (New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Houston, San Francisco, and San Diego), again giving it the second-widest reach of all law schools. The school performs especially strongly in its home market, producing the greatest number of NLJ 100 partners in Washington, DC.[22]

A January 2011 New York Times article cited Georgetown Law as an example for "a number of law schools [which] hire their own graduates, some in hourly temp jobs that, as it turns out, coincide with the magical date" (February 15) for the employment statistics nine month after graduation, which forms "the most competitive category" of the U.S. News rankings and one of several that "seem open to abuse."[23] It reported that Georgetown Law had created three temporary jobs in the admissions office for students "still seeking employment", to begin on February 1 and lasting six weeks. The school denied that it had created the jobs in order to count the unemployed graduates as employed within nine months of graduation. In what the NYT called "the oddest" of several different explanations offered by the school, the Assistant Dean of Career Services Gihan Fernando (now at American University) said the school had "lost track" of two of the three alums, even though they were still working at Georgetown.[23]

Costs[edit]

The total cost of attendance (indicating the cost of tuition, fees, and living expenses) at Georgetown Law for the 2013-2014 academic year is $76,500.[24] The Law School Transparency estimated debt-financed cost of attendance for three years is $293,362.[25]

Campus[edit]

The column identifying the Law Center campus

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.

Libraries[edit]

The Georgetown University Law Center campus, viewed across I-395 looking east. From left to right, the Edward Bennett Williams Law Library, McDonough Hall, and 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.

Curriculum[edit]

McDonough Hall, the main classroom building, facing 2nd St. NW

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 several LL.M. programs in specific areas, most notably tax 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.

Academic programs[edit]

Faculty[edit]

Gewirz Student Center provides student housing for mostly first-year law students.

Notable current faculty include (the following is a non-exhaustive list):

Former professors include:

Publications[edit]

Edward Bennett Williams Law Library, viewed from the campus north quad.

Georgetown University Law Center publishes eleven student-run law journals, one peer-reviewed law journal, and a weekly student-run newspaper, the Georgetown Law Weekly. The journals are:

In 2013 and 2012, the Georgetown Law Journal was ranked by both Google Scholar and the Washington and Lee School of Law Law Library as the sixth-most influential law review in the country.[29][30] In addition, the editors and staff of the Georgetown Law Journal write and edit the Annual Review of Criminal Procedure.

Most of these journals are available on both LexisNexis and Westlaw, but several are available only on LexisNexis.

Notable alumni[edit]

Academia[edit]

Business[edit]

Government/Politics[edit]

Federal Officials[edit]

Members of U.S. Congress[edit]

State/Local Administration[edit]

Other Politics[edit]

Judiciary[edit]

Federal Court[edit]

State Court[edit]

Private Practice[edit]

Other[edit]

Also attended[edit]

Fictional attendees[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Expressed by Joseph A. Cantrel (Class of 1922), at the 50th Anniversary Celebration in December 1920. See official site
  2. ^ Byrne, Mariah (December 27, 2011). "University Endowment Continues to Grow". The Hoya. Retrieved December 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ USNWR 2013
  4. ^ ABA Law School Data
  5. ^ "Georgetown Law - Academics". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  6. ^ "Georgetown University Law Center". Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  7. ^ Where Are the US News Top 30 Law Schools of 1996 Now?, April 1, 2008, Law Librarian Blog (archived at the Internet Archive)
  8. ^ "Employment Summary for 2013 Graduates". 
  9. ^ "Law School Rankings 1987 - present". Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  10. ^ "U.S. News & Word Report's Law School Rankings". Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  11. ^ "2014 QS World University Rankings - Law". Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  12. ^ "SUPREME COURT CLERKSHIP PLACEMENT, 2000 THROUGH 2010 TERMS". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  13. ^ "Ranking of Top 40 Law Schools by Student (Numerical) Quality 2010". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  14. ^ "2010 Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Rankings". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  15. ^ http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/the-short-list-grad-school/articles/2013/04/16/10-law-schools-that-garner-the-most-full-time-applications.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  16. ^ "http://www.leiterrankings.com/students/2010_top40lawschools.shtml". Brian Leiter's Law School Ranking. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  17. ^ "JD Frequently Asked Questions". Georgetown University Law Center. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  18. ^ a b "ABA Law School Data". American Bar Association. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  19. ^ "Georgetown Law Early Interview Week". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  20. ^ a b c "American Bar Association 2013 Employment Summary - Georgetown Law". Retrieved 2014-05-19. 
  21. ^ "Georgetown University Profile". 
  22. ^ "Where Do Partners Come From?". Retrieved 2014-05-06. 
  23. ^ a b David Segal (1/8/11) Is Law School a Losing Game? The New York Times. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
  24. ^ "2013-2014 Academic Year Budget". 
  25. ^ "Georgetown University Profile". 
  26. ^ http://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/abernathy-charles-f.cfm
  27. ^ http://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/brooks-rosa.cfm
  28. ^ http://www.law.georgetown.edu/faculty/cole-david-d.cfm
  29. ^ http://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=top_venues&hl=en&vq=soc_law%7CGoogle Scholar Review Rankings
  30. ^ http://lawlib.wlu.edu/LJ/ | Washington & Lee Law Review Rankings
  31. ^ http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/private/person.asp?personId=3743507&privcapId=943731&previousCapId=39348049&previousTitle=HILLENBRAND%20INC
  32. ^ "Patton appointment". 
  33. ^ http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=j000160

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Coordinates: 38°53′54″N 77°0′45″W / 38.89833°N 77.01250°W / 38.89833; -77.01250