Georgetown University Law Center

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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 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 rank at the very top of U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings.[7]

Reputation[edit]

Georgetown University Law Center is one of the world's premiere law schools and is among the most prestigious institutions of legal education in the United States. 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 #14 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.[8][9] 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.[10]

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. 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.

Admissions[edit]

Georgetown Law is one of the top ten most selective law schools in the United States,[11] and in recent years has received more applications than any other law school.[12] 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.[13] In the 2012–2013 academic year, Georgetown Law had 1,671 full-time J.D. students and 261 part-time J.D. students.[13]

Employment statistics[edit]

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)[14]

Median Starting Salaries

Private Sector $160,000

Public Interest $40,000

Government $62,467

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%

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 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.

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):

The roster of current professors also includes former Supreme Court clerks and other legal academics and professionals.[citation needed]

Former professors include:

Publications[edit]

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

Georgetown University Law Center has eleven student-run law journals and a weekly student-run newspaper, the Georgetown Law Weekly. The journals are:

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

Notable alumni[edit]

Name of alumnus or alumna Degree and year received Accomplishments
Jack Abramoff 1986 Lobbyist and businessman who was a central figure in a series of high-profile political scandals
Thomas L. Ambro 1975 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Kary Antholis[15] 1989 Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker
Ian C. Ballon LL.M., 1988 Internet lawyer and author of several legal books, including a 4-volume treatise on E-commerce and Internet law
Bob Barr 1977 U.S. Representative from Georgia (1995–2003), United States Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate (2008)
Gary Bauer 1973 Conservative activist and Reagan Administration official
William W. Belknap 1851 United States Secretary of War (1869–76)
Robert S. Bennett 1964 Partner at Hogan Lovells, defended Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky trial.
Francisco Besosa 1979 Judge, United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Robert W. Bigelow J.D., 1993
Attorney, television commentator[16][17]
J. Caleb Boggs 1937 U.S. Senator from Delaware (1961–73), Governor of Delaware (1953–60), U.S. Representative from Delaware (1947–53)
Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr. 1965 Chairman of the law firm Patton Boggs LLP
Jesus Borja J.D., 1974 Lieutenant Governor of the Northern Mariana Islands (1994–1998)
Richard C. Bosson J.D., 1969 Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court (2002–2006)
Cynthia Thomas Calvert 1985 Cofounder of the Project for Attorney Retention (PAR)
Michael N. Castle J.D., 1964 U.S. Representative from Delaware (1993–2011)
Dennis Chavez 1920 U.S. Senator from New Mexico (1935–1962)
John Chiang California State Controller from California
Joyce Chiang 1995 INS attorney, whose murder drew similarities to the murder of Chandra Levy
Sean Coffey 1987 Candidate for New York State Attorney General
Doriane L. Coleman 1988 Law professor at Duke University School of Law
Peter Tali Coleman 1951 Governor of American Samoa
Brian Concannon 1989 Founder and Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti
George Cortelyou 1895 U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Labor (1903–04), U.S. Postmaster General (1905–07), U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (1907–09)
Mitch Daniels 1979 Governor of Indiana, director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
Ronald Davies LL.B., 1930 Judge for United States District Court for the District of North Dakota who while on temporary assignment in Little Rock, Arkansas, presided over the Little Rock Integration Crisis in 1957
Robert E. Davis LL.B., 1964 Kansas Supreme Court Justice
Christopher Del Sesto JD Governor for Rhode Island
John Delaney (Maryland politician) JD U.S. Congressman for Maryland's 6th congressional district
Michael Delaney 1994 New Hampshire Attorney General
John Dingell J.D., 1952 U.S. Representative from Michigan
Richard Durbin J.D., 1969 U.S. Senator from Illinois, Democratic Whip
John A. Durkin 1965 U.S. Senator from New Hampshire
Lane Evans J.D., 1978 U.S. Representative from Illinois (1983–2007)
Douglas Feith J.D., 1978 Undersecretary of Defense for Policy in the George W. Bush Administration
D. Michael Fisher 1969 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Sandra Fluke J.D., 2012 Women's rights activist
Martin Frost 1970 U.S. Representative from Texas
Gene Franchini J.D., 1960 Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court (1997–1999)
Joe Garagiola, Jr. J.D., 1975 Major League Baseball senior vice president, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager (1997–2005)
Mark Gitenstein J.D. U.S. Ambassador to Romania (2009-2012)
Thomas Hardiman 1990 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Mazie Hirono J.D., 1978 United States Senator from Hawaii, former U.S. Representative from Hawaii
Derek Hodge J.D., 1971 Lieutenant Governor of the United States Virgin Islands (1987–1995)
Thomas Hogan 1966 Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Nancy Hogshead-Makar 1997 1984 Summer Olympics swimming champion; law professor, Florida Coastal School of Law
Herman "Ed" Hollis 1927 FBI special agent involved in shootouts with John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson
Jerome A. Holmes 1988 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Jeffrey R. Howard 1981 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Steny Hoyer J.D., 1966 U.S. Representative from Maryland, House Majority Leader (2007–2011)
Henry P. Hughes LL.B., 1927 Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (1948–51)
Bill Jefferson LL.M., 1995 U.S. Representative from Louisiana
Mickey Kantor 1968 U.S. Secretary of Commerce (1996–97)
Paul Kilday 1922 Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (1961–68)
Mark Kirk J.D., 1992 U.S. Senator from Illinois
Rives Kistler J.D., 1981 Oregon Supreme Court Justice
Stephen P. Lamb J.D., 1975 Delaware Court of Chancery Vice Chancellor
Patrick Leahy J.D., 1964 U.S. Senator from Vermont, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
Thomas E. Leavey 1923 Co-founder of Farmers Insurance, co-founder of Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation
Douglas Leeds J.D., 1996 CEO, Ask.com
Jacob Lew 1983[18] current United States Secretary of the Treasury, former White House Chief of Staff
Dan Lungren J.D., 1971 U.S. Representative from California
John Luessenhop J.D. director of Takers, Lockdown, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.
Hall S. Lusk 1907 U.S. Senator from Oregon (1960), Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
Gov. John Lynch J.D., 1984 Governor of New Hampshire
Kiyo A. Matsumoto J.D., 1981 Judge on United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Terry McAuliffe 1984 Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, And 72nd Governor of Virginia
M. Margaret McKeown Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Jim McGreevey 1981 Governor of New Jersey[19]
Marilyn Milian J.D., 1984 Host of The People's Court, Florida circuit court judge
George Mitchell 1961 U.S. Senator from Maine, Democratic Senate Majority Leader (1989–95), chairman of the board of the Walt Disney Co., board of directors of the Boston Red Sox, compiler of reports on the Arab-Israeli conflict and performance-enhancing drugs in baseball that bear his name
Kimberly Ann Moore 1994 Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Dann J. Naggiar 2000 U.S. Army Judge Advocate, President, S.R. Hadden, LLC
Beth Nolan J.D., 1980[20] senior vice president and general counsel, George Washington University, and former White House Counsel
Clay Pell Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Education
John Podesta 1976 White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, President of Center for American Progress
Carmen Policy 1966 NFL executive for the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns
Michael Powell J.D., 1993 Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Francis Rooney J.D., 1978 United States Ambassador to the Holy See, 2005–2008
James Patrick Rossiter 1916 Mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania, 1932–1936
Kathryn Ruemmler J.D.,[21] 1996 current White House Counsel
Stephanie Herseth Sandlin J.D., 1997 U.S. Representative from South Dakota
John Sears 1963 Political strategist, managed Ronald Reagan's first two presidential campaigns
Josh Shapiro J.D., 2002 State Representative from Pennsylvania
Don Siegelman 1972 Governor of Alabama
Sheila Simon 1987 Lieutenant Governor of Illinois
John Sirica 1926 Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Michael Slive 1966 Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, first commissioner of Conference USA and Great Midwest Conference
Van P. Smith 1955 Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
John D. Spellman 1953 Governor of Washington
Michael Steele 1991 Chairman of the Republican National Committee
Brendan Sullivan J.D., 1967 Senior partner of the law firm of Williams & Connolly
Daniel S. Sullivan J.D., 1993 Alaska Attorney General
Caren Z. Turner J.D., 1985 Political consultant and o-chairman of Ready for Hillary Super PAC
Ricardo M. Urbina J.D., 1970 Judge, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Chris Van Hollen J.D., 1990 U.S. Representative from Maryland
Greta Van Susteren J.D., 1979
LL.M., 1983
Anchor of On the Record on the Fox News Channel
Cyrus Vance, Jr. J.D., 1982 New York County District Attorney
Pete Visclosky LL.M., 1982 U.S. Representative from Indiana
James H. Webb 1975 U.S. Senator from Virginia, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, noted author
Rick White 1980 U.S. Representative from Washington
Edward Bennett Williams 1944 Owner of the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Orioles, founder of law firm Williams & Connolly LLP
Frank Wolf J.D., 1965 U.S. Representative from Virginia
Albert Wynn J.D., 1977 U.S. Representative from Maryland
Mark Weinberger LL.M., Chairman and CEO-elect of professional services firm, Ernst & Young LLP

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
  8. ^ "SUPREME COURT CLERKSHIP PLACEMENT, 2000 THROUGH 2010 TERMS". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  9. ^ "Ranking of Top 40 Law Schools by Student (Numerical) Quality 2010". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  10. ^ "2010 Super Lawyers U.S. Law School Rankings". Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  11. ^ "http://www.leiterrankings.com/students/2010_top40lawschools.shtml". Brian Leiter's Law School Ranking. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  12. ^ "JD Frequently Asked Questions". Georgetown University Law Center. Retrieved 2011-07-19. 
  13. ^ a b "ABA Law School Data". American Bar Association. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  14. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20110714160531/http://www.law.georgetown.edu/admissions/QuickFacts.htm
  15. ^ Wilson, David McKay. "Making Masterpieces", Bowdoin Magazine, Spring 2004. Accessed August 27, 2008.
  16. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2322544/
  17. ^ http://www.touro.edu/gsb/faculty.html#bigelow
  18. ^ Robert Pear (November 15, 2008). "Jacob J. Lew". The New York Times. New York City. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  19. ^ 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."
  20. ^ "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." 
  21. ^ "President Obama Announces New White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler". Washington, D.C.: The White House. June 2, 2011. Retrieved May 9, 2012. 
  22. ^ 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