Georgetown University Law Center

Georgetown University Law Center

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Georgetown University is Washington’s most prestigious law school, and the most difficult to get into. The median LSAT score of 171 is the highest in the region, and the 3.67 GPA is also near the top.

It is the oldest law school in D.C., and has an odd relationship with its Jesuit roots. After all this is where Sandra Fluke attends, the law student who Rush Limbaugh bashed for her stance on contraceptives. The school has a chapel in the center of the campus, but religion has little to no impact on the curriculum.

Georgetown is one of the largest law schools in the nation, with close to 2,000 students. And that helped it rank first in the region in terms of where law firm partners went to law school, and second in the nation. Without question, if you want to work at a big law firm, this is the D.C. school to attend.

The vast majority of graduates work in private practice, with 10.9 percent in public interest. Graduates also land jobs across the nation — with the class of 2010 placing in 31 states.

The campus is located near Capitol Hill, and includes a residence hall and what is considered the best sports and fitness center at a law school in the nation — complete with a basketball court and swimming pool. The law library is the third-largest in the U.S., with more than one million volumes and 1,000 seats.

On the downside, Georgetown has the largest first year classes in the region, with 119 students per class. And tuition is a whopping $45,105, highest in the region. The good news is that most graduates get high paying jobs and the school has a strong loan repayment program for students who enter public service.

Published Spring 2012

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75th Percentile1683.86
25th Percentile1623.52
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$39,064$39,064
Living Expenses
Median grant$20000
Percent receiving grants48.90%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 92.20%
NJ Employment85.6
Bar Passage85.70%
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