George Washington University Law School

George Washington University Law School

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The George Washington University Law School gets more applications than any other law school, except for Georgetown University. The school's location in the heart of Washington, D.C., is a big reason for that. GW Law is across the street from the World Bank, two blocks from the State Department, and three blocks from the White House. But its appeal is greater than location. 

George Washington Law Schools Area of Excellence

The school excels in several practice areas, including environmental law, intellectual property, trial advocacy, international law, business and finance law, government procurement law, and cybersecurity and national security. The curriculum offers more than 275 elective courses in 19 practice areas. There are 88 full-time faculty members, including Rhodes Scholars and former Supreme Court clerks.

The school focuses on real practice while in law school and makes a commitment to mentoring and networking. It offers opportunities for mentoring by accomplished alumni, along with access to hundreds of internships and externships at the center of our nation’s power. The law school's professional development programming emphasizes issues like understanding law firm economics, how to work in teams, leadership skills, and client development skills.

That has helped it place graduates in jobs. The school's employment rate has been around 88 percent, similar to its crosstown rival, Georgetown. It betters the other D.C. schools when it comes to bar pass rate. For the Class of 2019, George Washington Law School recorded a 96.4 percent pass rate for first-time takers on the D.C. Bar. 

George Washington University Law School Rankings

The seventh best moot court program in the country for 2018-19 by the Blakeley Advocacy Institute. During 2018-19, GW Law won three national competitions, two regional competitions, five Best Briefs, and three Best Oral Advocate awards. Since 2000, GW Law students have won 13 alternative dispute resolution competitions, 15 mock trials, and 29 moot courts. Over the past 12 years, U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Chief Justice John Roberts have presided over the finals of the school's moot court competition. Moreover, Justice Clarence Thomas co-teaches a weekly constitutional law seminar at GW Law.

Equally important, GW Law enjoys a sense of community and a strong culture of service. The Class of 2019 volunteered more than 81,362 pro bono hours to legal assistance projects, gaining valuable professional experience in the process.

Admission Profile
Admission Profile Table: 
75th Percentile1673.85
25th Percentile1593.45
Financial Profile
Financial Profile Table: 
Tuition Part-time$48,300$48,300
Living Expenses
Median grant$30000
Percent receiving grants79.00%
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Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Employment & Bar Profile Table: 
Post-grad employment 89.30%
NJ Employment[field_nj_employment_rate]
Bar Passage88.00%
Academic Profile
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Business, Corporate, Banking
Criminal Law and Procedure
Employment and Labor Law
Entertainment Law
Environmental/Natural Resource Law
Family Law/Child & Family
Governmental Affairs and Regulations
Health Law
Human Rights
Intellectual Property Law
International Law
Public Interest/Social Justice
Tax Law
Technology Law
Trial Advocacy
2000 H Street
District Of Columbia