Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

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George Mason University School of Law, located just a few miles outside of the District of Columbia in Arlington, Virginia, is the region’s best value law school. With tuition at only $23,720, it ranks second-highest for employment — at 96.8 percent. The public school also boasts a strong bar passage rate at 88 percent.

But what makes George Mason truly unique is its curricular focus on law and economics. Every first year takes a law and economics foundation course, and the school offers a concentration in Legal and Economic Theory.

“Part of the speech in the classroom becomes ‘what’s the economic impact of this opinion,’” said Alison Price, associate dean and director of admissions. “It’s a different way to look at the law and it carries through a lot of the curriculum.”

The economic focus has resulted in a conservative faculty and student body.

George Mason also offers clinics and externships for its students. In fall 2011, the school launched a Supreme Court Clinic. In this yearlong program, students work closely with attorneys to provide pro bono legal representation before the U.S. Supreme Court. It also has new specializations in homeland security and technology law.

Even though the school was founded relatively recently in 1972, both its average GPA and LSAT scores make it difficult to get into. The school pulls strongly from D.C., especially for its part-time evening program.

Published Spring 2012

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75th Percentile1643.73
25th Percentile1583.32
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$20,660$33,298
Living Expenses
Median grant$12000
Percent receiving grants72.90%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 96.10%
NJ Employment84.5
Bar Passage75.40%
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