George Washington University Law School

George Washington University Law School

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When it comes to the D.C. region, George Washington is largely viewed as second to Georgetown University in terms of prestige, and for good reason. It has the second-highest LSAT score, behind Georgetown. It has the second-highest tuition at $43,999, behind Georgetown. It has the second-largest enrollment, behind Georgetown.

“This is a large school and I want to keep it that way because that translates into [more] opportunities for our students,” said the school’s dean, Paul Schiff Berman. “We offer, for instance, 250 courses per year, so we have a breadth of opportunity.” 

The school is located in Foggy Bottom, making it the closest law school to the White House.

“We are clearly the most well-located law school perhaps on the planet,” Schiff Berman said. “We are across the street from the World Bank, two blocks from the State Department, and three blocks from the White House. But it is more than D.C. The orientation of this law school is really focused on connecting people to the real world of law and policy practice.”

He said the school offers extensive externship options, with more than 200 students in placements in any given semester.

“We have a faculty that is very much oriented towards real world practice and policy engagement,” he said. “For example, during the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas we had eight different faculty members testify on Capitol Hill.”

The school recently outperformed its cross-town rival in employment, recording a 97.3 percent placement rate. It also ranked second in D.C. and sixth in the nation for the number of alumni who are partners at the largest law firms.

“Because of our particular connection to doing real practice while you are in law school and our commitment to mentoring and networking, I think we are in a position to give students a real jumpstart on their careers,” Schiff Berman said. “In addition, we are creating a professional development training program that will emphasize issues like understanding law firm economics, and understanding how to work in teams, leadership skills, client development skills.”

This fall, George Washington will launch a healthcare and law policy program, which will be funded by a $1 million grant from an anonymous donor and $4 million in anticipated additional donations.

At 93.98 percent, the school boasts the highest bar pass rate in the region. 

The George Washington University Law Moot Court Board is ranked third by The National Jurist magazine.

Published Spring 2012

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75th Percentile1663.81
25th Percentile1583.35
Financial Profile
Tuition Part-time$41,580$41,580
Living Expenses
Median grant$17000
Percent receiving grants52.20%
Estimated net tuition
Employment & Bar Exam Profile
Post-grad employment 90.50%
NJ Employment81.7
Bar Passage80.00%
Academic Profile
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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