Government Procurement: Becoming an expert

The United State’s spends $500 billion every year on the acquisition of services, supplies and construction. Internationally, the European Union public procurement market exceeds $1 trillion. For practicing lawyers, these high levels of government contracting represent a wealth of legal practice opportunities both in the U.S. and abroad.

Procurement lawyers help clients investigate violations of laws and regulations, create compliance programs and represent clients in contract disputes. In addition, lawyers may be called upon to represent government procurement clients in related practice areas, such as intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions and construction and engineering.

The LL.M. helps a practitioner gain the necessary expertise in the field.

“An LL.M. in Government Procurement Law is the mark of unique academic and professional development training,” said Karen Thornton, Director, Government Procurement Law Program at The George Washington University Law School. “Within the government procurement bar in the US, and internationally, practitioners who hold an LL.M. are recognized as having an exceptional depth of understanding of the legal and policy complexities within this highly regulated area of law.”

The Government Procurement Law Program at George Washington is in the heart of Washington, D.C. Students are able to make meaningful connections with employers and key decision makers in the industry.

In addition to classes which focus on public contracting, pricing and procurement, students can participate in a Government Contracts Moot Court Competition, contribute to the Public Contracts Law Journal and attend the program’s colloquia and symposia addressing trending issues related to government procurement.

Experts in government procurement represent Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, startups and their business partners. Lawyers may also work for a variety of government agencies engaged in the procurement of services and goods from the private sector, such as the military or Department of Defense.

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