George Washington University Law School


ACADEMICS AT A GLANCE

Credits Required To Graduate84

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Library Volumes620,592

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The law school boasts, “GW Law has one of the largest curricula of any law school in the nation—more than 250 courses covering every aspect of legal study. We offer students a customizable academic experience, tailored to each individual’s interests and goals. From that experience, students gain excellent analytical, research, writing, and advocacy skills.” (GW Law Website)

The required J.D. curriculum consists of courses in Contracts, Torts, Property, Criminal Law, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Legal Research and Writing, Introduction to Advocacy, and Professional Responsibility and Ethics. As stated above, in terms of electives, the school offers more than 250 courses and seminars that cover different areas of the law.

In addition to the traditional course work, GW Law also offers a variety of hands-on learning experiences. For example, the school maintains clinical education programs in the areas of civil litigation, consumer mediation, domestic violence advocacy, federal and criminal appeal, environmental law, health rights law, immigration, international human rights, older prisoners, public justice advocacy, small business and community development, and vaccine injury. Students may also be interested to note that the “George Washington University Law School Outside Placement Program ("Program") provides J.D. students with the opportunity to work closely with judges or practicing lawyers as legal externs in governmental, public interest and private non-profit organizations while earning academic credit. The Program is designed to enhance the educational experience of its students through the exposure to the actual practice of law.” (GW Law Website) In addition, the school provides its students the opportunity to explore the study of law in other countries through its study abroad programs in London, Germany, Canada, and Mexico.

The school also offers numerous joint degrees in the areas of business, public administration, public health, public policy, international affairs, history, and women’s studies. For those considering advanced degrees, the law school offers LL.M. and S.J.D. programs.

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