The Law School at George Washington University

Law School Admissions

Application

Director of admissions Sophia Sim
Application deadline March 31
Full-time program application fee $80
Part-time program application fee $80
Besides the fall semester, can enter in N/A

The Law School at George Washington University

Admissions & Enrollment (Overall)

Acceptance rate 27.2% – Low
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.82
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 167

Admissions & Enrollment (Full-time)

Acceptance rate 28.7%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 162-168
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.44-3.9
Median undergraduate GPA for full-time program entrants 3.82
Median LSAT score for full-time program entrants 167

Admissions & Enrollment (Part-time)

Acceptance rate 12.4%
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 159-168
Undergraduate GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.15-3.91
Median undergraduate GPA for part-time program entrants 3.57
Median LSAT score for part-time program entrants 167

Law School Academics

Academic Program Details

Academic calendar Semester
Joint degrees offered
J.D./M.A. LL.M./M.A.
J.D./M.B.A. LL.M./M.P.H.
J.D./M.P.H. J.D./SAIS
J.D./M.P.A. JD / M.A. ESIA
J.D./M.P.P.
Special programs offered to J.D. students (as provided by the school)
14 clinics/projects: appearances before int’l courts/Supreme Court; 13 research centers/exchanges; summer sessions; Germany/UK/Italy/Netherlands study abroad (int’l economic law, IP, int’l human rights, environmental); Canadian/Mexican partner programs (NACLE); career office: internships, externships, clerkships; student-faculty Pub. Interest Committee; joint degrees; legal writing program.
Programs/courses offered in
appellate advocacy intellectual property law
clinical training international law
dispute resolution tax law
environmental law trial advocacy
health care law

Curricular Offerings (Overall)

Classroom course titles, beyond the first-year curriculum, offered last year 226
Seminars 49
Positions available in seminars 784
Positions available in simulation courses 1,322
Positions available in faculty-supervised clinical courses 139
Student activities (as provided by the school)
8 reviews/journals; domestic/int’l competitions via moot court, mock trial, ADR: premier moot court final often judged by Supreme Court justices; 40+ student groups: SBA recognized by ABA in recent years; mentoring through active alumni network; public interest/pro bono opportunities; prominent guest speakers (Supreme Court justices, cabinet/administration members); career workshops/networking

Curricular Offerings (Full-time)

Typical first-year full-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 96
Is there typically a full-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? Yes
Typical size of first-year “small section” 36
Positions filled in full-time program seminars 429
Positions filled in full-time program simulation courses 363
Positions filled in faculty-supervised full-time program clinical courses 126
Full-time students involved in field placements 343
Full-time students involved in law journals 488
Full-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 368
Full-time students enrolled in independent study 103

Curricular Offerings (Part-time)

Typical first-year part-time section size taught by full-time faculty (excludes small sections) 35
Is there typically a part-time “small section” of the first-year class taught by full-time faculty (excluding Legal Writing)? No
Positions filled in part-time program seminars 190
Positions filled in part-time program simulation courses 846
Positions filled in faculty-supervised part-time program clinical courses 13
Part-time students involved in field placements 52
Part-time students involved in law journals 49
Part-time students involved in advanced moot court or trial competitions 50
Part-time students enrolled in independent study 14

Faculty Profile (Fall 2011)

Student-faculty ratio 14.8:1 – Medium
Full- and part-time faculty 248
Full-time minority faculty 14.0%
Part-time minority faculty 7.7%
Total faculty 273
Total faculty (men) 69.2%
Total faculty (women) 30.8%
Total faculty (minorities) 11.0%

Class Size

Law School Ranking

#20 Best Law Schools

(5) Ranking by Specialties

#16 in Environmental Law
#3 in Intellectual Property Law
#6 in International Law
#28 in Law Firms Rank Schools
#2 in Part-time Law

Law Ranking Scores

Score 71
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 3.6
Assessment score by lawyers/judges (out of 5) 3.9
GPA (25th-75th percentile) 3.43-3.9
Median undergraduate GPA for all program entrants 3.82
LSAT scores (25th-75th percentile) 161-168
Median LSAT score for all program entrants 167
Acceptance rate 27.2% – Low
Student-faculty ratio 14.8:1 – Medium
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 56.1% – Medium
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 94.3% – High
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 96.5% – High
State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Law School Student Body

Student Body (Overall)

Total Enrolled 1753

Student Body (Full-time)

Enrollment (full-time) 1,430

Student Body (Part-time)

Enrollment (part-time) 323

Attrition Rates for Full- and Part-time Students (2010-2011)

First-year students discontinuing law school 5.9%
Second-year students discontinuing law school 0.5%
Third-year students discontinuing law school 0.4%
Fourth-year students discontinuing law school N/A
Male students discontinuing law school 2.7%
Female students discontinuing law school 1.5%

Law School Cost

Financial Aid Contact Information

Financial aid director Sophia Sim
Financial aid phone (202) 994-6592
Financial aid application deadline May 16

Expenses

Tuition and fees
Full-time: $45,750 per year
Part-time: $35,376 per year
Room and board $17,500
Books $1,500
Miscellaneous expenses $9,650
Is the tuition the same for first-, second-, and third-year students? Yes
Does the university offer housing restricted to law students? Yes
Does the university offer graduate student housing for which law students are eligible? Yes
Does the university offer a public-interest scholarship program to current J.D. students? Yes

Grants (Full-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 32.7%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 9.4%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 5.5%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 6.6%
Median grant amount $13,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $9,000–$30,000
Full-time students receiving grants 54.1%

Grants (Part-time students)

Students receiving grants of less than one-half tuition 10.8%
Students receiving grants of one-half tuition or more but less than full 0.6%
Students receiving grants of full tuition 0.3%
Students receiving grants of more than full tuition 0.6%
Median grant amount $6,000
Grant range (25th–75th percentile) $4,000–$10,000
Part-time students receiving grants 12.4%

Indebtedness

Average indebtedness of 2011 graduates who incurred law school debt $127,360
Proportion who borrowed 78.9%
Does the school offer a loan repayment assistance program for 2011 J.D. graduates? Yes

Law School Library

Library Information Resources

Print titles (excluding nonbook titles) 142,320
Microform titles 141,205
Electronic titles 1,117,564
Other non-book titles 734
Total titles 1,401,823
Volumes (excluding microforms) 414,465
Volume equivalent microforms 274,404
Total volumes and volume equivalents 689,169
Number of volumes in the collection that are stored off site and are systematically retrievable 23,688
Library’s online catalog or website includes links to electronic titles or databases made available by another campus library or consortia Yes

Library Schedule of Operation

Number of hours per week library is open on a regular schedule 110
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty on a regular schedule 70
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on a regular schedule 40
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on a regular schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on a regular schedule 70
Number of weeks per year library operates on an abbreviated schedule 13
Number of hours per week library is open on an abbreviated schedule 78
Number of hours per week professional staff are on duty are on an abbreviated schedule 56
Number of hours per week only full-time support staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 22
Number of hours per week only students or other part-time staff are on duty on an abbreviated schedule 0
Number of hours of reference service provided per week on an abbreviated schedule 56
Number of weeks per year library operates on expanded schedule 0

Information Technology

Department(s) responsible for the law school information technology operations law school information technology department, law school library
Approximate number of full-time-equivalent information technology staff (excluding hourly students and other temporary staff) 18
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in the law library (excluding computer labs) 54
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in classrooms 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students in computer labs 0
Number of open, wired network connections available to students elsewhere in the law school 0
Does the law school have a wireless network? Yes
Wireless network is available in the law library, in classrooms, in computer labs, in administrative/faculty offices and work areas, elsewhere in the law school
Does the school require entering students to own a computer? Yes

Physical Library Facilities

Net square feet of space assigned for library purposes 54,132
Total seats available for library users 637
Details about the library and other facilities (as provided by the school) Jacob Burns Law Library among the largest, premier libraries in nation; 600,000+ volumes, numerous electronic resources. Modern, comfortable study/meeting spaces. University resources include health/wellness center. Tech focus: computer-based exams, high-tech classrooms, wireless network, individualized portals. New dorm. Constructing new complex with classrooms/meeting space/mock trial space

Law School Careers

Bar Statistics (Winter and Summer 2010 administrations)

State where the greatest number of first-time test takers took the bar NY
Bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 96.5% – High
Statewide bar passage rate (first-time test takers) 76.4%

Class of 2010 Graduates

Total graduates 512
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 56.1%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 94.3%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Graduation

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 4.9%
Graduates whose employment status is known 95.1%
Graduates known to be employed at graduation 56.1%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 1.8%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 36.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 0.6%

Class of 2010 Graduates-Class Breakdown at Nine Months

Graduates whose employment status is unknown 0.4%
Graduates whose employment status is known 99.6%
Graduates known to be employed nine months after graduation 94.3%
Graduates known to be enrolled in a full-time degree program 2.7%
Graduates known to be unemployed and seeking work 1.2%
Graduates known to be unemployed and not seeking work 1.4%

Starting Salaries of Graduates Employed Full-time (Class of 2010)

25th percentile private sector starting salary $145,000
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
75th percentile private sector starting salary $160,000
Percent in the private sector who reported salary information 52%
Median public service starting salary $62,467

Areas of Legal Practice (Class of 2010)

Percent employed in academia 5.8%
Percent employed in business and industry 14.3%
Percent employed in government 21.7%
Percent employed in all judicial clerkships 8.7%
Percent employed in law firms 44.6%
Percent employed in public interest 4.8%
Percent employed in an unknown field 0.2%

Employment Location (Class of 2010)

Graduates employed in-state 46%
Graduates employed out-of-state 51.0%
Graduates employed in foreign countries 2%
Number of states where graduates are employed 32
New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT) 2.6%
Middle Atlantic (NY, NJ, PA) 17.0%
East North Central (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI) 2.0%
West North Central (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD) 1.0%
South Atlantic (DE, DC, FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, WV) 65.0%
East South Central (AL, KY, MS, TN) 0.0%
West South Central (AR, LA, OK, TX) 1.0%
Pacific (AK, CA, HI, OR, WA) 5.8%
Mountain (AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY) 2.6%
Employment location unknown 1.0%

Career Services

(Data appear as originally submitted by this school)

Career services operations Assoc. dean/15 staff (all former attorneys, various specialties) provide counseling, employment market insight, interview preparation. 700+ employers participate in recruitment programs; on-site Resource Library, Simplicity Job Bank/Judge Database, portal/e-mail opportunity announcements; clerkship director and dedicated faculty/staff; alumni network, D.C. connections. Alumni Mentoring Program.

Job Type

Bar admission required/anticipated (e.g., attorney and corporate counsel positions, law clerks, judicial clerks) 87.0%
Bar admission required/anticipated – percent employed in full-time positions 92.3%
J.D. preferred, law degree enhances position (e.g., corporate contracts administrator, alternative dispute resolution specialist, government regulatory analyst, FBI special agent) 8.0%
J.D. preferred – percent employed in full-time positions 81.1%
Professional other (jobs that require professional skills or training but for which a J.D. is neither preferred nor particularly applicable; e.g., accountant, teacher, business manager, nurse) 4.0%
Professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 55.0%
Non-professional other (job that does not require any professional skills or training or is taken on a temporary basis and not viewed as part of a career path) 1.0%
Non-professional other – percent employed in full-time positions 0.0%

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