George Washington University Law School (GW Law)

George Washington University Law School (GW Law)


In the early years of the Republic, when the nation's new capital was no more than a small collection of public buildings separated by pastureland, President George Washington advised Congress to establish a national university at the seat of government.


His goal was to educate future generations of civil servants and thereby forge a national identity based on "principles friendly to republican government and to the true and genuine liberties of mankind." He left in his will 50 shares of stock in the Potowmack Canal Company for the endowment of a university "to which the youth of fortune and talents from all parts thereof might be sent for the completion of their Education in all the branches of polite literature-in arts and Sciences-in acquiring knowledge in the principles of Politics & good Government."


Though it would be decades before George Washington's namesake university would be established by an Act of Congress, the George Washington University Law School-established in 1865-was the first law school in the District of Columbia. Today, the School continues to embody the aspirations of the nation's first president.


Our University actively engages Washington, D.C., and the world. Our location in the heart of Washington places us at the core of U.S. government, policy and law. We sit where the worlds of science, technology, media and the arts converge. Our students and faculty have the unparalleled opportunity to study and work alongside leaders and practitioners in every discipline, to take part in the interchanges that shape our community and the world.


The George Washington University was created in 1821 through an Act of Congress, fulfilling George Washington’s vision of an institution in the nation’s capital dedicated to educating and preparing future leaders.

Master of Laws

The graduate programs at GW Law draw strength from their close relationship to the JD program. With the exception of the program in Litigation and Dispute Resolution, which is limited to LLM degree candidates, graduate law students take courses with JD students, and the resulting exchange of ideas is beneficial for both groups. Graduate students are able to combine traditionally taught courses with in-depth seminars, internships, skills training, and clinical experience for a comprehensive approach to legal education. Full-time faculty members in each specialized field provide instruction, academic advising, and thesis supervision.


All of GW’s graduate programs benefit from the law school's location in Washington, DC, which provides access to unparalleled academic opportunities as well as the many distinguished expert practitioners, government officials, and judges who teach on an adjunct basis.


Master of Laws candidates may follow a program of general study, which may be individually adapted, or they may concentrate in one of the specialized fields listed below.

The First Law School in the Capital City

Students have unmatched opportunities to learn from expert faculty and distinguished visitors and to pursue internships, clerkships, and employment, all while enjoying the city's vibrant culture, nightlife and dining.



With a history of more than 145 years in the heart of Washington, D.C., life at The George Washington University Law School is inextricably linked to the life of its surrounding community. Our campus is only four blocks from the White House, and within easy reach of the World Bank, Department of Justice, Department of State, federal and local courts, and countless nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. GW Law students have unmatched opportunities to learn from expert faculty and distinguished visitors and to pursue internships, clerkships, and employment, all while enjoying the city's vibrant culture, nightlife and dining.


Getting Around the D.C. Metro Area

For easy access to work and play in and around Washington, D.C. nothing beats the rail transportation system known as Metro. The Metro system serves the District, Northern Virginia and the Maryland suburbs.  The Metro system map provides excellent information about the system including station information. The Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority operates the Metro system and Metro Bus, a comprehensive bus transit system that operates throughout the metro area.  Regional rail service is also provided in Northern Virginia by the Virginia Rail Express and MARC in Maryland.



GW Campus Transportation Options

The University provides a number of convenient and reliable shuttle transportation options to move you around and in between campuses. Click to find more information about:


Rail and Bus

Amtrak provides service into downtown D.C. at Union Station located near the U.S. Capitol.  Service is also available via suburban stations in Alexandria, VA and New Carrolton, MD. Greyhound Bus service is available from various stations in the area. 



The Washington, D.C. area is served by three major airports. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport is just across the Potomac from GW in Arlington and handles domestic flights. Dulles International is at the border of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties in Virginia and has both domestic and international terminals. Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI) also services the Washington area. It is located between Washington and Baltimore along the Baltimore/Washington Parkway.


Parking on Campus

As in most major metropolitan areas, parking in the heart of downtown D.C. can be scarce and expensive.  For information about campus parking, street parking, meters, residential parking permits, obtaining a local (DC, VA, MD) drivers' license, and other parking- and driving-related matters, visit GW's student parking page.

Career Support

Center for Professional Development & Career Strategy


The Career Center is dedicated to helping students develop personalized career plans. With one of the largest legal career counseling teams in the country, the Career Center collectively represent more than 80 years of experience in legal and counseling professions. The counselors, who are all trained, licensed attorneys follows specific cohorts of students throughout their three or four years of law school, but students also are free to meet with any of the counselors in the Career Center office.


Our counselors have expertise in multiple areas of employment, including law firms, judicial clerkships, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, federal and state courts, and private sector employers. As a result, our alumni hold clerkships; work at large, medium, and small law firms; serve in government positions; and work in international and domestic business ventures, among other positions.


Washington, D.C. has been called the most livable city on the East Coast. GW Law's surrounding neighbor­hood, Foggy Bottom, is home to many of the government institutions that will not only inform your classroom education, but also provide opportunities for research and outside placement. Nearby resources include the U.S. Department of Interior, U.S. Department of State, World Bank, Office of Personnel Management, American Red Cross headquarters, Federal Reserve Board, Pan American Health Organization, Interna­tional Monetary Fund, and Organization of American States. Students are also close to Metrorail stations and Metrobus routes which will take you almost anywhere in the Greater Washington, D.C. region.


Our housing site is designed to help introduce you to living in Washington, D.C., and to provide information about the different housing options available to GW Law students, including: on-campus housing and off-campus housing.


For additional information, please read The GW Law Student's Housing Guide, a publication of the GW Law Student Ambassadors, created by students for students.


*Please keep in mind, the information provided in these pages is subject to change at any time.


On-Campus Housing


1. The Aston

The Law School offers first-year law students the exclusive opportunity to live at The Aston, a 117-unit residential house located just six blocks from the law school at 1129 New Hampshire Ave., NW. Each of the one-person-efficiency apartments in the building will be furnished with a bed, a modern kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, oven and dishwasher, a private bathroom, ample closet and drawer space, and wall-to-wall carpeting. All utilities, including electricity, water, cable television, high-speed internet access, and individual phone lines are also included in the building. The Aston also offers nearby access to the University's Health and Wellness Center. Parking is not available. 


2. Columbia Plaza

The Columbia Plaza Housing Program provides GW Law students assistance in securing an apartment (by serving as a reference and guarantor) in Columbia Plaza, a privately owned, multi-building complex at 2400 Virginia Ave., N.W., adjacent to GW’s Foggy Bottom campus. The complex offers spacious luxury apartments with polished floors, dishwashers, disposals, gas ranges, walk-in closets, a 24-hour service desk, free voice mail service, card entry access, and several shops and restaurants. Apartments are not furnished, but utilities are included in the rent. The building is also wired for digital cable and high-speed Internet access, which may be installed at tenant’s expense. Columbia Plaza also offers nearby access to theHealth and Wellness Center. The Program is managed by GW Housing Programs.


For more information on The Aston, Columbia Plaza and other GW housing options, visit GW Housing Programs. Telephone 202.994.2552 ; email


Off-Campus Housing

Finding a place to live off-campus in Washington may seem like a challenging process. The following points may be considered in order to make the process easier:

1. Know the area and know what you’re looking for

The D.C. Metro area is made up of three distinct regions, all of which offer a wide range of housing options for students: the District of Columbia, northern Virginia, and the Maryland suburbs.


Within these regions, there are dozens of neighborhoods, each with its own unique flavor and characteristics. Choosing the type of housing you want (a studio, one- or two-bedroom, townhouse, or single-family house) as well as outlining a housing budget may go hand-in-hand with deciding which neighborhood best suits your needs.


2. Plan ahead

Finding the right place to live in a major metropolitan area can be a time-consuming process. Plan to start your search at least a month and a half to two months before you plan to move. This ensures that you will have time to find a place that is a good match for your budget and housing needs.  


3. Make an apartment-finding visit

Unless you’re comfortable with the concept of renting a place sight unseen, it is imperative that you take a short apartment-finding trip to Washington. Most people budget two days to a week for this housing trip. Apartment-finding visits are most effective during the week, as most apartment complexes, brokers, and agents do not show apartments on weekends.  

Student Organizations

Students at GW Law are active and involved members of their academic community. Over the years, they have established over 60 organizations that reflect their diverse interests and concerns. These organizations play an important role beyond that of fostering camaraderie. By sponsoring speakers, hosting panel discussions, and encouraging dialogue on a wide variety of legal issues, the activities of GW Law student organizations have become an important extension of the curriculum. Through these organizations, students also make significant contributions to the Washington, DC-area community.


The Full List of Student Organizations


GW Law at a Glance

School Profile 


GW Law offers students the opportunity to study law with world-renowned faculty members in an ideal location—Washington, D.C., the center of the most dynamic legal and policy activity in the United States. Our campus is located in the heart of Washington, steps from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the White House, the U.S. Department of State, and the Organization of American States. 

Established in 1865, the law school is the oldest law school in Washington, D.C., and GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate and 13,000 graduate students studying a rich range of disciplines including business, international affairs, medicine, public health, engineering, law, and public policy. 


Graduate Law Programs 


The LLM programs at GW Law allow students to combine traditionally taught courses with in-depth seminars, internships, and skills training for a complete approach to legal education. Because of its location in the nation’s capital, the law school offers unparalleled opportunities for the study and observation of law in action. 

Our faculty of well-respected scholars and practitioners challenges and engages students with a stimulating curriculum that teaches legal skills through extensive practice, academic coursework, and scholarly research. With a broad curriculum featuring more than 275 elective courses, along with strong academic and personal support, the law school offers an exceptional academic environment. In addition, our students gain practical experience in externships at nearby institutions, including major international organizations, nonprofits, courts, federal government agencies, and international dispute settlement bodies. 

Graduates of our programs become leaders in business, international organizations, the judiciary, government, and private legal practice throughout the world. Notable recent appointments for our LLM graduates include: Ambassador from Tanzania to the United States, Ambassadors from Romania to the United States and to the United Kingdom, High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Center for International Environmental Law, President of the Andean Community Court of Justice, Dean of the University of Maine School of Law, Chief Justice of Bhutan, and Prime Minister of Mongolia.


Student Body 


The law school has a total enrollment of nearly 2,000 students, including approximately 1,400 full-time JD students, 300 part-time JD students, and more than 250 graduate law degree students. The graduate students include both lawyers trained at U.S. law schools and those trained outside the United States. 

For the 2015 entering class, the Graduate Programs Office received more than 1,000 applications from the United States and 75 countries, and more than 200 students matriculated from the United States and 37 countries. Top countries represented were the United States, China, India, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Thailand, France, Taiwan, Brazil, and Italy. The incoming LLM class included recent law school graduates, military judge advocates, solo practitioners, law clerks, human rights activists, prosecutors, corporate counsel, judges, and government officials, as well as Fulbright scholars.

For those students who enter GW Law from outside the United States, the Graduate Programs Office staff helps to facilitate a smooth transition to the United States and to the GW campus. The staff provides services that range from academic advising and course selection to assistance with issues such as housing, campus resources, and life in Washington, D.C. The office also organizes a variety of social, culture, and informational programs.

Because of our academic rigor, ideal location, and personalized support, our students find that the GW Law experience is dynamic, rigorous, collaborative, and practical. Simply put, there is no better place to study law.




The George Washington University Law School boasts more than 24,000 living alumni, of whom some 150 are judges serving on local, state, and federal benches, including 10 justices on State Supreme Courts. The Law School counts among prominent alumni the late John Foster Dulles, the late J. William Fulbright, and the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye (JD '52); former Attorney General William P. Barr (JD '77), former Treasury Secretary John W. Snow (JD '67), and U.S. Senator Harry Reid, (JD '64), three former Internal Revenue Service Commissioners, and many prominent leaders in business, industry, and government.




Research Centers & Initiatives


GW Law – Facilities at a Glance (values in square feet)

  • Class and seminar rooms: 50,003
  • Clinical Courses and Programs: 23,500
  • Professional Skills Courses if not included above: N/A
  • Faculty offices: 36,438
  • Co-Curricular Activities and Student Activities: 46,226
  • Administrative and Staff: 52,638  
  • Library facilities: 54,132
  • Research and study student space not included: N/A
  • Student housing under law school's exclusive control: 63,200
  • Other (Does not include parking, student housing, etc.): 90,267

Total Gross Square Footage:  391,354 sq. ft.

Message from the Dean

Welcome and thank you for your interest in GW Law. As you visit our website, you will discover an institution committed to preparing students for the realities of the current global legal marketplace.


American legal education stands at a challenging crossroads. These challenges notwithstanding, I believe that pursuing a law degree has tremendous value. Critical and creative thinking, innovative problem solving, and a deep appreciation of professionalism remain fundamental skills needed by graduates to succeed—skills that are uniquely honed at GW Law through strong academics, innovative programming, and a strong commitment to diversity.


A robust pedagogy that demonstrates the intersection between scholarship, doctrine, and practice is at the core of the GW Law experience. Helping to develop our students into lawyers is a faculty that reflects these ideals. In addition to publishing widely cited books and articles, our professors are often involved in litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, international tribunals, and other courts. They also provide commentary to the news media, testify on Capitol Hill, serve as consultants to various governments, and pursue many other activities that enrich the academic life of the school.


Our students also have numerous opportunities to engage with innovative programming outside of the classroom. Every year, GW Law hosts more than 100 events, including major international conferences on controversial issues, addresses by Supreme Court Justices and other prominent speakers, and a variety of student competitions. Many students participate in GW’s Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics, representing actual clients in real cases under faculty supervision. They also take part in advocacy competitions, student-edited law journals, pro bono projects, and hundreds of field placements (internships) at government agencies and other institutions in the Washington area.


Underlying all of our programs is a commitment to diversity and professionalism. Society’s continued globalization compels the quest for diversity, which to many constitutes the “Holy Grail" of legal education. It goes hand-in-hand with quality legal education, and its achievement addresses the needs of an increasingly complex society. GW Law produces consummate professionals who appreciate the complexities of our diverse world and have the plethora of skills needed to become successful in whatever field they pursue.


I hope you enjoy learning about the GW Law community. I encourage you to visit us in person to tour our facilities and get a better sense of who we are, what we do, and how you can apply to join us.





Visiting Campus

Campus Map

The law school is located on the main campus of The George Washington University in DC's historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood. Our address is:


2000 H Street, NW
(20th & H Streets, NW)
Washington, DC 20052


The GW Law complex is comprised of Lerner Hall, Stockton Hall, Jacob Burns Law Library, E Building, Stuart Hall, Law Learning Center, Clinics Buildings, and Lisner Hall. It consists of more than 391,000 square feet with 41,000 square feet devoted to classrooms and 54,000 square feet devoted to the Jacob Burns Law Library.


Directions to the Law School

By Metro

The University is accessible by both Metrorail and Metrobus. The Law School is about 4 blocks from the Foggy Bottom/GWU and Farragut West Metro stations, both of which are on the Metro's Blue, Silver, and Orange lines.


By Car

Please use Google Maps or other mapping software for driving directions from your point of departure. For your destination you may use the law school main street address: 2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052.


By Air or Rail

Visitors arriving at Reagan National Airport or Union Station (AMTRAK) may conveniently travel to the GW campus by either taxi or Metro. The Foggy Bottom/GWU and the Farragut West Metro subway stations, on the Blue and Orange lines, are both about four blocks from the Law School.


From Dulles International Airport (approximately 45 minutes from campus), visitors may take the Washington Flyer limousine to many downtown hotels.


Arrivals to Baltimore Washington International (BWI) Airport (approximately one hour from campus) may take the Super Shuttle or AMTRAK directly into Washington, DC.

Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance, ("COA"), is a budget for the nine-month academic year. Each allowance may be divided in half to represent the allowance for one semester.

The COA includes the cost of flat fee tuition for full-time JD students (who may enroll in 12 or more credit hours per semester), or per-credit hour tuition for part-time students, who take 11 or fewer credits per semester. For the 2016-2017 academic year, tuition is $1,980 per credit hour. The living expense portion of COA is the same for all students, with the exception of the books and supplies item, which varies slightly, based on your degree program.

The allowances in each cost of living category are based on surveyed average student costs at GW Law. Room and board, personal, and transportation costs, added together and divided by the nine months of the standard academic year, gives the total amount our COA allows you to spend monthly on all non-fixed costs. You may be able to reduce your spending by doing simple things like having a roommate, cooking your own food, and taking advantage of the many free forms of entertainment available in the D.C. area.

Plan carefully now so that your funds will be sufficient for the entire academic year. You will be living on a fixed income, and must establish spending priorities accordingly. Choosing to spend more in one area necessarily reduces your spending power in other areas. GW aid and loan funds are divided equally and disbursed at the beginning of each semester, and must cover educational expenses for several months. Therefore, budgeting carefully is essential for your funds to last until the next disbursement.

In no case may your aid package exceed the total cost of attendance for your enrollment period, including all sources of GW Institutional Aid, Federal/Commercial Loans, and any/all outside sources of aid.

For every $10,000 borrowed, you can expect to pay approximately $125 each month in debt service after graduation.


2016-2017 Academic Year (Fall and Spring) Cost of Attendance, LLM program


Note that tuition rates and COA figures are subject to change at any time. For planning purposes, part-time students should expect an annual tuition increase of about 3-5%.


              Expense            Full-Time LLM                    Part-Time LLM       
Books and Supplies $1,200 $920
            Personal              $3,100 $3,100
Room and Board $19,810 $19,810
Transportation $2,100 $2,100
Tuition and Fees $47,520* $19,800**
Total $73,730 $45,730









LLM students currently pay tuition for 2016-2017 at the per-credit hour rate of $1,980.


*24 credit, program maximum

**10 credit, minimum allowable for at least half-time enrollment for financial aid purposes

Information for U.S. Law School Graduates

may be granted at the discretion of the program director.



Scholarships Available 


  • Gerald J. Mossinghoff Fellowship for Intellectual Property Law
  • Randolph C. Shaw Fellowship for Environmental Law



Applications are due by May 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. If you wish to submit an application after the deadline, please contact the Graduate Programs Office at 202.994.0715


Entrance Requirements

All LLM applicants must hold a JD or equivalent law degree earned with high rank from a law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), or is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), or is a recognized non-U.S. institution. Non-U.S. law school graduates also may need to meet the minimum language test requirement. All SJD applicants also must hold an LLM degree with high rank from an AALS- or ABA-approved law school.


Application Requirements


All LLM applicants from U.S. law schools must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • A completed application form accompanied by the application fee of $80 USD (This fee is nonrefundable. It does not apply to tuition and is not paid by the U,S, Department of Veterans Affairs)
  • Official transcripts from all law, graduate, and undergraduate schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation, each accompanied by the recommendation form
  • A brief essay describing the applicant's professional goals and the reasons for pursuing graduate law student (question 27 on application)


Note on transcripts: Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution directly to the Graduate Programs Office, The George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052. Unofficial records sent by the student will not be accepted. Applicants should request that their law school transcript(s) include the grade point average for work leading to the degree and class standing at the time of graduation.


Learn More 
Graduate Programs Office
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20052 USA
Phone: 202.994.7242
Fax: 202.994.2831 


Information for Non-U.S. Law School Graduates

As a rule, admission is granted to non-U.S. law school graduates for the fall semester only.


Scholarships Available


  • Thomas Buergenthal Scholarship
  • Ben Gupta Endowed Fund for International Legal Education
  • Momsen Leonardos Scholarship for Brazilian Graduate Law Students




No spring admission

All application materials must be submitted by March 15. For applicants who also wish to be considered for a scholarship, the application, along with all other required materials, must be submitted by March 1.


Entrance Requirements

All LLM applicants must hold a JD or equivalent law degree earned with high rank from a law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), or is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA), or is a recognized non-U.S. institution. Non-U.S. law school graduates also may need to meet the minimum language test requirement. All SJD applicants also must hold an LLM degree with high rank from an AALS- or ABA-approved law school.


Learn More 
Graduate Programs Office
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20052 USA
Phone: 202.994.7242
Fax: 202.994.2831 



Application Requirements

All LL.M. applicants from non-U.S. law schools must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  • A completed application form accompanied by the application fee of $80 USD.
  • Official transcripts from all law, graduate, and undergraduate schools attended.
  • Two letters of recommendation, each accompanied by the recommendation form.
  • A brief essay describing the applicant's professional goals and areas of interest for the study of law (question 31 on application).
  • An official report of Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)score (the IELTS test with a minimum composite score of 7.0 is also accepted). If English was the medium of instruction for an applicant's university education, please include documentation from the university registrar stating so.


Note on transcripts: Official transcripts must be sent by the issuing institution directly to the Graduate Programs Office, The George Washington University Law School, 2000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20052. Unofficial records sent by the student will not be accepted. The official transcripts may also be enclosed with the application in envelopes that are sealed and signed by the issuing institution. If applying through LSAC, all transcripts must be submitted to LSAC for credential evaluation and additional copies do not need to be sent to the Graduate Programs Office.


Additional Details for International Students

As an international student applying to the law school, you must be prepared to fund all of your educational and living expenses. You are not eligible for GW Law need-based grants.


U.S. citizenship or permanent residency is required to qualify for federal loans. If you do qualify as a U.S. or permanent resident, please review our Federal Stafford and GradPLUS loan pages and the Apply for Aid page.  Otherwise, you may borrow commercial, not federal, education loans only if you obtain a credit-worthy U.S. cosigner.


You will need to provide a statement of adequate funding in the amount of the cost of attendance in U.S. dollars for each year of the three-year, full-time JD program, or your expected LLM or SJD program, from your own (or your sponsor's) funds to cover educational and living expenses. The law school does not provide need-based tuition grants, tuition waivers, or graduate teaching assistantships to international JD candidates.


You are required to be covered by a health insurance policy.


Non-U.S. law school graduates seeking financial assistance to attend the LL.M. program should contact the International Graduate Programs Office for more information. 202.994.7242 or


Online Resources

Many organizations provide websites with information on studying in the U.S., financing, and more, including:


  • Foreign Born General information site for students entering and living in the U.S.
  • Aetna Student Health All international students on a J-1 and F-1 visa will be automatically enrolled in the university's health plan which provides comprehensive coverage.
  • Rotary International Rotary International is a global organization geared toward community services that sponsors opportunities for foreign students
  • Resource for study abroad information
  • Study In U.S. General website that aids foreign students in calculation of costs and funding options available in the U.S.

Information for Non-Degree Students

A limited number of law school graduates may be admitted in a non-degree status to take up to 6 hours of credit.


Applicants should contact the Graduate Programs Office for application materials and instructions. Entrance requirements for non-degree students are the same as those for degree candidates (U.S. law school graduates and non-U.S. law school graduates).


Non-degree students who subsequently apply for and are granted admission to one of the graduate programs as a degree candidate may have the credits earned at the Law School applied toward degree requirements. However, admission as a degree candidate is not guaranteed. Enrollment in individual courses as a non-degree student will also depend on space availability.

Degree Programs

LL.M Programs  

  • Business and Finance Law
  • Energy and Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law
  • General LLM
  • Government Procurement Law
  • Government Procurement and Environmental Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International and Comparative Law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution
  • National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law

Other Programs 

  • MS, Intellectual Property Law
  • Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD)

Joint Degree Programs 

  • LL.M/MPH
  • LL.M/MA in History with a concentration in U.S. Legal History; in Women’s Studies; or in Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s Studies

Historical GW Law in DC

1865: Classes begin in the Old Trinity Episcopal Church, of which Francis Scott Key had been Senior Warden.

1866: GW Law is divided into two classes-Junior and Senior. The Course of Recitations "embraced the important departments of Common Law and its Commentaries; of Criminal, Commercial, and Admiralty Jurisprudence; and of Evidence and Pleading."

1867: Sixty graduates, from 22 of the then-37 states, receive degrees at the first graduation.

1870: The case method of instruction is introduced.

1878: The American Bar Association is organized.

1891: A course of lectures in patent law, given by the U.S. Commissioner of Patents, is established as a regular part of the curriculum.

1897: A Master of Laws degree program in Patent Law and Patent Law Practice begins.

1898: The length of the degree program is increased from two to three years. The Board of Trustees approves the requirement that examinations be given in all courses.

1900: GW Law takes part in the establishment of the Association of American Law Schools.

1924: A new building for GW Law named Stockton Hall is constructed on the main campus of the University.

1932: The George Washington Law Review begins publication.

1936: GW Law is designated a graduate school and the Juris Doctor degree is established.

1940: The degree of Doctor of Juridical Science is established.

1946: GW Law begins accepting graduates of non-U.S. law schools into specially designated master's programs.

1948: Enrollment in GW Law surpasses 1,000.

1954: The National University School of Law, which held an important place in legal education in the District of Columbia since 1869, merges with GW Law. Among its distinguished alumni is Belva Lockwood (Class of 1872), the first woman to argue before the Supreme Court.

1965: The International and Comparative Law Program is established.

1966: The International Law Review is founded.

1967: The Jacob Burns Law Library is completed. Former Chief Justice Earl Warren participates in the building dedication.

1969: The Community Legal Clinics are established.

1970: The Environmental Law Program is introduced in September.

1981: The Enrichment Program is established to enhance the intellectual life of the School.

1984: GW Law completes a major renovation and building project. Chief Justice Warren Burger gives an address at the dedication ceremony.

1992: A summer program is established with Oxford University for the study of international human rights law.

2002: The newly renovated building at 700 20th Street is dedicated in an address by Justice Antonin Scalia.

2003: GW Law establishes the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center with three leading German academic Institutions.

2004: GW Law completes a series of major renovation and building expansion projects begun in 1999, incorporating significant improvements in classroom design and technology.

2009: GW Law establishes the Center for Law, Economics & Finance (C-LEAF), a think tank designed as a focal point in DC for the study and debate of major issues in economic and financial law. The LL.M. in Business and Finance Law is introduced.

2010: GW Law celebrates significant anniversaries: 30 years of the Immigration Clinic, 40 years of the Environmental Law Program, and 50 years of Government Procurement Law Program.

2011: This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics.

Accessibility Services

Disability Support

The University's Office of Disability Support Services provides and coordinates support services for students with a wide variety of disabilities, as well as those temporarily disabled by injury or illness. Accommodations are available through DSS to facilitate academic access for students with disabilities. Services provided without charge to the student may include orientation to campus, registration assistance, readers, interpreters, scribes, learning disabilities advising, adaptive materials and equipment, assistance with note taking, laboratory assistance, test accommodations, regular advising, and referrals. DSS does not provide content tutoring, although it is available on a fee basis from other campus resources. The University does not pay for personal attendant care.

Final Examinations

Law students who wish to receive exam accommodations on the basis of a disability must provide notice and proper documentation to the University Office of Disability Support Services, Marvin Center Suite 242, 202.994.8250. Please note that arrangements should be made well in advance of the examination period. Students are responsible for adhering strictly to the terms of the agreement reached with the Disability Support Services Office.


Veteran Services

GW Law, like the University, is committed to providing veterans with the highest level of support. Learn more about University resources and points of contact for specific needs.



The University Counseling Center (UCC) offers a broad range of services to help students with personal issues. Services include short-term individual therapy, group therapy, crisis services, academic skill enhancement, and psycho-educational workshops. 


Student Wellness

The University and the law school provide a variety of services to support the physical and emotional wellness of GW students, and to support students with special needs. 


  • Safety Services
  • Health Services
  • Athletic Services
  • Lawyer Resources
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ABA Required Disclosures

GW Law Bulletin

The Bulletin is a searchable PDF and contains the following information: 

It also contains other relevant consumer information that is easily searchable at the link above.

Information on Facilities

Information on Library Resources


The ABA Standard 509 Information Report

The ABA Standard 509 Information Report is applicable to a number of the requirements found below. Also, the entering class profile is found here. Links to the GW Law website are provided by each requirement set forth.


ABA Standard 509 Annotated with GW Law Links

As noted above, The Bulletin will also have information responsive to these requirements and is easily searchable.