George Mason University

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3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201

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Law School Overview

The School of Law at George Mason University has an application deadline of April 1. Its tuition is full-time: $25,351 per year (in-state); full-time: $40,737 per year (out-of-state); part-time: $905 per credit (in-state); and part-time: $1,455 per credit (out-of-state). The student-faculty ratio is 12.7:1. The School of Law at George Mason University has 188 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

With the George Mason University School of Law’s close proximity to Washington, D.C., law students have year-round opportunities for employment in different areas of government, federal agencies, and private law firms. The George Mason School of Law offers day and evening programs for J.D. candidates, as well as one joint degree program, a J.D./Master of Public Policy. Law students can pursue curricular concentrations and tracks to specialize in areas such as patent law, intellectual property law, or homeland and national security law.

Legal clinics, such as the Law and Mental Illness clinic and the Clinic for Legal Assistance to Servicemembers, give students further experience with specific areas of law practice. There are about 40 student organizations to get involved with, as well as several legal journals, including the George Mason Law Review, the Journal of Law, Economics & Policy, and the Civil Rights Law Journal. Another journal at George Mason, the Green Bag, is a quarterly publication that aims to provide entertaining and useful legal writing. Students cannot live on the law school’s campus, which is located in Arlington, Va. near a stop on Washington, D.C.’s major public transportation system, the Metro.

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Year founded 1980
Public/private Public
Law school designation National


Application deadline April 1
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Admissions phone (703) 993-8010
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 188
Student-faculty ratio 12.7:1
Total faculty 200

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 363
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 255


Tuition and fees

full-time: $25,351 per year (in-state)
full-time: $40,737 per year (out-of-state)
part-time: $905 per credit (in-state)
part-time: $1,455 per credit (out-of-state)

Room and board $16,710


Employed at graduation2 57.3%
Median private sector starting salary $67,500
Median public service starting salary $55,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 480,468

* Law School Overview details based on 2013 data

2. Represents the percentage of all 2012 graduates who had a full-time job lasting at least a year for which bar passage was required or a J.D. degree was an advantage. These employment rates are part of the data on placement success used to determine a school’s ranking.

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