George Washington University

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2000 H Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

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The Law School at George Washington University has an application deadline of March 1. The full-time program application fee at the Law School at George Washington University is $80. The part-time program application fee at the Law School at George Washington University is $80. Its tuition is full-time: $49,840 per year and part-time: $36,813 per year. The student-faculty ratio is 15.0:1. The Law School at George Washington University has 248 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the nation’s capital. Students have a multitude of ways to broaden their J.D., either through joint degree programs at other GW schools, experiential learning opportunities or work experience throughout D.C. Students can complete a full-time J.D. or a part-time J.D. and can earn a joint degree such as a J.D./MBA and a J.D./Master of Public Administration. 

As a participating school in the Technology-Academics-Policy forum, sponsored by Microsoft, GW Law is active in legal issues such as cloud computing and intellectual property. The school runs more than five legal research centers including the James F. Humphreys Complex Litigation Center and the Center for Law, Economics & Finance.

Students can get involved in hands-on legal learning through nearly 15 clinics, including the Immigration Clinic, the Project for Older Prisoners and D.C. Law Students in Court. There are also more than five legal journals to join, including the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal and the Journal of Energy and Environmental Law. GW Law also has a robust pro bono program for students to get involved in volunteer cases, such as through the Gulf Recovery Network, which takes GW Law students to New Orleans, and the Animal Welfare Project, which promotes legislative reform for better animal treatment.

Notable alumni of the George Washington Law School include J. William Fulbright, a former senator and creator of the Fulbright Program, and Yasmine Pahlavi, crown princess of Iran and founder of the Foundation for the Children of Iran.

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Year founded 1865
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $80
Part-time program application fee $80
Admissions phone (202) 994-7230
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 248
Student-faculty ratio 15.0:1
Total faculty 281

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 1,287
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 595


Tuition and fees

full-time: $49,840 per year
part-time: $36,813 per year

Room and board $18,900


Employed at graduation2 85.0%
Median private sector starting salary $160,000
Median public service starting salary $60,000


Total volumes and volume equivalents 715,659

* 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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