The Catholic University of America

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3600 John McCormack Road NE
Washington, DC 20064

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#107 Best Law Schools


#20 in Part-time Law

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The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America has an application deadline of March 1. Its tuition is full-time: $44,465 per year and part-time: $1,617 per credit. The student-faculty ratio is 10.3:1. The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America has 86 full- and part-time faculty on staff.

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law is a religious-affiliated institution in the heart of the nation’s capital. The school’s location offers myriad opportunities for students to find training experiences in federal agencies, corporations, law firms, and more. Law students are able to focus their education through concentrations in intellectual property law and in securities law, among other areas, and may complete a joint degree through another department at Catholic University, such as the National Catholic School of Social Service and the Catholic University School of Library and Information Science. Through these programs, students can study canon law, library science, psychology, and more.

In school, students can get hands-on training through clinics, including the Advocacy for the Elderly Clinic, the Families and the Law Clinic, and the D.C. Law Students in Court Program. Students may also consider joining organizations at CUA Law, including the Communications Law Students Association, the Irish-American Law Students Association, and the Pope John Paul II Guild of Catholic Lawyers. Journals at the school include the Catholic University Law Review, CommLaw Conspectus, the Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, and the Journal of Law, Philosophy, and Culture.

Columbus Law School operates research hubs including the Institute for Communications Law Studies and the Comparative and International Law Institute. The university is a Catholic institution, offering students prayer and worship opportunities, faith development programs, service experiences, and more.

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Year founded 1897
Public/private Private
Law school designation National


Application deadline March 1
Full-time program application fee $0
Part-time program application fee $0
Admissions phone (202) 319-5151
Admissions email


Full- and part-time faculty 86
Student-faculty ratio 10.3:1
Total faculty 90

Student Body

Enrollment (full-time) 342
Gender distribution (full-time)
Gender distribution (full-time)
J.D. candidates graduating in 2012-2013 240


Tuition and fees

full-time: $44,465 per year
part-time: $1,617 per credit

Room and board $17,000


Employed at graduation2 37.4%
Median private sector starting salary $100,000
Median public service starting salary $62,457


Total volumes and volume equivalents 462,887

* 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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