The George Washington University Law School
|The George Washington University Law School|
|Parent school||The George Washington University|
|School type||Private non-profit|
|Dean||Paul Schiff Berman|
|Location||Washington, DC, US|
|Faculty|| 96 (full time)|
205 (part time)
|Bar pass rate||93.98%|
|Undergrad. GPA 75th%||3.87|
|Median Undergrad. GPA||3.79|
|Undergrad. GPA 25th%||3.39|
|Volumes in law library||600,000|
|Outlines||181 (See List)|
The George Washington University Law School, commonly referred to as GW Law, was founded in 1865 and is the oldest law school in the District of Columbia. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. It is located on the campus of The George Washington University at the corner of 20th and H Streets in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.
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—founded in 1825, closed in 1826 due to financial difficulty, and then reorganized in 1865—was the first law school in the District of Columbia.
In 1865, the president of Columbian College (now The George Washington University) facilitated the purchase of a building owned by Trinity Church for the purpose of holding law classes. In 1867, the school graduated its first class, who represented twenty two of the then thirty seven states.
The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. The school currently has about 1,860 degree candidates: 1,260 full-time, 290 part-time, and over 300 post-J.D. candidates.
In addition to the juris doctor degree, GW Law offers the following joint degrees:
- J.D./M.A. in History with a concentration in U.S. Legal History, Women’s Studies, Public Policy with a concentration in Women’s Studies, and Master of Public Policy
- J.D./M.A. in International Affairs: Science, Technology, and Public Policy; Security Policy Studies; Asian Studies; Latin American Studies; European and Eurasian Studies; International Development Studies; and International Trade and Investment Policy
The following advanced degrees are offered:
- Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Government Procurement and Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law, Government Procurement Law, and Litigation and Dispute Resolution.
- Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is offered to a very limited number of candidates.
GW Law was tied for 22nd in the 2008 Law School Rankings of U.S. News & World Report. It previously had been ranked 19th and 20th in that publication's 2007 and 2006 issues, respectively. In its specialties categories, U.S. News ranked GW Law 3rd in intellectual property law, 8th in international law, 12th in environmental law, and 23rd in clinical training. The law school is the highest-ranked graduate program of its parent institution, The George Washington University.
In 2007, the National Law Journal ranked GW Law among the top 20 law schools that place the highest percentage of graduates in top American law firms.
Academic Recognition for Students
Students are not supplied with individual class rankings; instead, the school recognizes their relative academic performance with two scholar designations.  The top 1%-15% of the class is designated George Washington Scholars. The top 16%-35% of the class is designated Thurgood Marshall Scholars.
Location and facilities
GW Law is located in the heart of Washington's Foggy Bottom neighborhood, across the street from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund headquarters, and a few blocks away from the State Department and the White House.
The Jacob Burns Law Library holds a research collection of more than 500,000 volumes.
In 2000, the law school began a major building and renovation scheme to create an integrated, modern learning facility. The school continues to expand into attached buildings along perimeters of the University Yard. The Law School currently occupies nine buildings on the main campus of The George Washington University. The Law School's main complex comprises five buildings located on two sides of the University Yard, the central open space of GW's urban campus. Renovated extensively between 2001 and 2003, these buildings adjoin one another, have internal passageways, and function as one consolidated complex. Three townhouses directly across from the main complex house the Community Legal Clinics, Student Bar Association, and student journal offices.
Notable alumni of The George Washington University Law School include:
- Earl E. Anderson, Ret. General United States Marine Corp
- Rocky Anderson (1978), current mayor of Salt Lake City
- William Barr (1977), former United States Attorney General
- A. Bruce Bielaski (1904), second director of the Bureau of Investigation
- Garry Brown (1954), former U.S. Congressman from Michigan
- Warren Brown (1998), founder and owner of Cake Love, and host of "Sugar Rush" on the Food Network
- Jacob Burns (1924), corporate attorney, educator and philanthropist
- James C. Cacheris (1960), judge U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- Gordon Canfield (1926), former U.S. Congressman from New Jersey
- Mona Charen, political analyst and best-selling author
- Bennett Champ Clark, former United States Senator
- Floyd I. Clarke, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- James P. Coleman (1939), former Governor of Mississippi and chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- William Henry Coleman, former U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania
- John Blaisdell Corliss (1875), former United States Congressman
- George B. Cortelyou, cabinet member in the Theodore Roosevelt administration
- Matthew Cowley, former Quorum member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Ewin L. Davis (1899), former U.S. Congressman from Tennessee
- John Foster Dulles, Secretary of State in the Dwight D. Eisenhower administration
- John James Duncan, Jr. (1973), United States Congressman for the Second District of Tennessee
- David Eisenhower (1976), author and grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower
- W. Mark Felt (1940), former associate director of the FBI and Watergate scandal informant also known as "Deep Throat"
- Stanley Finch (1908), first director of the Bureau of Investigation
- John James Flynt, Jr. (1940), United States Congressman from Georgia
- J. William Fulbright (1934), former United States Senator, creator of the Fulbright Fellowships
- Ralph A. Gamble (1911), former U.S. Congressman from New York
- Stephen Warfield Gambrill (1896), former United States Congressman
- Ernest W. Gibson, Jr., former Governor of Vermont, U.S. Senator, judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont
- Dan Glickman (1969), current president of the Motion Picture Association of America
- Joyce Hens Green, (1951), senior judge U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- Harold H. Greene (1954), former judge U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, presided over lawsuit which broke up AT&T's vertical monopoly.
- L. Patrick Gray, former acting director of the FBI during the Watergate scandal
- Patricia Roberts Harris (1960), cabinet member in the Jimmy Carter administration
- J. Edgar Hoover (1917), founder and longtime director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Harry R. Hughes (1952), former governor of the state of Maryland
- Sarah T. Hughes (1922), first female federal judge seated in Texas, and only woman to administer the oath of office to the President of the United States
- Edwin F. Hunter (1938), longest sitting U.S. District Court judge in the nation
- Daniel Inouye (1953), United States Senator, (D-HI)
- Leon Jaworski (1925), special prosecutor during the Watergate scandal
- David M. Kennedy, former United States Secretary of the Treasury
- Michael Kinsley, political commentator and journalist, former co-host of CNN's Crossfire
- Ted Lerner, businessman and owner of the Washington Nationals major-league baseball team.
- Belva Ann Lockwood (1872), first woman to argue before the United States Supreme Court
- Carlos F. Lucero (1964), judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
- Frank Moss (1937), former United States Senator, (D-UT)
- Francis G. Newlands (1869), congressman and drafter of the Newlands Resolution to annex the [[Republic of Hawai'i|Republic of HawaiTemplate:Okinai]]
- Eric O'Neill (2003), FBI agent whose work led to the arrest and life imprisonment conviction of Robert Hanssen
- Barbara Pariente (1973), current Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
- Marybeth Peters (1971), current U.S. Register of Copyrights
- Sharon Prost (1984), judge United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Harry Reid (1964), United States Senator, current Senate Majority Leader, (D-NV)
- Randall Ray Rader (1978), judge United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Kenneth Francis Ripple (1972), judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
- James Robertson (1965), judge U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, presided over Hamdan v. Rumsfeld.
- Mikhail Saakashvili (1996), President of Georgia
- Grant Sawyer, former Governor of Nevada
- James Shannon, former U.S. Congressman and Massachusetts Attorney General
- John W. Snow (1967), former United States Secretary of the Treasury
- Harry Aubrey Toulmin, Sr. (1882), patent attorney to the Wright Brothers
- James E. Webb (1936), second administrator of NASA
- Robert Wexler (1985), congressman, (D-FL)
- Nathan Hale Williams, film and television producer, entertainment lawyer
- Earle D. Willey, former U.S. Congressman from Delaware
- John Banzhaf
- Jerome A. Barron
- Thomas Buergenthal
- Steve Charnovitz
- Mary Cheh
- Ronald K. L. Collins
- John F. Duffy
- Orin Kerr
- Spencer Overton
- Randall Ray Rader
- Jonathan Turley
- The George Washington International Law Review
- The George Washington Law Review
- Public Contract Law Journal