- George Washington University Law School
The George Washington University Law School Established 1865 Type Private Dean Paul Schiff Berman as of July 1, 2011 Students approximately 2,000 Location Washington, DC, USA Campus Urban Website www.law.gwu.edu
The George Washington University Law School, commonly referred to as GW Law, is the law school of The George Washington University. It was founded in 1825 and is the oldest law school in Washington, D.C. 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 main campus of The George Washington University at the corner of 20th and H Streets in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood. From 1959 to the mid-1990s, the law school was officially named the National Law Center (as a result of the 1954 merger with the National University School of Law). The name was changed to emphasize its position as The George Washington University's law school.
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 Master of Laws degree program was adopted by the school in 1877. In 1900, the school was one of the founding members of the Association of American Law Schools.
In 2010 the median GPA for incoming GW Law students was 3.79, and the median LSAT score was 167. The law school received approximately 9,700 applications for fall 2009 admissions, making it one of the most competitive law schools in the country.
Students enrolled in the J.D. program come from 42 states, the District of Columbia, the Marshall Islands, the Virgin Islands, and nine other countries. The Law School also enrolls highly-qualified students from approximately 45 countries each year in its Master of Laws and Doctor of Juridical Science degree programs.
The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. GW Law has one of the largest curricula of any law school in the nation with more than 250 elective courses covering every aspect of legal study.
The school currently has about 2,000 degree candidates: 1,400 full-time JD students, 300 part-time students, and 300 post-J.D. candidates from the United States and approximately 55 other countries.
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, Business and Finance Law, International Environmental Law, Government Procurement and Environmental Law, Intellectual Property Law, International and Comparative Law, Government Procurement Law, Litigation and Dispute Resolution, and National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law.
- Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.) is offered to a very limited number of candidates.
GW Law is currently ranked 20th in the 2012 Law School Rankings of U.S. News & World Report. US News ranked GW Law 3rd in intellectual property law, and 5th in international law in its 2012 rankings. The law school's Government Procurement Law program is widely considered to be the preeminent program of its kind, and GW Law's part-time J.D. program is ranked 3rd best in the country.
According to Brian Leiter's recent law school rankings (an alternative to the U.S. News survey), GW ranks 12th in the nation for Supreme Court Clerkship Placement (2000–2008), 19th for student numerical quality, and 18th for law faculties with the most “scholarly impact” as measured by citations during roughly the past five years.
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.
Additionally, Vault ranked GW Law No. 20 in its 2008 Top 25 Law Schools Survey, which emphasized the employability and preparedness of graduates of U.S. law schools based on a survey of lawyers and legal recruiters from the nation's largest 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 has expanded into buildings on the east side 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 anchored by Stockton Hall (1924) located on 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:
- E. Ross Adair, U.S. Representative from Indiana (1951–1971) and U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia (1971–1974)
- Earl E. Anderson, Ret. General United States Marine Corps
- Rocky Anderson (1978), former mayor of Salt Lake City
- Richard A. Appelbaum, Ret. U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral
- Ian C. Ballon (1986), Internet lawyer and author of several law books, including a 4-volume legal treatise on e-commerce law
- William Barr (1977), former United States Attorney General
- David Benowitz (1995), former District of Columbia defender and media pundit
- A. Bruce Bielaski (1904), second director of the Bureau of Investigation
- Árpád Bogsch (1956), former Director General (1973–1997) of the World Intellectual Property Organization
- 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
- Margaret Carlson, American journalist and currently a columnist for Bloomberg News
- 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
- Charles Colson, Leader in the Christian right movement, former Special Counsel to Richard Nixon, and jailed for conspiring during the Watergate scandal
- John Blaisdell Corliss (1875), former United States Congressman
- George B. Cortelyou, cabinet member in the Theodore Roosevelt administration
- Matthew Cowley, former Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Patricia Ann Curran (1974), former Commissioner of the Public Utility Commission of Texas
- Ewin L. Davis (1899), former U.S. Congressman from Tennessee
- Allen Dulles (1926), longest serving (1953–61) director of the CIA
- 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
- David Falk (1975), agent of Michael Jordan.
- 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
- John L. Fugh (1960), former Judge Advocate General
- 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
- Gregory G. Garre (1991), former Solicitor General of the United States
- 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), Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America
- Camillo Gonsalves, Permanent Representative of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the United Nations
- 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
- Kenneth R. Harding (1937), former Sergeant at Arms of the United States House of Representatives (1972–1980)
- Patricia Roberts Harris (1960), cabinet member in the Jimmy Carter administration
- Kyle R. Herrig (2010), member of the Luxembourgish Royal Family; currently sixth in the list of accession to that nation's throne
- John D. Holum, Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency and Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security under Bill Clinton.
- J. Edgar Hoover (1917), 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)
- Charles James (attorney), assistant attorney general and general counsel of Chevron-Texaco
- Leon Jaworski (1926), Special Prosecutor during the Watergate Scandal.
- Rod Johnston, former Wisconsin State Senator
- Barbara Milano Keenan (1974), judge U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- David M. Kennedy, former United States Secretary of the Treasury
- Michael Kinsley, political commentator and journalist, former co-host of CNN's Crossfire
- Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, Foreign Minister of India
- Francis La Flesche, first professional Native American (Omaha) anthropologist
- Ted Lerner, businessman and owner of the Washington Nationals major-league baseball team.
- Wilma B. Liebman (1974) Chair, National Labor Relations Board
- 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)
- George B. Nelson (1902), former Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court
- Francis G. Newlands (1869), congressman and drafter of the Newlands Resolution to annex the Republic of Hawaiʻi
- Frank Neuhauser (1940), patent attorney and winner of the first National Spelling Bee in 1925
- Edward S. Northrop (1937), Majority Leader of Maryland State Senate (1958–1961), Chair of the Finance Committee (1958), nominated by President Kennedy in 1961 for a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Elevated to Chief Judge and held that position until 1981.
- Eric O'Neill (2003), FBI agent whose work led to the arrest and life imprisonment conviction of Robert Hanssen
- Gregory K. Orme (1978), Judge Utah Court of Appeals
- Yasmine Pahlavi, Crown Princess of Iran
- Maria Pallante (1990), current U.S. Register of Copyrights
- Barbara Pariente (1973), current Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court
- Marybeth Peters (1971), former U.S. Register of Copyrights
- Pedro Pierluisi (1984), current Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico to the United States Congress.
- Sharon Prost (LLM 1984), judge United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Randall Ray Rader (1978), judge United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Jim Ramstad (1973), congressman whose work led to ending discrimination against those suffering from mental health and addiction problems.
- Harry Reid (1964), United States Senator, current Senate Majority Leader, (D-NV)
- Michael W. Rice, Chairman and CEO of Utz Quality Foods
- 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
- William K. Sessions III (1972), chief judge U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont and Vice Chair of the United States Sentencing Commission
- D. Bruce Sewell (1986), Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Apple, Inc. and former Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Intel Corporation. 
- James Shannon, former U.S. Congressman and Massachusetts Attorney General
- Mary Schapiro, (1980), Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission. First woman to chair the SEC.
- M. Gerald Schwartzbach (1969), California criminal defense attorney
- John W. Snow (1967), former United States Secretary of the Treasury
- Scott C. Taylor (1992), Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Symantec Corporation. 
- 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)
- Ernest L. Wilkinson (1926), President of Brigham Young University 1951-1971
- Nathan Hale Williams, film and television producer, entertainment lawyer
- Earle D. Willey, former U.S. Congressman from Delaware
- Seth M. Zachary (1976), Chairman of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
- Kyle Zimmer, founder of First Book
- John Banzhaf
- Jerome A. Barron
- Paul Schiff Berman
- Robert Brauneis
- Thomas Buergenthal
- Paul Butler
- Naomi Cahn
- Steve Charnovitz
- Mary Cheh
- Donald C. Clarke
- Ronald K. L. Collins
- Lawrence Cunningham
- Laura A. Dickinson
- Phyllis Goldfarb
- Susan R. Jones
- Susan L. Karamanian
- Orin Kerr
- F. Scott Kieff
- Gregory E. Maggs
- Alan Morrison
- Ralph Oman
- LeRoy C. Paddock
- Randall Ray Rader
- Alfreda Robinson
- Jeffrey Rosen
- Steven L. Schooner
- Dinah L. Shelton
- Jonathan Turley
- John M. Whealan
- Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr.
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