LL.M. in Government Procurement Law

Co-Directors D. Gordon, S. Schooner, J. Schwartz, C. Yukins

The LL.M. program in Government Procurement Law has proven attractive both to attorneys with substantial experience in the federal government and to those in the private practice of law, as well as to more recent law school graduates. Because of GW’s record of leadership in the field, program graduates have been attractive to employers, many of which are located in the Washington metropolitan area, the center of the practice of government contracts law. Many graduates of our LL.M. program hold prominent positions in government agencies, the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, law firms, and corporations. Alumni of the program form a network that includes many of the leaders of the government procurement bar.

Applicants may also be interested in the LL.M. in Government Procurement and Environmental Law.


Students may attend the program either full- or part-time. Admission is generally granted for the fall semester; spring admission may be allowed in special circumstances at the discretion of the program directors.

Degree Requirement

To earn the LL.M. degree in Government Procurement Law, students complete 24 credit hours. Thesis (6690–91) and a minimum of 10 credits from the following courses are required; if the thesis is waived, an additional 4 credits in courses in the field graded on the basis of a research paper are required.

  • Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
  • Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
  • Government Contracts Advocacy (6505)
  • Government Contracts Cost and Pricing (6506)
  • Comparative Public Procurement (6508)
  • Government Contracts Seminar (6509)
  • Graduate Government Contracts Placement (6510)
  • Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Law Seminar (6512)

The program curriculum includes a group of core courses that all LL.M. degree candidates in the field are expected to take: Formation of Government Contracts, Performance of Government Contracts, and Government Contracts Cost and Pricing. In addition to participating in the Government Contracts Moot Court Competition, students are advised to take one or more of the government contracts seminar courses offered each year.

The Government Contracts Seminars enrich the core curriculum and provide topicality by covering areas of long-standing interest as well as those chosen in response to current developments in the field. In these seminars, the Law School’s location makes possible the use of guest speakers who are leading figures in the field.

Courses Related to Government Procurement Law

LL.M. students work with their advisor to develop a program of study. The courses listed below are suggested to supplement the required number of credits taken in the field:

  • Federal Courts (6232)
  • Labor Law (6266)
  • Business Planning (6296)
  • Corporate Taxation (6302)
  • Employment Discrimination Law (6390)
  • Administrative Law (6400)
  • Antitrust Law (6402)
  • Advanced Antitrust Law Seminar (6403)
  • Health Care Law (6410)
  • Legislation (6416)
  • Legislative Analysis and Drafting (6418)
  • Local Government Law (6422)
  • Public Law Seminar (6426)
  • Environmental Law (6430)
  • Patent Law (6471)
  • International Business Transactions (6522)
  • International Commercial Law (6524)
  • Law and Economics (6598)
  • Law and Accounting (6602)
  • Quantitative Analysis for Lawyers (6604)
  • Government Lawyering (6671)
  • Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (6676)
  • Negotiation and Conflict Management Systems Design (6681)

The Thesis and Other Research Opportunities

Professor Schooner's Thesis Guidelines [pdf]

LL.M. students writing a thesis do so under the supervision of a member of the full-time faculty. The student’s faculty adviser assists in identifying and selecting an appropriate topic and works with the student in developing the focus and direction of the thesis. The thesis represents the culmination of students’ formal academic study and challenges them to develop cutting-edge expertise as they synthesize and rationalize existing doctrine, critique the state of the law, and advance carefully grounded proposals for reform. Program faculty are also available to assist students in identifying publication opportunities for their theses. A number of theses are published in the Public Contract Law Journal, the Public Procurement Law Review, and other major periodicals. Theses are also eligible for the American Bar Association Public Contract Section’s annual writing competition and the prizes awarded to the winners of that competition.

Additional opportunities for in-depth research are provided through the government contracts seminar courses, which require the preparation of a research paper. For many of these papers, students may select and pursue a topic of their choosing, further developing their expertise in an area of particular interest.

Student research is supported by the unique resources available to the Law School, including the unparalleled collection of government procurement materials found in the Jacob Burns Law Library, a research specialist with expertise in the field of procurement law, and access to government agencies and other institutions located in Washington, D.C.

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