North American Consortium on Legal Education

The North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) is an explicit recognition by its member law schools that law professors, law students, and lawyers are increasingly confronted with complex legal issues as a result of the interaction between institutions and individuals across North America. Effective legal education, and lawyering, in the 21st century requires an understanding of the similarities shared by the legal systems of the United States, Canada, and Mexico, while at the same time remaining sensitive to their differences.  

The George Washington University Law School is proud to be a founding member of NACLE. Thus it is with anticipation and confidence that the Law School welcomes you to this site. You are encouraged to actively participate in the Law School's NACLE activities and, of course, to contribute your ideas and suggestions.  

NACLE Programs

NACLE was formed in 1999 to promote increased understanding within North American countries of neighboring legal systems by providing opportunities for cross-border research, curriculum development, and student exchange. NACLE U.S. member schools also include the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law and the University of Houston Law Center.  

J.D. students may apply to participate in the Consortium as a visiting student in their second or third year for one semester at one of NACLE's Canadian or Mexican member institutions: Dalhousie University Faculty of Law in Halifax; McGill University Faculty of Law in Montreal; the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law; Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey Escuela de Derecho in Monterrey; Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas in Mexico City; and Universidad Panamericana Facultad de Derecho in Mexico City. Credits earned as a visting student in the NACLE program count toward the total credits required for the J.D. degree at GW.  

For more information on exchange opportunities available through NACLE, please visit the NACLE website or contact the GW Program Administrator:

Ms. Shehernaz Joshi
Graduate Programs Office
The George Washington University Law School
2000 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
Tel: (202) 994-7242

Faculty Adviser:

Associate Dean Susan Karamanian

About GW Law 

Established in 1865, GW is the oldest law school in the District of Columbia. It has a student population of around 1,750, which includes 1,250 full-time and 250 part-time J.D. students, and more than 200 graduate law students, many from abroad.  

Location: The Law School is located on the main campus of The George Washington University, just four blocks from the White House in the downtown Washington, D.C., area known as Foggy Bottom. Across the street are the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The State Department, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and many other governmental and arts institutions are in the immediate vicinity. You can find more information about our nation's capital on our website. 

Curriculum: One of the Law School's greatest strengths is the richness of its curriculum. It offers students the opportunity to sample a broad array of areas of the law and to design a program of study that fits their individual interests and career plans. The Law School offers over 175 different elective courses each year. In addition to introductory level and more advanced courses in a variety of fields, there are some highly specialized areas of the curriculum that allow students to gain considerable expertise in a field. Those specialized areas include international law, environmental law, intellectual property law, and government regulation and constitutional law. 

Faculty: While dedicated to excellence in the classroom, GW Law's faculty has remained at the forefront of legal scholarship both at the national and international level. Many faculty members have leading casebooks in their fields. Many of them have served as judicial clerks for Supreme Court justices or judges on other courts. Many are involved in developing public policy for government agencies and Congress, while others serve as advisers to the private sector. Through scholarship as well as commitment to public service the faculty has made a major impact, not only in the way the law is taught, but on the way it is practice.

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The North American Consortium on Legal Education (NACLE) is comprised of 13 participating law schools in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, including George Washington University Law School.

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