Message from the Dean

Welcome and thank you for your interest in GW Law! As you will see from our website, our first priority is our students. We work hard to provide them with fine instruction, intellectual challenges, and practical preparation. In addition to courses on core subjects that all lawyers must master, our curriculum includes more than 250 elective courses covering a broad range of important topics, such as voting rights, privacy, climate change, homeland security, and the human rights of women, just to name a few.

In addition to learning in traditional classroom settings, our students have numerous opportunities for hands-on skills development. Many students participate in GW’s Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics, representing actual clients in real cases under faculty supervision. Students also take part in advocacy competitions, student-edited law journals, and hundreds of field placements (internships) at government agencies and other institutions in the Washington area. Our students also devote thousands of hours to pro bono projects. The result is a legal education that truly prepares our graduates for productive careers.

Helping to develop our students into fine lawyers is a faculty that includes some of the most respected scholars and teachers in the nation. In addition to publishing widely cited books and articles, our professors are often involved in litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, international tribunals, and other courts. They also provide commentary to the news media, testify on Capitol Hill, serve as consultants to various governments, and pursue many other activities that enrich the academic life of the school.

Every year, the Law School hosts more than 100 events that students and faculty members may attend. The events include major international conferences on controversial issues, addresses by Supreme Court Justices and other prominent speakers, and student competitions of all sorts.

We often use the phrase "Law in Action" as shorthand for what students can expect to find at our school—the opportunity to engage with the law as it is created and applied. Please visit us in person to learn more about who we are, what we do, and how you can apply to join us.

Gregory E. Maggs
Interim Dean and Professor of Law


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