Government Procurement Law

Government Procurement Video


Government procurement law continues to interest policymakers, corporations, and legal employers. The federal government's annual acquisition of services, supplies, and construction accounts for more than $500 billion. State and local government procurement adds significantly to the volume of government procurement and the associated legal practice opportunities. As the global marketplace becomes more fluid and integrated, knowledge of international and comparative public procurement becomes increasingly vital. The evolution of the World Trade Organization and the growth of the European Union (boasting a public procurement market exceeding $1 trillion annually) have sparked fresh dialogues about the role of public procurement for both developing and developed countries. 

Established in 1960, the Government Procurement Law Program is the only one of its kind in the United States. Established by Professors Emeritus Ralph C. Nash, Jr. and John Cibinic, Jr., the program offers unparalleled faculty resources, course offerings, and professional development opportunities. The program's full-time faculty –Professors Joshua Schwartz, Steven Schooner, Christopher Yukins, and William Kovacic – offer students years of experience in the federal government and the private sector.

In addition to its classes, the McKenna Long & Aldridge "Gilbert A. Cuneo" Government Contracts Moot Court Competition, and the Public Contract Law Journal, the Government Procurement Law Program also offers colloquia and symposia addressing evolving issues and presenting esteemed speakers from academia, government, and private practice.

Upcoming Events

The Government Procurement Law Program hosts many events throughout the semester. Check back frequently for new events.


Past Events

This Year’s Defense Authorization Legislation: What You Need to Know

This year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) legislation includes a wealth of procurement reform measures, touching everything from commercial items to conflicts of interest to technical d

The Fight Against Corruption: A Report from Brazil

Brazil has been rocked by a series of scandals stemming from corruption in procurement, from Petrobras to the World Cup.