Since enrolling its first class in 1865, the George Washington University Law School has produced some of the finest minds across the spectrum of legal scholarship.

That tradition continues today, as GW Law graduates use the knowledge and skills they gain here to influence the critical legal conversations of our times. The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a charter member of the Association of American Law Schools. The law school is located on the GW campus in the downtown neighborhood familiarly known as Foggy Bottom.

The main GW Law complex is located at 2000 H Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052.


Our Mission

The George Washington University Law School is a global law school that exists to make an impact on the law through the leadership of our diverse faculty and staff, the extraordinary influence of our extensive alumni network, and our location in the heart of downtown Washington, DC. We strive to embrace our national and international student body within an inclusive community that supports their professional development and their journey into careers of meaning and influence. Our students emerge from a DC-infused education that is guided by an engaged faculty, where renowned scholarship and classroom teaching are intertwined with outstanding experiential opportunities to prepare students to shape solutions to the pressing challenges of our times.

2022-2025 Strategic Plan


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About Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew

Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, is the Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. A leader in public health and civil rights law who focuses on disparities in health, health care, and the social determinants of health, Dean Matthew joined GW Law in 2020. She is the author of the bestselling book Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care and the newly released Just Health: Treating Structural Racism to Heal America.

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At GW Law, academics are about more than just coursework; they are about creating a collaborative, distinctive legal education. With a broad curriculum, students are able to explore various areas of the law to find what they love.

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Access to Career Services

The Center for Professional Development and Career Strategy (Career Center) at GW Law is dedicated to partnering with our students to develop their personalized career plans. 

Career Center Resources


Current Students

GW Law students study with a faculty of expert scholars and practitioners—people who shape the study and practice of law, and whose passion for teaching draws them to our classrooms and to serve as coaches, mentors, and advisors to students in a number of capacities.

Student Resources


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Making History

Founded in 1865, GW Law was the first law school in Washington, DC.


GW Law is located in DC's historic Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

Visiting Campus

Visit our campus and get to know our vibrant neighborhood, sit in on a class, or speak to an Admissions officer.