Alumni Benefits & Services
As an alumnus of GW Law, you are entitled to a variety of benefits and services, from career services to library access. Learn about the many benefits of being a GW Law alumnus below.
- Alumni Events
The GW Law Alumni Office hosts more than 100 events around the world each year. We sponsor regular events in Washington, DC and New York City, as well as regional events in California, Florida, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and more. Check the Alumni Event Calendar for upcoming events in your area!
- Alumni Weekend and Reunion Weekend
Each year, the GW Law hosts two major events to welcome alumni back to the law school.
Fall- Alumni & Families Weekend is an opportunity for all alumni to visit. There are interest-group based events, lectures, tours, and receptions for you to connect with faculty, students and fellow alums.
Summer- Reunion Weekend Weekend features class-specific events, tours of the law school, faculty lectures, and family activities. The weekend culminates in the Class Dinner and Alumni Awards presentation at an exclusive location in Washington, DC.
- Auditing a Class
GW Law provides opportunities for its alumni to continue their legal education through auditing a class, referred to as Supplemental Legal Education (SLE).
To audit a class, you will need to do the following:
- Contact the Dean of Students Office: 202-994-8320 or [email protected]
- Complete the SLE Application form and return it to Megan Gabrielson in the Dean of Students Office at [email protected]
Please keep the following in mind when you consider auditing a class:
- Classes are charged at a per credit rate.
- Ability to audit a class is contingent upon approval of the Dean of Students Office and the professor.
- The GW Law audit process is not associated with the GW Alumni office and that discount does not apply.
- The application is due prior to the first week of classes of the semester you would like to audit.
- Transcripts and Certifications
Official transcripts (with seal) must be requested from the University's Office of the Registrar.
Office of the Registrar @ Colonial Central
University Student Center - ground floor
800 21st Street, N.W.
Office of the Registrar
2121 I Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20052
More detailed information is provided by the Office of the Registrar.
Bar Examination Certification
The Law School Records Office can usually supply the needed documents for your bar application. Certain forms, however, must be completed by the University Registrar.
Please check with the Records Office at 202.994.6261 or [email protected] to determine the appropriate office to assist you.
LLB to JD Transfer Form
Alumni who graduated prior to 1968 and received an LLB degree can transfer the LLB to a JD degree.
Please complete and submit the Request to Exchange LLB for JD Degree Form (PDF) to have your diploma reissued.
- Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) Information
The George Washington University Law School Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) provides limited financial assistance to GW Law graduates who have taken out law school loans to help pay the costs of a JD degree and who are employed in qualifying law-related public interest or public service positions. For those who are eligible, LRAP will repay to the graduate an amount not to exceed the annual amount that the graduate pays on interest and principal for those loans.
The GW LRAP is funded and operated through the GW Law and should not be confused with the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) or other Income-Based Repayment (IBR) plans coordinated through the US Department of Education.
View more information on all of the Federal repayment plan options
Determination of individual GW LRAP award amounts depends on the availability of GW Law funding to the LRAP each year. Applicants must apply each year for a new LRAP award, and eligibility criteria and award amounts are subject to change. LRAP awards may only assist with law school debts associated with a GW Law degree; undergraduate debts or debts from other graduate programs are not eligible.
"The 2018-2019 LRAP Program is currently closed. Details regarding the 2019-2020 LRAP Program availability will be posted to this website by August 1, 2019.
For inquiries regarding LRAP funding, please email [email protected]. If you request a return phone call, please indicate the best time and best phone number for reaching you.
- Alumni Career Development
GW Law's Center for Professional Development & Career Startegy offers Alumni Career Services to JD alumni who are at least one year post graduation*. Staff members are available to meet in person or to speak with graduates by phone. We are happy to discuss resume and cover letter preparation, interviewing tips and preparation, job search and career-related resources, job search strategies, networking, informational interviewing, and any other issues of interest to graduates.
To schedule an appointment or mock interview either in-person or by phone, please contact Alumni Career Services at (202) 994-1320 or [email protected].
*All other alumni should contact the Career Center to be referred to the appropriate counselor.
- Alumni Mentoring Program
Alumni can get involved by volunteering to mentor a current student. As mentors, alumni are in a position to give real-world advice that can be invaluable to students as they enter the legal field. We encourage our alumni mentors to schedule in-person meetings or calls with their mentee and to consider connecting at GW Law events that are held throughout the year.
- Alumni Directory and Lifetime Email
As a GW Law alumni you have access to alumni email and an online alumni directory.
The first step to accessing these services is to have a GW UserID (previously referred to as a NetID). If you have questions about your UserID, or need to create one, please find more info about that process and accessing your alumni email.
Once you have your UserID you can access the Alumni Directory.
- Affinity Groups
Alumni may participate in affinity groups. These groups reflect the interests and makeup of GW Law's diverse alumni volunteers, and provide the impetus for various initiatives, activities, and events.
- Jacob Burns Law Library
GW Law School Alumni may use the Jacob Burns Law Library with their GW Law Alumni Association (GWLAA) membership card.
To receive a GWLAA membership card: Please visit the second floor of the Dean’s Suite in the E Building of the Law School (2000 H St NW). Please report to the front desk and provide your name and graduation year for verification of alumni status and to obtain the membership card. If you have misplaced your GWLAA membership card, you may also obtain a replacement at the Dean’s Suite.
To access the Jacob Burns Law Library: Present the membership card to the front desk of the library. Please note that alumni do not have borrowing privilege at the Jacob Burns Law Library.
- GW and GW Law Magazines
In addition to the GW Magazine sent to all GW alumni, GW Law Magazine issues are typically published in the fall and spring for GW Law alumni.
- GW Law Updates
GW Law alumni receive monthly curated news straight to their inbox with exclusive alumni-specific content, including alumni news and class notes.
- Additional University Alumni Benefits
All law school alumni are eligible for additional benefits including discounts and on-campus resources.
- Gelman Library
Alumni may also access GW's main library, the Gelman Library, by obtaining a GWorld Alumni ID card.