Anita M. Singh

Anita Singh

Anita M. Singh

Associate Director, Fundamentals of Lawyering Program; Professor, Fundamentals of Lawyering


2000 H Street, NW Washington, DC 20052

Anita M. Singh is Professor and Associate Director of Fundamentals of Lawyering (FL) at the law school. Professor Singh is a seasoned executive with more than a decade of experience in the federal government, including at the National Security Council and in several senior leadership positions at the US Department of Justice, where she specialized in national security and cybersecurity. She is also a Certified Executive Coach specializing in leadership development for lawyers.

Professor Singh recently returned to the law school after serving as Associate Deputy Attorney General and Chief of Staff to the Deputy Attorney General at DOJ. In that role, she was a key advisor to the Deputy Attorney General and the Attorney General, and she oversaw both the management and administrative functions of the Department broadly and the day-to-day operations of the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. Professor Singh also served on the Biden Presidential Transition Team as lead for identifying Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed nominees in areas related to the rule of law.

At GW Law, in addition to teaching FL, Professor Singh developed and launched the law school’s first course specifically focused on teaching leadership skills, an experiential class entitled “Lessons in Leadership: How to Influence Others, Drive Change, and Leave Your Mark.” She also co-launched with Professor Paul Schiff Berman the law school’s summer prep course “An Introduction to the 1L Classroom.” She is also an advisor in GW's Inns of Court Program and an affiliated faculty member for the GW Law School Program in National Security, Cybersecurity, and Foreign Relations Law.

Prior to joining the faculty of GW Law, Professor Singh was a member of the career Senior Executive Service at DOJ, where she focused on national security and cybersecurity as Chief of Staff and Counselor of the National Security Division of the Department of Justice. She began her public service as an attorney in the Attorney General's Honors Program, working in DOJ’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.

Prior to her legal career, Professor Singh was a management consultant with the Boston Consulting Group. She graduated magna cum laude from Southern Methodist University, with a BA in English and a B.S. in Sociology, and she received her JD and MA (Criminology) from the University of Pennsylvania. In her spare time, Professor Singh focuses on health and wellness as a certified personal trainer, health coach, and fitness instructor.

BA, BS, Southern Methodist University; JD, MA, University of Pennsylvania

  • 6216 - Fundamentals of Lawyering I
  • 6217 - Fundamentals of Lawyering II
  • 6611 - Lessons in Leadership
  • 6199 - An Introduction to the 1L Classroom