The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics


The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics were founded in 1971, and were dedicated in 1991 to acknowledge the generous support of Jacob Burns (LLB '24, Hon. LLC '70). A longtime trustee of the University, Burns (1902-1993) was renowned as a lawyer, artist, and philanthropist. GW Law is proud to honor this significant contribution to the "uplifting and maintenance of the legal profession," and his fearless advocacy of the principle of "equal justice under the law."

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The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics vary considerably in purpose, duration, requirements, and duties. Despite their diversity, all the clinics create an exciting and supportive educational environment in which law students are provided the opportunity to develop lawyering skills and to gain insights into law and the legal profession while providing vital legal services to people who need them. The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics operate under the direction of Associate Dean Laurie S. Kohn. The Managing Attorney for the Clinics is Andrea R. Willis-Johnson, and the Administrative Supervisor is Milagros Tudela.


GW Law Clinical Program
The George Washington University Law School
2000 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052
Monday - Friday; 9 am-5 pm

No walk-ins accepted

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Phone: 202.994.7463
Fax: 202.994.6441



Laurie S. Kohn
Jacob Burns Foundation Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs; Associate Professor of Clinical Law; Director of Family Justice Litigation Clinic, & Director of Civil Access to Justice Clinic
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Andrea R. Willis-Johnson
Managing Attorney
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Milagros Tudela
Administrative Supervisor
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Community Impact

The GW Law Clinics represents individuals and organizations worldwide that otherwise would not be able to afford legal services. We routinely share client experiences and victories.


Alumni Profiles

Since 1971, GW Law has recognized the critical role of clinics in helping law students develop vital skills and values, while also providing direct legal services to clients who may not otherwise have access to justice or economic opportunity. Over the next several months, we are honoring our history of leadership in clinical legal education and our stellar community of Clinic alums, which are among our proudest achievements.


Friedman Fellowship

The Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics offer several two-year graduate clinical fellowships that allow experienced attorneys to obtain an LLM degree while engaging in clinical legal education and public interest law.


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Clinic News Articles

GW Law Clinics Advocating for Tenant's Rights, Serving Clients Seeking Relief from Homelessness, and More

This spring, the GW Law Clinics have continued to provide wide-ranging legal services throughout the District of Columbia, while breaking down barriers for our clients and serving our neighbors who struggle with homelessness and poverty.

Meet Clinic Alumna Andrea Willis-Johnson, the new Managing Attorney of the GW Law Clinics

In 2021, Clinic Alumna Andrea Willis-Johnson, Esq. returned to GW Law’s Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics (GW Clinics) as its new Managing Attorney. Mrs. Willis-Johnson brings with her years of corporate and transactional experience.

The Prisoner & Reentry Clinic is Reuniting Families through Compassionate Release Cases

This year, student attorneys in the Prisoner & Reentry Clinic (PARC) led by Director Jessica Steinberg with the support of Friedman Fellow Elenore Wade won a grant of compassionate release for Forest, a client who had been incarcerated for forty years, and he came home this Spring.

Faculty in the News

"Out of the Blank: Episode 1090"

May 01, 2022

Peter H. Meyers appeared on Out of the Blank podcast to discuss vaccines and drug laws.

"Covid-19: Is the US Compensation Scheme for Vaccine Injuries Fit for Purpose?"

April 19, 2022

Peter H. Meyers was quoted in The BMJ about the Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program.

"The Murderer’s Little Boy"

March 17, 2022

Joan S. Meier was quoted by the Texas Observer about the placement of children with the spouses who attacked or killed their partners. 

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