GW Law is the birthplace of the government procurement law discipline. The distinguished members of our faculty are recognized as thought leaders in the field, producing scholarship that changes the way the world thinks and talks about public procurement. Our experiential, practice-based curriculum prepares students for the demands of a complex procurement law practice. We offer an unmatched variety of degrees, for attorneys in training, attorneys, and non-attorneys with experience in the government procurement field.
The courses in this practice area explore the body of rules regulating the process by which the federal government enters into contracts with private parties and oversees the performance of those contracts. Government Contracts is a one-semester survey course for students seeking a general overview of the law in this area; those preferring a more in-depth course of study may choose instead the Formation of Government Contracts and Performance of Government Contracts sequence. Advanced courses in this area include a series of seminars designed to provide students with a richer understanding of how procurement systems operate, both in the U.S. and abroad, and selected topics courses designed to provide students with varying perspectives on emerging issues in the law.
JD candidates may earn Recognition of a JD Concentration in Government Procurement Law by successfully completing a minimum of 12 credits from the list of courses below, including Formation of Government Contracts (6502) and Performance of Government Contracts (6503), two credits of experiential learning from among the courses marked with an asterisk (*) in the list of courses below, and also produce a reseach paper on a topic related to government procurement law that meets the standards for the law school's upper level writing requirement. Students may use the same paper to fulfill the writing requirement for both the recognition of concentration and the JD
All LLM and MSL degree candidates specializing in Government Procurement Law must take the online, self-taught Government Contracts Overview course before taking the Formation of Government Contracts and Performance of Government Contracts courses. MSL.candidates may not take advanced courses without previously or concurrently enrolling in the online Analytical Writing course. The online Analytical Writing course is open only to MSL students. The LLM and MSL in Government Procurement Law degrees are offered through blended learning, meaning candidates may take some or all courses online.
- Government Contracts (6500)
- Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
- Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
- Government Contracts Overview (LLM & MSL only) (6518)
- Analytical Writing (MSL only) (6519)
- Government Contracts Advocacy (6505)*
- Government Contracts Cost & Pricing (6506)
- Comparative Public Procurement (6508)
- Government Contracts Seminar (6509)**
- Graduate Government Contracts Placement (6510)
- Anti-Corruption and Compliance (6511)
- Government Procurement of Intellectual Property Seminar (6512)*
- Selected Topics in Government Procurement (6513)***
- Federal Grants Law (6514)
- Government Contracts Moot Court (6515)*
- Procurement in International Development (6516)*
**For 2020–2021, Government Contracts Seminars may include Foreign Government Contracting, State and Local Procurement, and Procurement Reform. When these courses are offered online they are available to LLM and MSL candidates only.
***For 2020–2021, Selected Topics in Government Procurement may include Acquisition Policymaking, Suspension & Debarment in Government Procurement (Online), Introduction to Federal Appropriations Law,* and Negotiations in Government Procurement.* When these courses are offered online they are restricted to LLM and MSL candidates.
A minimum of 12 credits from the list of Government Procurement Law courses is required. All students must take Formation of Government Contracts (6502) and Performance of Government Contracts (6503), plus two credits of experiential learning, noted with an asterisk (*). Students must produce a paper on a topic related to government procurement law that meets the standards for the law school's legal writing requirement.
Available on campus only.
A minimum of 14 credits from the listed Government Procurement Law courses is required, including 4 credits graded on the basis of research paper. This typically entails completion of a thesis or two research papers written in connection with two separate 2-credit courses. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91) and a minimum of 10 credits from the listed courses are required. U.S. law school graduates enrolled in the program are expected to complete a thesis. Waiver of the thesis may be granted by the program director.
Available online and on-campus.
A minimum of 16 credit hours from the following courses is required. For U.S. law school graduates, this requirement must include 4 credits graded on the basis of a research paper or research papers. This typically entails completion of Thesis (6690-91) or two research papers, each of which is written in connection with a separate 2-credit course. For non-U.S. law school graduates, completion of 2 credits graded on the basis of a single research paper or Thesis (6690-91) is required. Any research paper must be at least 8,000 words in length. U.S. law school graduates must achieve a minimum grade of B+ and graduates from non-U.S. law schools must achieve a passing grade for their research paper. For students who choose to write a thesis, Thesis (6690-91), and a minimum of 12 credits in the field of study are required. Students are encouraged to write a thesis. Students must take the Government Contracts Overview course in their first semester.
- Air Pollution Control (6432)
- Water Pollution Control (6434)
- Control of Solid and Hazardous Wastes (RCRA & CERCLA) (6442)
- Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
- Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
- Government Contracts Cost and Pricing (6506)
- Government Contracts Overview (6518)
- Graduate Independent Legal Writing (6696) (Procurement and Environmental Law topic)
Partially available online.
Programs leading to the degree of Doctor of Juridical Science offer a very small number of unusually talented students, who have already earned the Master of Laws degree, the opportunity to concentrate on research and writing in a specific area of interest.
For SJD applicants who earned their first law degree from a U.S. law school, the following requirements pertain. Applicants must hold a BA or equivalent degree from a regionally accredited college or university and a JD and an LLM or equivalent degrees, both earned with excellent records, from law schools that are members of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) or approved by the ABA.
For SJD applicants who earned their first law degree at a non-U.S. law school, the following entrance requirements pertain. Applicants must have graduated with an excellent academic record from a non-U.S. law school known for high academic standards; such a determination will be made by the Graduate and International Programs Office or by a qualified faculty member. As outlined above for U.S. law school graduates, additional requirements include an LLM.
Candidates for the SJD degree must complete the following requirements to be awarded the degree: an enrollment period of not less than one academic year; a course of study and research, designated by the dissertation committee, of no less than 8 credit hours; and completion and acceptance of a dissertation (see below). The course work for the SJD degree will normally be completed during the first two years of study.
The dissertation must be submitted no later than three years from the date of admission to candidacy for the SJD degree. The applicant who proposes to write on a comparative law topic must have a reading knowledge of the language in which the relevant materials are to be found. When the dissertation is submitted, the consultative committee will set the date for oral examination. This examination is conducted by the consultative committee and such other members of the faculty and qualified experts as are selected by the appropriate program director in consultation with the dean.
Coursework can be completed online.
GW Law’s MSL helps meet the growing demand for non-lawyers to be familiar with the many ways that law influences industry. The MSL program is intended for professionals who are not interested in earning a law degree or practicing law but work in jobs where knowledge of the law is important. The knowledge gained can augment career preparation or professional advancement.
Available online and on campus.
Contact Jessica Tillipman, Assistant Dean for Government Procurement Law Studies, for information on entrance requirements to be admitted in non-degree status to take up to 6 hours of credit.
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