Government Procurement Courses and Degree Offerings


Craig D. Barrett (LLM '19) discusses his experience as a student in the Government Procurement Law Program.

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.


  • Formation of Government Contracts (6502)
  • Performance of Government Contracts (6503)
  • Government Contracts Advocacy (6505)*
  • Government Contracts Cost and 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 Contracts (6513)***
  • Federal Grants Law (6514)*
  • Government Contracts Moot Court Experiential (6515)*
  • Advanced Writing for Government Contracting (GCON 6515)
  • Procurement in International Development (6516)

*Counts toward the ABA experiential learning requirement.

 **For 2018–2019, Government Contracts Seminars may include State and Local Procurement, Foreign Government Contracting, and Procurement Reform.

***In Fall 2018, the topic is Suspension and Debarment in Procurement.

Degree Offerings

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.

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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.

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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. 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.

  • 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)

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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.

Entrance Requirements

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.

Degree Requirements

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

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.

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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.

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Awarded in partnership with the GW School of Business.

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Non-Degree Offerings

Contact Karen D. Thornton, Program Director, for information on entrance requirements to be admitted in non-degree status to take up to 6 hours of credit.

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