The award-winning Inns of Court program, recipient of the 2018 E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award, a program of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism, offers GW Law students support and guidance from a diverse set of advisors dedicated to enriching their law school experience and enhancing their career opportunities.
As 1Ls, students are assigned to one of six Inns of Court, named after former Supreme Court Justices, and take all 1L classes with their Inn. Their Inn remains their community for the next few years. (We borrowed the "Inns of Court" name from the British institutions that traditionally trained barristers and regulated their practice.)
Within each Inn, students are provided:
- an advisory team of faculty, administrators, staff, and upper-class students who help them transition to and thrive in law school, and assist them in developing their legal career paths. Students work with their advisors both in a group setting and one-on-one.
- regular sessions on professional development, well-being, and how to succeed in law school. These sessions give students a chance to learn about matters essential to their professional success in addition to what they are learning in the classroom.
- an early focus on career satisfaction and career development. Through the Inns of Court, we help students determine what type of career will be meaningful to them, and we connect them with practitioners and alumni to help them begin to build a circle of professional relationships that will lay the foundation for their summer and post-graduate job searches.