Welcome and thank you for your interest in GW Law. As you visit our website, you will discover an institution committed to preparing students for the realities of the current global legal marketplace.
American legal education stands at a challenging crossroads. These challenges notwithstanding, I believe that pursuing a law degree has tremendous value. Critical and creative thinking, innovative problem solving, and a deep appreciation of professionalism remain fundamental skills needed by graduates to succeed—skills that are uniquely honed at GW Law through strong academics, innovative programming, and a strong commitment to diversity.
A robust pedagogy that demonstrates the intersection between scholarship, doctrine, and practice is at the core of the GW Law experience. Helping to develop our students into lawyers is a faculty that reflects these ideals. In addition to publishing widely cited books and articles, our professors are often involved in litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court, international tribunals, and other courts. They also provide commentary to the news media, testify on Capitol Hill, serve as consultants to various governments, and pursue many other activities that enrich the academic life of the school.
Our students also have numerous opportunities to engage with innovative programming outside of the classroom. Every year, GW Law hosts more than 100 events, including major international conferences on controversial issues, addresses by Supreme Court Justices and other prominent speakers, and a variety of student competitions. Many students participate in GW’s Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics, representing actual clients in real cases under faculty supervision. They also take part in advocacy competitions, student-edited law journals, pro bono projects, and hundreds of field placements (internships) at government agencies and other institutions in the Washington area.
Underlying all of our programs is a commitment to diversity and professionalism. Society’s continued globalization compels the quest for diversity, which to many constitutes the “Holy Grail" of legal education. It goes hand-in-hand with quality legal education, and its achievement addresses the needs of an increasingly complex society. GW Law produces consummate professionals who appreciate the complexities of our diverse world and have the plethora of skills needed to become successful in whatever field they pursue.
I hope you enjoy learning about the GW Law community. I encourage you to visit us in person to tour our facilities and get a better sense of who we are, what we do, and how you can apply to join us.