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Address Line 1
2000 H Street, NW

Address Line 2 Burns Suite 310
City Washington
State District of Columbia (DC)
Zip Code 20052
Country United States
Phone Number 202-994-7340

Career Service Administrator

Administrator Name Susan Fine
Administrator Title Associate Dean for Professional Development and Career Strategy
Phone Number 202-994-4677
Fax Number 202-994-7352
Career Office Web Site

Registrar's Information

Registrar's Name Elaine Valmonte-Tomek, Director, Records Office
Phone Number 202-994-6261

Name & Titles of Key CSO Staff
Associate Dean: Susan Fine; JD counselors: Julie McLaughlin, Lauren Seffel, Matthew Orlins, Kara Wenzel; Employer Outreach: Katie White, Megan McGrath; Data Analyst: Mikaela McRae; Recruiting: Katie White, Liza Ramirez; Job Postings: Rene Lindsey; Program Associate for Professional Development: Sierra Brummett; Office Manager: Corinne Partelow

Enter your narrative here A NATIONAL REPUTATION . . . Established in 1865, The George Washington University Law School is the oldest law school in the District of Columbia. As a national school, GW Law does not emphasize any particular geographic area in its instruction, thereby preparing students to practice law in any part of the country. Just four blocks from the White House and minutes from Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, and various federal departments and agencies, GW Law offers its students a special opportunity to study and observe lawmaking at its source.
RECOGNIZED CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES . . . Students can obtain valuable research and writing experience from membership on one of eight nationally recognized legal journals, some of which focus on international, intellectual property, federal communications, public/government contracting, and energy and environmental law. Four student skills boards -- the Moot Court Board, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, the Mock Trial Board , and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund -- provide additional opportunities for students to participate in a number of competitions and to hone their skills in client counseling, negotiation, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy. In addition, more than 50 student groups are active at the Law School each year, sponsoring social, educational, career and public interest related programs and events.
DIVERSE AND TALENTED STUDENTS . . . GW Law has one of the most diverse student populations in the country. The 2018 entering class was composed of 50 percent women and 29 percent minority students. The 2018 entering class had representatives from 13 countries, 39 states, as well as D.C., and 231 undergraduate institutions. In addition, 73 percent of the students took off a year or more before coming to law school, and, of those, 51 students hold advanced degrees. The Law School has a total enrollment of approximately 1,700 students. Many GW Law students entered law school with experience as working professionals, and many students continue to work while enrolled in GW Law's part-time program.
OUTSTANDING ACADEMICS AND PRACTICAL SKILLS TRAINING . . . GW Law students gain practical legal skills in 11 clinical programs and innumerable internships and part-time employment opportunities throughout the year. GW law students are taught by expert faculty and offered more than 263 elective courses, seminars, and clinics, including a broad range of classes in environmental, technology, government contracts, and international law. The courses are designed to give students the skills they need to be counselors, litigators, mediators, negotiators, legislators, or lobbyists and to prepare them to practice globally.
INNS OF COURT PROGRAM . . . The Inns of Court program 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.

This dynamic combination of support and career development from the first week of law school is a distinguishing feature of the GW Law experience.