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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; J.D. counselors: Julie McLaughlin, Kara Wenzel, Fatema Keenan, Virginia Clarke, Siobhan Madison, Laura Geigel; Employer Outreach: Katherine White; Data Analyst: Mikaela McRae; Recruiting: Katherine White, Liza Ramirez; Job Postings: Rene Lindsey; Program Associate for Professional Development: Sierra Brummett; Office Manager: Corinne Partelow; Office Assistants: Taylor Budde, Fania Jean

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 2019 entering class was composed of 57 percent women and 36 percent minority students. The 2019 entering class had representatives from 14 countries, 40 states, as well as D.C., and 198 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 1,900 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.
Of special note is Fundamentals of Lawyering, a six-credit, full-year course that provides first-year students with foundational skills in legal research, writing, and analysis and prepares them to be practice-ready lawyers. The course is taught by full-time professors who are both experienced practitioners and seasoned educators. Assignments focus on client problem-solving and strategic thinking.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: INNS OF COURT AND FOUNDATIONS OF PRACTICE PROGRAMS . . . The Law School is distinguished by its culture of professional development. In 2018, it received the E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Award from the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism for the Inns of Court and Foundations of Practice Programs. These voluntary professional development programs are designed to guide students' professional formation by encouraging the transition from law student to competent and self-directed lawyer. The programs’ varied components help students to build the foundational competencies required for success and satisfaction in the legal profession and to serve clients and the legal system.
First-year students are assigned to one of six Inns of Court led by an advisory team of faculty, administrators, students, and staff. Students meet weekly with their Inn of Court advisors and invited speakers to discuss topics that fall under the broad umbrella of professional development. These topics, which are not taught in the typical doctrinal courses, include building professional skills and relationships, increasing self-awareness, and promoting well-being. The program receives guidance from an advisory council of experts in lawyer professional development.
The Foundations of Practice Program encourages students to engage in learning beyond the classroom to further their career goals. First-year students who attend Inns of Court sessions, as well as complete other requirements such as Writing Center conferences, Career Center workshops and individual counseling sessions, health and wellness programs, cultural competency programs, and advice from practicing attorneys, are awarded the Dean’s Recognition for Professional Development in recognition of their commitment to self-directed professional development. Upper-level students may continue their self-directed professional development and strengthen the skills they began to cultivate as 1Ls. The upper-level Foundations of Practice Program features a more flexible set of requirements, enabling students to tailor their participation based on their individual career goals and interests. Students who complete the upper-level program requirements by graduation are awarded the Dean’s Commendation for Advanced Professional Development.